Irish Life AAI National Masters Track & Field Championships 2017:
On Sunday 2nd July 2017, local athletes impressed with gold medal winning performances at the Irish Life AAI National Masters Track & Field Championships in Tullamore, Ireland.
Cathal McLaughlin (Derry Track Club), Denise Toner (Clones AC) and David Clarke (North Belfast Harriers) excelled with double gold in their respective age category 800m and 1500m events. Vet50 athlete Cathal clocked 2:11.85 for 1st place in the 800m and 4:30.46 for 1st place in the 1500m. Denise replicated this in her Vet35 category, winning the 800m in 2:15.90 (1st place) and the 1500m in 4:45.40 (1st place). Vet55 athlete David won the 800m in 2:21.68 (1st place) and the 1500m in 4:45.90 (1st place).
Derry Track Club’s Martin Cox looked back to his best following a recent injury when he surged to victory over 1500m, winning the Vet35 gold in 4:11.62 (1st place). Finn Valley AC’s Kieran Carlin put in a strong performance in the Vet45 800m, winning in 2:09.80 (1stplace). Beechmount Harriers’ Catherine Diver ran 2:23.64 for 1st place in the Vet40 800m – Catherine (4:57.71) also claimed a silver medal after taking 2nd place in her 1500m race. while City of Lisburn AC’s Joy McAleer ran 1:19.40 (1st place) to win the Vet55 400m title and 2:52.80 for 2nd place in the 800m.
In the Vet45 category, Finn Valley AC’s Isobel Breslin sealed top spot in the 80m hurdles in 15.94 (1st place) and St Anne’s AC athlete Shane Smith won the 200m in 25.84 (1st place); Shane then recorded 58.85 for 3rd place in the 400m. Vet75 athlete Patrick Forbes win his 100m competition in 14.87 (1st place) and Brian O’Domhnaill (Finn Valley AC) topped the Vet35 5k Walk podium with a 25:06.01 (1st place) finish. – fellow Finn Valley AC athlete Sinead O’Connell (Vet45) won the 3k Walk in 15:37.69 (1st place).
There were plenty of other impressive performances on the day – former World 800m Masters Champion Kelly Neely (City of Lisburn AC) returned to National competition, competing over 400m where she claimed silver after taking 2nd place in 1:00.58. Vet40 athlete Stephen Orr (Orangegrove AC) was competing over 800m and he clocked 2:04:02 for 2nd place. Mid Ulster AC’s Glen Scullion raced to 2nd place in the Vet35 100m, breaking the beam in 12.12. St Anne’s AC man Patrick Crossan took 3rd place in the Vet50 200m (25.85) and 2nd place in the 400m (58.72).
In the tightly contested 5,000m race which was won by Sean McGrath (East Cork AC) in 15:49.86 (1st place), with Northern Ireland pair Chris McGuinness (Foyle Valley AC) and Darrell McKee (Acorns AC) secured the remaining podium places and picked up Vet35 medals for doing so. Chris ran 15:53.91 for 2nd place, with Darrell following in 15:58.23 (3rdplace).
Omagh Harriers’ Trevor McGlynn (Vet35) continued his good recent form with a 17.14 over the 100m hurdles. Regular Masters medallist Jim Harris (Orangegrove AC) picked up a silver medal when running 1:12:23 (2nd place). Breige Molloy (Omagh Harriers) took to the podium after clocking 1:12.93 for 3rd place in the Vet50 400m. Over the same distance, Vet35 athlete Eoghan Lynch (Mid Ulster AC) secured 3rd place in 53.75.