British Masters Championships
Seven Cambridge Harriers made the long trip to Birmingham for this year's outdoor British Masters Championships at the Alexander Stadium on 17th and 18th September and were rewarded with a total haul of 7 Gold and 2 Silver medals.
Warwick Dixon, at the age of 81, competed in all five M80 throwing events, winning all of them and achieving PBs for both the 400g Javelin (19.22m) and 5.45kg Weight (12.39m) plus a season's best in the 3kg Shot (8.90m).
Doug Lucas, just coming back from injury, was our only winner on the track, with gold medals in both the M65 400m (64.09s) and 200m (27.92s) – both season best times. Wole Odele was the only other track athlete, claiming a silver medal in the M50 400m with a PB of 56.73s. Wole had earlier also come 2nd in his 400m heat in a time of 58.68s to qualify for the final. Wole also competed in the M50 100m, recording the 10th fastest time of the 23 entries, so just missing out on qualification for the final.
Videos of Wole's 400m races can be seen at the link below. Videos and commentary by Barry Ferguson who was injured and therefore spectating at the championships.
Chris Melluish was our other Silver medallist, coming 2nd in the M70 Hammer with a season's best throw of 33.48m.
Tony Tipping competed in the M50 Hammer, Discuss, Shot and Weight throw, coming 5th in all 4 events.
Peter Wishart competed in the M55 Discus, Hammer and Shot Put.
Here is what Doug has to say about his comeback victories:
"Having come off my cycle last March 2015 after hitting ice, which resulted in a serious PCL/MCL injury combination [which meant a full reconstruction of the MCL] I seriously considered giving up running!
After much hard work in the gym, a period of intensive rehabilitation at the University of Kent for twelve weeks from October to December [which really got me back on track], and continued training in the gym, on the bike and on the track for the last 9 months, success at the nationals was a real morale booster.
My times have ranked me first in the UK for the M65 200m and 2nd for the M65 400m. I am now setting the bar higher as I want to dip inside 64 seconds for my 400m next season! The moral of the story is DON’T GIVE UP!"
Full results available on Power of 10