Aug 19, 2009 [N. Guiden ] At last weekend’s National Master’s Track and Field Championships held in Tullamore Clonliffe Athletes took 8 medals home to Santry with Pat Bonass taking pride of place with his winning of the 0/65 5000 metres race.
In far from ideal conditions Bonass stuck to his game plan of 96 second laps tucked in nicely in second place. With a mile or so gone the race leader tried to slow the pace slightly, this was Bonass’s cue as he took over the lead and lap by lap began increasing his lead by a margin of 2 plus seconds per lap until in the end he recorded a comfortable win with a margin of over 30 seconds in a time of 20.23.2 to take National gold. This was fitting reward for the hard work put in by Pat Bonass over the last couple of months particularly the Tuesday night pyramid sessions. An unnamed training companion expressed his relief at Bonass’s win commenting ‘this will give my back an opportunity to recover – he might be small but try carrying him around Santry Demesne!’.
Phillip O’Doherty once again continued his medal winning streak at the National Track and Field taking silver in the 800 metres 0/45 in a time of 2.10.9 – this must be Phillip’s fourth medal in succession at these championships.
Terry Mee won silver in the 0/65 1500 metres in a time of 5.55.06. The race winner was former Clonliffe Harrier Pat Healy (father of Conor). Terry also won bronze in the 800 metres in a time of 2.45.93 (the aforementioned Pat Healy was second in that race).
George Maybury had a good outing in the 0/55 1500 metres winning bronze in a time of 4.52.07.
Clonliffe Master athletes also enjoyed success in the field events. Denis Delaney won silver in the 0/40 javelin with a best of 52.73m while Big Joe Gibbons won double bronze – 3rd in the 0/50 javelin (21.26m) and 3rd in the 0/50 high jump (1.40m).
Congratulations and well done to all our Master Athletes.