Athletics: Double wins for Gough and Curley
AT the Glo Health National Masters Indoors in Athlone, M60 800m world record holder Joe Gough of West Waterford added two more titles to his vast collection when he won the 400m in 59.60 secs and the 800m in 2 mins 17.16 secs.
Another double winner was Tullamore's Pauline Curley with wins in the W45 800m and 3000m. One of the races of the day was the W35 800m, where Denise Toner of Clones showed impressive form to beat Lisburn's Kelly Neely in 2:16.62, Neely was timed at 2.16.98.
Toner also won the 1,500m and now heads to the European Indoors in Poland as part of the 47-strong Irish team.
Raheny Shamrock was having a good day with Damien Martin winning the M45 3000m, Mick Traynor beating Paul Cowhie of Civil Service to win the M50 3000m, and Pat Timmons first M65 1500m. Winning the M40 400m in 56.20 seconds was Seán Murray of Tallaght.
In the M35 sprints, Ballymena's Jonathan Carleton clocked a time of 7.15 secs to beat Kevin Cogley of Menapians, who had the consolation of winning the 200m in 23.27 secs.
DSD's Shane Sheridan was an impressive winner of the M55 60m in 8.05 secs, while Nenagh's Pat Naughton and Hugh Gallagher of Milford won M80 and M90 60m titles respectively.
During the championships, Pat Naughton was presented with the Tadgh Lynch Award as Master Athlete of the Year - well deserved after a lifetime of devotion to athletics.