World champ Gough is going for a hat-trick
A record entry is expected for Sunday's Irish Life Health National Masters Indoor Championships taking place in Athlone (11.0).
Among those entered is West Waterford's World champion Joe Gough who is aiming for an M60 200m, 400m, 800m hat-trick. Another prolific medal winner at National, European and World Championships is Brian Lynch of North East Runners, who is favourite to retain the M60 3000m title.
Likely to take a few medals in the sprints is Shane Sheridan of DSD who is the defending M55 60m, 200m and 400m champion and has also won 100m, 200m and 400m titles outdoors.
Winning British Masters titles at 1500m and 3000m last summer was the steadily improving Anne Gilshinan of Menapians, who is the defending W50 800m champion. In the W60 age group, Maxine Jones of DSD was in record breaking form on the track last summer.
The ever-young Pauline Curley of Tullamore Harriers, who still competes at senior level, will drop down from her usual long distances to defend her W45 3000m title.
Showing good form at last weekend's Leinster Indoors in Abbotstown was Niamh Fitzgerald of Lucan Harriers who warmed up for the National Masters with victory in the W40 1500m. Fitzgerald won a bronze medal at last year's European Indoor Masters.
Also at the Leinster Indoors, triple jumper Saragh Buggy of St Abban's rounded off her indoor season with a personal best of 13.31m