Danea Masters the opposition in Belfast

City of Derry Spartans' Danea Herron recorded a brace of new Irish F55 age group records in the N.I  Masters Track & Field Championships at the Mary Peters Track last Saturday.
City of Derry Spartans' Danea Herron recorded a brace of new Irish F55 age group records in the N.I Masters Track & Field Championships at the Mary Peters Track last Saturday.
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A brace of new Irish F55 age group records for City of Derry’s Danea Herron at Saturday’s NI Masters Track & Field championships was perhaps the stand-out weekend performance.

The peerless City of Derry Spartan secured Triple Jump gold with 8m 51cm and Javelin gold with a 23m 71cm throw.

Great performances in difficult wet conditions as she defeated a key age group rival, Mary Barrett of Loughrea who is a recent World Masters Heptathlon bronze medallist.

Danea’s coach and husband Jim, also won double gold with M50 success in Shot Putt and Discus, to show he is not just a pretty face!

Meanwhile in Izmir, Turkey Derry City Track club’s Tim Shields finished fifth in the European Masters M35 800m final, clocking an impressive 2m 00.57s behind the Dutch winner’s 1m 57.00s.

A great effort from the local athlete who led home the bunch chasing the breakaway top quartet who all broke the two minute barrier.

Also in away action was ace local Mountain runner Allan Bogle, who was in Wales for the fourth and final round race of the British Fell running championships.

The Eglinton man was 9th in a high class field, just one place in front of another NI runner Gavin Mulholland who is Scotland based.

Bogle had won the opening championship race the Donard Challenge a few months ago beating many of those who finished ahead of him this weekend, including the winner Rob Hope and runner-up Morgan Donnelly.

He was also 10th in the third round race but missing the second round event would have spoiled any chance of a podium finish in the overall championships. Not easy to travel cross channel on a regular basis but well done to the tough Spartan!