Castlebar ten miler this Sunday

Athletics

Flying in Foxford: Maura Ginty (second), Norah Newcombe-Pieterse (first) and Edel Reilly (third) after the Foxford leg of the Mayo AC summer series.

Flying in Foxford: Maura Ginty (second), Norah Newcombe-Pieterse (first) and Edel Reilly (third) after the Foxford leg of the Mayo AC summer series.

The Castlebar Greenway 10 miler takes place on Sunday on an out and back course starting and finishing at Castlebar town park and includes eight miles (traffic free ) along the Greenway, criss crossing bridges over the Castlebar river, with a two mile loop on public roads through Turlough village via the Round Tower.

It is an Athletics Ireland measured and permitted event, with water stations at the three mile and seven mile markers, and will be chip timed, with the race starting at 10am.

Entry is €25 and registration will open at An Sportlann, Castlebar (which is approx 1km from the starting point ) from 8.30am, online registration at www.njuko.net/mayoac-10mile/select_competition or on www.runireland.com There will be T-shirts for the first 200 entrants and parking available at An Sportlann. There will be prizes for the top three men and women and the top male and female finishers in the over 40, 50, and 60 sectors. Refreshments and prize giving will take place in An Sportlann from 11.30am. For more information contact: (087 ) 3286522.

O'Regan and Newcombe are Foxford winners

Running conditions were good as the fourth race in the 10th Annual Mayo AC Summer Series got under way in Foxford on a mainly flat one lap 5k course with a straight run in to the finish beside the river Moy. There were many fast times and personal bests among the 169 finishers.

Jake O’Regan (St John’s AC ) recorded his third consecutive win in a row in the series. It was another brilliant performance by the Clare athlete who crossed the line in 15:28 – one second faster than the previous week in Ballyhaunis. He was chased all the way home by John Courell (Ballina AC ) who finished in 15:56. John was pipped for first place in this race last year when he finished in 15:59. Brendan Conway (Westport AC ) maintained his great form in the series with another podium finish – third in 16:12. He was part of another big contingent from Westport.

Norah Newcombe Pieterse (Mayo AC ) ran her first race in the 2019 summer series and came home the clear winner in the women’s race in an excellent new personal best of 17:27. She was over a minute ahead of Maura Ginty (Sportsworld AC ) – second in 18:52. Third home was Edel Reilly – winner in Castlebar and Foxford – in 18:55.

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