Pauline Moran and Mags Glavey at International cross country

Two of Mayo AC’s masters athletes represented the club on the Irish team in the 32nd Annual British and Irish Masters International Cross Country at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday. The event was hosted by the British Masters Athletics Federation.

Two club members in Irish vests is a great achievement and their inclusion in the Irish team continues Mayo AC’s wonderful record in the event over the last twenty years.

Pauline Moran W60 and Mags Glavey W70 were joined on the Irish team by seven other athletes from clubs in the West of Ireland.

The whole Irish team ran their hearts out on an exciting day of cross country racing as athletes from England, Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and Wales competed on the famous Aintree turf.

The overall top prize is between the five nations, but there is keen competition between age category teams and individuals from o35 to o75 with medals for the first three on each. England have dominated the event in both men’s and women’s sections over the entire span of the event.

It was a lovely day at Aintree –  cold, but dry and calm. The course was flat but lumpy and bumpy in places with some muck. Both Mags and Pauline were very happy with their form and “gave it everything we could”.
In the first race at 11.00 men and women 65/70/75 plus ran 6k over 3 laps.
Mags finished third individual W70 and an excellent bronze medal. She was just pipped for silver in the final 50 metres – three seconds behind an England runner who sat in behind her for most of the race. The Irish W70 team won bronze – another medal for Mags.
Pauline competed in the second race – all W35-W60 – also over 6k. She finished second W60 and adds a silver medal to the gold she won last year in Swansea. She led the Irish to silver W60 team medals again –  brilliant achievements and a fitting end to a fantastic national and international year.
Congratulations to Mags and Pauline!
Paddy O’Toole (Westport AC) was another Mayo master medal winner when the Irish W40 team won gold. Well done Paddy.
So a great day for Mayo athletics with three competitors coming home with medals.
Other Irish results include: (full official results files below)
W35 team gold: incl Adrianna Mulligan
W40 Ireland team silver:Teresa Doherty  – individual silver.
M35 team silver
Team gold M40 Ireland: Paul Moloney individual silver) Alan O’Brien (bronze), Paddy O’Toole, Dermot McElchar, Brian Kearney, Tim Twomey.
W45 team silver Jacky Carty, Breda Gaffney, Michelle Lannon, Amelia Dann.
M45 team silver Ireland: Brian Geraghty, Mark Davis, Donal Leahy, Colm Costello, Donal Mulligan, Gerard Gavin.
 W50 Annette Kealy individual gold.
W50 team silver: Annette, Mari Johnson, Emer Magee Jacq Mc Monagle
W55 bronze Niamh O’Sullivan, silver Kay Byrne
W55 team silver. Kay, Niamh, Michelle O’Mahoney, Mary Watters.
M55 Tommy Hughes silver
M55 Team silver: Tommy Hughes, Phelim Glynn, Pat Malone, Aengus Burke.
W60 team silver: Pauline, Majella Diskin  Noreen Bonner, Mary Jennings.
W65 team bronze: Eileen Kenny, Brigid McCabe, Orla Phillips. Carmel MacDomhnaill
M65 Indiv bronze Paul Elliott
M65 team bronze
W70 Team bronze Mags, Joan Coyle, June Comiskey, Roisìn Lynch.
M70 Ireland bronze
England won overall in men’s and women’s events.
A big thank you to Mags and Pauline who supplied updates and photos for this post.
Team and individual Results: