Athletics News - Sunday 19 Feb 2006
PAYNE ON SONG IN NATIONAL CC:
Tinryland AC Star Veteran athlete Tommy Payne was an excellent bronze medal winner in the National Masters Cross Country Championships in Cork on Sunday last. The 13 time Carlow CC winner, who has never featured out of the medals in his 7 years competing in this event at National level, was also the winner of the over 45 section for the second year in a row. This achievement was all the more remarkable given the fact that over 35 athletes were eligible to compete for the first time this year and brought an extra influx of younger competitors into the event .
The race was won by London based former Irish International John Downes with St. Abban's athlete Colm Burke close behind in 2nd position.
Another great performance on Sunday came from another Tinryland Veteran John Joe Murphy who was 2nd in the over 55 section in this race
John Joe is currently in exceptional form and was 5th in the recent Carlow Cross Country thus becoming the oldest athlete to win a County team medal.
Pat Byrne was 4th in the Leinster Senior CC Championships in the ALSAA Complex in Santry recently. The race was won by Irish International Vinny Mulvey of Raheny with Dubliners Peter Matthews 2nd and Gary Hynes 3rd with Byrne several seconds behind in 4th. There was a top quality field on the day and Byrne managed to hold off a number of young Irish Internationals in the closing stages of the race.