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Clifden Lifeboat 10k Race report


The 3rd Clifden Lifeboat 10k race took place on Sunday 12th September, in almost perfect running conditions. Out of 126 entries, 111 crossed the finish line with many seasoned runners commenting that it was the hardest race they had ever ran. However, this did not stop both the 1st man and woman from setting a new record, with Mullingar man, Martin Lyons crossing the finish line in 35 minutes 25 seconds, and Clifden woman, Rachel Mannion, in 45 minutes 07 seconds.

The race is held in memory of 18 year old Mikey Mullen, who died when the MVF St Oliver sank, off the South Connemara Coast on the 17th September 2004, with all funds raised from the race going to the Clifden Lifeboat. While it is fast becoming a popular event for local people, it also has a number of regular seasoned runners who return every year. There are many categories, to cater for all ages and levels of fitness including walkers and teams of 3-4 people. This years winning team consisted of local men: Sean Nee, Alan Keogh and Pat O’Neill, and the 1st walker was Carol Cummins from Dublin. Results: Total entries: 126 Total finishers 111 1st man: Martin Lyons(35.24). Also bet previous Male best time of 37.10 1st woman: Rachel Mannion (45.07). Also bet previous female best time of 45.10. Under 40 Female: 1st: Olivia Staunton Male: 1st Fingal Dorman 2nd Nora Ní Ghriofa 2nd Michael Ostasz 3rd Lora Thomson 3rd Dougal dorman 40-50 female: 1st Annette Keane Male: 1st Jim Vaughan 2nd Pam Clancy 2nd Tom Burke 3rd Jasmin Golestan 3rd Michael O Sullivan 50+ Female: 1st Mary Doyle Male: 1st Martin O Donell 2nd Rita Donnellan 2nd Paul Gibbon 3rd Karen Joyce 3rd John Joyce Teams: 1st Sean Nee/Pat O Neill/Alan Keogh 2nd Lowry’s Bar team 3rd The quiet man team Run/Walk: 1st John Foyle 2nd Chris Nee 3rd Claire Mullen Walkers: 1st Carol Cummins 2nd Anne Faherty 3rd Eillen Coohill