Maginnis wins the Vets Gold medal for the fifth year in succession

Lee Maginnis.
Lee Maginnis.

Lee Maginnis recently won gold in the 1,500 metres at the Northern Ireland Veteran Athletics Championships in the 35-39 age group, writes Gillian Anderson.

The championships which were hotly contested were held at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast.

Maginnis, who competes in the colours of Newry AC, has won the title five years in a row, and broke an Irish age group record in the event three years ago.

Speaking about his win Lee said, “It has been difficult getting to the start line fit, this past two years. I have had two serious ankle injuries, most recent April this year, torn ligaments. So it was a race against time to get ready.”

As the man with four titles to his name going into the championships Lee has a target on his back.

“I guess you do become the man to beat, and there are people coming into the age group each year. So it is hard to know what you are up against.

“Championships tend to be tactical events, so it is possible to do well provided you can sprint at the end, even if not fully fit.”

Following his fifth Championhip win, Lee went on to win the Ballyhegan 5Km.