The National Masters Track and Field Championships were held in the Tullamore Harriers Stadium on Sunday. Athletes from the Gowran, Brow Rangers and St Joseph’s clubs featured prominently.
On the track St Joseph’s race walkers once again took top spots in their age categories with gold medal performances in the women’s 3k race by Maggie Helen O’Connor (V40) and Brid Lawlor (V55). John Joe Lawlor took gold in his men’s 5k category, retaining his National title.
Also in action on the track was Gowran athlete Marty Kelly, who finished just outside the medals with a fourth place finish in the 200m.
There was local success also in the field events. Pat Mahon (Gowran) set a new championship record with a leap of 5m 23cm in the M55 long jump.
In the Hammer Brow Rangers athlete Joe Kelly was the gold medal winner at M45 level. Murty Kelly won silver in the M65 category while Austin Lee (St Joseph’s) took bronze in the M35 category.
The Discus competitions delivered silver medal performances from Austin Lee, Verena Fenlon and Murty Kelly, as well as a bronze medal for Mary Breen (St Joseph’s). In the shot-put competitions Verana Fenlon won silver, while bronze medals went to Austin Lee and Mary Breen of St Josephs and Joe and Murty Kelly of Brow Rangers.
There were some good performances in the javelin events also with St Joseph’s athletes Mary Breen and Verena Fenlon picking up bronze medals.
Kilkenny athletes were on the podium this weekend at the national finals of the community games in Athlone.
Annie McEvoy won gold in the girls’ under-16 marathon (7k) while silver went to Aoibhe Roche.
Completing the county team, which took the team gold, were Ella Richardson and Issey Shine.
In the boys’ marathon (7k) Shay McEvoy was the silver medal winner while Rory MacGabhann took the bronze medal in the high jump, clearing 1.75m in the process.
The Three Sisters Women’s Mini Marathon (10k) will be held in Thomastown on Sunday. The race starts in the town, making its way through Ballylinch Stud before returning to the finish. There will also be a 5k event open to all.
Full details and registration are available from www.threesistersminimarathon.com