David Huane from Irishtown went to one of the world's top city marathons in Berlin on Sunday with high hopes of running a sub 2hr 50 pb. He had good reason to be optimistic, having run a 82.23an pb two weeks previously in the National Half Marathon championships as a member of Mayo AC's silver medal winning o35 team. However, like fourth time Berlin winner the legendary Haile Gebreselassie, Huane suffered in the latter stages but still finished in 2.57.18, a great time on the day. “I'm not built for sunny climes,” was his philosophical reaction. The temperature in Berlin increased to the low 20s shortly after the 9am start. Hopefully Huane will recover in suitably cooler conditions in the lead up to the Dublin City Marathon in less than five weeks.
On Friday evening Ballinamore AC hosted their second annual 5k won by Michael O'Connell (Sligo AC ) in 16.13. The course seemed a little short as indicated by some 'fast' times. A Mayo trio ran -
Tom Hunt was sixth overall in 18.19; Christy O'Malley 21.20, and Jimmy Donnelly 23.49. Next Sunday September 27 the Loughrea 5l takes place. The 26th Annual St Barry's Half Marathon at Tarmonbarry is on October 11 at 11am.