Four Mayo AC Masters selected on Irish Cross Country team

 womens_race_autumn_open1Congratulations to our four Mayo AC masters who have been selected to represent Ireland at the annual Home Countries Cross Country International at Tollcross Park, Glasgow on November 12. They continue a proud tradition of club representation and success  in this annual international event.  They were selected having competed in the trial races incorporated in the Open Autumn Cross Country at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Dublin last Sunday.

Norah Newcombe will make her debut in an Irish vest in the F35 team.  She’ll have the company of three experienced masters who have competed in this event in recent years:  Colette Tuohy F45,  Pauline Moran F60, and Mags Glavey who will lead the Irish F65. This will the first time they go to Scotland so Mags will be putting them through their Strictly steps for the Highland Fling at the Glasgow prizegiving banquet. You can see details of teams selected here:

At Sunday’s Open Autumn award presentations there was a moving tribute to the late Jim McNamara (Donore Harriers).  He competed in the trial races many times including in 2015 for the last time and he was arguably Ireland’s greatest ever masters athlete. The Irish Masters Athletics Association (IMAA) commissioned two trophies for the first master man and woman in the race. With the cooperation of Jim’s family, a pair of his spikes was crafted into two beautiful perpetual trophies. These were presented to Letterkenny AC’s AnneMarie McGlynn and to Slieve Gullion’s Paddy Hamilton by the IMAA.

Paddy Hamilton winner of men's masters Jim McNamara Trophy

Paddy Hamilton (Slieve Gullion) winner of men’s masters Jim McNamara Perpetual Trophy

The World Masters T & F Championships take place in Perth, Western Australia from October 26 to November 6. Results and daily updates on

And another reminder that on Sunday next October 23, Mayo Senior, Masters, Novice Cross Country Championships take place at Belleek from 12 noon. Entry on the day – see events calendar.

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