Club PRO Notes
22 February 2013
The Fourth Annual Cloonacool 5km and walk took place on Sunday 17 February in ideal conditions. A record number of 203 turned up from near and far to run or walk the course. This year withnessed a change in race starter with previous organiser Gerard Carty opting to run the event this year, leaving brother Bill to fill the void caused by his decision. With Cloonacool Community Centre out of commision this time around, the race was slightly changed from previous years.
Over 130 Runners were sent on their way from Clifford’s gate – by race organiser Bill Carty heading for Billie Wynne’s corner where a roundabout was errected for the day, passing the Community Park before returning to the Grouds for much need refreshments and Showers. Some minutes after the Runners passed the Grounds, Bill Carty having made his way from the start line sent the remaining Joggers & Walkers off on their journey.
With last years winners Michael O\'Connell & Mari Johnston both ruled out through injury, it would result in new names being inscribed. In the case of the Ladies section it would mean a New winner altogether as Mari Johnston had claimed all 3 previous titles.
During the course of the race little or nothing seperated the 3 front runners as Sean Gallagher, Seamus Somers & Gerard Carty kept in toe. As the clock ticked towards 12.30, Ballina Runner Sean Gallagher appeared on the horizon closly followed by Somers & Carty. Gallagher crossed the Finish Line in 16.42 closely followed on 16.45 by Seamus Somers of Sligo AC. In third place was Galway City Harriers Gerard Carty in a time of 17.02. As a result of Sean Gallagher’s victory, it means Mayo dominace held on the event previously was regained, Sligo’s Michael O’Connell having broken it a year ago. In the Women’s race Monica Henry of South Sligo AC – having finished third in 2012 – took the honours this time in a time of 20.34 and 25 overall. Finishing second was local woman Lorraine Hosey in a time of 20.57 and 32 overall while Aine Gallagher from Mayo AC was placed third in 21.09 claiming 33 overall. In the local category, Michael Carty returned to claim the prize he claimed in 2010 finishing 8 overall in a time of 18.51, while the first Local Lady home was Karen Sweeney in 43 overall with a time of 22.38.
Eoin Carty of Sligo AC was very impressive in the National School section covering the full 5km in 20:53 and giving most of the adults a run for their money finishing 29 overall. Barry Tobin of South Sligo Athletic Club finished second posting a time of 23.22. Conor Guckian came third in a time of 28.38.
The Secondary School section was won by Keenan Deering – Sligo AC – claimed first in 22.03 with South Sligo Athletic Club’s Orla Mulvihill (22.32) and Aoife Morris (23.01) finishing Second and Third respectly
As the dust settles for another year on the Cloonacool 5k event, attention will turn to the 2014 event and the first landmark in it’s history being the 5th. But before one leaves this year behind. It’s worth noting the year 2013 marks the 80th Anniversay since Cloonacool Athletic Club were crowned Sligo Junior, Connacht Junior & Senior Cross Country Champions when men like William Henry, Paddy & Michael Battle, Peter Kivlehan, Pat McCann, John & Eugene Colleary, James Mc Nicholas and Paddy McKim claimed all before them. Something maybe to celebrate in the year ahead. The Club wishes to thank all who helped out with the smooth running of the event. A full list of results and Photos of the event appears on the Cloonacool GAA website.