Medals monopoly at British Masters

Sally, Angela and Lesley
Sally, Angela and Lesley

Ten Rugby and Northampton Athletes successfully competed in the British Masters Athletic Championships over two days in Derby.

Between them they collected; 2 World record, 3 British records, 4 championship best performances, 10 gold, 9 silver, 7 bronze and 2 fourth places.

Angela Copson, now in the women’s 65 age group, was best pleased by her 400m although closely beaten into silver despite a personal best of 74.82s.

Her other three events were all golds: the 800m 2:57.70s, 1500m 5:35.18s (noted as a possible world record but slower than her 1500m time in the league earlier in the year).

However, the 5000m was the most interesting.

Leading the field through the finish on what she thought was the final lap, she stood aside to watch two competitors continue for a further lap, realising her mistake she set off in pursuit, once more crossing the line in the lead and still recording a new World, British and best performance of 20:13.23s!

Jean Fail, W60, collected four golds, plus British and Championship best performances.

Her favoured event, the 80m hurdles was fractionally off her own record in 14.45s.

Long jump produced a British record 4.05m, she has done longer this year but in the absence of a wind gauge that record did not stand.

Triple jump achieved 8.33m, and a championship best performance. The final win was javelin 17.86m.

Sally Hine, W60, had a busy championship with some of her best performances to date, contesting five events and producing 3 PBs; Striking gold in the 200m 32.26s (PB), Silver in 100m 15.87s and 300m 62.09s, both PBs, Bronze in the 80m Hurdles 16.11s and long jump 3.15m.

Lesley Willis, W50, claimed four medals although admitting she is not fully fit yet. Silver in the 100m 14.75s, 80mH 15.57s, 300mH 54.95 (PB), plus a bronze in the 400m 72.55s.

Husband and wife, Kevin and Debbie Murch, amassed three gongs between them; Debbie gaining a silver in the W50 hammer 33.70m and bronze in the shot 9.78m.

Kevin led the way for the R&N males by setting a new championship best performance in the M50 Javelin 56.40m (cbp) and recording his 14th consecutive win in the championships.

Headteacher John Moreland M50, our migrant thrower, struck gold in the discus 47.43m, bronze in shot 11.98m (PB) and heavy weight 15.17m, plus 4th in the hammer 41.23m.

Elder statesman John Evans, M75, annexed two more medals; silver in the long jump 3.49m, bronze in the triple jump 7.42m, plus a fifth place in the 100m 16.74s.

In the younger M40 age group; high jumper Ian Gidley had to accept silver with a 1.70m jump, while Richard Bowers, in his first major event, ran an excellent 55.88s for 4th in the 400m.

In all 29 events in all were contested by Rugby & Northampton athletes during the meeting.