Tullamore Saturday August 12 – National Masters Outdoors Track and Field Championships
There was the usual full programme of masters athletics, with a packed schedule of track and field competitions from 10am to 7pm.
The new Tullamore Harriers track surface provided excellent opportunities for competitors to achieve their goals.
However, conditions were challenging - blustery with occasional heavy showers which caused some events to be delayed.
Ten Mayo AC competitors competed – nine men and World Masters multi-medallist Pauline Moran!
Eight competed in sprint and distance track races in their categories, plus two relays, and two members in four of the field events.
These are their detailed results:
Keith Conroy M40 4th, 12.34
John Walkin M40 4th, 26.00
Christian Macrae M60 7th 30.52
Christian Macrae M60 4th 1:12.17
Mattie Donnellan M65 3rd 1:37.10
Mike Griffin M45 5th 2:15.46
Pauline Moran W65 1st 2:56.58
Ronnie Naylor M65 5th 5:50.34
Pauline Moran W65 1st 5:58.85
Pauline Moran W65 1st 12:15.96
Brendan Staunton M40 (7.26kg) 1st 11.98
Martin Peyton M70 (4kg) 2nd 9:45
Brendan Staunton M40 (2kg) 2nd 36.94
Brendan Staunton M40 (7.26kg) 4th 32.28
Martin Peyton M70 (4kg) 1st 26.18
Weight For Distance (WFD)
Martin Peyton (28lbs) M70 2nd 8.12
The final competitions of the day were relays.
The Mayo AC 4 x 100m relay team of Mike Griffin Keith Conroy John Walkin John Brennan ran against
Dundrum South Dublin AC, and Tullamore Harriers. A brilliant win for Mayo AC with Mike Griffin leading off, handing over to Keith Conroy, on to John Brennan on third leg, and
John Walkin took the baton few metres behind before overtaking and sprinting brilliantly to win dramatically on the line in great style in 49:60, DSD 49.88, Tullamore 51:26.
Just before 7pm In the final event of the day there was another relay gold and icing on the cake for Mayo AC in the 4 x 400m.
The same team Mike Griffin Keith Conroy John Walkin and J repeated their 4x100m relay win with another excellent performance to win gold in 3:54.27 from Newbridge AC 4:01.34 and Dooneen AC 4:05.57.
They were well supported by first sub Gerry Kirrane and by our other other medallists all the way round the 4 laps, and to the great delight also of senior sprinter Declan Owens.
Congratulations to the Mayo AC National Masters medal winners: Pauline Moran 3 gold, Brendan Staunton gold and silver, Martin Peyton gold and two silver in M70, Mattie Donnellan bronze, and two relay golds – 4x100m and 4x400m – and well done to all who competed and represented the club proudly and successfully.
Full results are at www.mayoac.com.