By Chris Caldwell
TREVOR McGlynn got his indoor season off to a promising start on Saturday when he claimed the masters shot putt title at the North West Indoor Games in Athlone.
The Strabane man was representing Omagh Harriers at the event, alongside club-mate Tim Shiels, who claimed the 400 metres title, and although he clnched the gold medal with a throw of 9.60 metres, he knows there’s much more to come in that particular discipline, with 11 metres his target once the season gets into full swing.
The only disappointment for the barber on the day was the touch of cramp he picked up in his calf, which forced his withdrawl from the 60 metres hurdles. However, he is determined to be fit for the All Ireland Pentathlon (60m hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot putt and 1,000 metres) finals in Athlone on January 20 when he will attempt to break the Irish record.
“It was the first event of the season, it was a low-key meeting, a wee opener, but I was happy enough to win it,” he explained.
“I had a niggle in my calf during the warm-up for the 60m hurdles so as a precaution I decided to pull out because I’d rather miss one race than the whole season.
“I would have liked to have got a race under my belt, but the All-Ireland Pentathlon finals are in three weeks and I’m going down there hoping to break the Irish record. I’ve been training hard for it over the last eight weeks, so we’ll see how it goes,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Lifford Strabane AC’s Alan McGinley claimed victory in both the 800 and 1500 metres in Athlone.
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