Martin McDonald takes gold at British and Irish Masters Cross Country in Derry

Three other Laois athletes impress at international event

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Martin McDonald takes gold at British and Irish Masters Cross Country in Derry

Martin McDonald, second from right, with his M6 team mates after his gold medal winning run.

Martin McDonald from Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District AC was the star performer in the British & Irish Masters Cross Country in Derry on Saturday last, as he took top honours in the M6 event, claiming individual gold and also guiding the Irish team to an impressive win the team competition.

The race was held in Gransha Park on the outskirts of Derry City, and fellow Laois runners Colm Burke, Aengus Burke and Dick Mullins also produced impressive performances.

Colm and Aengus won silver medals on the Irish M4 team that just fell short to a super strong English team.

Martin McDonald was always in contention from the start of his 8km race in the M6 section on a flat but testing underfoot conditions as he showed great strength.

He went clear of his rivals on the second lap as his superior stamina was a vital factor as he flew over the testing course to record a marvellous victory in a time of 30.19, with Allister Walker from Scotland in second and England's Alan Camp third.

Dick Mullins featured in the M8 racem, which was over 6km. He finished in 8th place and was the second Irishman home with his team edged out of the medals by one point.

Results

M6 Race
Individual: 1st - Martin McDonald.
Team: 1st - Ireland 12pts, 2nd - Scotland 18pts, 3rd - England 21pts.

M4 Race
Individual: 15th - Colm Burke, 18th - Aengus Burke.
Team: 1st - England 11pts, 2nd - Ireland 43pts, 3rd - Scotland 50pts.

M8 Race
Individual: 8th - Dick Mullins.
Team: 1st - England 9pts; 2nd - Scotland 24pts; 3rd - Northern Ireland 27pts; 4th - Ireland 28pts.