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Saturday 3 December 2016

Athletics: Gold rush for masterly Masters in Poland

Mick Traynor
Mick Traynor

Mick Traynor, Denise Toner and Ann Woodlock led the medals rush for a team of 40-plus Irish at the European Masters Indoors held in Torun, Poland last week.

Traynor, from Raheny Shamrocks won the M50 cross-country title with just over a second between him and the well-supported local man Marek Dziegielewski who finished second.

Traynor, who had been targeting this event, also finished third in the 3000m and fifth in the 1500m.

Since her move into the masters' ranks, Denise Toner from Clones has been winning all round her at national level and, in Torun, she produced her best run to date for victory in the W35 800m with a time of 2:15.73.

Then there was the ageless Ann Woodlock of Donore who won the W75 1500m and 3000m. Woodlock began her athletics career through the Women's Mini Marathon over thirty years ago.

Silver medals went to Kathryn Casserly of Castlegar, 2nd W35 1500m; Mary Barrett of Loughrea 2nd in both W50 shot putt and high jump; Derry's Cathal McLoughlin 2nd M45 1500m and Anthony Martin of Carrick Aces 2nd M55 400m.

Lucan's Niamh Fitzgerald won bronze with in the W40 800m, as did Geraldine Finnegan of Dunleer, W45 javelin;   Brian O Domhnaill 5km road walk and Pat Bonass of Clonliffe M70 cross-country.

There were near misses for Paul Smith fourth M35 3000m,  Jacqueline Stamp, 4th W40 1500m, Hazel Galloway 4th W55 200m and Geraldine Finegan 4th W45 pentathlon.

Next up for masters are May's European road championships.

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