Hat-trick hero Gough the man
West Waterford's Joe Gough lived up to expectations when he made it an M60 hat-trick in the 200m, 400m and 800m at the Irish Life Health National Masters Indoors in Athlone.
Also notching up a treble was Snezana Bechtina of Clonliffe Harriers who won the W65 60m, 200m and 400m.
Her club-mate Ciara Peelo, a former Olympic sailor, finished second behind her in both 200m and 400m.
Sligo's John McDermott won the M70 200m and 400m after finishing second in the 60m behind many times champion Brendan Dennehy of Rising Sun. In the field, Clonliffe's Marcin Klinkosz won the M35 high jump with an impressive 1.86m and also took the shot with 11.60m.
Other double winners included Shane Sheridan of DSD in the M55 60m and 200m; Sheridan is part of a small Irish team entered for the World Indoor Masters in Daegeu in ten days time.
Over the longer distances, Martin McEvilly of Galway City Harriers won the 1500m and 3000m in the M65 class.
Oldest competitor on the day was 84-year-old Pat Naughton of Nenagh Olympic who won the M80 60m, shot putt, long jump and high jump and weight for distance.
Fastest men's time over 1500m came from John Fenlon of St Abban's who won the M40 title by over ten seconds in 4:10.55.
World champion Brian Lynch of North East Runners was a comfortable winner of the M60 3000m in an excellent time of 10 mins 9.48 secs, with the fastest time of the day coming in the M35 race won by Mallow's Paul Moloney in 8:58.95. Winning the M55 title was Tom O'Connor of Liffey Valley.
Denise Toner of Clones produced a classy performance to win the W35 1500m in 4:36.23. Fractionally slower was Niamh Fitzgerald of Lucan Harriers who won the W40 title in 4:47.36. Out on her own in the W45 race was Jackie Carty of Kilmore, while winning the W50 race was Cathryn Brady of DSD.
One of the races of the day was the W45 800, with Bridget Clarke of Na Fianna just making it to the line ahead of DSD's Cathryn Brady, and Vanessa Sallier of Rathfarnham AC a close third.
Over 3000m, Toner finished second behind Kathryn Casserly of Galway City Harriers. Former master cross-country champion Maria McCarthy of Farranfore MV was first W40 and Raheny's Orla Gormley first W50.
Riocht's Ger Cremin was an impressive winner of the M35 60m hurdles, with his club-mate Jer O'Donoghue winning the M35 60m sprint. In the M45 60m hurdles, Kevin Byrne of DSD was setting a new Irish age-group record.