British & Irish Masters Cross Country

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Updated: November 14, 2010

On Saturday November 13th there was some very competitive running around the Santry cross-country course in the British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships with the Irish team celebrating some notable victories.
Dundrum’s Peter Mathews, winner of the Irish Cross Country titles in 1994, 1998 and 2002, defeated some worthy opponents from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over the soft underfoot conditions to win the coveted Over 40’s race in 26:57, some 36 seconds ahead of England’s John Herbert.

The victory was an early birthday present for Matthews, who turns 41 on Wednesday but still clearly has the speed to make his mark at this level at this highly competitive level.

Matthews was one of three Irish individual winners with Ciaran Doherty winning the men’s Over 35 race by a narrow margin from his Irish team mate Paul McNamara, 27:02 to 27:04.
Carmel Parnell took the women’s Over 55 by a convincing margin of a minute and a half.

The Irish Men’s team won the Over 35, Over 45, Over 55 and Over 70 events, beating England on each occasion. Irish Olympian, Jim McNamara, finished second in the Over 70 race but had the consolation of leading the team to a thrilling two points win over England.

Results of British and Irish Masters Cross-Country Championships, Santry, Saturday November 13th.

Men.
Over 35: 1, C Doherty (Irl) 27:02. 2, P McNamara (Irl) 27:04. 3, H Evans (Wales) 27:23. Team: 1, Ireland 13. 2, England 46, 3, Wales 48.

O 40: 1, P Mathews (Irl) 26:57. 2, H Herbert (Eng) 27:33. 3, D Norwood (N Irl) 27:41. Team: England 20. Northern Irl 37. 3, Ireland 37.

O 45: 1, A Davies (Wales) 27:00. 2, G Ryan (Irl) 27:04. 3, J James (Eng) 27:46. Team: Ireland 19. 2, England 22. 3, Wales 63.

O 50: 1, I Furness (Eng) 28:33. 2, M Hargreaves (Eng) 28:40. 3, M Deegan (Eng) 28:43. Team: Eng 10. Ireland 33. 3, Scotland 46.

O 55: 1, D Butler (Eng) 28:59. 2, B Vaitkevicius (Irl) 30:12. 3, J Cullen (Irl) 30:56. Team: Ireland 9. 2, England 18. 3, Wales 27.

O 60: M Hager (Eng) 28:54. 2, P O’Shea (Irl) 31:19. 3, J J Murphy (Irl) 32:02. Team: England 12. Irl 14. Scotland 28.

O65: 1, M Reynard (Eng) 23:43. 2, M Forde (Eng) 23:46. 3, W Allen (Eng) 24:44. Team: Eng 6. N Irl 24. Wales 26.

070: 1, F Gibbs (Eng) 26:03. 2, J McNamara (Irl) 26:21. 3, P Leak (Eng) 27:09. Team: 1, Irl; 11. 2, Eng 13. 3, Wales 33.

Open Race: 1, D Fahey (Irl) 20:49. 2, P Moore (N Irl) 20:57. 3, P Knight (Eng) 21:06.

Women.
O 35: 1, C Martin (Eng) 22:07. 2, D Mahon (Irl) 22:37. 3, M Scully (Irl) 22:42. Team: Irl 11. 2, England 19. 3, N Irl 29.

O 40: 1, E Stallard (Eng) 22:21. 2, A Kealy (Irl) 22:27. 3, P Taylor (Eng) 22:33. Team: Eng 9. 2, Irl 13. 3, Wales 33.

O 45: 1, M White (Eng) 22;26. 2, C Elms (Eng) 22:31. 3, N O’Sullivan (Irl) 22:49. Team: Eng 16. 2, Irl 18. 3, Scotland 18.

O 50: 1, S Bicoastal (Eng) 24:05. 2,A Luke (Eng) 27:00. 3, R Magill (Nirl) 24:56.Team: Eng 11. 2, Irl 15. 3, N Irl 30.

O 55: 1, C Parnell (Irl) 23:25. 2,G Duckworth (Eng) 25:10. 3, C Kilkenny (Eng) 26:17. Team Eng 11. Irl 13. 3, Scot 26.

O 60: A Copson (Eng) 25: 50. 2, R Taylor (Eng) 26:56. 3, Z Marchant (Eng) 27:06. Team: Eng 6. Irl 23. Scot 25.

O 65: 1, D Fellows (Eng) 27:26. 2, P Gallagher (Wales) 28:42. 3, K O’Brien (Irl) 29:55. Team: Irl 16. Eng 18. Wales 19.

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