The ninth annual Belleek 10k was hosted by Ballina Athletics Club at Belleek Woods over the weekend. It marked a welcome return for the popular North Mayo race, which was forced into cancellation by Covid in 2020.
207 runners competed in this year’s event. There was an excellent turnout from a number of local clubs while clubs from Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon were also well represented.
The showers and rain clouds that had circled Ballina pre-race disappeared just in time and the race was held in brilliant sunshine. The men’s race was won by Luke Johnson of Moy Valley AC, who set a new course record in a blistering 32.17, beating the previous record of 32:29 set by Brendan Conway of Westport in 2019.
Men: 1, Luke Johnston (Moy Valley AC) 32.17; 2, Seamus Somers (Sligo AC) 32:51; 3, Dessie Burke (Ballina AC) 33:17.
Women: 1, Eimear O’Brien (Sligo AC) 37:02; 2, Fiona Kelly (Ballina AC) 42:21; 3,Caroline Coulter (Tireragh AC) 42:24.