Three of Mayo AC’s top masters women athletes competed on the Irish team in the 25th Annual British and Irish Masters International Cross Country at Queen’s University Playing Fields, Belfast today (Sat 10 Nov). Three members in Irish vests is a great achievement and they all certainly ran their hearts out. It was an exciting day of racing and there was a wonderful atmosphere at this excellent venue as masters runners from England, Ireland, Scotland Wales, battled it out on Northern Ireland’s home turf . . The overall winners looked like being England in both men’s and women’s sections – for the umpteenth time. However, there were some outstanding performances by the Irish in individual and team categories. Results are still to be confirmed and will be updated here when available.
In the first race all women plus M65/70 ran 6k over 3 laps – a field of 168 were on the start line. The 2k lap course was remarkably good underfoot apart from a few steep embankments and muddy sections. Colette Tuohy was third finisher in Irish W40 team and 7th individual, while the team were joint first – but got silver on countback.
Angela O’Connor was third Irish W45 finisher and her team which finished 2nd included Veronica Colleran (Ennis Track). Angela finished 7th individual W45. Pauline Moran was in the W55 team they finished second. It was a great effort by Pauline less than two weeks after the Dublin marathon. Great to see all three get team medals. We can be very proud that they ran brilliantly and carried forward a tradition which has seen a number of club members compete in this event in recent years.
The second race over 8k was M50/55/60 and with a field of 70 top masters was equally exciting and competitive with Martin McEvilly (GCH) leading the Irish M60 home and 4th individual. The third race had 90 of the top M35/40/45 and Ciaran Doherty won the M35 individual with a very strong last lap.
results are hard to find bu can be seen here