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Shamrock's Conroy crowned Masters champion


Raheny’s Ian Conroy

Raheny’s Ian Conroy

Raheny’s Ian Conroy

Ireland's newest world champion is Ian Conroy of Raheny Shamrock who won the over-35 category at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in Susa, Italy last Sunday.

On a gruelling uphill only 11.5km course, Conroy ran a superb race to finish third overall behind Cesar Costa of Portugal, first M40, and multiple world champion Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand who was second overall and second M40. 

Conroy's time of 69 minutes 20 seconds meant he finished 28 seconds behind the winner and just five seconds behind Wyatt.

Not far behind in ninth place overall and sixth M35 was Mark Ryan, a previous winner of the title. He was followed home by his Rathfarnham team-mate Brian Furey who was 27th overall and 12th M35.

It meant the Irish took an historic team gold, beating host nation Italy by a single point.

In the women's race, over a shorter 6.5km course, Lagan Valley's Shileen O'Kane finished 17th overall and sixth W35, with Jackie Carty Stamp of Kilmore seventh W45 and Becky Quinn fifth W40.

Quinn, along with Donna Mahon and Aisling  Kirwan, took W40 team silver by a single point behind Italy; a dominant GB team took the first three places.  The Irish W45 women also took team silver behind Italy.

In the older age groups, Ger Maloney of St Paul's, finished fifth and Ballyroan's Martin McDonald sixth M55 and with Eugene McCann of Newcastle took team bronze.