Former Irish 400m record holder Paul McKee won the M35 60 in 7.19 secs and then set a new Irish record for the 200 of 22.36at the Woodie’s DIY National Masters in Athlone.
UCD coach James Nolan, another former Irish international and Olympian, set a new M35 record of 4:00.76 winning the 1500m after pushing the pace from the start.
Martina O’Dwyer (Carrick-on-Suir) beat Tullamore’s Pauline Curley to win the 3000m in 10:25.22, taking the lead on the final 200m lap and improving on her own W35 record. Curley’s time of 10:25.96 was a new W40 best. Only last week, Curley won the national masters’ cross-country title.
|Zoe Brown – 3rd in Sheffield|
In the women’s 800m, Bernie Byrne of Clonliffe improved the W50 record to 2:32.55, while Cushla Murphy Hehir of Marian set a new W55 record of 2:49.86.
In the older age groups, 79-year-old Ernie Caffrey from Ballin was first in the M75 400m with a time of 82 secs.
* At the British Indoor trials in Sheffield, Amy Foster (City of Lisburn) finished 8th in the 60m with a time of 7.44; she had run 7.43 for 4th in her semi-final and won her heat in 7.47. Winner of the final in 7.14 was Asha Philip. Ferrybank’s Niamh Whelan ran 7.72 in her semi-final and was 3rd with 7.71 in her heat. Not making it through from the heats was Irish record hold Ailis McSweeney of Leevale who ran 7.75 and Louise Kiernan who ran 7.83.
Zoe Brown of Raheny Shamrock jumped 4.20m to finish third in the women’s pole vault – not too far off her best of 4.30m.
In the men’s 800m heats, Ferrybank’s Billy Ryan ran 1:54.86 and Mark Patterson of North Down 1:55.98. Claire Tarplee of DSD won her 800m heat in 2:07.24 and qualified for the final with the third fastest time of the day.
Behind her, Raheny’s Siobhan Eviston ran 2:09.92 to finish second but wasn’t fast enough to make the final (winners and two fastest losers). Newry junior Aislinn Crossey was second in her heat in 2:12.16, with Erin McIlveen of City of Lisburn running 2:13.67 in the same heat.
Saturday February 9