Team medals for Colette and Pauline in Cardiff
Our masters athletes competed on the Irish team in the 26th Annual British and Irish Masters International Cross Country at Bute Park, Cardiff on Saturday. Pauline Moran W55, Colette Tuohy W40 and Jim Gaughan M60 ran in their age category teams against the top masters runners from England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The women ran three 2k laps (6k) in the first race. The field was made up of 35+ to 65+ women and men 65+ and 70+. Jim ran in second race of 50+ to 64 categories. The parkland course was in great shape with a couple of short sharp hills and through mature trees. Colette says she really enjoyed the race and was pleased with her run.
Well done to both Pauline and Colette – their teams finished 2nd of the five competing nations. Colette was third Irish W40 finisher in 22.07 and 7th W40 overall, while Pauline was second finisher in the Irish W55 team. Pauline was going well until the end of the race when she slightly mis-judged the finish due to the crowds gathered there. She finished in 23:54 just behind Carmel Parnell who won individual gold. They had great support all the way around, especially from Jim who said they ran strongly and brilliantly and thoroughly deserved their unique Welsh designed team medals. Sadly, Jim had injury problems in the week leading up to Cardiff and despite treatment he had to pull out of his race after the first lap with hamstring problem. Martin McEvilly (GCH) won gold individual in the M65 category, continuing a great record at these championships over the years. Once again England were the overall winning country in both men and women. with the Irish women second. The Irish men’s M35 team won gold again. Medals were presented at the celebration banquet on Saturday evening. Congratulations and well done from all at Mayo AC.
Results are available at British Masters Athletics Federation website.
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