Kent County Athletic Association Masters Track & Field Championships, Erith, 17th/18th September
These championships have always been an end of season finale for Cambridge Harriers Masters (Veterans). This year 17 of our master’s athletes took part; three of whom set new championship best performances, plus a host of medals.
Let’s begin with the ladies. Natalie Mann (W35) competed in four events: gold discus, 1st place shot and javelin, and silver in the hammer.
Lucy Marlow (W35) opted for a busy weekend: gold 5000m, and gold 1500m.
A slightly busier schedule for Julie Backley (W50), who was rewarded with gold 1500m, silver 800m, and silver 5000m.
In all 3 CBPs were recorded, by Club athletes. Barry Ferguson (M80) in the 200m hurdles (49.83s); Mark Ashby (M60) in the 2000m race-walk (11:17.76s), and Doug Lucas (M70) in the 100m (14.20s). Huge congrats to those three.
Also, in action competing in the M40 800, Edmund Adigwe (M45) cruised to gold. James Macdonald (M40) was a clear winner in the 5000m. Good to see Michael Pape (M50) compete after a season troubled with injury, missing out on bronze in the 100m by 0.04s. Dom Fiore (M50) also medalled: bronze 1500m, and 4th 800m.
More medals were won in the field events: Paris Hunt (M60) javelin gold, and 3rd place in the hammer.
Peter Wishart (M60) also made the podium: discus gold, hammer silver, and shot-put bronze.
Returning to the track, and more medal success: Graham Maynard (M55) bronze in the M50 5000m. Timothy Carter (M65) took part in three M60 events, claiming silver in the 200m, and bronze in both the 100m and 400m.
Ray Daniel (M65) warmed up with gold in the M60 300 Hurdles, then later running a tactical race for silver in the M60 400m.
A second gold for Mark Ashby (M60), this time running for 1st place in the 800m. Martin Hawkins (M60) was another who doubled: 5000m silver, and 3rd in the 1500m.
To complete his sprint double, Doug Lucas (M70) cruised to the 200m title.
Overall, a great performance by Cambridge Harriers Masters (Veteran) athletes; in total three CBPs, 14 Gold (plus two 1st places), 7 Silver & 5 Bronze medals.
Note: medals are awarded providing minimum standard for the event has been achieved.