Age just a number for sprinter Ellena

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Rugby & Northampton AC’s leading athlete, sprinter Ellena Ruddock, has again underlined her incredible talent. Her athletic career has spanned a period of over 20 years.

In that time, Ellena has reached the top as a UK sprinter, reaching International, England and National standards.

Ellena, who is now 37 years old, is still competing successfully against athletes who are 15/20 years her junior, and once again this winter ranked in the top 25 of the UK’s athletes.

This winter’s indoor season has followed her regular regime. She again won the Midland Senior Indoor titles at 60m and 200m to the retain the titles she won last year. Ellena is now in the Masters category in athletics (formerly know as Veterans), and is ranked No 1 in the category in the UK. That ranking was underlined two weeks ago when winning the UK Masters Indoor Championships at the Lee Valley, London, winning both the 60m and 200m titles.

A week later she moved on to Spain to compete in the European Veterans Indoor Championships in San Sebastian, which were held over five busy days. There she competed against the best in Europe in the over 35 years age group. In the 60m semi-final, Ellena won her heat in 7.79secs and then the following day she won the final in a time of 7.72 secs, her fastest time for five years.

Then on to the 200m event, where Ellena won her semi-final in 25.13 secs. 24 hours later she won the final in 25.14 secs to become European Gold medallist to add to the Gold she won in the 60m event. On the final day of the Championships and in the final event of the Championship, the 4x200m relay, Ellena ran the last leg of the relay to bring the GB team home in convincing style to win the Gold medal in a time of 1 min 46.32 secs.

She now has to change her training regime in readiness for the forthcoming Track & Field season, which commences at the beginning of May.