World Masters Championships
Updated: Jan 10
“Shall we wear our Master’s GB track suit to the airport?” “Yes, lets show off!” and so we did! It didn’t take long for the questions to follow the looks,
“Can I ask what sports you are representing?” and we were all proud to say “athletics” “old people’s athletics!” but were put in our place quickly and admired, it was on the tip of our tongues to not to say, “well anyone can enter, even you!” Being older somehow delighted the public and spirits were high before boarding the plane to how exciting this adventure would be.
Hired two cars, Carol did most of the driving whilst Mick took the second car out when needed with Sally as back up, the car driven by Carol always arrived first at each destination and various jokes were had about her speed and race tactics relating to her police driving day’s – best was when she announced she’d never driven a left handed seven-seater vehicle or driven abroad before – gulp! But we knew we were in safe hands. The apartment was like something out of Dr Who, this tardis very quickly become home for the next few weeks.
The city of Malaga has four athletic stadiums which put us to shame, each well equipped with excellent free for competitor’s metro service between them.
Stadium 1, Main stadium – Ciudad de Malaga Stadium 2, Carranque Sports Centre (which we tented to call Cranke for some reason) Stadium 3, University City sports Centre Stadium 4, Torremolinos Athletic Track & cross-country Course.
Tuesday 4th September. When you think Jenny only started throwing just over a year ago and here she is at a World class event you must admire how far she has come in that time. Jenny’s spirit and personality meant we all got up early to watch her and she did not disappoint. It was only lack of experience that stopped her making the cut as potentially she has what it takes to get a medal – next time Jenny! Coach Pete Wishart was there to support and encourage, his help and our cheering was invaluable.
The evening show from those in our apartment came from Lesley Hall (W60) of Ashford and our Geraldine Legon (W60) from Bexley in the 5k walk – supported by our cheering CH team they did well.
Wednesday 5th September. 8k Cross Country Course. Lots of complaints about this course, it looked picturesque with the trail through the pine forest, but two ambulances called during the event probably gives you some idea of the terrain! It was either up or down, no flat! Lots of rocks covered with pine cones and despite their attempts to sweep up, it was still slippery. Four laps round meant some runners got confused and many slower runners were lapped.
Carol Marsh in the W55’s had a brilliant run, with Ros Tabor not far behind in the W65’s having an amazing run. Next race was the W35’s & W50’s combined. Christine Bond (W50’s), Susan Dixon (W50’s) and Sally Carr (W45’s) all pleased to see the finish in the heat of the mid-day sun. It wasn’t until later that via a text Sally found out she has been awarded a medal for 3rd place in the W45 team age group – we were already back at the apartment by this time showing! It meant Sally had missed the medal ceremony so after tracking the medal down, which took some, we were there to award her the medal, Sally is still in shock! Well done, you deserve this.