The curtain came down on this years track season last Saturday with the staging of the National Masters Track and Field Championships in the Tullamore Harriers Stadium. Bright sunshine and warm temperatures set the scene for a wonderful days competition.
Catch Grennan has had a hugely successful athletics career since he turned his attention to the sport after retiring from the GAA fields. However the one niggling omission from his impressive athletic CV was the fact that the holy grail of a national track title had to this point eluded him. After several near misses in recent years, he put that right last Saturday in fine style with a great win in the (O 40) 1500 metres in a personal best time of 4.14.76.
Paddy Dolan had a hugely successful day in the V7 category with a gold medal winning performance in the 400 metres in a time of 74.17. Paddy also won silver in the 100 metres (14.83) and the 200 metres (32.50). He also took a bronze medal in the Javelin with a throw of 23.12 metres.
Jim Langan had an impressive win in the V8 – 1500 metres in 6.22.51 and took silver in the 800 metres with a 2.27.05 clocking. Ray Molloy traded the fairways of Esker Hills for the tartan track where he came 5th in a very competitive V5 – 100 metres in a speedy 13.61.
Jim Dolan was also in the medals when he came third in the (V5) 56lbs for distance with a throw of 6.06 metres. Jim was 4th in the shot putt with 8.94 metres. Tom Rafferty won two silver medals in the V3 category. He threw the Discus 31.26 metres and followed this up with a best of 43.96 in the Javelin.
Mary Walsh was our only female competitor in these championships and it brought her yet another National title when she was victorious in the V6 200 metres with a 40.37 clocking.