Orla Hendron crowned World Masters Champ in Manchester

Posted on: October 6th, 2014

Orla Hendron with her new gold medal and the iconic rainbow bands after blasting to victory in the individual pursuit in Manchester.



Orla Hendron was last night crowned world champion in the women’s 2km individual pursuit in the 50-54 years ago group at the World Track Masters Championships in Manchester.

She clocked a time of 2.41.458, over three seconds faster than Deborrah Coulls of Australia in the gold medal ride-off. Alejanda Roca Satorres of Spain was third after seeing off the challenge of Emi Watchi of Japan.

Hendron, of the Orwell Wheelers club in Dublin, added the gold to the one she claimed in the points race, in the 45-49 years ago group, in 2010. She also took silver in the 2km pursuit last year.

Her gold last night followed Sundrive’s Susie Mitchell’s bronze, in the 35 to 39 years ago group, in the pursuit last night.

Mitchell beat off the challenge of Canada’s Joanna Wiersma by just over three seconds – 2.36.108 against 2.39.197 – in the bronze medal ride off.

Not content with competing in their individual events, Mitchell and Hendron also rode the team pursuit event, alongside Roisin Kennedy, in the bronze medal ride off.

The trio – calling themselves the Celtic Cailini – were well off the pace against the very powerful American team of Jennifer Kalich, Elizabeth Heller and Annabell Holland, losing out by over four seconds in time of 2:41.001 over the 2km test.


Susie Mitchell has also  been to the podium in Manchester, picking up a bronze medal in the pursuit in her age group.


It was a disappointing result for the Irish, who had gone close to reaching the gold medal ride off in the event.

Hendron will continue her medal hunt when she goes in the scratch race, 500 metre TT and the points race, and possibly the sprint, before the meeting is over.

Hendron, Mitchell and Kennedy are part of a strong Irish contingent in Manchester which also includes, among others, Greg Swinand, Hugh Byrne, Liam Curran, Aidan Reade and Hugh Mulhearne.

Swinand was sixth in qualifying for the men’s 3km pursuit.

He was disappointed with his performance, though he was two seconds faster that his time in the same event three years ago.

Fellow veteran Hugh Mulhearne was also sixth in his age group; eight tenths of a second off qualifying for the bronze medal head-to-head.

Kennedy and Mitchell will also race the scratch and, like Hendron, may also ride the sprint depending on how they recover during their packed programmes.

Galway man Reade, another strong Irish rider in action in Manchester, was well down the field in the pursuit, taking 17th place.

But he will look to make up for that in the scratch race tomorrow and the points race on Thursday, both events that will also feature Liam Curran and Brendan Whelan.