The Leinster Senior and Masters Indoors took place at the national indoor arena on Saturday March 2nd. 

The club had 3 runners taking part this year. Gareth Murran (M35) and Michael Cunningham (M40) ran in the Maters 1500M and Derek Saville (M40) in the Masters 400M. The first race was the 1500M, a combined M35 – M45 race. Often the races are combined but medals are awarded for each age group, going up in 5-year increments.   

The 1500M is 7.5 laps indoors. The lack of straights means it is often more difficult to pass other athletes, compared to the wider lanes on the outdoor track. Gareth took the lead from the begging of the race and ticked off the first 5 laps, running a steady 35 seconds for 200M.

With a lap and a half to go in the race, one of the other runners came up on the outside so there was a need to pick up the pace and hold the line. The last 300M was covered by Gareth in just over 48 seconds to take the Gold medal in a time of 4.18.

Michael, running in the same race finished in a time of 4.48. Outside the medals but running well. 

After a long wait and a cool down around the cross country course, Gareth was up in his second race of the day.   With 10 in the race, Gareth received a good lane draw in lane 3 but also had to share. 

Determined to stay out of trouble in the race Gareth was out fast, going through 200M in 30 seconds. On tired legs the next couple of laps slowed to 32 seconds, a very manageable pace, more akin to a fast 1500M race. 

With 200M to go Derek gave the shout to Gareth that he had 2-3 meters of a lead, not knowing what was behind, all that was needed was to hold the pace in the last lap.

In the last event of the day, Derek ran in the 400M. The M35 and M40  ran together. Derek managed to win a gold medal in a time of 59.54. A good day for the club with 3 medals. Roll on the Nationals next week and then some outdoor sessions.