The National Masters Track and Field outdoor championships were held today at Morton Stadium, Santry.Competitors were restricted to two events and Athletics Ireland Covid-19 guidelines applied on the day.
However, online Athletics Ireland competition data showed that 547 athletes entered the T&F championships, with 802 entries in events and 20 teams. Sprints and distance events had the most entries among the 802 – there was a total of 77 competitors entered in the men’s 1500m.
Mayo AC had just two members competing.
Paula Donnellan ran in the W40 3,000 metres. There were two runners in the category and Paula came home second in 12.25 to claim silver. Winner was Deirdre McCrae GCH in 12:16. In this W40 event pre pandemic in 2019 there were five competitors with the first four finishing in under 11 minutes. In today’s women’s 3,000m Maria McCambridge DSD AC ran the fastest time winning W45 in 10.02.04.
Mayo AC’s other competitor was Martin Peyton. He competed in the shot put and javelin in his M70 category. He won silver in the shot put in 9:71 – three competitors. In the javelin Martin won another silver with a 23.61 throw behind the only other competitor winner Pat Moore Leevale AC 34.71
Congratulations to Martin and Paula on their silver medal wins today.
Some Connacht and other results in distance events :
Shane Hayes Sligo AC won the M40 5,000m in 16:07. He ran in the Swinford Harvest Series Cloontia 6k recently – it served him well. Ray McNamara Ballina AC was third in the M35 5,000m in 17.21. Ger Hartnett Tuam AC won the M45 category in 16:37.39. (The M50 5,000m winner was Vivian Foley Eagle AC in a brilliant 15:39.42, he also won M50 1500m in a very close finish- a margin of .006 seconds – in 4:31.93). Martin McEvilly GCH was second in M70 5,000m in 21:53.47, with Andy Talbot Clare River Harriers third in 22:43.33. McEvilly also won the 1500m in 6:06.91, two competed.
Mattie Coleman Ballina AC was fifth in M60 5,000m in 21:08.60 and took silver in the 800m in 2:37.70. Andy Talbot won silver M70 in 3:09.77.