Pauline Moran European masters cross country W60
silver medal winner
The latest chapter in the amazing story of Pauline Moran’s athletics journey is about to unfold – ‘When Pauline went to Venice’.
Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Not exactly suitable apart from gondola racing.
From 5 to 15 September the nearby coastal resort town of Jesolo is hosting the European Athletics Master Championships (EMACS) at the Picchi Stadium.
The 21st edition of the event also takes place at two other towns on the Venetian Riviera: Caorle and Eraclea, and will be dedicated to the over 35s for track and field, road, and cross country events.
Pauline doesn’t do things by halves (half marathons excepted) so she’s going to be busy over the next week. She’s among over 70 Irish masters athletes competing.
This morning she competed in her first event, the 4k cross country race at Caorle. Thunder, lightning and rain in the local area made conditions difficult for the 22 runners on the W60 start line.
Pauline had a great race and contested the lead throughout finishing in a brilliant second place for silver in 15:26. The race winner was Rosa Mota who came home in 15.14.
Winner Rosa Mota with Pauline Moran
Rosa Mota is a Portuguese former marathon runner, one of her country’s foremost athletes, being the first sportswoman from Portugal to win Olympic gold. Mota was the first woman to win multiple Olympic marathon medals as well as being the only woman to be the reigning European, World, and Olympic champion at the same time in the 1980s.
Together with Eileen Kenny and Evelyn McNelis Pauline led the Irish W60 team to bronze in the 4k cross country team event.
So that’s a magnificent achievement for Pauline and a great start to her EMACS week. We’ll be reporting her progress as she competes in other events.