International medal success for Norah, Pauline and Mags in Glasgow

Our International medal winning trio in Tollcross : Pauline Moran, Norah Newcombe Pieterse and Mags Glavey

Two Masters champions pictured at Glasgow: Pauline Moran Gold individual F65, with Joe Gough Gold M70

Mayo AC were proud to have three representatives selected on the Irish team competing in the 34rd Annual British & Irish International Masters Cross-Country in Glasgow on Saturday morning.

The event was hosted by Scottish Masters.
It’s a very special weekend for teams of 80 men/women from England, Wales, Northern Ireland,
Scotland and Ireland.

The friendly rivalry that has existed for the last 33 years was resumed in Glasgow

Our super-talented trio – Norah, Pauline and Mags – continued the club’s great record of participation in this annual championships.
The same three masters ran in Tollcross in the 2016 event.  Colette Tuohy was also in that Irish team . She concentrated on the National Marathon this year and brought home the club’s only medal – bronze F50.
Today’s races were over three or four laps of a 2k course at Tollcross Park.
The park’s terrain was undulating with open ground interspersed with sections through mature trees.
 Strathclyde weather  today was fine dry chilly 4-5°.

Norah Newcombe Pieterse in action in women’s F40 race in Glasgow

Norah ran at noon in F35-F60 event, while Pauline and Mags ran 6k in the first race at 11am – women and men over 65.

Pauline Moran led the Irish F65 team again and finished first overall in 25:48,  winning individual gold and her Irish team won silver.
Scotland took gold with 9 points (2,3 4)  ahead of Ireland 16 points – 1,7 8.
She said “I felt good and just went for it”! First of 39 finishers.
Pauline takes both club and country representation seriously.  She’s a great competitor and a proven winner whatever the terrain – cross-country, road or track.
In the very competitive F40 category Norah Newcombe Pieterse finished 12th in 22:48.
She kept well up in the fast paced race and was happy to be part of the Irish gold medal winning F40 team – a well deserved reward for another great performance by Norah.
Mags Glavey finished 2nd F70, winning individual silver in 28.17.  She was first of her Irish team home, leading them to gold with 12 points – Eileen Kenny 3rd and Mary Lynch 7th!
She says ‘it was a challenging course, but perfect weather after a frosty sunny morning – I’m delighted with results’!
Well deserved  – Mags-nificent!
The other Connacht runners competing today were Michelle Lannon F50 Carrick-on-Shannon,  AC, Mari Johnson F55 Sligo AC, and Paddy O’Toole M45 Westport AC.
The medal presentations and Banquet was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the banks of the Clyde. The awards banquet is always a highlight of the international weekend – competitors have completed the serious business at Tollcross Park and can relax and enjoy an evening of celebration.

England won the overall title with a score of 72 points.

Last years winners Ireland came 2nd with 63 points ahead of Scotlands 62 points with just the narrowest of margins.

However, Ireland’s women won the British & Irish women’s overall teams. A great result underlined by the excellent performances by three Mayo AC competitors!

Commemorative medal presented to selected Irish competitors, and 2023 International Cross-Country medal

Congratulations to our three wonderful masters athletes – it’s a great honour for the club to see
them all coming home with International medals.
The Irish team were well looked after as usual by their two Team Managers – George Maybury men, and Mick Fennell women.
British and Irish Masters International Cross-Country Glasgow 2023 results:
 We’re looking forward to seeing Norah, Pauline, Mags and other club members at the 58th Hollymount International Road Races next Sunday November 19.

Mayo at Glasgow l-r Mary Browne, Pauline Moran, Norah Newcombe Pieterse and Mags Glavey

Mary Browne and Norah Newcombe Pieterse celebrating at the medal presentation Banquet

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