Mayo AC competed today at the AAI Games World Athletics Challenger permitted event at Morton Stadium.
It was a blustery wet day for all outdoor sporting activities.
In the men’s 200m there were five heats. Brilliant running by John Walkin earned him 3rd place in heat 5 in 25:59, an outdoor season’s best and personal best. Though wind-assisted it is a great confidence booster preparation race ahead of the National Masters Outdoors August 12.
Mayo AC were among 5 teams in the inaugural Mixed Relay 4 x 400m National championships.
Apart from Mayo AC there were 3 from Dublin area Crusaders AC plus 2 from Dundrum South Dublin AC and one from Cork – Carraig na BhFear AC (just north of Cork City)
Our Mayo AC team Declan Owens, Paula Donnellan W40, John Walkin M40, Claudia Davey finished in 4:43.28 – well done! As John said ‘bear in mind we had two masters in team’.
The winners were DSD AC ‘A’ in 3:36.00
– now a senior mixed relay national record.
The mixed relay Irish National Record is : 3:12.88 – Ireland (2021) – Cillin Greene, Phil Healy, Sophie Becker, Christopher O’Donnell
The AAI 10,000m National Championships also took place: winners:
Women Shona Heaslip An Riocht AC 33:22
Men: David Mansfield Clonmel AC 30:03
The AAI Games today included combined events (pentathlon), and track and field competition for juvenile, senior and masters. The Games continue tomorrow July 16.
Reminder of our Race Night next Thursday at Claremorris :