Hot summer of activity coming up

Tomorrow morning, Saturday June 9 at 10am the Claremorris Lions Club/Mayo Cancer Support Association - Claremorris 10k will take place. The 10k course is AAI measured and you can still enter tomorrow morning at the Dalton Inn Hotel. Entry costs €22 and there will be cash prizes on offer for the first three men and three women. The race will start and finish in the town centre. With refreshments available after the race.

Last Monday Mayo AC’s TJ McHugh was in Cork looking to defend the Cork half marathon championship that he won in 2011. However this year it wasn’t to be for McHugh who came home in seventh place overall in a time of 75.18. Another Mayo AC athletes also in action in Cork was Patricia Carty who finished the Cork marathon in a time of 4:27:54, while John Geraghty knocked a few minutes off his own personal best time in the Limerick half marathon last weekend.

Timmy Glavey has been having a great season and won the Roundstone 8k recently. He has been finishing well in the Galway 5k series too, coming third and seventh in previous races. Last week at Dangan in the fifth race he had a fine win in 16:49. Likewise Colette Tuohy, who finished first in Dangan in 18.40.

Westport triathlon at the end of the month

On Saturday, June 23 Westport will host a triathlon that is sure to test the endurance and stamina of some of the top athletes in the country. The Westport Triathlon takes in all the sights of the town and surrounding scenic coast. The race begins with a 750m swim at the pier in Westport and then cyclists will follow a very picturesque out and back route along the coast road, past Murrisk and out as far as Bertra where it returns back to Westport quay. Much of the return cycle route will be on the cycle path back in to Westport. The race will then finish with the 5km run featuring the Greenway cycle path as well as harbour sights. The sport of Triathlon is rapidly growing in Ireland and is no longer deemed to be for just the elite or superfit athletes. Westport Triathlon Club encourages newbies into the sport and believes that this race is a perfect introduction for those wanting to “dip their toes” into a multi-discipline sport, as well as experienced triathletes. There will be post race food and prize giving at the Atlantic Coast Hotel at Westport Harbour. The race is formally sanctioned by Triathlon Ireland (National Governing Body of Triathlon ). See for more details.

Mayo AC 5k summer series is back

Mayo AC have announced details of their third annual 5k summer series organised in association with Mayo Sports Partnership. This year's series has been increased to four races - one in each of the venues where Mayo AC currently operate a Fit4Life group. They will take place on Tuesday evenings at 8pm in Castlebar on June 19, Ballyhaunis June 26, Claremorris July 3, and finally at Ballinrobe on July 10, followed by an end of series party. As with other years these are no frills events and people can just show up and take part, all the course will be AAI measure and will have stewards and a time clock on the finish line. The Castlebar race will take place close to Lough Lannagh, while in Ballyhaunis it will finish out near the rugby club. The Claremorris race will have a novel end with the last 70m taking place inside the new Claremorris Recreational Centre beside the track. The field will be limited to 300 people for health and safety reasons and people are advised to book early online at, you can book in for all races for only €25.

Clew Bay half marathon in August

The second annual Clew Bay half marathon will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2012. The race will build on the huge success and positive feedback received from the first race held last August. Starting and finishing in Louisburgh, the race will be run over a variety of landscapes and the course will feature breathtaking scenery of mountains, boglands, coastline and the islands of Inishturk, Clare Island and the many other island off Clew Bay. The course is challenging and exhilarating, it’s winding roads and ever changing scenery making it a very enjoyable run.

This year’s event will be bigger and more competitive. The race itself will be chipped-timed by Redtag timing and over 250 entries expected. As per last year ample car parking will be provided as well as hot shower facilities after the race. All contestants can enjoy the very popular home made refreshments and hot or cold drinks after the race. There will be prizes for overall male and female winners as well as category prizes for male and female over 40 and over 50. Registration costs €40 per person. The race is being organised as a fundraiser for a local Astroturf facility as well as other local charities. To register, log on to Website or email: [email protected]


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