Submitted by Tom Hunt
The Annual Home Countries Masters International Cross Country
championships took place on Saturday at Bellahouston Park near
Glasgow. Once again the Irish team finished in overall second place to
England – winners for the umpteenth time.
The event took place in very difficult conditions – rain, mud and
high winds. As well as the weather, the athletes had to contend with
dangerously slippery hills and a number of them decided not to risk
Ireland had three individual winners – Peter Matthews (M40) who also
won the men’s race for the second year. Ciaran Doherty (M35) and
Carmel Parnell (W55).
They also won gold in the men’s M35 and M60 categories. The M60 win
was a wonderful result for Mayo AC’s Jim Gaughan. The Belmullet
native, based in Dublin has made a fine return to form this year. The
Irish M60 team were led home by that maestro of the mud, Martin
McEvilly (GCH) who finished in 29.55, followed by Pat O”Shea 30.39,
JJ Murphy 31.14 and Jim in 32.50.
The individual winner of this category was the legendary Mike Hager
(England) who finished in a fantastic 27.53 – just three minutes
behind Matthews’ race winning time 24.54.
Detailed results are available at