Updated: Mar 15, 2018
10th/11th March 2018, Lee Valley
A top class weekend of Masters athletics was expected at Lee Valley, London and it did not disappoint.
Newport Harriers had 5 athletes competing at the event Keith Powell (M55), Ian Williams(M40), Louise Kirby (W50), Stuart Pearce (M40) and Juliet Sidney AKA pocket rocket.
Both Louise and Stuart made their debuts at the championships.
Stuart competed in the 60m he made the finals and finished 7th a great start and close to pb performance. On day 2 he again made the final and smashed his indoor pb by almost a second.
Louise entered the 60m and 400m on day 1 impressing in both.
She made the final of the 60 finishing 9.51 Later in the day even though she was shattered she entered the 400m. She smashed her pb with a time of 70.21, breaking Newport Harriers W50 400m record in the process, took silver in a thrilling race. She took track position at the break and kicked with 175 to go to put some distance between her and the 3rd place athlete. She stayed strong and crossed for silver a great achievement for her first season in athletics.
On day 2 she again put in a strong performance finishing in 4th place just outside her pb
Ian Williams entered both the Javellin and the discus. He put in strong performances in each coming 5th in the discus with a throw of 28.11 and came 2nd in the Javelin to take silver with a throw of 27.06. Another medal for the harriers masters bagged.
Keith Powell was really pleased with his three seasons bests in the 60m, long jump and pole vault.
The pole vault was exhausting, 11 vaults at 5 heights, he was very surprised to finish without an injury, even better he won it! Power of 10 looks good at the moment for the M55 vault rankings - currently top with 2.80.
Juliet Sidney entered the 60m final. She was aiming for gold and a new pb but narrowly missed out taking silver in a pb time of 8.65.
On day 2 she ran the in 200m final, she was disappointed with the run and time but did manage a bronze medal. She learnt a lot from the racing at the weekend and feels there is more to come when she competes in the indoor European Masters Championships in Madrid.
Masters Athletics is athletics for ages 35 and above. It is more accessible than people think so if you fancy trying it visit the Welsh Masters Athletics Website to find out more - You are never too old! Some of the athletes above are aiming to compete in European and World championships in 2018...