NATIONAL MASTERS MEDALS BONANZA FOR LOCAL ATHLETES
The National Masters T&F championships in Tullamore on Sunday provided rich pickings for the contingent of talented local athletes with both City of Derry Spartans and Derry City Track Club in the medals.
Pride of place has to go to the Spartans Frank Stewart who took double gold in the M75 age group with wins in the 200m and Javelin. Coached by Danea and Jim Herron the Oak Leaf High Jump star of the 1960′s returned to competition last year and looks like he never really went away. Well done Frank!
Jackie McMonagle took double silver in the F45, 1500m and 3000m behind Bandon AC star Carmel Crowley and will renew that rivalry next week in Lyons at the World Masters; City of Derry newcomer Dermot McElhinney made his first National level appearance a big one with 5000m silver in the M45 category and Discus thrower Paul Herron did very well to snatch a M55 bronze.
DCTC athletes were also very prominent with star man Cathal McLaughlin once again top of the pile in the M45 800m and 1500m, double gold his reward with impressive efforts. M55 Robert Bigger was also in the frame with double silver in the same distances, M35 Adrian Boyle took 800m bronze as did Malcolm McCausland in the M60 1500m and the DCTC Relay squad did very well to close the meeting with bronze in the 400m Relay with a battling collective effort.
A number of these athletes plus the Spartans Danea Herron will travel next week to Lyon in France for the World Masters championships, a big step up in class certainly but one that can be bridged by some of them. Watch this space!
NAOMI SETS COMBINED EVENTS PB IN HEXHAM
Meanwhile in Hexham Naomi Morgan improved her Heptathlon PB score to a decent 4449 points as she represented NI in the UK Combined Events championships and the teenage Spartan looks to have found her niche in the demanding multi event challenge.