Congratulations to all who ran & survived the AAI National Life Health Masters CC in Clarinbridge on Sun 11th Feb. It was indeed a challenging & energy sapping course, with the earlier Juvenile races helping to churn up the underfoot conditions and abetted by the biting cold plus occasional snow showers. Despite this almost 450 Athletes faced the Starter in the 2 races, with Sara Doohan Corran A.C. fending off a stiff challenge from Michelle Kenny of Leevale with Martina Kiely of St. Finbarrs taking 3rsd spot. Other eye catching performances included, Karen Costello, 4th overall & 1st F40, Colette Tuohy, 9th overall and 1st F45 with Ashling Smith just a few strides behind for silver. Former Masters Champs. Annette Kealy finished 15th overall and first F50, Niamh O’Sullivan, 28th & 1st F55. Carmel Parnell put the disappointment of having to miss the British & Irish Masters CC last Nov & retained her F60 title. Eileen Kenny, Mullingar Hrs & mother of Michelle, captured her 1st ever Masters title when winning the F65s and debutant, Mary Martin, Dunboyne A.C won her 1st National title also, at 73 years of age.  Crusader’s A.C. won theF35 club title , with Cork capturing the County. An Riocht won the F50s with Dublin winning the County title. 28 clubs in all completed.

 

With the M65 plus also running in the opening race, Martin McEvilly, G.C.H.  took advantage of “local knowledge” to win the M65 title, with Richard Piotrowski, Eagle A.C. taking the M70s & Christy Creagh, Mullingar A.C. capturing the M75s. Cork won the County title ahead of Galway.

 

A clean sweep for Cork, with Paul Moloney of Mallow A.C. leading home his fellow County Athletes of Alan O’Brien, Eagle A.C. & Sean McGrath of East Cork. Paul was content to sit in early on, before forcing the pace over the second half & worked hard all the way to the line, finishing exhausted but delighted to win his 1st National Masters title.  Again down through the field, former Masters Champs continued to defy age, with Pauric McKinney, Inishowen A.C. 12th overall & 1st M50. Likewise Tommy Payne, Tinryland A.C. 47th overall & 1st M60. Other winners included Dermot McElchar 5th overall & 1st M40, Des Kennedy 7th overall & 1st M45, and Jim Stafford 50thoverall & 1st M55. Rathfarnham A.C. won M35 team in an very tight finish between the top 4 clubs with 24 completing. Cork were impressive winners of Count title. North Belfast Hrs won M50 club, with Wexford winning the County title. Please see AAI website @ www.athleticsireland.ie for full results.

 

A big thank you to all the Official’s, Stewards & local Volunteers who had to endure a long day of Officiating.

 

Reminder that AGM will take place on Sat 17th Feb in Donore Hrs clubhouse, commencing at 2 p.m. Motions & nominations should be lodged with IMAA Sec. Finola Moore by Wed 14th.

 

 Online entries now open for AAI National Life Health Masters Indoor Champs scheduled for Sun 4th March in Athlone. Please see www.athleticsireland.ie

 

Likewise for those intending on travelling & competing at European Masters non Stadia in Alicante 18th – 20th May. Please see www.emacnsalicante2018.com for further details. Please note that entries will close on 30th April.

 

 Michael Fennell,

International Sec. IMAA

087 950 2009 7pm – 10 pm only

IRISH MASTER ATHLETES ASSOCIATION

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