What an amazing week it was for Mayo AC's star master athlete Pauline Moran. Following her recent performances in the National Masters Indoors Championships when she broke three W60 age category records, she went to Poland to compete in the World Masters Athletics Championships held in Toruń from March 24-30. Competition is keen as athletes from all over the world compete against their peers on track & field, cross country and road in all age categories from 35 - 90+.
On Monday March 25 she ran in the 8k cross-country race and came home in 35:36 to win a silver individual medal.
Two days later she was on the start line for the women's W60 10k and finished in second place again to add another silver. Unfortunately, after that tough 10k
Pauline came down with a stomach bug and thought she wouldn’t make the start of Saturday morning's half marathon. It was to be her third race in five days, completing just short of a marathon in total distance - and an amazing achievement in itself.
However, with typical courage and resilience she finished ran another brilliant race crossing the line in an impressive 1:38.02, but sadly just outside the medals in fourth place.
In that half marathon race Pauline was joined by Nuala Reilly (Drogheda &District AC) and Noreen Bonner (Finn Valley AC) - both also excellent competitors - in an Irish women's W60 team and a formidable combination.
Noreen Bonner came home in third place to win individual bronze in an excellent 1:35.36. Third team member Nuala Reilly ran strongly for fifth W60 in 1:40.12. The W60 winner was Marcelina Hernaiz (ESP) in 1:34.16.
This 3,4.5 finish gave the Irish team a cumulative total of 4:53.44 to clinch W60 team gold.
Naturally, Pauline was exhausted afterwards but delighted to end an amazing five days with gold.
Three races, three world masters medals - two individual silver, and one gold team. A fantastic performance.
Ireland had 110 masters in Toruń and when the championships finished they were an impressive 11th place of 55 competing countries on the medals table with 41 : 10 gold, 18 silver and 13 bronze. And Pauline Moran had contributed three to that total.
Mayo AC are delighted and immensely proud of her achievement.