Indoor Track and Field Update

11 Apr


World Masters Championships – Torun, Poland.

In the final Indoor Competition of the year our Masters Athletes ventured to the exceptional track facilities in Poland for their Indoor season swan-song.

As usual it was the outstanding Caroline POWELL who dominated the headlines having now moved on from her all conquering the over 60 age group to find even greater challenges at the over 65’s group. The challenge came in the shape of Canadian Karla Del GRANDE.  In the heats of their 400m Caroline ran in the first heat and steamed to a new World Record of 69.77 secs whilst Del GRANDE in the second heat also surpassed the old mark with 69.98.  In a momentous final they were both level at the break then Del GRANDE really moved on with an extravagant 31.35 200m but Caroline was still on her heals.  That previous 200m really took its toll and the final lap was understandably 6 secs slower and Caroline smashed her earlier World Record by almost a whole second but regrettably she could not quite take the Gold Medal from Del GRANDE.  Never the less her time of 68.94 secs is a European,British and B&W Club Record – well done Caroline.  The Canadian was able to dominate the 200m where she powered away from Caroline to set another World Record but Caroline did take Gold in the 60m an easy win in 9.01 secs pb. Caroline also gained a Gold Medal in the O’65 4x200m Relay with the British Team so 2 Golds and two Silvers is a good haul from this very competitive World Championships.

Peter MOUNTAIN was disappointed with his M60 800m in 2:27.13 after a difficult night’s sleep but he really bounced back in the 1,500m with a magnificent sub 5 min clocking of 4:58.92 to take 6th place in his race.

Tony ROPER had been troubled with some leg muscle restrictions in earlier weeks but his 10:01.16 3,000m which beat his previous s’b by 13 secs really put paid to any doubts on Tony’s fitness in Poland.  4:47.61 was also close to Tony’s season’s best for 1,500m so he will be pleased with his fine efforts.

It was great see that our past great Hurdles International Heather ROSS W55 had returned to the competitive scene with a fine 11.11 secs for 60m hurdles 7th place in her final following a 11.15 clocking in her heat. I am sure it was also good for Heather to meet up with the other ex-Bristol colleagues at these Championships to relate the great days of Bristol glory in the UK Women’s League.

Diana CHKLER W40 who now lives in Europe also bounced back (along with Husband Alex) to clock notable times of 2:43.74 for 800m, 5:25.70 1,500m and 12:18.27 3,000m.

Ann DOCKERY who is in the O70 age group after some notable track performances earlier this year opted to run in the 6km Cross Country Champs also held in Torun.  Ann did magnificently well to finish in 35:59 narrowly missing a Medal in 4th place.  

International Member Jo WILLOUGHBY W55 registered another outstanding Triple Jump mark of 10.52m but sadly had relinquish the Gold Medal to the new World Record holder Neringa JAKSTIENE from the USA.  Without confirmation I will assume that Jo is still recorded a new European and British Record for her Silver Medal.

These Championships were also a great re-union for our Athletes with ex-Members who have served the Club well over many years.  I note the following names from the results who fill this criteria :- Alan FORSE; Brett DAVIS; Dave BROWN; Jane HORDER and James THIE with a special note for World W50 Pole Vault record holder Irie HILL the Wife enigmatic past Member Warren HILL.  Memories!

Mike Strange 10 April 2019