Kearney and McGee strike masters gold

by Staff Reporter

Lucan Harriers put in a range of strong performances at all ages from the Irish Life Health National Masters Championships in Tullamore to the national community games in Limerick.

At masters level, there were gold medals for Carol Kearney in Over-50 200m and Hilary McGee in the Over-40 weight for distance – the first time this event was part of the National Masters Championships.

Silver medals went to Breda Smyth in the Over-45 1,500m, Kearney in the Over-50 400m, McGee in Over-40 Shot Putt and both relay teams.

In the 4x100m team, Annette Durkan, Breda Smyth, Laura McAteer and Kearney were the medalists while the 4x400m team consisted of Laura McAteer, Hilary McGee, Tricia Gough and Bernie Stapleton. Two bronze medals went to Ben Prenter in Shot Putt and weight for distance.

Claire Johnston got personal bests in both her 100m and 200m and Annette Durkan also got a best in the 100m.

At the community games final, there were several strong performances. Hannah Moriarty won a silver medal in the long jump while Kate O’Connell won bronze in the U-14 100m.

Aisling Fitzpatrick was sixth in the U-14 javelin; the girls U-14 4x100m relay progressed to the semi-finals and Cillian Mullally was in the U-16 100m and was just edged out of progressing to the semi-finals.

Next Saturday, August 25, Lucan Harriers take over the Griffeen parkrun.

They will provide all the volunteers required to run a successful parkrun with the hope of welcoming lots of people to Griffeen to experience this free, timed 5k which is open to everyone from elite runners to walkers.

Register for free on and bring your barcode on the day.

Lucan’s Gerry Byrne, meanwhile, completed his second Ironman 70.3 which moved this year from Dublin to Dún Laoghaire.

The Ironman 70.3 consisted of 1.2 mile swim which takes place in Sandycove, a 56 mile bike ride through the Wicklow mountains and then 13.1 mile run along Dún Laoghaire Pier to the finish. He completed the tough course in six hours 40 minutes.

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