Athletics: Mathews braves the elements to grind out masterful triumph
There was delight for Peter Mathews of Dundrum South Dublin AC last weekend as he defied horrendous conditions to defend his men's title successfully at the British and Irish Masters' International Cross-Country in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow.
In his heyday as a senior athlete, Mathews was renowned for his toughness in bad conditions, but even he must have found the rain, mud and gusting winds of Glasgow difficult to deal with -- although he used all of his experience to handle whatever the elements threw at him.
The 8km race was completely dominated by Mathews (M40), who became Ireland's first ever winner of this race last year in Santry.
Indeed, the same three athletes took the medals this year, with Austin Davies (M45) second for Wales and Ireland's Ciaran Doherty (M35) third. David Morwood of Northern Ireland, a previous Irish Masters' champion, finished in fourth.
In a really impressive performance by the Irish teams, the M60s, M45s and M50s all took silver and the M40s and M65s bronze.
England's Claire Martin successfully defended her women's title, with Carmel Parnell (W55) also retaining the crown she scooped at Santry.
Former champion Niamh O'Sullivan was third in the W45, while the W40, 50, 55, 60 and 65 teams all took silver, and the W45 team picking up bronze.