National Masters Indoor Championships
National Masters Indoor Championships
The National Masters Indoor Championships will be taking place in the TUS International Arena on Sunday January 30th.
Spectators will be welcome to this competition. There will be dedicated seating areas for spectators.
Facemasks MUST be worn at all times.
Athletes are permitted to remove masks during competition, warm ups and cools downs. Masks must be work by the athletes as they make their way to and from these designated areas.
No Food/Tea/Coffee will be permitted within the arena.
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Results will be Live for the event, Live Results
The Irish Life Health Masters Indoor Championships are back for 2022, taking place on Sunday 30th of January in the TUS International Arena in Athlone with spectator’s welcome.
There will be no shortage of quality on show, with multiple National Champions, as well as World Record Holders set to take to competitive action.
Anne Gilshinan from Slaney AC is back in the 800m competition as she bids to retain her title in the W055 distance. Gilshinan has carried on from where she left off in 2021, setting a new World Record at the recent NIALive competition with a time of 4:43.59 in the 1500m (WO55). The Slaney AC athlete will be one not to miss.
Adrienne Atkins of Raheny Shamrock AC is one to watch in the 1500m distance where she goes up against a competitive line up including Catherine O’Connor (Menapians AC), Angela O’Connor (Mayo AC) and Michelle O’Mahoney (Kilmurray/Clare AC).
Martin Kelly (Menapians AC) will be looking to go one better than his 2020 performance and take gold in the MO65 800m. The evergreen Joe Gough (West Waterford AC) and Mattie Donnellon (Mayo AC) are sure to make this a burn up from the gun.
Nicola Welsh (Dunleer AC), our bronze medal winner in the 1500m in 2020 is back and will have eyes on top spot, while Denise Toner from Clones AC will also be in the race with similar ambitions to finish on top of the podium.
John MacDermot (Sligo AC) will be back to compete against regular rival Michael Kiely (Rising Sun AC) in the 400m sprint (MO75) race.
Ger Cremin (An Riocht) took top spot for the (MO40) 400m race in 2020 and will be looking to keep it in 2022, Eoghan Devlin (Mid Ulster AC) will be sure to make it a challenge for Ger and take top spot after his second place finish in 2020.
In the Women’s throws Lucy Moore (DSD AC), Mary Barrett (Loughrea AC), Mary Breen (St. Josephs AC) and Terri Gough (West Waterford Ac) are all back in action and sure to have stand out performances.
In the Men’s jumps, Ray Swan (Newbridge AC) will look to build on his successful 1.70m High Jump in 2020 which earned him top spot for his category. John Murphy (Liscarroll AC) narrowly missed out on a first-place finish, only .04 of a metre, in 2020 but he’s back to compete and will be one to watch in the Long Jump.
The inspirational Pat Naughton (88) from Nenagh Olympic doubles up in the 60m and Shot Put as he bids to add to his ever growing list of titles (336 masters medals - "most of them gold").
It’s never too late to get involved in athletics and enjoy the feeling of competition, as shown by the number of athletes set to make their national championships indoor debut this weekend.
The Irish Life Health Masters Indoor Championships were back for a fiery kick start to 2022, taking place on Sunday 30th of January in the TUS International Arena in Athlone.
Spectators out in force were treated to a show of competitive action and showed their appreciation with a quality atmosphere for the competitors.
Anne Gilshinan from Slaney AC was most definitely one athlete not to miss at the competition, she took to the 800m and set a time 2.2215, taking first place. A brilliant performance after her new World Record at the recent NIA Live competition with a time of 4:43.59 in the 1500m (WO55).
Adrienne Atkins of Raheny Shamrock AC missed out on top spot in the 1500m as Michelle O’Mahoney from Kilmurray, Ibrick, North Clare AC ran an impressive time of 5:43.10 to claim the first place, seeing her finish the race in third after Mayo AC Angela O’Connor.
Joe Gough of West Waterford AC outdone his 2020 performance and the competition coming across the MO65 800m line with a time of 2:25.80 while rival Mattie Donellon of Mayo AC came third after George Maybury Clonliffe Harriers AC.
Joe followed up his 800m performance to be in a league of his own in the 400m race, claiming top spot a whole 0.14 ahead of second place finisher James Sexton from Kilmurray, Ibrick, North Clare AC.
Denise Toner from Clones AC took top spot in 1500m WO40 race ahead of Nicola Welsh from Dunleer AC, both ladies put in a strong performance competing with their WO35 counterparts it was intense race with all competitors almost neck and neck throughout each lap.
John MacDermot (Sligo AC) took on John Gibson Gribbeen (Orange grove AC) in the 200m sprint and finished first across the line. In the 400m up against regular rival Michael Kiely (Rising Sun AC) in the 400m sprint (MO75) race he also took top spot.
Ger Cremin (An Riocht) took top spot for the (MO40) 400m race once again this year after taking the title in 2020, with Shane O’Sullivan (Doonen AC) in second and Darren Towart (Cork Track Club) coming in third.
The racing action finished the day with the relays, where the master women’s team from Omagh AC itched top spot from Galway City Harriers AC by 0.01, Galway was followed by Lusk AC. Congratulations to Clare Quinn, Leona Garrity, Orlagh Colton and Shauna Stewart.
The Men’s team kept the action going with Craughwell AC taking the over 40 team win, followed by An Riocht AC and Mayo AC. Congratulations to David Mulligan, Ronnie Warde, Cormac Kearney and Brian Malone.
In the Women’s throws it was another record-breaking day of action for TUS International Arena with Templemore AC Genevieve Rowland breaking the Masters WO40 Record in Weight for Distance with a new record of 6.02m. Verna Fenlon of St. Josephs AC set a new record for the master’s women 50+ competition of 6.29m. In the WO55 competition it was another record set by Jean Daly of Na Fianna AC of 6.24m.
Lucy Moore (DSD AC) and Mary Barrett (Loughrea AC) were throwing expertise in their shot-put performances, Mary finished in top spot with a 9.21m, while in the Weight for Distance Lucy Moore excelled her performance in the weight for distance to claim first and set a new record for her category (WO60) of 5.97m over Mary Breen (St. Josephs AC).
In the Men’s throws and jumps Martin Peyton (Mayo AC) won gold in the Shot-Put and the Long Jump in the MO70 competition. Similar to his MO75 counterpart from Rising Sun AC, Con O’Donovan who took top spot in his long jump competition.
The inspirational Pat Naughton (88) from Nenagh Olympic is itching closer to the 400 Master Medals mark with another 2 gold to add to the collection after a winning gold in both the 60m and Shot Put
An inspiring day of athletics with athletes from ages 35 to88 taking part in the sport, enjoying healthy competition and highlighting you can enjoy sport at any time in your life.
Photos by Sports File