THE National Masters track and field championships saw Brian Lynch return with another gold medal as he won the over 55 age group 1500m to maintain his incredible unbeaten record over nine years.
This is Brian's last year before he goes into the over 60 category in a season where he has already improved the Irish record to 4:29mins. Brian is a great example to all with a tremendous training work ethic and amazingly still finds the time to also coach younger athletes with Blackrock AC.
But Brian didn't rest on his laurels as he competed at the Blackrock 4-Mile road race the following day when he remarkably finished 4th overall from 150 finishers in a time of 22.10mins to take the over 40 prize from much younger men.
The club had a great day at the Blackrock race with Suzy Macken taking the ladies title in 26.11mins, her first race for a while. Suzy concentrates on triathlons during the summer months and her swimming and cycling strength certainly transfers well to 'just' running.
Third place went to Karen McCrystal as she received the local support in a new personal best time of 28.23mins, two minutes quicker than last year.
The ladies masters over 40 age group saw Melanie Hearty take second place and also setting a new best time of 29.57mins, over three minutes improvement on last year.
Dearbhla Greene was 4th lady overall in 28.57 mins, with Brigid Matthews next home in 31.34mins. The ladies team was completed by Colette Miele in 31.49mins, Margaret Smyth 32.14mins, Kelly Mulholland 33.23mins, Anita Bolton 35.36mins and Sabrina Maguire 37.24mins.
The men's team were led home by Brian Lynch in 4th with Jim Gonnelly 5th in 22.25mins and Niall Gorham 6th. Aidan Brennan made a welcome return to racing finishing 7th in 23.13mins as Mark Larkin completed the top 10 in a new PB time 24.38mins. Full results on www.chipit.ie
The previous weekend saw a large group of club runners attend the Rock n Roll half marathon which was being run for the first time in Ireland. This unique event saw bands playing along the route of 13miles with a real carnival atmosphere. Gerry O'Connell led the team home as he finished 4th in the over 50 section in 80 minutes. Niall Halpin followed close behind in 81.45mins with Denise Murphy leading the ladies home in 1hour 39mins
Training continues from St Helena's Park on Tuesdays 6.15pm (be ready to start at 6.15), suitable for beginners and 7pm for experienced runners (10km time less than 40 minutes).
The Tuesday session is designed to get everyone changing their usual training pace for at least one day per week to 'faster' running and will help with pace judgement as we do multiple repetitions over a short distance, but with a rest in between. Session is open to all with no charge.
There is also a session on Thursdays at 6.30, which is suitable for all.
Club fees are €25.00 per calendar year payable to Michael Jordan or Jim Gonnelly.
Fixtures: 30th August Kilkerley 4 mile road race; 15th Sept Carrick Aces 5km road race; 21st Sept Bluebird Care 5km road race on Old Newry Road Dundalk, fund raising event for Special Olympics.