Clive Clancy of Carrick on Shannon AC won the Ballinamore Festival 10K roadrace sponsored by Waterways Ireland last Wednesday evening.
His time was 35 minutes 38 seconds and he was followed home by Graham Hopkins of Phibsboro AC in 37.50 and team mate Adrian Gurn in 38.30. Carrick also won the team event.
Given the severe weather forecast for the evening of the race with storms not seen since 1985 predicted for that day it was felt that the entry would be poor. In the event there was only a few hours of moderate rain earlier in the afternoon and the evening turned out to be quite pleasant in the Ballinamore area. Turnout was generally on par with the past two years but it was felt best to postpone as last year the under age races planned for St Felim’s earlier in the evening and these will now take place on a Sunday evening within the next few weeks.
Aisling Van Rensburg of North Sligo won the Womens race in 39.57 from team mate and last year’s winner Una McCool who did 41.37 and Elizabeth McCabe ,also North Sligo, in 43.27. North Sligo won the team award.
Padraig Hackett of Carrick won the 5K in 19.47 from Denis Carroll of Eagle AC of Cork who did 20.24 and Paul Little of Boyle who was third in 20.33. The Womens’ 5K was won by Anne Burke of Longford in 23.44 from Eilish O’Dowd of Ballinamore who finished in 24.25 with Lauren Hackett of Carrick third in 24.56.
Results: Mens’ 10K: I Clive Glancy (Carrick) 35.38, 2 Graham Hopkins (Phibsboro) 37.50, 3 Adrian Gurn (Carrick) 38.30, 4 Sean O’Rourke 38.37, 5 Dominic Horan (Sli Cualann) 38.44, 6 Michael Carroll (North Sligo) 38.54; Masters 1: 1 Dominick Horan (Sli Cualann), 2 Paul Deering (Sligo AC), 3 Kieran Brett (South Sligo AC); Masters 2 : 1 Barry Mitchell (Bray), 2 Gerard Kilfeather (North Sligo), 3 Graham Allen (Carrick); Womens’ 10K: 1 Aisling Van Rensburg (North Sligo) 39.57, 2 Una McCool (North Sligo) 41.37, 3 Elizabeth McCabe (North Sligo) 43.27, 4 Ann Marie Cox 48.21, 5 Sandra Wilson (Enniskillen Running Club) 48.31,6 Elaine McKiernan 48.33; Masters 1: 1 Sandra Wilson (Enniskillen RC), 2 Cathy Mitchell (Bray), 3 Pam Cryan-Quinn (Ballinamore); Masters 2: 1 Geraldine McWeeney (Ballinamore), 2 Sheila O Dowd (Ballinamore), 3 Marian Murtagh (Thurles Crokes); Masters 3: 1 Josie Power (Fingallians)5K Under 18 Girls: 1 Grainne Griffin (Ballinamore), 2 Lauren Ni Buachalla (New York), 3 Ally McHugh (New York); 5K Under 16 Girls: 1 Ella McDaid (North Leitrim), 2 Carrie McDaid (North Leitrim), 3 Oniosa Mimna (Ballinamore); 5K Under 16 Boys: I Thomas Harden (Leitrim), 2 Kenan Deering (Sligo AC), 3 Martin Earley (Carrick).
Ballinamore Athletic Club would like to thank all who helped to make the evening a success. These include Waterways Ireland , the Festival Committee,prize doners Supervalu, Willies Fruit & Veg, McDevitts, Drino Water Supliers , Scollan Butchers, Cara Pharmacy, the Gardai, Stewards, local media, Sports Hall helpers, Championchip Ireland, Leitrim Sports Partnership and last but not least the competitors.