In the women’s events, 24-hour Irish Record Holder on both track and road, and 5th place finisher at the World and European 24-Hour Championships, Ruthann Sheahan (Athenry AC), will compete in a host of events in the W35 category. Celbridge AC’s Paula Reilly, the reigning 100m champion and last year’s 200m runner-up, will line up again in both short sprint events in the W40 category and will have her eyes on the double after showing her form in the indoor season when she won the National Masters Indoor 60m.
Masters International, Anne Gormley (Donore Harriers), takes to the track in the W50 3,000m Walk. A 7th place finisher at the 2012 World Masters Indoor Championships, Gormley will likely take home the title unscathed.
Verena Fenlon (St. Josephs AC), who won five medals at last year’s championships including Gold in the Javelin, will compete in the W40 Long Jump, Shot Putt and Javelin and will be a likely title contender again. 2012 Shot Putt and Discus Champion, Mary Barrett (Loughrea AC), will take to the throwing circle again this year in the W50 looking for another double success, but will have Moira Aston (Trim AC) to challenge her, who makes her debut in this category. Lucy Moore-Fox (DSD AC), who competed at the World Masters Indoor Championships in 2012 in both the Shot Putt and High Jump, competes again in both events in the W55 category. Moore-Fox is the W55 National Record holder in the both the High Jump and Shot Putt and will likely dominate the events on Saturday.
In the men’s events, 2012 double Gold sprints champion, Mattia Leoni (Leevale AC) will line up once again in the M35 200m and 400m and will be seeking to retain his titles. Niall Shiel (St. Killians AC) will look to retain his M35 2012 1500m title, which he won in an impressive 4.11:39, as will Catch Grennan (Tullamore Harriers) in the M40 category – holder of the M35 800m National Record. Pat Timmons (Raheny Shamrocks AC) will toe the line in the M60 category over the two-lap distance and will look to retain his 2012 title which he won in impressive fashion in 2.26 minutes.
Aidan Gillespie (Rosalee AC), who took the M40 High Jump and Long Jump titles last year, will compete again in both events and will be the likely victor.
Kieron Stout (Celbridge AC) will be favourite to take the M40 Shot Putt and Discus following his double gold performance at last year’s championships. Stout finished 4th in the Shot Putt at the National Senior Track and Field Championships this year. Patsy O’Connor (Tralee Harriers) will compete in the throwing events again this year following his four gold medal haul from last year’s championships in the Javelin, Shot Putt, Discus and 56lbs for Distance and will likely remain untouched this year. Other likely title contenders in the throwing events are Pat Moore (Leevale AC) in the M65, John O’Connor (Naas AC) in the M70 Shot Putt and Patsy Conboy (Brothers Pearse AC) who won both Discus and Hammer, as well as a silver in the Shot Putt, in last years M70 category.