Joe Gough hoping to Master rest of field
A TOTAL of 47 Irish men and women have entered the European Masters Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland taking place from March 24 and most of those compete in Sunday's Glo Health National Masters Indoors in Athlone.
Masters athletics is thriving and record entries are expected in all events. Among those certain to compete is West Waterford's Joe Gough winner of the European M60 outdoors title over 800m last summer.
Other starters will include Pauline Curley of Tullamore, who never turns down the chance of a good race, and Lucan's Niamh Fitzgerald, a surprise winner of the W35 800m last year. 'In a previous life', Fitzgerald ran for Ireland at the 1999 World Cross-Country Championships.
Biggest entries will turn out for the sprints, with Ratoath's Peter Doherty and Kevin Cogley of Menapians among the names to watch otu for.
Masters face a busy few months, with Mick Traynor of Raheny Shamrock among those focussing their attention on the European Non-Stadia Championships in Grossetto Italy from May 15, where Irish teams will compete in road races, walks and cross-country. Target is at least one team medal.
Later in the summer comes the World Masters Track and Field Championships in Lyon, France. In November, Santry is the venue for the annual British and Irish International Cross-Country, where the home side is aiming to relegate England to second place for the first time in the event's history.