ATHLETICS: British Masters medals

Kevin and Debbie Murch with their medals
Kevin and Debbie Murch with their medals

Rugby & Northampton AC

The British Masters Athletic Championships for multi-events and throws pentathlon were held at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on September 19-20.

Rugby & Northampton AC were represented in the decathlon by Dave Cowley (M65) and Frank Blackwell (M60) and in the throws pentathlon by Debbie Murch (W55), Kevin Murch (M55) and John Moreland (M55).

Frank had an excellent two days, despite picking up a slight groin strain on day 1, but still finished in silver position for the M60 age group.

He had season’s bests in every event except high jump and set a new personal best score of 5262 pts.

(Performances 100m 14.47s, LJ 4.28m, Shot 8.51m, HJ 1.30m, 400m 68.33; 100m Hurdles 18.84s, Discus 30.88m, PV 2.20m,Javelin, 27.26m, 1500m 6:38.33s).

Dave had a steady two days but still managed five season’s best performances on his way to gold in the M65 age group with a new personal best score of 5721 pts.

(Performances 100m 14.63, LJ 4.27, Shot 9.94, HJ 1.33m, 400m 73.11s; 100mH 20.75s, DT 27.24, PV 2.50m, JT 27.33m 1500m 6:58.72s).

Star performer in the throws pentathlon on the Saturday was Debbie Murch.

She started the competition with season’s bests in the Hammer (38.65m) and Shot (9.87m) and despite falling below her anticipated standards in the Discus (20.35m) and Javelin (19.39m) completed her series with a new personal best in the heavy weight (11.08m) to amass a new personal best total of 3431pts to take gold and be crowned W55 champion.

Meanwhile husband Kevin was in fierce competition for a medal with fellow club athlete John Moreland as neither was to mount a serious challenge to the strong front runners.

With points awarded for distance in every discipline any under performance or mistake would prove costly. John took the lead in the Hammer (39.46m v 34.06m) and extended his advantage through the Shot (11.34m v 10.79m) and Discus (43.85m v 31.59m).

However, in the javelin, a season best throw by Kevin of 55.00m to John’s modest 25.75m saw a large points swing that could not quite be recovered by John in the final heavy weight (14.13m v 12.34m) leaving Kevin to take the bronze medal with 3478 pts to John’s 3449 pts.