Team Ireland Shining Bright at European Masters Athletics Indoor Championships

March 19, 2024

With an impressive medal tally of 26, including 10 gold, 7 silver, and 9 bronze medals at the time of writing, Team Ireland has exemplified excellence on the European stage in Torun, Poland. Run Republic have been in touch with the camp throughout, and will mention a few of the medalists here.

Ann Woodlock, representing Donore Harriers, set the stage on fire by clinching gold in the W85 age category for the 3000m event, crossing the finish line in an impressive time of 19 minutes and 30 seconds. 

Ann Woodlock, W85 3000m Gold.
Ann Woodlock, W85 3000m Gold.


Annette Kealy, hailing from Raheny, emerged as a double gold medalist, showcasing her dominance in both the W55 3000m race and the 6k cross-country event. Her stellar achievements underscored her exceptional talent and dedication to her craft, earning her a place among the elite athletes of the championships.

Annette Kealy - Raheny - Double Gold W55 3000m and 6k Cross-Country
Annette Kealy - Raheny - Double Gold W55 3000m and 6k Cross-Country

Jim O'Shea of Farranfore Maine Valley etched his name in the annals of Irish athletics by securing a bronze medal in the fiercely contested M80 high jump as well as silver in the long jump. His remarkable feat exemplified the resilience and competitive spirit ingrained within Team Ireland. 

Jim O'Shea M80 High Jump Bronze - Farranfore Maine Valley
Jim O'Shea M80 High Jump Bronze - Farranfore Maine Valley

Adding to the medal haul was Rachel Akers, whose stellar performance saw her clinch double gold in the W35 Discus event and Hammer event.

Rachel Akers Gold W35 Discus
Rachel Akers Gold W35 Discus

With each medal won, Team Ireland reaffirm their status as ambassadors of Irish athletics, inspiring future generations to continue to pursue their dreams.

In the heart of the arena, amidst cheers of triumph and the fluttering of Irish flags, Team Ireland stands tall, their achievements serving as a testament to the enduring spirit of everybody involved with Masters Athletics in the Emerald Isle.

Stay tuned to Run Republic for more updates from Torun!

Featured Image: Courtesy of Ronan Gately.