Foyle Valley’s Cathal McLaughlin smashed the 14 year-old Irish Indoor M45 1,500 meters record at the Indoor Irish Masters Championships held in Athlone last week.
Cathal, won the 1,500 metres competition in a record time of 4mins 19secs - three seconds faster than the previous record holder, City of Derry Spartan’s, Malcolm McCausland, who ran 4mins 22secs in 1999.
Cathal was delighted with his achievement and revealed that he didn’t discover he has broken the national record until a few days after the competition.
“The first few laps were considerably tight with a lot of pushing and shoving, I almost instantly found myself at the back of the pack,” he said.
“With four laps to go I managed to move up to sixth position and with three laps to go I was third,” he continued.
“It was at the start of the last lap I kicked for home to win the race.
“It wasn’t until later in the week that I found out my exact time and the fact that I broke the national record.”
And making the achievement that extra special was that the previous record was held by his good friend and training mentor, Malcolm McCausland.
“I was delighted to win the race but to break the record set by my friend and training mentor, Malcolm is most definitely a proud achievement for me and one of the highlights of my running career to date.”