Double Masters Gold for Danea

National Masters Track & Field action in Tullamore on Sunday produced a total of seven championship medals for local athletes.

And that haul included three golds, a F50 Long Jump and Javelin double for Danea Herron (pictured right) and a M55 800m win for Robert Bigger.

Freddy Sittu meanwhile won the Monaghan 10 mile road race on Saturday and Teresa McGloin ran a quick 35m 01s to win Friday night’s Ballyare 10K.

Danea Herron celebrated her final year in the F50 age group at a weather affected Tullamore on Saturday, signing off in style with a Long jump and Javelin golden double.

The City of Derry Spartans masters star did it the hard way, posting her winning efforts in each event on her fourth and final attempts.

She was delighted with her latest wins at national level and will now look forward to a new age group and hopefully more success in 2014.

In the M55 age group Robert Bigger compensated for a couple of months injury induced break with a splendid 800m gold and a 400m silver.

He had returned to competition a week earlier at the Mary Peters track with a 2m 15s two lapper in the Team Trophy competition and this effort clearly stood him in good stead in Tullamore as he too added to his impressive National Masters medal haul.

Foyle Valley’s M45 Cathal McLaughlin was another local in the medals, silver in the 800m and bronze over 400m - good performances from an athlete consistently making his mark on the track.

And M60 Malcolm McCausland, in the Lifford AC colours kept the medals flowing with a 400m silver.

Freddy wins Monaghan 10 mile

The Monaghan 10 mile road race now in its third year was won emphatically by Freddy Sittu, his 52m 57s giving the locally resident Kenyan almost six minutes on the runner-up on Saturday night.

Ivan Toner ran 34m 56s to win Friday night’s Ballyare 10K but the run of the night came from Teresa McGloin in second spot overall with an excellent 35m 01s.

Back to Tullamore and Sunday’s National Track & Field League final where Anne Marie McGlynn, guesting for Tirchonail AC in the Premier Division, won an exciting 3,000m race in 9m 34s, defeating the 9m 37s of Leevale’s Irish International Lizzie Lee.