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Super Saturday

Congrats to all athletes who survived the heatwave in Tullamore last Saturday 13th Aug at AAI Irish Life Masters T & F Champs. On a very busy day, following the introduction of additional events, the day concluded with the Women’s & Men’s 4 x400m relays, with G.C.H & An Riocht A.C. taking the honours. A number of International visitors also took part, with Alastair Walker M65 of Teviotdale Hrs, Scotland setting a Masters World Record of 16:36.59 in the 5000m. Tremendous running given the intense heat. He was ably assisted by Pauric McKinney M55 of Inishowen A.C. who helped push the pace along, striking out for victory with a 16:36.26. Full results available now online via AAI website @

IMAA would like thank Andrew Lynam, Competitions Sec AAI & all Officials & Volunteers who helped out on the day, giving their time freely & ensuring that the programme ran as smoothly as possible. Also the athletes who participated in Athletes Parade acknowledging the incredible performances from Braga & Tampere, greatly appreciated the applause from the Stand. One other small presentation took place to Ann Gormley, Donore Hrs., who was the recipient of the Tadgh Lynch Trophy, for her services to Masters Athletics.

Next Championship event is AAI Irish Life National ½ Marathon Champs which will be run in conjunction with Rathoath ½ marathon on Sat 10thSept. Please see online entry via AAI website.

I would also like to remind those who might wish to try something a little different. Our colleagues in IMRA are hosting World Mountain Champs in Comeragh Mountains, Clonmel on Sat 3rd & Sun 4th Sept. Entries close on Sun 22nd Aug. Please click on the links below for further information or entry. Also athletes must register as Members of IMRA, cost €10

Finally, we would like to congratulate Ann-Marie McGlynn on her incredible run in the marathon on the opening Athletics day of European Championships in Munich on Monday morning last. She worked her way through the field, posting 2:38.26, finishing in 28th place & assisting the Women’s Team of Fionnuala McCormack & Aoife Cooke to a very commendable 5th overall.

Mike Fennell

President/Sec IMAA

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