8 July, Solihull
A number of Newport Harriers finest masters athletes were selected to represent Wales at the annual outdoor Inter Area Championships. They included Glynn Sutton, Stuart Pearce, Ian Williams, Gareth Knight and Keith Powell for the men and Louise Kirby and Juliet Sidney (Pocket Rocket) for the ladies...
Our very own Brett Davies was men's team manager.
Glynn Sutton (M70) as always was unstoppable in his 100 - 13.48, 200 - 29.1 he won his races comfortably and gained maximum points for the team. He also came down an age category to help his 4 x 100 relay team take first place again. A class athlete.
Stuart Pearce (M40) started the day in a tough race with a storming run and seasons best 12.25. Next up another strong performance in the 200 and another seasons best, 25.43. Stuart also ran a great first bend in the relay which also included Ian Williams and Gareth Knight, all gaining valuable points for the team.
Ian Williams (M35) after competing the day before in the Midlands, made of strong stuff this chap. He had a great shot coming 2nd with a good distance of 9.24m and getting good points for the team again.
Gareth Knight (M35) who had worked hard on the starting team at the Midlands match the day before stepped up in the Welsh vest to run a season best 10.36.71 for 3000m. The conditions were tough but Gareth pulled it out of the bag again for Wales.
Keith Powell (M55) another who had completed for his club the day before gaining a new club record in the triple jump.... Keith is a warrior for Wales jumping for most of the day. He was 2nd in the pole vault with 2.82, 4th in the long jump with 4.66, 4th in the high jump 1.35 and 7th in the triple jump with 9.11. He even managed a great leg in the 4 x 100 replay with the ream coming 3rd. A valuable haul of points for the team :)
Louise Kirby (W50) ran an awesome 400 throwing herself at the line to spectacularly take 3rd place for Wales in a new club record time of 69.09. She also ran an 800m to help out the welsh team. Again she ran well to gain points for the team in a time of 3.03.36 And if that wasn't enough she took 3rd leg in the relay team running an awesome bend, the team finished first gaining maximum points.
Finally Pocket Rocket (W50) ran a good race, technique much improved this season. Narrowly missing out on a Championship record. Perhaps next year! She came first with a time of 13.84 which was good enough to beat her own club record. Pocket ran the 200 in 29.12 again beating her own club record and gaining 2nd place for Wales. She stepped down an age category for the relay to support the team, rang a decent first leg in the 100 with a great changeover and the team came home in 2nd place.
The weather was scochio but Newport Harriers represented Wales with pride, passion and strong performances overall the team came 3rd out of 8 teams represented. A good haul of points from Newport Harriers who support masters athletes and it is good to see this is a growing area of participation and talent at the club Some of our masters athletes will be competing in Masters World Championships in Malaga in September. Contact Newport Harriers if you are age 35 and over and would be interested in giving masters athletics a go! To all you youngsters hitting your 30s hang on to your athletics as the masters scene and competitions is awesome :)
Full results here.