Personal bests for Mayo runners

A number of Mayo runners were in action last weekend and put in good showings at the Flatline Half Marathon in Athlone. Ballina AC's Nora Newcombe was the winner of the women’s event in a time of 79.57, coming off a good performance the week before in the Charlestown 10K and the Tullamore Half Marathon two weeks ago. There were 14 Mayo AC runners in the event using it as practice for the upcoming Dublin Marathon. John Byrne was the best Mayo AC finisher coming home in fourth place overall in a time of 73.26, Brendan Hession finished in 32nd place in a time of 80.27 which was a new personal best. The other Mayo AC finishers were Paul Reynolds, Sean Murphy, Ann McDonnell, Laura Heneghan, Val P Glynn, Monica Joyce, Tracy Durkan, Mags Connell, Rebecca McHugh, Trish Kavanagh, Barbara Ronayne, and Finian Joyce.

Last Sunday also saw a 5k fund-raising run in Claremorris for charities in Kenya. Dominic Regan was the winner in a time of 19.54, with Owen Mongan second in 21.59 and Shrule's Matt Donlon finishing in third place. The women's race was won by Angela O'Connor in a time of 20.35 with Ann Murray in second place and Erica Ryan coming home in third.

The seventh annual Run Go West Ballyhaunis 8k race takes place on Sunday, September 28 at 3pm. It is the fifth race in Mayo AC Move2Improve Series sponsored by C&C Cellular. Entry costs €15 and €5 for children and can be paid from 1pm on day at the Rugby Club, the race HQ, Doctor's Road. The event is open to all - run, jog or walk. This year it is organised in conjunction with Ballyhaunis Community School. Parents are using this event to raise necessary school funds. There is an added attraction for anyone associated with the school to take part - students, parents, teachers are all welcome.: Contact Martin on (087 ) 2455989 for more information.

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