Vets excel at South West champs

Our Bristol and West masters athletes notched up a number of excellent performances at the South West Veterans’ Championships on Sunday 16 June, despite the blustery conditions, and returned with an impressive haul of medals.

Caroline Powell looked as majestic as ever in winning gold in the W65 100m and 200m events. Her marvellous championship-record times of 14.28 and 29.73 would have also been European records if it hadn’t been for wind speeds of +2.2 and +2.5.

Ann Dockery was another to win two gold medals and register another two championship records. She finished the W70 800m in 3.23.11 before running her first-ever 3000m in 14.11.08, wiping over 30 seconds off the previous championship best. Running in the same race, again in her first 3000m, Felicity Russell took gold in the W60 group with a time of 13.57.23.

Callum Collins also walked away with two gold medals. He took almost a second off his personal-best time to win the M60 200m in 28.62, and later won the 400m in 66.18. Fellow sprinter Mark Ellery took two silvers, recording a time of 27.20 in the M55 200m and 13.38 in the 100m.

In the longest distance of the day, Darren Garman won gold in the M45 5000m in a personal-best time of 17.22.72.

Emma-Jane Orchard had a busy day on the track with second places in the W45 400m (81.94); 1500m (6.31.09); and 800m (3.02.83). Stewart Wareing won his 3000m race in 11.09.64 and finished third in the M40 1500m (5.19.93).

Here’s your very happy sports reporter Callum Collins with his shiny medals:

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