After Sinéad’s 10,000 metres victory in Townsville and Norah’s 10k win in Ransboro, another of our champions – masters track and field star Patrick Moran travelled over on Friday last to compete in the British Masters Combined Events Championships.
It wasn’t a straight forward journey for Galway based Patrick, and included two overnight stops in Manchester – the championships took place at Costello Stadium, a multi use venue in Kingston upon Hull in East Yorkshire.
Patrick won silver M60 in the 2018 championships in Sheffield and he returned this year with hopes of emulating that brilliant performance.
This weekend he took on the decathlon challenge again, ten events over two days. This is one of the toughest athletic tests comprising a range of disciplines and demanding mental and physical strength, technique, and endurance.
Athletics is always about the details so here are his performance statistics:
80m hurdles=23.7 (PB)
1500m= 6:35 (PB)
total decathlon points 3887 (PB!)
He led his M60 category after Day 1 which took place in temperatures of 28°C.
It was cool and breezy today (21°C) when he won the M60 gold medal finishing in first place with total of 3887 points. It was a personal best total and included three PBs – 100m, 80m hurdles and 1500m.
He says it was a very well run event.
This gold medal achievement is a major success for the Shrule native and “all the sweeter after two bronze and two silver placings in the last eight years.”