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Weekend Roundup

Congratulations to all Master Athletes who competed at AAI National Half Marathon on Sat 26th Aug run in conjunction with Bord na Mona ½ marathon, hosted by Tullamore Hrs. First male home was Ryan Creech of Leevale A.C in a time of 65.49 having almost a 3 minute winning margin over David Mahon of Slaney Olympic, followed home by Peter Somba of Dunboyne A.C. just 2 seconds behind in 3rd place. Master Athletes dominated the top 3 in the Women’s race, with Natasha Adams F45 from Letterkenny A.C. home first in a time of 78:15 followed by Heather Murphy of St Michaels A.C. recording 78:53 & Norah Newcombe Pietrse F40 taking bronze stopping the clock on 79.13. Special mention to Pauline Moran F65 who ran 1.30.58. Subject to ratification, this is almost 2 mins off current World F65 Masters road best. Full results now available on AAI website @www.athleticsireland.ie or throughwww.Myrunresults.com

Advised by International Sec. Pat O’Grady that 123 Athletes have registered for European Masters T&F Champs in Pescara. There is a special WhatsApp group set up for those competing, providing up to date news & other necessary information so if not registered, please text Anne Gormley who can add you to the group. Lucy Moore also presented a very informative talk recently in relation to anti-doping and we would urge all Master Athletes to check this out. As Lucy pointed out at the very start, for all Athletes, “your body, your responsibility” Drug testing did take place earlier this year at 123.ie AAI Masters Indoor Champs in Athlone, so it is important that all are fully aware & compliant with existing rules.

Looking further ahead & for those who are already thinking about the CC season, please note that Athletes who are looking forward to British & Irish Masters CC Champs, hosted this year by Scottish Masters on Sat 11th Nov in Tollcross Park, Glasgow. Team selection will follow trial race held in conjunction with AAI Autumn CC in Abbottstown, Sunday 15th Oct. Entries should open shortly via AAI website, plus we will furnish more details re selection criteria over the coming weeks

George Maybury,

President IMAA

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