ATHLETICS: Incredible year for Sally Hine

Sally Hine
Sally Hine

British records and world leading time

Athlete Sally Hine has enjoyed an amazing year. She broke five British records at pentathlon and hurdles and finished the season holding four, as well as a world leading time for her age group.

Sally, 65, is now in full swing with her winter training after having a few weeks rest from training and competing in September.

Her sights are set on the British heptathlon record next year as well as a medal at the World Masters in Australia.

Sally competes regularly for her club Rugby & Northampton AC. Throughout the year she trains six times a week, three times on the track with her coach Gordon Houghton and three times a week at Airborne Fit, a bootcamp run by Karl Fraser at Bilton High School, which she believes has had a huge effect on her performances and success this year.

She has also just completed an assistant coaches’ course and begun helping young hurdlers on a Saturday morning after her own training session.

Sally was a very good athlete and hurdler, during her school days, but gave up at 16, only returning to the sport ten years ago after bringing up three children.

She believes those skills stay with you and hopes other people may like to try veterans’ athletics, which starts from 35 upwards.

Newcomers are always welcome at their sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. Just email the club through their website to find out more.

Sally said: “I like the friendship that comes through athletics and the people you meet, which gives you friends all over the country. Everybody is so nice.

“And I just love running. I get a buzz from group training and if you feel down or not very well it makes you feel better.

“I try and run in all weathers, even rain and snow.

“The message is really, you never know what you can achieve at any age, don’t give up, just keep going! Veterans’ league matches through the summer are low key and very friendly, a good place to start and compete in different events.

“I hope still to be running until I’m 80 and only health would stop me. Athletics keeps you fit and healthy and unlike many sports it’s not expensive.”

Two years ago she did suffer a set-back with a broken wrist after falling over a hurdle in training, but has come back stronger and better.

Reflecting on her year, Sally began with victory in the Over 65 age group at the British Masters indoor pentathlon at Lee Valley in February, in a British record of 3,674 points.

Her time of 11.7 seconds for the 60m hurdles was also a British record for the individual event. The other events were: high jump 1.15m, shot put 6.46m, long jump 3.52m and 800m 3.31.69.

Sally followed this with four golds in the British masters indoor championships, also at Lee Valley in March, with performances of 60m hurdles 11.9s; 60m 9.9seconds PB, high jump 1.18m PB and long jump 3.48m.

At the British Masters Outdoor Pentathlon in Oxford in June, she won gold, where her total of 3,476 points and 80m hurdles time of 16.3s were both new British records. Other performances: high jump 1.12m, shot put 6.56m, long jump 3.45m, 800m 3.29.96.

Sally bettered her 80m hurdles record at the British Masters Championships in Birmingham in July, winning in 15.28s which is also a world leading time.

She added golds in the high jump (1.15m), Long jump (3.56m PB) and triple jump (7.46m PB), silver in the 200m in a season’s best 33.3s and bronze over 100m (15.67s PB).

These all earned Sally an impressive list of 2015 British rankings for her over 65 age group:

She topped the 60m and 80m hurdles with British records, high jump, long jump and triple jump as well as the indoor and outdoor pentathlon with British records at both.

She is also ranked third over 100m and 200m.