..”stunning display of speed and endurance” – Run Republic

There’s widespread coverage of the two world masters relay records from yesterday’s event at Morton Stadium. The headline quote is from runrepublic.com:


Following yesterday’s W65 4x800m world record, we received approximate splits for each member of the team from Ronan Gately – event organiser.

In context, we recognise that all four Irish W65 relay runners are more comfortable with endurance events from 5k to marathon.

Adopting the best strategy for relay running order was important.

The lead runner is generally second best of the quartet, and Mary Browne was first to run. She ran a 3:05 split handing over to Noreen Bonner who ran 3:33. Brigid McCabe ran the third leg in 3:20 before handing the baton over to Pauline Moran- the fastest of the four – and she completed the anchor leg brilliantly in  3:01 to a 12:59.94 finish,  setting the new world W65 4x800m record.

New member Mary Browne has not had much track experience. However, she won 1500m gold in the Leinster Senior, Masters Outdoor Championships in Carlow last year in 6:04.52.

Prior to Sunday she ran a few 800s during a recent training camp in Portugal, the best being 3:15. So Mary’s 3:05 split time in Santry was a massive improvement.

Mary joins our excellent W50 team as we look ahead to the National Outdoors in Tullamore on August 4, and the half-marathon championships in Charleville on Sunday September 15. And on into the 2024/25 cross-country season.

Our W50 team have had significant  National medal success on track, road and cross-country championships in recent years.

The addition of Mary Browne combined with three W55s: Colette Tuohy, Angela O’Connor and Breege Blehein, Monica Joyce W60, our W65 superwoman Pauline Moran and Mags Glavey W70 make for an even more formidable masters squad. Watch this space!




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