Pauline Moran wins Gold in W65 World Masters 10k
Pauline Moran was back competing this morning at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Toruń, Poland. The 10k was her third race in four days – an amazing achievement in itself.
Pauline went into today’s race on the back of fantastic success having won three medals : two individual gold W65 medals – in the 3,000m (Sunday) , and 8k cross-country, plus a team gold in cross-country (Monday) .
The 10k field included men and women runners of all age categories. There were twenty-four Irish runners – twelve men, twelve women, including two from Mayo AC – Pauline and Stephen Monaghan.
It has been cold in Torún in recent days, some snow – and down to -5°c at night – but dry and sunny 7°c this morning.
Pauline was joined in 10k by Nuala Reilly (Drogheda & District AC) in the same category.
And what a performance again by Pauline – first W65 in an amazing time – 42:20 – and a fourth World Masters gold. She was just over twenty seconds ahead of silver medal winner Hernaiz Del Campo Spain 42:42.
Plus, if it’s ratified, that’s a new Irish 10k W65 record for Pauline, beating her previous 44:20 last year, and which she had already bettered in Tubbercurry recently 12 days ago when she ran 43:32. .
There was disappointment for Nuala Reilly who finished 4th W65 in 49:03.
Well done Stephen Monaghan who also had a great run to finish in 39:40 and 15th M50.
Overall winner of 10k was Kenneth Mburu Kenya M45 in 29:28!
Irish runners won 8 medals in today’s race: 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze.
Amhrán na BhFiann is climbing up the Polish charts as Ireland is currently placed 6th of 48 countries on the medals table.
We’ll try and add a photo here later when presentations are made.