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The second staging of the annual Cloonacool 5km race and walk took place yesterday (Sunday February 13th). The weather held up for the 150 people who turned out to run and walk the out and back course. The field was made up of a good mix of locals and those who travelled from around Sligo, Mayo and further afield. The age profile provided a wide spread from the many competitors in the national school section to the evergreen 80 year old Sean Dooner from Longford.
The 5km race was won by John Byrne, Mayo AC, in a new course record of 15:57. John took some time out from his training schedule for the Anglo Celtic Plate 'Home Nations' 100km in Perth, Scotland in March. John had completed a 26 mile training run the previous day so his time is even more impressive. His Mayo AC teammate Anto Devaney was 2nd home in 17:28 for the second year running. Kevin McGlone of Sligo AC finished strongly to take 3rd place in 18:52.
In the women's race local woman Mari Johnston retained her title with a strong run from the front in a time of 19:55. Sarah Syron of Mayo AC put in a great performance to finish second in a PB of 20:42. Mayo AC's Ann Murray, fresh from a team bronze for Mayo in the national master's cross country, came home in third in a time of 18:52.
In the local category James Lawerence led the men home in 4th overall in a fine time of 19:04. With Mari Johnston winning the overall women's race Lorraine Hosey (nee Wynne) took the local women's category and also coming 4th in the overall women's race.
In the national school section Owen Carty again led the field home. His sister Tara Carty finished second and just pipped the John Tobin in a sprint finish.
About 50 walkers took the opportunity to stretch their legs on a Sunday afternoon. Although there wasn't a race as such our records show that Joe Leonards cycling regime is paying off as he led the pack home.
Most participants retired to the clubhouse for refreshments afterwards to round off a good day in Cloonacool. We hope to see everyone back again next year.
Thanks to all who helped out to make this a successful event.