Great action away from the track

Congratulations to our colleagues in IMRA who hosted a very successful Masters World Mountain Championships in the Comeragh Mountains in Clonmel last weekend. They put on a brilliant event, with all the hard work paying off, together with the support of large team of Officials & local volunteers. It was great to see such large numbers from IMAA also supporting these Champs, including 2 former IMAA Presidents, Mags Greenan & Sean McMullin, both who contributed to Team medals. Pride of place to the Women, who won 8 Ind medals, with Kate Purcell F35, Becky Quinn F45 & Pauline Moran F65 winning Gold, plus 5 Team Gold & 3 Team Silvers, right across all the age categories. Martin McDonald M65 was the sole Male Irish winner, with 3 additional Ind silver medals & 1 bronze. Again medals were won right across all the Men’s categories, with 3 Gold, 4 Silver & 2 Bronze. Full results can be viewed viawww.wmmrch2022.ie

Irish Life AAI ½ Marathon Champs will take place in conjunction with Ratoath ½ Marathon this Sat 10thSept. Online entries still appear to be open. Please see www.athleticsireland.ie for additional details. Please note that Masters Team declarations will close on Wed night 7th Sept. Best wishes to all competing.

Masters CC Trials will be held in conjunction with AAI Autumn CC in Abbottstown on Sun 16th Oct. Again entries will be via Athletics Ireland website. The British & Irish Masters will be hosted by IMAA this year & will be run on Sat 13th Nov in Santry.

Selection details remain same as in previous years; i.e. for teams where 6 Athletes are required, M35 up to M50 incl. first 4 across the line will gain automatic selection, with the option of 2 wildcard requests, (if submitted) been considered by selection committee. All other teams, i.e.M55 to M75 plus all women’s teams have 4 Athletes, with first 3 across the line gaining selection with 1 wildcard option.

Athlete’s wishing to be considered for selection must be a registered member of an Athletics club, plus also be a fully paid up member of IMAA (Annual Fee €15) Any Athlete unable to compete at the trial but wishes to be considered for team selection, then requests must be submitted in writing, outlining why unable to attend plus also provide recent race results from previous 6-8 weeks. These should be forwarded to International Sec, Pat O’Grady @ internationalsec@gmail.com

Verbal or phone requests will not be entertained.

Mike Fennell

President/Sec IMAA

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