Long trip to Santry but our medal winners went the distance: Paula, Colette, Norah and Pauline

Sunday September 6: Irish Masters Outdoors Track & Field Championships at Morton Stadium Santry.

Following on from the recent Senior and Junior championships it was the Masters turn today to visit Santry. A well practised schedule under the Covid-19 guidelines was exercised once again by Athletics Ireland.
Numbers competing were understandably lower than normal though there were 57 participants in the men’s 5,000 metres.
Mayo AC had six keen competitors at Morton Stadium today.
All competitors were restricted to one event which is hard on multi-discipline participants, as well as those who would normally run two or three races over the afternoon.
Yesterday’s downpours made it difficult for the Juniors and u20s. Today was more benign with warmer and calmer conditions.
Given the restrictions, combined with one event policy and travel issues, some of the races and field events had very few competitors.
Here’s how our six fared:

High jump medal winners: Patrick Moran gold M65, with Colin Browne (Lusk AC) silver M50

In the M65 high jump Patrick Moran was the only competitor and he claimed gold with a 1:20 clearance.

In the M70 javelin Martin Peyton won bronze – second of two participants with a throw of 26:96 – 10 metres behind the winner.

In the women’s 3,000 metres Norah Newcombe Pieterse competed in the first of two races with sixteen 35-49 participants. There were seven W40 in the field. She ran a very good race to finish third overall and win silver in her category in 10:25 behind race winner Ciara Hickey W40 (Brothers Pearse AC) 10:05.

In the other 3,000 for W50-70 there were eighteen on the startline including nine W50. Colette Tuohy ran an very steady pace to finish 3rd overall and silver W50 in 11:02 behind winner Annette Kealy (Raheny Shamrock AC) in 10: 28.
 Pauline Moran was also in this race and the only W60 in her category – winning gold with 11:57 and 13th overall.
Women’s 800m metres:
Paula Donnellan Walsh was one of three W40 in this category and she ran 2:57 to win bronze – best part of a minute behind winner Annette Quaid (Leevale AC) in 2:10.
 It was an excellent day for the six members who travelled to Santry – all coming home with medals. It made long journey well worthwhile.
Congratulations to them all.
Some great performances also in the Junior Championships yesterday by young athletes from the West. Among them:
Ruth Monaghan (Sligo AC) bronze in 3k walk in 15.01
Ciara McHugh Murphy (Claremorris AC) bronze in hammer 42:56 and silver in javelin 38:36
Conor Cusack (Lake District AC) gold in u20 javelin in a championship best 62:01,
 having won silver at the national seniors.
Jake O’Brien (Moy Valley AC) silver in 5k walk 24:45
Robert McDonnell (GCH) gold in 400 metres in 48:66