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Willie Hayes Wins National Dairy 25k 1982

Hayes Wins With Minute to spare

National Dairy 25k


Sunday March 28th 1982


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Willie Hayes in Coachford 5 2016
Photo: Joe Murphy
Willie Hayes, representing Cork (and St Finbarrs AC), at Munster Masters Road Championships, Moyglass, Tipperary, in 2013 Willie Hayes finishing Cork City 10 Miler 2016
Photo: Doug Minihane

Slight departure from Cork Athletics' normal coverage, which generally sticks to Cork events and athletes.  This piece covers a win by St. Finbarrs AC athlete Willie Hayes, then running with Reenvanna Harriers. Willie has been a member of the Barrs, and Cork, for so long that he's really 'part of the furniture now', so we're really not breaking policy by reporting from 'outside the county bounds'

[Webmasters Note: I don't like the Irish Times reporters piece, which seems to take from Willie's achievement - It wouldn't be Cork Athletics style. However we are delighted, with this report of an emphatic win by Willie, to remind today's reader that Willie, who, almost 40 years later, is still a highly respected racer, and, in his prime, could 'mix it' with some of the best around!]

"William Hayes, Reenavanna, Limerick, a 25-year-old post office official, won the National Dairy 25 kilometre road race in Ennis yesterday. He completed the distance in 84 minutes, five seconds, over a minute ahead of Michael Culligan, Tulla, Co Clare, who came home In 85:12. 

Although there was an entry of over 90, most of the leading distance runners, including last year's winner, Robert Costello, of Limerick, were not in the race, due to coming marathon commitments in Galway and Cork.

Nuala Logan, of Limerick AC, was the first woman competitor to finish in 110:36; second was D Nugent (Doina Nugent) of Galway."



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Irish Times Report - Monday March 29th 1982


1. W Hayes (Reenvanna) 84:05; 2, M Culligan (Tulla) 85:12; P Mulkern Ballina 85:17; 4, P Kerrigan (Mallow) 86-35; 5, C Ryan (Premier) 86:16; 6. R Burke (Croom) 86:37; 7. M Thompson (Reenvanna); 8, T Madden (Emerald); 9, J Murray (Reenvanna); 10 N Fitzgerald (Loughrea).

Munster Inter-Club Race

1. Reenvanna 15 points; 2. Tulla 24; 3, Mallow 34; 4, Limerick 39; 5, Marian, Ennis 64.


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