Pauline Moran 1st W65 in World Mountain Running Championships in Clonmel

Pauline Moran crossing the winning line

Organized in conjunction with World Masters Athletics (WMA), the World Masters Mountain Running Championships has been the premier global off-road running event for thousands of athletes 35 years and older since 1998 when the championship was hosted by Kitzbuehel, Austria.

This year the Irish Mountain Running Association were privileged to host the 21st World Masters Mountain Running Championships this weekend in Tipperary. They provided a challenging and exciting course with races open to all runners between the ages of 35-79.

Over 800 mountain runners from 29 nations converged on Clonmel to test themselves against the competition and the course in the Comeragh Mountains.

Within each five year age category, medals were awarded to the first three individuals and the first three Country/Nationality teams in all categories.

As expected, the highest number of mountain runners are coming from around Ireland with 430 pre-registrants.

Pauline Moran is no stranger to international championships having competed successfully at both World and European level. She has also been a regular medal winner with the Irish team for many years in the British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships.

Today she added another string to her bow when she was among the athletes 55+ to 79 who  ran 8.4k with 510 metres of climbing, competing as an individual and as part of the Irish team.

Those 35+ to 54 ran 10.6 k with 602 metres of climbing.

Both courses started with a brutal 2k road climb ascending over 200 metres. From there both courses turned off road over a mix of rough open sheep pasture, rolling forest roads and single-track trails.

It was a tough task but that’s when Pauline gets going.

She finished 92nd in 55:50-  10th woman and 1st W65.

Also  Majella Diskin (An Riocht AC) finished 111th overall 57:52 and 2nd W65, and Carmel Mac Dhomhnaill (West Limerick AC) 182nd in 64:15 and 6th W65.

With three to score they were 1st W65 team!

There were 260 finishers in the short course race (men+women).

That’s a brilliant result for Pauline and the W65 team.

Congratulations Pauline and team!

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