The British Masters 5K Championships
"Age shall not weary them" was certainly applicable for club veterans who participated in the BMAF 5k Championships in Horwich on June 20th. With superb individual performances, our O/70 team retained the BMAF National title from last year and the O/60 team were bronze medallists.
The O/70 team were depleted two days before the race by the withdrawal of their leading runner, Brian 'Elbows' Gane due to a very special family occasion. The problem was solved by 'young' Derek Nicholls, the new boy on the squad this year. In fantastic form and another magnificent PB, Derek moved from fourth counter in the last race to take on the leading role and bring the team home as national champions.
This performance demonstrated the decision of team manager Don George, to operate a 'youth' policy for the O/70 section!! Keith Briggs ran his usual consistent race to follow as second counter, showing a real battling spirit. The third runner to complete the course was Ted Howarth, who has returned to the club after a few years absence, running as well as ever.
Mike Howe came in as fourth counter running well below his normal high standard due to a persistent hamstring problem. With the team packing so well, it was no surprise they once again finished as national champions with Derek missing out on an individual medal by just one place.
Surprise bronze medallists were out O/40 team. Kevin Mc Kay, our former Olympian and Britain's No.1 middle distance runner from the 80/90's was back in rare competitive mode and showed his athletic flair of former days by clocking 17:16; Frank Cordingley ran a year's best of 18:14; Gary Willcock had expected faster but still produced a good time of 18.33 and Jim Lambe ran a 'stormer', recording 20:35 as he prepares for the Helsinki marathon later in the year. It was enough!
Following a lot of confusion, our O/60 team of Mike Dunne, Terry Lonergan and Fechin Mc Cormick were awarded bronze medals, but several days later it became known it was our MV40 team should have been awarded them instead.
Well done to Jackie Cordingley who was our only female competitor and vindicated her ability by finishing 'national' fifth in her age-category.
(For full results, log onto www'race-results.co.uk)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13