Sunday July 2, National Masters Track & Field Championships Tullamore
The National Masters Outdoor Championships were held today at the home of Tullamore Harriers. It’s a great venue and has served Irish Athletics well over many years. The car park was full all day for eight hours of keen competition from masters age categories 35+ to 80+, all striving for those Olympian ideals – faster, higher, longer. Conditions were good, though tough at times with intermittent warm sun mixed with humidity and the odd light shower. Nine Mayo AC masters competed in 28 events : 19 track and 9 field. Six of them won medals, with a total haul of sixteen – eight gold, three silver and five bronze.
W45 1500 metres medal winners: l-r Evelyn Cashman (Youghal AC), Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC), Ashling Smith (Sli Cualann AC)
While Mags Glavey and Pauline Moran were brilliant, each with triple gold achievements, the day belonged to Colette Tuohy who ran two wonderful races to win silver over 3,000 metres in 10:47 and gold 1500 in 5:04,04 . She displayed the amazing physical and mental strength that we have seen on the road so often in recent years, and her success is well deserved in the face of tough times in recent months. It was also Colette’s first outdoor track event in 31 years – she competed at Tullamore in U17 girls secondary schools competition in 1986. Pauline had a great battle with her DSD rival Maxine Jones in the 1500 metres and came home just over a second ahead in 5:45.56. Patrick Moran collected four medals in the field events – silver and three bronze including a discus PB – adding to his recent British Masters Pentathlon bronze. Angela O’Connor ran strongly for her two medals – and like Ann Murray, Mags, and Pauline competed in three hard races in the space of a few hours. Well done to all of our competitors today and congratulations to our medalists. Look out for more photos from Tullamore on our facebook pages.
Mary Roache W45: 200 metres 4th, 400 metres 4th, shot putt 4th
Margaret Glavey W65: three gold – 800, 1500, 3,000 metres
Pauline Moran W60: three gold – 800, 1500, 3,000 metres
Tom Hunt M65 5,000 metres 4th
Patrick Moran M60: javelin silver, and bronze in high jump, long jump, and discus (38.04 PB, hammer 5th
Martin Peyton M65 bronze in javelin and discus, also competed in high jump, long jump
Colette Tuohy W45 1500 gold, 3,000 silver
Angela O’Connor W50: 800 5th, 1500 silver, 3,000 gold
Ann Murray W50: 400 6th, 1500 4th, 3,000 5th
Full results: http://results.athleticsireland.ie/results_02072017/