Fifteen members of Winchester & District ventured to Salisbury on Sunday 19 October to take part in the British Masters Half Marathon Championships. The Championships are open to any athletes aged 35 and over who are members of a regional Masters club, which exist to promote competition amongst older athletes.
Whilst all competitors run together, there are medals for those who excel in each age category (which are in 5 year age bands from 35+, 40+ and so on, up to 75+)
The course was testing to say the least – bright sunshine was tempered by strong winds and the hilly route seemed to have far more “ups” than “downs” – but the endless hill training on a Tuesday evening bore fruit as no fewer than thirteen of our athletes won medals.
There were team gold medals for the Ladies V45 team (Rachel Byers, Sally Easton and Jackie Ducker); the Ladies V55 team ( Lynne Whitaker, Jo Curtis and Joy Radford). For once the men were not to be outdone and they also collected team gold in the V35’s (Simon Stevens, Chris Setters, Warren Jackson-Hookens) and the V45’s (John Gore, Steve Oliver and Andy Gannaway).
Individual gold went to Lynne Whitaker ( 1st W55) and Chris Setters (1st M35); silver to Sally Easton (2nd W50); Jo Curtis (2nd W55) and Joy Radford ( 2nd W60); and bronze to Simon Stevens ( 3rd M45); Carrie Oliver (3rd W50); and Steve Goodwin (3rd M55).
As one of the officials was heard to say: “There seems to be a theme here – if you want to win a medal, you should think about joining Winchester & District A.C.”!