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Eamon McAndrew of North Sligo AC

Eamon McAndrew of North Sligo AC

Athletics Ireland President Georgina Drumm, left, with Junior Men’s 1500m medallists, Tadgh Donnelly of Drogheda and District AC, Louth, silver, Sean Donoghue of Celtic DCH AC, Dublin, gold, and Michael Morgan of Sligo AC, bronze. Pic: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Athletics Ireland President Georgina Drumm, left, with Junior Men’s 1500m medallists, Tadgh Donnelly of Drogheda and District AC, Louth, silver, Sean Donoghue of Celtic DCH AC, Dublin, gold, and Michael Morgan of Sligo AC, bronze. Pic: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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Women’s 3K walk medallists, Ruth Monaghan of Sligo AC, Emily MacHugh of Naas AC, Kildare, gold, and Maria Flynn of Naas AC, Kate Hosey of Corran AC. Pic: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile Kildare, silver. Pic: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Women’s 3K walk medallists, Ruth Monaghan of Sligo AC, Emily MacHugh of Naas AC, Kildare, gold, and Maria Flynn of Naas AC, Kate Hosey of Corran AC. Pic: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile Kildare, silver. Pic: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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Eamon Murphy of North Sligo AC

Eamon Murphy of North Sligo AC

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Eamon McAndrew of North Sligo AC

North Sligo AC's Eamon McAndrew picked up a gold medal following a phenomenal performance at the Irish Life Health National Masters Track and Field Championships in Santry, Dublin over the weekend.

McAndrew was one of four North Sligo AC athletes competing in the Championships.

He was running in his first ever track race at national level and his shrewd tactics and great performance did not reflect a novice track runner.

It was a high quality race in the over 40 age group which was led by the long striding Bilboa AC runner John Kinsella for nine of the 12 and a half lap race, McAndrew stayed between 2nd and 3rd for the first three quarters of the race.

With three laps to go he put the hammer down, took the lead and gradually opened a gap on his pursuers, this gap had increased to 25 metres with only 200m to go.

He seemed to ease the pressure slightly at this stage and Kinsella sensed an opportunity and put in a huge sprint which saw him close the gap dramatically with 50m to go.

McAndrew heard him coming and got up on his toes to win in an exciting finish by two metres. This gold medal will look well in his cabinet with the gold he won in the national half marathon last year and the gold he won in the national 10k in 2018.

Shane Hayes of sligo AC had the hard luck of finishing 4th place in men's over 40s 1500m, not far off bronze.

John Mac Dermott Sligo AC in M70 claimed yet another success in the 400m, this adds to his long haul of golds and this man really shows the way for the younger generation.

Eamon Murphy set a new personal best when finishing 3rd in the over 50 1500m with a time of 4 min 37.63 secs.

Murphy has a habit of setting PBs and he has consistently erased his previous bests since he started his track career over 1500m three years ago.

Trish Lee in her first track race at national level for 30 years finished a very credible 7th in 11 min 53 secs and could feel the gra for the track return.

Gary Higgiins ran in the 5k over 45 age group he ran well for 8 of the 12 plus laps a niggling calf injury which has annoyed him for months came against him and he had to pull out with four laps to go.

Saturday's action saw Ruth Monaghan of Sligo AC claim a brilliant bronze in a competitive affair in the girls 3000m walk, this was to go with her brilliant silver the week before at senior level.

She will now head to Lithuania for a competition in two weeks time to mix it up on the European circuit.

Michael Morgan of Sligo AC dropped down in distance as he ran a close 3rd in a very competitive 1500m.

As the field hit the bell Morgan was perfectly poised but unfortunately got ran out of it by Sean Donoghue of Celtic DCH and Tadgh Donnelly of Drogheda & District.

Other performances from Saturday of note saw Erin Taheny of Corran AC make both spring finals and placing 7th in both.

Kate Hosey again of corran ac placed 5th in the long jump in a really competitive event.

Sligo AC walkers Ryan Roberts and Eva Delahunt walked excellent races as they placed really well in competitive fields.

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