TWO local athletes struck gold and lots of it at the NI Masters Track and Field Championships at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast at the weekend.
Omagh Harrier Trevor McGlynn claimed nine medals, seven of which were gold, while Carmen Runner Martin Cox returned home with a golden double after winning the M35 800metres and 1500m less than 24 hours after finishing fourth overall in the Newells 10K in Coalisland in blistering temperatures and
in just 33.20 minutes the night before!
While Cox showed plenty of endurance over Friday and Saturday, McGlynn also had to dig deep as tendonitis in his heel and a back injury almost put paid to his participation.
On Thursday, he had decided he wasn’t going to even travel to Belfast, but fortunately Strabane’s Brian Coyle worked his magic on the barber, who was ‘loosened up’ enough to compete.
And he’s glad he did after winning the M40 110m hurdles, hammer, shot, discus, javelin, weight for distance and the triple jump, while claiming silver
in the high jump and bronze in the long jump.
“Unfortunately I didn’t get 10,” joked Trevor, who will take a break from action in order to assess whether or not he will be fit for the All-Ireland Championships at the end of August.
“The tendonitis in my heel flared up progressively as the day went on so my performances got worse, times got slower and some events I was only having one attempt so I could medal and move onto the next one!,” he explained.
“Overall I’m delighted, happy, well pleased with how it went.
“It was touch and go if I was even going to go to it. On Thursday I wasn’t going – my back was sore, the tendonitis in my heel was flaring up, but I went to see Brian Coyle in Strabane and he spent an hour on me, loosening me up and he got me going so that I was able to compete.
“He sponsored the session for me too, which was very much appreciated.
“I felt good early on, but during the high jump, which was my third event, I started to go down hill,” he concluded.
Posted: 2:37 pm July 5, 2018
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