Clubs pay tribute to Na Fianna runner
County and nationwide track clubs are mourning the loss of Na Fianna Athletic Club member Mary Hanley this morning to illness.
Expressing sympathy to her family, the Dunshaughlin Athletic Club said Mary was one of the best distance runners Meath has ever produced, who after a brilliant career as a miner, won six senior Meath Athletics cross country titles between 2001 and 2007 at the head of his beloved Na Fianna. four titles per team.
“She was the first lady of our 10k road race in 2006 and 2007, recording times of 37.17 and 37.31, and leading her club team of her sister Bridgie Clarke and close friend Maggie. Higgins to the team title in 2006.
“Mary won many provincial and national honors as well as virtually every road race and was one of the toughest but most enjoyable runners in the neighborhood.”
The Rathkenny Athletic Club said Mary was a top athlete, who was a very familiar face in athletics across the county and beyond, and was a regular winner in her road races over the years.
“Mary was always ready to give advice and help others along the way and will be a huge loss to her family, friends, teammates and the sport community at large. “
Kiltale runner Fiona McGann Diskin said: “Today I lost my dear friend Mary Hanley. We’ve run to Trinity College, Merrion Square, Ringsend Park and Herbert Park to name a few over the past 25 years and rarely missed a session before Covid.
“I have fond memories of our training races, whether it was our training camp in Portugal, the sliding on snow and ice with Joe and Noel or the heartbreaking sessions on the Ringsend track. We had so many fun and laughs along the way… I have been blessed and privileged to have you as a training partner and a great friend for almost 25 years, just like the Trinity Rehab Runners. My thoughts are with your family at this very sad time. “
Myrunresults.com said Mary is an incredibly warm, caring and extremely popular woman in the running community as well as in her daily life.
“We knew Mary from attending our events over the years and we are very happy to have known her. Mary was a very talented and competitive athlete who brought so much joy to the people she came in contact with. She was a big supporter of Meath athletics and a great ambassador for her club Na Fianna AC. Mary will be dearly missed but certainly not forgotten as she has brought so much to athletics and road racing. “