Pauline Moran was back competing this morning at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Toruń, Poland. The half marathon was her third race in five days completing just short of a marathon in total distance – an amazing achievement in itself.
Pauline went into today’s race on the back of tremendous success having won two silver W60 medals – in the 8k cross-country on Monday and 10k on Wednesday.
It was 11°c – quite a bit warmer – as the field of 500 men and women of all age categories assembled on the start line, with fourteen Irish runners among them.
Pauline was joined by Nuala Reilly (Drogheda &District AC) and Noreen Bonner (Finn Valley AC) in their women’s W60 team – a formidable combination.
Unfortunately, after Wednesday’s 10k Pauline was very sick all that evening Thursday and Friday, with a stomach bug and thought she wouldn’t make the start. However, with typical courage and resilience she finished the race in 1:38.02, sadly just outside the medals in fourth place.
Teammate Noreen Bonner was just ahead to win bronze in an excellent 1:35.36. Third team member Nuala Reilly ran strongly for fifth W60 in 1:40.12. The W60 winner was Marcelina Hernaiz (SP) in 1:34.16.This 3,4.5 finish gave the Irish team a cumulative total of 4:53.44 to clinch team gold.
Naturally, Pauline was exhausted afterwards but delighted to end an amazing five days with gold team.
Three races, three world masters medals – two individual silver, and one gold team. A fantastic performance.
World Masters Half Marathon results:
W60 team results:
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As the final day drew to a close Ireland were in 11th place of 55 countries on the medals table with 41 : 10 gold, 18 silver and 13 bronze.