The inaugural Run Mayo event was organised to celebrate Mayo month by attracting runners, walkers, and joggers to the safe confines of the Ballinrobe racecourse. The ambitious organisers, RaceFace, hosted three multi-distance events at the same time on the ambulance track of the racecourse.
Core Timing the event partners provided the technology to host the events while also allowing friends, family, and spectators, to watch from afar with their live tracking system.
Mc Hale farm machinery had the venue looking like an international venue with teardrop flags, music blaring, a finish gantry, and trackside drink and feed stations, providing an excellent atmosphere for those in attendance. This multi-distance event provided a unique and excellent opportunity for those looking to run a PB time.
Though numbers were smaller than anticipated, the effort put in by all the competitors cannot be underestimated. All ages were represented, from under-8 to runners such as 81-year-young Liam Lowry from Galway who took part in the 5KM, and 77-year-old Philip Cribbin from Claregalway who took part in the half marathon, showing that age is but a number and their effort was an inspiration for all.
A group from Ukraine also arrived from Castlebar to take part. Having loved the concept and really enjoyed themselves, they now have a souvenir of a Mc Hale Run Mayo Mug as a reminder of competing in Ballinrobe.
Half Marathon podium
1st Colin Mac Dermott Ballinrobe 1:29:11
2nd Conor Mc Cormack Ballnoe 1:30:33
3rd Arthur Potter Corrandulla 1:37:44
1st women Monika Korzeniowska Ballinrobe 2:01:57
1st Alan Gorski Island Upper 43:58:40
2nd John Farragher Partry 46:15
3rd Lorcan Cameron Galway 46:36
1st woman Lisa Walsh Belmullet 54:53
1st Brian Healy Castlebar
2nd Maria Healy Castlebar
3rd Liam Lowry Galway
Full results and lap breakdown for all events: https://my.raceresult.com/202876/live