Robert Hefernan (Togher AC), fourth in the 50k walk at the Olympics, was back in action today at the Munster Indoor championships held in the Nenagh Olympic stadium. On this occasion he competed in the 5,000m and recorded a comfortable win in a time of 19:13.82, some thirty seconds faster than he has done in any previous season’s opener.
Heffernan’s training partner Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC), who also competed in the Olympic 50k walk, and is now based in Cork where he is coached by Heffernan, chased him home in a time of 19:39.11 to take over twenty seconds off his indoor best.
Cian McMenaman (Westport AC), who has also changed his base to Cork to train with Heffernan, was third in 20:18.96 taking over twenty seconds off his indoor best.
Another of Heffernan’s squad, Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) won the junior 5,000m race, held in conjunction with the seniors, in 21:28.56, 47 seconds faster than his previous best.
After over a year of injury and illness, Irish long jump record holder Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) made a welcome return to competition, winning the senior 60m in a time of 7.69. She will contest the long jump at the AAI Games in Athlone in three weeks time.
David Hynes (Menapians AC) won the senior 60m in 6.96, his fastest season’s opener ever.