Cloonacool GAA 5km Road Race Results
T.J. McHugh of Mayo AC won the inaugural Cloonacool 5km in a time of 16:35, a time that may stand for some time as a course record. On a day where the rain threatened but never really materialised about 120 people went to the start line between the 5km event and the walking event.
McHugh led from start to finish and was followed home by his Mayo AC team mate Anto Devaney in a time of 17:10, David Kearins of Sligo AC followed hot on his heels in 17:16.
The top 10 positions were filled with an even spread of 4 from Mayo AC and 4 from Sligo AC, the other 2 positions were filled by local Cloonacool men Michael and Bill Carty.
The ladies race was led home by another Cloonacool local, Mari Johnston, in a time of 19:38. She was followed in by Ann Hunter of Dunshaughlin AC in 21:38 and Mary McHugh of Galway City Harriers (GCH) in 21:36.
A number of duels were battled out over the flat 5km course, a 3 way foot race came down to the wire between Brian Towey, Brendan Keenan and John Johnston. The stopwatch couldn\'t separate them but Brian\'s beard saw him cross first. Ronan Leonard put in a blistering finish to burn off Pat Hayes over the final 30 meters.
In the kids race Owen Carty raced home first in a great time of 20:27 over the shorter 4.3 km course. He might be one to watch in the future.
Even the walkers got in on the act with Lucy Ross and Michael Seery stride for stride down the home straight to cross the line together in 29:27.
After athletes finished this out and back course they were refreshed with buns, cakes and all manner of nice goodies washed down by gallons of tea.
Thanks to all who helped out to make this a successful event.