Track and field round up

The season cannot pass without some recognition of the great feats of Caroline POWELL.  Caroline a wonderful stalwart of our Club over many, many years rounded off her season in November in Perth, Australia and once again delivered.  As a member of the GB Masters Team Caroline came home with 3 Gold Medals in the over 60’s age group over 100, 200 & 400 metres.  She won all of her heats & finals against some stiff worldwide competition clocking season’s best times of 14.07, 28.82 and 66.18 (she incidentally still holds the World Record for this latter event).  If you take Athletics weekly there is a superb photograph of her, supporting the article, at full speed showing outstanding style.  Caroline would also I know extend a great tribute to Coach Rob ELCHUCK who works tirelessly with his fine group of sprinters at the Bath University facility.

Also from the results from Perth I note the name of Alan FORSE one of our star athletes from the 1970’s who was an outstanding 400m runner (48 sec) and a member of the team that held our 4x400m record until 2015.  It is good to see that he and his wife, famous UK distance runner Penny (YULE) are still competing.

I note from Athletics Weekly that the sole B&W Athlete good enough to be nominated for their annual awards is Sophie KAMLISH.  Sophie (another Rob ELCHUCK product) competed in Rio in the Paralympics and broke the T44 world Record in her heat with a 12.93 sec clocking before coming 4th in her final in 13.16 secs.  She is one of only 8 nominations in the Women’s Para-Athlete category so please support you Club by voting for Sophie.  I trust the Club Officers also don’t forget to promote this great Athlete to our ‘International’ Membership status and help her to a Hargreaves Award in recognition of her feats.

On a personal note it was nostalgic and exciting to be invited by past Chairman and outstanding distance runner (2h 16:38 Marathon) Wayne Buxton to a ‘drinks’ session, along with quite a few of our past outstanding runners.  Thanks again Wayne (who now lives in Mexico for most of the year).   When he next returns we would hope to add to our nostalgic gathering.

Mike Strange – 13 November 2016

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