A small number of Wexford athletes made a big impact recently at the Irish Life Health National Masters T&F Championships in Tullamore. For some of the athletes the meet served as a very useful test ahead of the World Masters Outdoor in Malaga (Sept 5th-16th).
Margaret O’Connor of Enniscorthy AC, competing in W45 category, placed 2nd in Javelin, 3rd in 80m Hurdles, 4th in 100m and 7th in Shot Putt. Talk about pushing the boat out!
Margaret is but one half of a wonderful relationship, one which combines marital bliss with athletic prowess. John O’Connor (M50) placed 3rd in High Jump, 4th in 200m and 6th in Shot.
Keeping the spotlight on Enniscorthy was the no-less talented Emily Waldron (W35). She won the 400m, placed 2nd in 800m and was 4th in Shot.
Gavin Kelly (United Striders) was 2nd in M50 Long Jump and 5th in 400m.
His clubmate Áine Cullen won the W40 Discus and placed 3rd in Shot.
Showing no signs of slowing down was SBR’s Gerry Devereux who, competing in M70, took Bronze in Hammer and placed 6th in Shot.
The county had great success in the middle distance events. Kilmore’s Jackie Carthy won W45 3000m with Ann Sullivan (DMP) taking Bronze over the same distance in W55. Anne Gilshinan (Slaney Olympic) won the W50 800m. John McGrath (United Striders) was 2nd in M45 1500m and 3rd in 800m. Niall Sheil (St Killian’s) finished a close 3rd in 5000m (M40).