Tue 24th Jul 2018
WADAC athletes picked up a number of medals at the BMAF Half Marathon Championships on 22nd July Special congratulations to Lynne Whitaker and Joy Radford on their Individual Gold Medals - British Masters Champions !
The British Masters Athletics Federation (BMAF) Championship events bring together the best Masters athletes from all over the country and offer a bit of fun and some cracking age group competition. These events move around the country so when there is one taking place locally it is great to be able to fill your boots.
WADAC certainly did that at the weekend with no fewer than 13 of our athletes registered for the event, adding to the fun we had 5 of our younger talents using the race as a pre-Berlin training event.....there was a lot of Black and Gold out there.
To the racing.....Pete Sansome was first home for WADAC in a fine time of 81'24 and taking the Silver Medal in his age category....pretty good considering this was a "Marathon Pace Tempo Run" for him. Just to keep things in context however there are some seriously good Masters athletes at these events and Pete had the pleasure of being led home by the winner of the W50 category ! Miguel Flores was making his Masters debut and his 91'12 gave him the age group Bronze medal behind Pete.
Then our magnificent ladies came streaming home Sarah Gurney (92'04) for silver in her age cat, Sarah Shedden (92'36) for silver in hers, Sam Parkinson enjoyed a rare outing over this kind of distance and her fantastic run in 95'10 deserved better than the dreaded 4th place. Lynne Whitaker and Joy Radford took gold medals in their age categories and are British Masters champions whilst Jo Curtis took silver in her age cat and Gill Goodwin held strong to take the bronze medal in her age cat.
Other WADAC runners enjoying the undulating Surrey countryside and the lovely sunny and warm conditions included Steve Oliver, Stephen Lowy and Steve Goodwin.
There were also team medals....slightly complicated story here but suffice to say that WADAC took the gold and bronze medals in the ladies competition and the silver medal in the men's competition.
As the BMAF championship events travel around the country it is normal for the local area Masters club to help out with organisation and to use the event as their own championship....so this tripled up as also being the Eastern Masters and the South Western Masters championships. It's all part of the eclectic cocktail that is BMAF. Most of the WADAC athletes taking part here are also South West Vets so there were more medals and titles at play from that quarter. A special mention therefore for Stephen Lowy on his Masters debut - the dreaded 4th place in the BMAF championship but proudly becoming SWVAC half marathon champion in his age group!
Masters competitions are fun and provide good age-appropriate competition, anyone over 35 can be a Master. Next event on the calendar is the BMAF T&F Championships up at the Alexander Stadium on 25/26 August.