Kent County AA Masters Track & Field Championships
Updated: Oct 9, 2020
These championships have always been an end of season finale for Cambridge Harriers Masters (Veterans). Ten of our Master’s athletes took part, all bar one coming away with a Gold medal!
A very busy weekend for Wole Odele (M50). He had a tight schedule on both days, but still managed to bring home five Golds including a seasons best. Day one of his schedule started with the 800m. In the second lap he put in a surge on the back straight to pull away from the field, and make the race look comfortable.
His second race of the day saw him finish with a seasons best in the 200m.
Also in action were Jenny Agyepong and, new to the Master’s scene, Natalie Mann, both competing in the hammer. Jenny threw a career best to retain her W50 title in some style. Natalie won the W35 event to claim her first Master’s medal.
Jenny (left) and Natalie
Both competed in the shot put later in the day. Jenny bringing home another W50 Gold, and Natalie claiming 1st place in the W35 event. Natalie finished the day with another 1st place in the W35 javelin.
Back to track action. Ian McCarthy, who has supported our Masters team in the SCVAC Kent Division all season, regardless of selection, took Gold in the M60 800. Good to see Ian finish season rewarded.
Following his Day 1 exploits, Wole lined up for 100, 400, and 400H, which for some of us, would add up to a whole year’s training! And he won the lot, of course. There was a moment of concern in the 400H, where he clipped a hurdle on the bend and fell, but recovered to go on and claim the title. Not bad for his first attempt. By the time of the 400 final, he was in cruise mode, but still managed a decent performance.
Wole, finishing the M50 400m, and Mike on podium for M40 400m
Michael Pape (M45) finished the day with two Bronze medals – 100m & 400m – with PB performances in both events to round off his season.
Tim Carter (M65) also claimed top spot on the podium, with two Golds in the M60 100m & 400m.
The M40 1500m title was claimed by Mathew Preston, which he won by a considerable margin.
In the field there were more medals won: Peter Wishart (M55) M50 shot Gold and M50 discus Silver;
Paris Hunt (M55) with M50 Javelin Gold, also 5th in the discus.
Paris (left) and Peter Hawney
It was really heartening to see Peter Hawney (M65) return to action after a difficult two years. He must have enjoyed his day: M60 discus Gold, hammer Silver, shot put Silver, with 1st place in the javelin to round off his day.
This is probably the best collective performance for Cambridge Harriers Masters at these championships; everyone bringing home at least a medal. Roll on next season.