The European Masters Athletics Championships 2019 were held in Jessolo, Italy from 5th – 15th September.
The Irish Team performed exceptionally strongly yet again, claiming a total of 32 medals (12 Gold, 12 Silver and 8 Bronze). This resulted in Team Ireland finishing 14th out of 59 countries (only 35 countries medalled) – a superb performance relative to our population size.
Special mention must go Annette Kealy who won double Gold in W50 in 5k and 10k. Annette also won Bronze as part of the Irish W40 4km Cross Country Team. Also to the amazing Anne Woodlock who won Gold in W80 5k and Silver in 1,500m. Maurice McMahon achieved a similar feat winning Gold in M45 4 km Cross Country and Silver in 5km and he was also a key member of Irish Team that won Bronze in M45 4km Cross Country.
Also particular credit to both Brian Lynch and Joe Gough both of whom took double Gold in the M65 category (Brian in 4km Cross County and in 5km and Joe in 800m and 1,500m), Brian also won silver in the 1,500 (behind Joe for an Irish 1, 2) and was part of the Irish M65 Team that won silver in the 4km Cross County.
Annette Quaid won Silver in the W40 category in both the 800m (behind Denise Toner who won Gold for another Irish 1, 2) and 400m.
Also noteworthy is that there were 10 Team Medals won by Irish Teams across 10k and 20k Race-walks; 4k Cross Country; Half-marathon, 4x100 and 4x400m. Full credit to all athletes involved in these teams and to Team Managers: Anne Gormley; Ian Egan and Sean McDermott and to relay team managers Patrick Crossan; Carol Kearney and Ger Cremin. Ni neart go cur le cheile!
The full list of medal winners is as follows:
W80 – Anne Woodlock – 5k
W50 – Annette Kealy – 5k
W50 – Annette Kealy – 10k Road
W40 – Denise Toner – 800m
M65 – Brian Lynch – 4k Cross Country
M65 – Brian Lynch – 5k
M65 – Joe Gough – 800m
M65 – Joe Gough – 1,500m
M55 – Paul Moran – Half Marathon
M45 – Kevin Lynch – 400m
M45 – Maurice McMahon – 4k Cross Country
M35 – 20km Race Walk Team (Brian O’Domhnaill, Ross Alexander and Sean McMullin)
W80 – Anne Woodlock – 1,500m
W60 – Pauline Moran – 4k Cross Country
W60 – Pauline Moran – 10k Road
W40 – Annette Quaid – 400m
W40 – Annette Quaid – 800m
M65 – Brian Lynch – 1,500m
M50 – David Hayde – 100m
M45 – Maurice McMahon – 5k
M35 – Ross Alexander – 20k Road Walk
W35 – 4x100m Relay (Leanne Wellings, Kathryn McDevitt, Annette Durkan and Sinead O’Regan)
M65 – 4k Cross Country Team (Brian Lynch, Paul Elliott and Michael Jordan)
M40 – 4x400m Relay Team (Adrian McGinley, Ger Cremin, Kevin Lynch and Jim Phelan) – new Irish Record (3:33:64)
W50 – Cathryn Brady – 10k Road Race
W35 – Snezana Bectina – 200m
W60 – Half Marathon Team (Noreen Bonner, Nuala Reilly and Gloria Donaghey)
W60 – 4k Cross Country Team (Pauline Moran, Eileen Kenny and Evelyn McNelis)
W40 – 4k Cross Country Team (Michelle Kenny, Annette Kealy and Ashling Smith)
M45 – 4k Cross Country Team (Maurice McMahon, Declan Toal and Philip O’Doherty)
M40 – 4x100m Relay Team (Kevin Lynch, Ger Cremin, Brian Boyce and Jim Phelan) – new Irish Record 45:38.
M35 – 10k Race Walk Team (Brian O’Domhnaill, Ross Alexander and John Laste)