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Magic Masters set for Athlone


Magic Masters set for Athlone

The Irish Life Health Masters Indoor Championships take place in Athlone this Saturday (March 10) with medals, records and fun in store.

Masters athletics is in fine fettle in Ireland with international success a regular tonic to attract attention to a myriad of wonderful performances.

Joe Gough (West Waterford) recently set an 800m world record in the M65 age category and he will compete over that distance and 400m this Saturday. Matt Slattery (Clonliffe Harriers) will be looking to challenge him over the 400m.

Kelly Neely (City of Lisburn AC) recently won silver over 1500m at the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Championships and is entered in the F35 1500m and 3000m in Athlone.

Other women who will feature in the middle distance events include Annette Kealy (Raheny Shamrock A.C.) in the F50 3000m, Adrienne Atkins (Raheny Shamrock A.C.) in the F50 1500m, Anne Gilshinan (Slaney Olympic A.C.) F50 800m and 1500m, Niamh Fitzgerald (Lucan Harriers A.C.) in the F40 800m and 400m, and Joy McAleer (Lisburn AC) in the F55 800m.

Those that will compete in multiple events including technical are Mary Barrett (Loughrea A.C.) in the F55, Geraldine Finegan (North East Runners A.C.) in the F50, Avril Dillon (Dundrum South Dublin A.C.) and Snezana Bechtina (Clonliffe Harriers) in the F35 age category.

Jer O'Donoghue (An Ríocht AC) will aim to be the fastest man on the day in the M35 60m while John MacDermott (Sligo A.C.) will be one of the elder statesman in the M70 age group looking to run fast over 60m.

Ger Cremin (An Ríocht AC) has been a standout performer and is entered in multiple events in the M35 age group including the 60m Hurdles and the 400m.

1996 Olympian Shane Healy (Metro/St. Brigid's A.C.) will compete in the M45 800m where he will face stiff competition for gold against Mark O'Shea (Drogheda & District A.C.).

Denis Coughlan (St. Finbarrs A.C.) will be another looking to compete well over 800m in the M35 section.

Marcin Klinkosz (Clonliffe Harriers A.C.) and Brian Peppard (Monaghan Phoenix A.C.) will be looking for good performances in their respective M35 and M50 high jump competitions.

Two of the oldest competitors on the day will be Micheal O'Beirne (Dundrum A.C.) and Michael Hayes (St. Marys (Clare) A.C.) in the M85 shot put.

For provisional entries and timetable click HERE

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