The inaugural Roscommon Carers Association 10 km Mini-Marathon got off to the best possible start this past bank holiday Monday with beautiful May sunshine and a larger than expected crowd, with 480 finishers. Tremendous credit goes to Bernie Dowling, Manager, right, of the Carers Association Roscommon and her large team of helpers for putting on such an impressive show at the first time of asking. Over 10,000 euro was raised for the Carers Association alone, with twenty other charitable organisations also benefiting. A very special word of thanks to Sergeant Ciaran Carroll and the Roscommon Gardaí, the local Civil Defence and Paul McNamara of the Athletics Association of Ireland for overseeing the event on the day. John Byrne of Mayo AC was first across the finish line in 34:05. He was matched for much of the way by Roscommon native Mark Davis, representing Craughwell AC, who held on for second in 35:31. Anthony Devaney was third in 36:02. Ann Murray was first lady home in 42:47, closely followed by local athletes and long-time Mullingar Harrier Maura Dervin in 43:01, with Sinead Nolan coming third in 44:50. One very welcome outcome from the event was the number of local runners who emerged from the shadows in a county without any notable adult running scene. Indeed, as a result of the event a regular group training run has been scheduled. For further info contact Paul at (087) 2693675.