As we reported last week Pauline Moran is among over 100 Irish Masters athletes competing in the World Masters Athletics Championship which are being held March 24-30, 2019 in Toruń, Poland.
Her recent three national indoor records indicated that she’s in excellent form and would be well in contention for medals in the events she has entered – a demanding schedule no doubt, but then Pauline is a formidable competitor.
First race for Pauline was the W60/65 8k cross-country over 4x2k laps this afternoon.
Weather was chilly 6°c with showers in the local area. There was a total field of 42 with 28 competitors in the W60 category.
Pauline ran a great race and took the lead at one point but was beaten to first place by a Ruzafa Manchon (Spain) who finished in 35:26, with our Mayo AC star coming home in 35:49, winning a world masters silver – a brilliant achievement. Congratulations, Pauline!
She’s suitably delighted and excited. And hopefully there’s more to come.
We will update here as the week goes on.
Result: 8k w60/65:
World Masters Athletics Championships in Poland.
Toruń is a city in central Poland, through which the Vistula River flows – the biggest river in Poland. It’s a city inhabited by 200 thousand residents, and is one of the oldest Polish cities. In the middle ages it was one of the Hanseatic cities, with very strong economic and political influence.
Here, in 1473, the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born – creator of the heliocentric theory.
Toruń’s old town is on the World Heritage List of UNESCO with its beautifully preserved historical buildings from this period, and unique monuments.
Nowadays, Toruń is a large economic, cultural, scientific, academic, and tourist centre and an important road and railway hub.
The city is a leader in the region in terms of tourism and every year is visited by almost two million people.