The World Masters Championships took place in Malaga from September the 4th until Sunday September the 16th . The standard of competition was exceedingly high with over 8000 entries from all over the world and Newport Masters athletes did us proud.
Those taking part were Dave Profitt, Jim Morgan, Stuart Pearce and Myself (Pocket Rocket)
Dave has been struggling to come back from a long period of injury. He did however pull it out of the bag with seasons best in the Cross Country, 10k Road and track 5K. Plenty of postives for Dave to build on over the Winter training period. Dave competes in the M65 category and to many of us youngsters continues to be an inspiration and great friend.
Stuart Pearce (M40) and Jim Morgan (M45) both competed in the sprints 100m and 200m and performed well in heats that were of the highest of caliber. They were there, they were competitive with the world best and both had a great time at these Championships.
As with the chaps I also competed in the 100m and 200m and managed to gain selection for the 4 x 100 replay W50 category. I did compete with the best in the world made 2 semi finals and came 4th in the relay. I learnt a great deal from the experience and hopefully with the chaps it has given me a platform to push on and improve over the Winter.
I did come up a little short - no pun intended! But it has only made me hungry for more and I am now looking forward to my next Masters athletics adventure - Torun, Poland March 2019 and the World Indoors .
I would encourage any masters athletes to compete at the Europeans and World championships. I have had so many wonderful experiences over the last 2 weeks and made some amazing and life long new friendships from all over thew world.
One of the main highlights was being able to share it with my Newport Harriers Masters Teammates - SIMPLY AWESOME :)
Below are a few snaps from all our adventures...