With medals at both the European and World Championships this Denise Toner has said she has ‘no intention of stopping yet.’ The Fermanagh lady will keep on running and after her performance over the weekend who can blame her. On Sunday she rounded off what has been a phenomenal hear by collecting a silver medal in the 800m at the World Masters in Lyon, France.

Irish team mate Kelly Neely took the gold in the race as Irish athletes came to the fore.

“It is just an unreal feeling to be honest. I can’t really describe it. If you had told me this time last year that I would have told you that you were completely mad. It has been a brilliant year and I am still trying to get my head around it all,” she explained.

Earlier on in the year Denise secured 800m Gold in the European Championships in Poland although she travelled to Lyon Last week with far from the best preparation under their belt for the World Championships.

“It was far from ideal to be fair. I had an old calf injury flare up from nowhere and it meant I wasn’t able to train for about four weeks so I was going into it not really sure of where I was.” Toner needn’t of worried. She shrugged off any injury concerns to qualify for the final finishing second in her semi final in searing 41 degree heat.

“It was a big difference from the eight degrees in Fermanagh,” quipped Toner.

With a days rest before the final Toner and fellow athletes took to the start line at 6:30 in the evening and with some cloud giving some welcome respite from the sun the conditions were much better for racing. What remained the same was the tactics of Toner and team-mate Neely.

“It was a re-run of the semi final really. Kelly is so quick that we decided to just go out hard from the start and thankfully that worked. It was a fantastic feelings to get the medal,” she explained.

Looking to the future the Fermanagh lady is determined to keep on right ‘track’.

“Well I am going to take a bit of a rest and over the winter do some cross country to build up the stamina. We are targeting the European Championships again next year and I may step up to 1500m. My times are in and around what would be required so I am looking forward to a new challenge.”