Mayo athletes continue to perform well at home and abroad

Ann Murray (Mayo AC ) won the women's masters race in the Connacht Cross Country championships held in Galway on Saturday.

The Golden Triangle 10k took place on Sunday over a one lap course

staring at Cross near Cong. There was a field of 40. Eoghan McGinley

(Cranford AC ) was the winner in 32.28, with Brian O'Connor finishing off in second place in a time of 35.10 and Noel Gibbons (Mayo AC ) finished in third in a time of 37.17. PJ Hall of Mayo AC was the winner of the o50s race, with Kathleen Barry from Party winning the women’s race, Gwen Daly from Ballinrobe was second and Pauline Moran came home in third. The women’s o50 race was claimed by Una McGrath in a time of 49.53.

Last Saturday, presentation of prizes for the 2011 Sligo Credit Union Road League took place at Sligo IT. The eight race league which began back in March with the Tubbercurry 10k concluded recently with the Grange 10k. Tom Hunt (Mayo AC ) was the winner in the o60 section.

Conroy puts in strong Amsterdam marathon performance

Ballina native Martin Conroy ran a scorching 2:31:55 in the Amsterdam marathon recently. Training under the watchful eye of ninth placed finisher in the 1984 Olympic marathon, Jerry Kiernan, the ambitious Ballina man was hoping to break the magical 2:30 barrier but finished just outside this target in only his second marathon. Martin runs under the colours of Sligo AC but maintains close links with his former club.

Scott Walkin had run 3:03:03 for the marathon in Berlin in 2010. He had to aim to break the three hour barrier and we are delighted to report that he achieved this comfortably with 2:57:52.

This is testament to his dedicated training and steely determination. Scott does almost all his training in the myriad excellent training routes around Ballina – especially in the Belleek region. Niall Cawley also broke his personal best with a time of 3.10.53 for the distance.


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