The European Athletics Masters Championships are being held in Grosseto, Italy over three days. With over 1200 athletes competing competition is very competitive. In the 10K walk on Friday news came through that the Irish team of Ross Alexander of Coolquill, Sean Walsh of Mullingar Harriers and our own John Laste combined to win the Silver team medals, fantastic achievement all round considering the intense heat out there at the moment. John walked a season best in such demanding conditions when finishing in 60 mins 32 secs.
Then on Sunday John Laste along with Ross Alexander of Coolquill AC and Sean McMullin of Mullingar Harriers AC competed in the gruelling 30k walk in intense heat. They put in three massive performances when winning the Silver team medals, John finishing 6th over 55 in a very good time of 3 hours 27 mins 50 secs. It is brilliant to see all the hard training paying off for John in this tough and demanding event.