19 November 2010

The British and Irish Masters International Cross Country

The British and Irish Masters International Cross Country took place last Sunday in Dublin
Results are here

My 'old' mate from Lufbra Ian (Fernee Babe) Furness took out the M50's.
I understand the course had one hill and was pretty muddy!

Athletics Ireland reported

On Saturday November 13th there was some very competitive running around the Santry cross-country course in the British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships with the Irish team celebrating some notable victories.
Dundrum’s Peter Mathews, winner of the Irish Cross Country titles in 1994, 1998 and 2002, defeated some worthy opponents from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over the soft underfoot conditions to win the coveted Over 40’s race in 26:57, some 36 seconds ahead of England’s John Herbert.
The victory was an early birthday present for Matthews, who turns 41 on Wednesday but still clearly has the speed to make his mark at this level at this highly competitive level.
Matthews was one of three Irish individual winners with Ciaran Doherty winning the men’s Over 35 race by a narrow margin from his Irish team mate Paul McNamara, 27:02 to 27:04.
Carmel Parnell took the women’s Over 55 by a convincing margin of a minute and a half.
The Irish Men’s team won the Over 35, Over 45, Over 55 and Over 70 events, beating England on each occasion. Irish Olympian, Jim McNamara, finished second in the Over 70 race but had the consolation of leading the team to a thrilling two points win over England.

Peter Mathews

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