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The third annual Cloonacool 5km and walk took place on Sunday Ferbruary in good dry conditions. A record number of 180 turned up to run or walk the course from Seery's bridge to the community centre and back to the park.
The lead in the 5km race changed hands a few times before Michael O'Connell stamped his class on the event. The Mayo AC dominance of this event broken by the Sligo AC man in a time of 18:10. Second home was local man, James Lawerence, with a great run and a PB of 18:27. In third place was Sean Murphy of Mayo AC and Tulrahan in another PB of 18:39.
Things may have changed in the men's race but the status quo was maintained in the women's race with the ever improving local woman Mari Johnston of Sligo AC winning for a third year in a row in 18:54. Sarah Syron of Mayo AC put in another great showing in Cloonacool to finish second as she did last year and to also post a PB as she did last year. Monica Henry finished strongly to place third in a time of 20:30. Monica was one of the many representatives of 'the new kids on the block' South Sligo AC on the day.
With James Lawerence and Mari Johnston placing in the top 3 in the men's and women's races Paul Queenan and Lorraine Hosey took the honours in the local category. Paul had a great race to finish 4th overall in 18:50 with Lorraine 5th in the women's race in 21:22.
In the GAA club team event the local club Cloonacool took the honours with 3 in the top 7. The 3 were James Lawerence, Paul Queenan and Packie McIntyre.
Leo Doherty of Sligo AC was very impressive in the national school section covering the full 5km in 19:51 and giving most of the adults a run for their money. Eoin Carty and John Tobin yet again showed their potential taking second and third.
Craig Malony, Gerard Mullarkey and Kate Carty occupied the first three places in the secondary school category.
Nearly 60 walkers stretched their legs on Sunday afternoon and Joe Leonard may have to be moved to the running section as he yet again was the first walker back.
A yellow Karrimor ladies running jacket was found after the race. Call Bill Carty at 087 9550870 to arrange for collection if it's yours.
The brand new facilities at the community park hosted the post race refreshments where no one went home hungry. Thanks to all who helped make this such a successful event and to all those who participated. We hope to see everyone back next year.