Single document with old BMAF News prior to May 2013
General – Written by BMAF on 01/06/2013
Jack Fitzgerald 1923-2013
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Jack Fitzgerald aged 90. Jack was one of the founding members of the BVAF (later BMAF); the Honorary Secretary for 3 years, a Delegate to Committee Meetings for years and Chairman of the Southern Counties VAC. He also organised the Mitcham 25k Road Race. Our condolence to his family. We will give details of funeral arrangements when we have them.
Thanks to Tom Phillips for providing the photo of Jack competing towards the end of his career.
Alex Rotas Photography Exhibition
An Exhibition of Alex Rotas’ brilliant photos of Masters athletes will be showing in The View Tube next to the Olympic Stadium (www.theviewtube.co.uk), from 14 May until 5 July. Nearest station is Pudding Mill Lane on the Dockland line. Admission is free. There are several BMAF members featured and if you live in the capital or are visiting it is a must see. Here are some of the photos.
British & Irish Cross Country International
It is with deep regret that we have to re arrange the venue of the British and Irish Cross Country International, scheduled for Colwyn Bay on Sat November the 16th. The new venue will be at either Cardiff or Swansea with no date change. As it is short notice for us, we will confirm a venue ASAP with accommodation packages etc.
World Masters Games
If you are considering entering the World Masters Games in Torino, Italy in August, we are advised that World Masters Athletics, who sanction Masters Championships on behalf of the IAAF, are not sanctioning the above. Federazione Italiana di Atletica Leggera (FIDAL) does not have the power to intervene in the organisation. Any records would not therefore be ratified and members should be aware that your Registration may not cover non-sanctioned events
Two New Rules for claiming Records
It was agreed at a recent meeting of the Technical Committee of the EVAA that for performances from 1 April 2013, two new requirements for claiming a European Record will apply:
In accordance with Rule 260.22(b) of the current IAAF Handbook, 800m races will be included in the category of races for which Fully Automatic Timing (FAT) is required (previously this applied only to races up to 400m).
In accordance with Rule 260.22(c) of the current IAAF Handbook, whenever FAT was in operation, the Photo-Finish image and the Zero Control Test image must be included with the application for a record.
For consistency with the EVAA and other European National Federations, these new requirements will also apply, from 1 April 2013, to applications for BMAF records.
Of course, the second new requirement does not apply when no application is needed, eg for BMAF records broken at British, European or World Championships.
For information, the Zero Control Test is part of the FAT set up procedure, to ensure that when the gun is fired the timing starts at zero, and the image should be obtained from the Chief Photo-Finish Judge.
Britain’s Oldest Male athlete dies
Leslie D’Arcy our oldest active athlete has died aged 91. He won three bronze medals in the Men’s 90-94 Age Category Shot Putt, Hammer and Weight at the World Masters Track & Field Championships in Sacramento in 2011 setting British M90 records. We offer our condolence to his family.
BMAF Marathon Championships
See the Fixtures page for an entry form for The Newcastle Town Moor Marathon on Sunday the 27th October which will incorporate the BMAF Championships. This Marathon attracts a smaller open field and will appeal hopefully to Scottish and Northern runners. Situated close to Newcastle where transport links and accommodation are excellent. This small event will be similar in atmosphere to a BMAF promotion, where athletes compete over a flat traffic –free 5 lap course on good footpaths through & around the historic Town Moor.
The Problems of Medal Presentation and Delivery
Following problems with medal presentations at the Throws Pentathlon Championship in July and the 10Km Track Championship in August, on the day and since, I would offer the following:
Due to earlier theft of medals being sent through the normal post, we now no longer are prepared to provide this service and BMAF cannot afford the alternative. So for those who are not prepared to wait for the next National Championship that they are competing in, this is the only real option you have.
You need to buy from the post office a Pre-Paid Special Delivery Envelope with your address on for the medal that weights 82 grams, so you will require postage for the 250 grams envelope, unless it is one of the plastic lightweight ones. Send that to me at 5 Stadium Street, London SW10 0PU.
If you are prepared to wait, you also need to write me again stating event, age group and medal entitled to and the next Championships you will be entering or the name of the person who will pick it up for you at that Championship.
News about 2012 Cross Country International
The proposed course for our British and Irish X/Country International at Stormont, Belfast, is currently heavily flooded and is doubtful to clear for the arranged date of the 10th of Nov. To minimise the risk of cancellation on the event day, should there be more inclement weather, an alternative venue has been chosen. The new course is the Queens University Playing Fields, Belfast and all previous arrangements proposed for the Stormont venue (including team photographs) will take place there. It is also proposed to start the race programme at 11.30am from the original planned 12.00pm start.
Further precise details will be given to all athletes via their prospective team managers.
Mel James. BMAF Cross Country Secretary.
Dates For the BMAF Road Race Championships 2013
The dates have now been arranged for the 2013 programme of championship races. Please note that you must enter two weeks before any of these races to qualify for the BMAF Championships.
The 10 Miles will be hosted by Lytchett Manor Striders Near Poole on 17/02/2013, organised by SWVAC. Enter via the Lytchett Manor Striders web site.
The Half Marathon will take place at Lydd 10/03/2013 organised by SCVAC. The location will be The Banks Sports & Social Club, Dennes Lane, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent TN29 7HG with a 10-00am start. The race is now in its 6th year. Perfect for Spring marathon training and perfect for a fast time if weather permits. Details of online entry will be posted in due course.
The Road Relays will once again be at Sutton Park on 18/05/2013 organised by MMAC.
And the 5K will return to Horwich in June, probably the 2nd Weekend, organised by NVAC.
The 10K will be run at Pollok Country Park Glasgow on 18/08/2013 organised by SVHC with an 11.00 am start. The race headquarters, registration etc will be at Cartha Rugby Club, 92 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow G41 4SN. The race will be for Masters only with most of the course on roads within Pollok Country Park.
The Marathon will be in conjunction with the Newcastle Town Marathon 27/10/13, organised by VAA-NE.
FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED FOR ALL RACES . For those unable to access the website, Road Race Secretary Walter Hill can be contacted by email or via his landline, 01293 862327.
Golden end for successful British Masters Team
The 18th European Veterans Track and Field Championships in Zittau, Germany, came to a golden end here today as the BMAF M35 4 x 400m relay team took the final team gold medal. The marathon runners enjoyed a respite from the scorching sun, after a rainy night, the 08.30 start got off under cooler overcast sky. It was a unique race as the competitors covered 4 circuits that took them through Cz. Rep, into Germany and back through Poland on each 10k circuit where all three borders merge. Full results can be viewed on www.evacs2012.com.
Angela Copson and Jane Horder set World Records
On the same afternoon in a blazing hot Zittau stadium on 19 August two of the British Masters top athletes broke their own official World records when Jane Horder lowered her W55 300m hurdles time of 49.14 to 49.04. 65-year-old Angela Copson led from the gun to the tape to win the 1500m in an amazing 5.35.85sec. However it should be noted that both ran faster times in the British Championships in July. In the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between the Generations these two inspiring athletes are indeed setting a good example.
The British Masters athletic team of 226 athletes got away to a golden start in the European Veterans Track & Field Championships that is being hosted jointly by three adjoining cities of Zittau in Germany, Hradek in the Cz Republic and Zgorzelec in Poland, 16-25 August, when Essex man Rob Earle won the M50 Weight throw competition. Two further golds followed quickly from Barry Hawksworth in the M65-69 age category and Simon Brown in the youngest (M35) age category, Mark Robertson won a bronze. With a total of 230 competitors in the Decathlon, Darren Dodds just missed out with 4th place in the M35 group behind Francois of the Netherlands, Alan Leiper, M50 and Brian Slaughter, M55 were both 5th and Amanda Wale finished 6th in her W40 age category. British sprinters came through with flying colours in the first heats of the 100m. Vladimir Vybostok set the first European record when the Slovak Republic 65-year old breezed through his 100m in 12.43sec. The daily results can be followed on www.evacs2012.com..
Future BMAF Road Race Championships
I fully accept we have three BMAF Road Race Championships in October. In my first year of service I had to accommodate the following:
Avoid dates already booked for Masters Events including Internationals and UK events.
Avoid the Olympic window. Late July to the start of September if we included the Paralympics.
Avoid the first weekend in June.
Avoid the 5K and relays which had been confirmed.
Avoid January and December for obvious reasons.
Find and then allocate a Marathon in Wales, a Half in Scotland, a 10 Mile in the East and a 10K in the South.
Logic dictates that I am in the hands of race promoters and local federations.
I searched and negotiated for the best offers and concluded that although the race dates were not perfect they would provide Championship races throughout UK. No Championship races in Northern Ireland is a situation I aim to address for the future.
To be honest it was a difficult task this year. Running a road race in the heat is difficult and at least we have three events in October which are across UK and allow for better conditions. I hope you will be prepared to participate in one of these races in October.
I am already planning for 2013 and aim to spread the events if I can.
European Championships August 2012
A total of 3836 athletes – 2694 men and 1142 women from 38 Countries have entered a total of 7812 events at the European Veterans Track & Field Championships which are this year being jointly hosted by three neighbouring towns in three different countries, Zittau in the Upper Lusatian region of Germany, Hradek nad Nisou across the river in the Czech Republic and Bogatynia in Poland, from 16-25 August. The European Commission has designated 2012 as The Year of Active Ageing & Solidarity Between the Generations. At previous Championships hosted by Germany we were always amazed by the number of young volunteers. What a wonderful opportunity this is for the 226 British competitors and their families who will be travelling over to share this special Year with so many young and not so young like-minded people. Have a look on the web site www.evacs2012.com.
The Wales Marathon incorporating BMAF Championships – 10th June 2012
Congratulations to all BMAF finishers. The results can be seen on the results page. Would all finishers please forward me an address if you have not done so yet to enable me to send the appropriate BMAF Championship Medal to you. My e-mail address is email@example.com. I will also publish a race report as soon as possible.
You can see the full results on the Welsh Marathon Web Site.
Tony Whiteman runs sub 4-minute mile!
On Saturday 2 June Tony Whiteman, the 40-year Masters athlete did what was once considered beyond human endeavour – ran a mile in under four minutes. Competing in the Music City Distance Carnival Mile at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, Tony led through the 1500m in 3.42.66sec according to the official race results, going on to hold off Tony Jordanek to complete the mile and win by a clear second in 3.58.79sec. After his breath-taking 1.48.28sec M40 World Record 800m at the Loughborough International on 20th May, such a feat was on the cards. This time and his World Record Indoor 1500m 3.44.12sec at Picketts Lock in April are currently awaiting ratification. We offer our congratulations to Tony on this magnificent achievement.
Roald Bradstock’s M50 World Javelin Record takes him into Olympic reckoning.
On 2 June, the 2010 BMAF M45 javelin champion, Roald Bradstock, smashed the M50 World javelin record in Clermont, Florida, throwing the 700g javelin out to 76.15m. He then went on to throw a superb 67.10m with an 800g javelin. Roald will be back on British soil having received an invitation from UK:Athletics to compete in his eighth consecutive Olympic Trials here in Birmingham. We congratulate him on his World Record and his brilliant series of throws.
Lizzie Hawker IAU Athlete of the Year
Ultra distance star, Lizzie Hawker, has been voted International Association of Ultrarunners Athlete of the Year after her phenomenal 247.06 km 24-hour run, a World Best Performance. We congratulate her on this wonderful achievement.
Veteran Athletes’ Photography Exhibition
Bristol photographer Alex Rotas www.alexrotasphotography.com has an exhibition called ‘Veteran Athletes’ as part of the Bristol Festival of Photography from May 18th – May 31st. It will be held in central Bristol at the Photographique Gallery, 31 Baldwin Street, Bristol BS1 1RG (0117 930 06222). Opening hours are Mon – Fri 10.00am – 6.00pm, Sat 11.00 – 5.00pm, Sunday closed. Alex will be at the gallery and happy to talk on Saturday May 26th between 11.00am and 2.00pm. Her photos focus on older masters athletes, especially those aged 70+ and they were taken in Lignano at the European Masters Games in September 2011 and Jyväskylä at the World Indoors Masters Games in April 2012. Alex is keen to promote Masters’ Athletics as well as getting more positive imagery of so-called older people out in the public domain. She hopes her pictures challenge some of the preconceptions commonly held around what we mean when we talk about ‘ageing’.
She is also showing her photos as part of the Bristol Celebrating Age Festival, which has an Olympic theme this year, on June 9th between 12.00 and 2.00pm at the launch in College Green, central Bristol and at Colston Hall for the finale, between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Saturday June 23rd.
London Marathon Roll of Honour
Congratulations to Roger Low, an M65 member of Southern Counties Veterans AC, who completed the recent London Marathon in 4:07:33. He has taken part in every running of this event since its inauguration in 1981.
Roger has provided a list of the 16 who have completed a full set, and 5 more have been identified as members. Others from SCVAC are Patrick Dobbs, Jeffrey Gordon and William O’Connor (who is also a member of Vets AC); in addition there is Mike Peel, another Vets AC member and Jeffrey Aston from Welsh Masters.
See also www.everpresent.org.uk.
British success at World Indoor Championships
Congratulations to the 146 members who competed with distinction at the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championship in Jyvaskyla, Finland 3-8 April returning home with a total of 118 medals placing British Masters Athletics 3rd on the medal table. 66 countries entered with the largest entry, 958 athletes, from the host country.
Caroline Powell broke her own 400m World Record in the W55-59 age category recording a stunning 62.65sec after running a British Record in the 200m earlier in the week. Another World Record was set by the W60 4 x 200m relay squad of Moira West, Anne Nelson, Nancy Hitchmough and Jean Fail. British records fell to M40 Joe Appiah and W55 Jane Horder in the 60mH, M75 Rodney Mills 400m, M60 walker Ian Richards, M45 Steve Whyte in the Weight competition, Pat Gallagher ran 5.59.49sec for a W65 1500m record, Dorothy Fraser set new marks in the W75 400m and Iris Holder in the W70 triple jump.
BMAF Indoor Championships March 17/18 2012
The Indoor Championships this weekend has attracted 695 competitors entering an average three and a half events each. The Picketts Lock arena in North London will be a hive of activity from 08.00-18.00. Whether you are a passionate Indoor competitor, an Olympian, World Record holder, current European or World Champion, we hope you enjoy your weekend walking, throwing, jumping, sprinting etc. with your peers.
BMAF members in Record breaking form ahead of the World Indoor Championships.
Caroline Powell broke the W55 World Indoor 400m record (subject to ratification) at the NIA on Saturday with a sizzling 63.75sec whilst at the BMAF Pentathlon Championships up in Sheffield on 5th there was no sisterly love! lost between the former Bennett sisters when Diane Norman erased her sister Julie Machin’s W35 British Pentathlon record (3855pts) knotching up a fantastic 4036pts. In the 66-strong field there were excellent Age Category wins by M35, S Wren (NVAC) 2822pts. M40 A Young (MMAC) 2869pts, M45 I Allen (SWVAC) 3505pts, M50 J Mayor (EVAC) 3401pts, M55 H Kasap (VAC) 2849pts, M60 A Essex (SCVAC) 2795pts, M65 L Dunn (MMAC) 3194pts, M70 D Haines (SCVAC) 3039, M75 T Bowman (NVAC) 3496pts. Women W40 Amanda Wale (WMAA) 3288pts, W45 I. Barauskiene (SCVAC) 3282pts, W50 G Clarke 3267pts, W60 S Hine (WMAA) 2674pts, W65 M Simmonds (EVAC) 3178pts.
Top class field in the Scottish Masters Cross-Country Championships
M40 Kerry Wilson lifted the title from M45 Bobby Quinn and Melissa Whythe Wilson took the Women’s title by five seconds ahead of Angela Mudge.
2012 European Championships in Zittau
The online entry system for this summer’s European Track & Field Championships in Zittau, Bogatynia and Hradek is now in operation. It is the same system as being used for the Indoor Championships in Finland and can be found here. Please use this system and not the previously available entry booklet.
Please could those intending to enter read this document which contains important information.
We are sorry to report the death of Danny Mullane, EAMA treasurer and BMAF 300 club organiser. The funeral service is on Friday 11th November at All Saints Roman Catholic Church, Guithavon Street, Witham, Essex, just off the A12, at 1.45. Refreshments after the service at Kelvedon Institute, just off the A12, a bit farther east towards Colchester. Family flowers only.
He is seen here competing in the European Championships in Poznan in 2006.
At the IAAF Congress in Daegu on 23 August, Delegates voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognising athletes (male and female) aged 35 years and over as Masters in all events i.e. all Stadia and all Non Stadia events, thus reversing the decision taken in Berlin four years ago. This rule becomes effective from 1st November 2011. The BMAF applauds this decision.
IAAF Masters Committee
Bridget Cushen, BMAF Honorary Secretary, was the first British candidate to be re-elected to an IAAF Committee exceeding the average percentage in the first rounds of votes. Two further ballots were needed to elect the remaining 10 candidates.
The BMAF congratulates Lord Coe on his re-election to the IAAF Council and David Bedford, David Littlewood and Peter Marlow on their successful re-elections.
Forthcoming International Championships
Those who competed in the recent World Championships in Sacramento, as well as those who wished they had been able to attend, will be interested in the dates of forthcoming international events.
Next year, on April 3rd to 8th, the World Indoor Championships take place in Jyvaskyla, Finland, while on the 16th to 25th August the European Outdoor Championships are being held uniquely in three different countries, but in cities no more than 20 kilometres apart, Zittau in Germany, Bogatynia in Poland, and Hradek in the Czech Republic.
In March 2013, the European Indoor Championships will be held in San Sebastian, Spain, in May, the European Road Running/Walking Championships will be at Upice in the Czech Republic. Then from 24th July to 4th August the World Outdoor Championships are in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
In March 2014, the World Indoor Championships go to Budapest, Hungary, then from August 15th to 24th Izmir in Turkey hosts the European Outdoor Championships.
The only venue so far finalised for 2015 is the World Outdoor Championships in Lyon, France.
See the Fixtures page for further details when available.
It is with deep regret that we report the death of Colin Simpson. A stalwart of the Midland Masters AC and the BMAF, he won several World, European and BMAF Age Group titles. Our sincere condolence to his wife Margaret and his family. He will be sadly missed.
World Masters Track & Field Championships
Despite the welcome presence of so many Olympic athletes amongst the 5000 competitors from over 100 countries, British Masters athletes are shining through having now amassed a total of 11 gold, 7 silver, 11 bronze and 6 team medals five days into the 10-day Championships. Nottingham’s Mark Dunwell achieved an outstanding victory in the men’s 40-44 age category 100m sprint Final in ideal weather on Monday 11 July. Julie Hubbard was a surprise silver medallist in the women’s 35-39 age group 100m. Two time USA Olympian, Willie Gault, blazed to the M50 title in 10.96 into a 0.5 headwind, Kingston & Poly’s Pat Logan was third. It was also a bronze medal in the face of fierce opposition for Jim Tipper from Lichfield in the men’s 40-44 category. Virginia Mitchell retained her W45 400m hurdles title.
The latest results can be found here.
Many masters throwers may well remember Geoff Whaley who died tragically on June 14th. His son, Tom, is trying to contact former team mates to find out more about his athletics past. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. The funeral is on Friday 24th June at St Andrews Church, Whitchurch, Tavistock.
World Championship Venues
Budapest or Valencia 2014?
Bydgoszcz & Torun (Poland), Leon (France) or Perth (Australia) 2015?
The following five Delegates – Bridget Cushen, Kevin Dillon, Mike May, Lesley Richards and Ian Richards – will be attending the WMA General Assembly being held during the World Championships in Sacramento next month and will be voting for one of the above Bidders to host the 2014 World Masters Indoors and the WMA Track & Field Championships in 2015. Delegates will be strongly influenced by the information provided by each Bidder’s Presentation on facilities, accommodation, transport etc. You may be familiar with some of these cities/stadiums or have a preference. If so, let us have your comments.
Information about Perth can be found at www.perth2015.com. Email me if you have details of promotional websites for the other venues.
Proposed switch of year of World Masters Track & Field Championships
WMA are proposing structural changes to their Constitution to be voted on at the General Assembly. One proposal that, if passed, could affect you if you do already or are planning to compete in future Championships, is a change of date from un-even numbered years to even numbered years effective post the 2015 Championships. If passed by the Assembly, there would be a World Masters Track & Field Championships in 2016 (hosted by one of the above three cities who are happy to host either the 2015 or 2016 World Championships), thereafter the Championships would then be 2018/2020 etc. This will mean that the WMA Indoors will be held in 2014 but then not until 2017, a three year gap. Regional, i.e. European Championships, will also be held in 2014 and then in 2017. You may have strong feelings on some of these proposals, your comments to the above 5 Delegates or via email@example.com.
We wish our 195 members and their families who are travelling to the 19th World Masters Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, USA, 6-17 July, an enjoyable and successful trip.
Over 4,800 competitors from 93 countries have entered. They include the many who would not miss this great biennial international gathering and the opportunity to compete against fellow competitors from all corners of the World whatever their level of fitness, to several ex-Olympians. Zola Pieterse (nee Budd) clashes with former rivals Jane Pidgeon, Susan Ridley, Tracey Gibson and Sharyn Ramage in the W45 8km cross-country and 5000m.
Five times a USA Olympian and a double Olympic gold medallist, Jearl Clark (nee Miles) competes in the W40-44 age group 400m/800m. She has not entered a time and Denise Morley, Bernadine Pritchett, Sarah Wells and Michelle Hooton might well show her a clean pair of heels!
Al Joyner the 1984 Olympic triple jump champion is one of 28 competitors in the M50 event. Ed Burke, a three-time Olympian, who carried the U.S. flag during the opening ceremonies at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, is making a re-appearance. Willie Banks, the former World record holder in the men’s triple jump and a member of three U.S. Olympic teams, is a regular competitor at these Championships and competes on home ground.
In the older age categories, the former East German star Karin Illgen competes in the W70-74 shot putt and discus, and the 1960 Rome Olympics pole vault bronze medallist, Hans Lagerqvist of Sweden, takes on 21 men contesting the M70-74 age group pole vault.
We have also got two ex-Olympians going, Justin Chaston the 1996 Atlanta Olympic steeplechaser and the 1980 50km walker, Ian Richards.
BMAF Track & Field Championships
These will take place at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, on June 25/26th. To enter, go to www.areg247.co.uk, the new online system. All competitors should use this system, but anyone who is unable to should write to Maurice Doogan at 5 Stadium Street, Chelsea, London SW10 0PU, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope.
Provisional timetables are available on the Fixtures page. Unfortunately the external throws area is unavailable, so it would be impossible to fit all the events in without a 9:00am start. Competitors’ forbearance is requested in this matter.
You may often wonder how the whole World Masters Athletics Track & Field Championships are organised, venues decided, rules changed, who are the people who run it etc. Now you have the chance for a “behind the scene” look. We are entitled to have five voting Delegates at the Assembly, one is not going so we need someone to take his place. The Assembly is on Thursday 14 July, usually commences at 09.00 finishing late afternoon. Refreshments provided. You will not need to speak unless you wish to. Your vote could be crucial as there are three well matched cities bidding for the 2015 Championships. Need more information? Call 020 8683 2602.
Sacramento Closing Dates
The on-time entry deadline for the 2011 World Masters Championships in Sacramento is 24 April.
After 24 April until 6 May, athletes who register directly online will be charged a $50 (USD) late fee per person. This late fee will be combined with the Registration Fee, so athletes will see the Registration Fee increase from $66.25 to $116.25 during this period.
After 6 May until a to-be-determined date in mid-May, athletes who register directly online will be charged a $100 (USD) late fee per person. This late fee will be combined with the Registration Fee, so athletes will see the Registration Fee increase to $166.25 during this period.
So far 180 British entries have been verified and a further 11 ar pending.
Congratulations to Fauja Singh who completed the Newham 10k on Sunday April 10th at the age of 100 in a time of 83:40 (chip time, race time 84:00). He is believed to be the first centenarian to race this distance in the UK.
Photos from Ghent and Lee Valley
Did you compete at Ghent or in the BMAF championships at Lee Valley. If so you may have been snapped by Tom Phillips. Check up on his website. Lesley Richardson was also in Ghent and you can see her photos on her website.
2011 BMAF Indoor Pentathlon Results
Please note that the scores originally posted for the Indoor Pentathlon Championships held at Lee Valley on February 13th were calculated using the WMA 2006 age factors. These were revised on May 1st 2010, so the scores have been recalculated using these factors. The amended results can now be seen on theResults page.
Health Care Professionals
Arthritis Research UK are interested in hearing from Health Care Professionals on the treatment of sports injuries, training, injury and the prevalence of osteoarthritis to help them shape a future research agenda. You can apply for the questionnaire by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The only UK athlete, male or female to make the short list for the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) Athlete of the Year awards is Midland Master Sue Harrison. When running for England in the IAU World 50k Final in Ireland last August she won the race in a new UK record, which was also a World Masters Record and put her No.1 in the World for 2010. The full list of nominations and voting procedure can be found at www.iau-ultramarathon.org.
If you are over 60 read on
Brando-World are carrying out a survey on behalf of BUPA that will feature stories from athletes aged 60 and over on why they devote time to exercise and what health and wellbeing benefits they are experiencing as a result. O/60 and training for a marathon might be of particular interest. A payment of £50 will be made should your story be printed. For a copy of the survey contact immediately:
email email@example.com or Tel 020 3451 9424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 020 3451 9439
News about World Championships in Sacramento
The organisers of these championships have issued the first draft of their Competitors’ Manual which you can read here.
Results from Hungary
If you ordered and paid for a Result Book or DVD when you entered the European Veterans Championships and you have not yet received it, please let Bridget Cushen know at Bcushen@aol.com .
World Championships – Sacramento July 7-17
The BMAF have agreed that entries for the above championships may be made online direct to the organisers. We have agreed a method of verification with them that will be implemented by our Overseas Entries Secretary.
Entry will be available ‘Online’ as from the 1st October 2010. You will pay the amount required direct to Sacramento by credit/debit card as with any other online purchase. Verification will then be made by the BMAF. Please ensure your details are correct & that you are a currently paid up member of one of the BMAF area clubs. You will need to know your club membership number, letters & number, (eg EVAC 789). With the cost of an average entry being well over £100 it will be an expensive mistake if you are not verified !
People without access to the internet can submit paper entries in the old way. This will cost you $10 more than entering online. So, if you can get someone, family or friends, to do it online for you then it will save you money. Forms for downloading for this method of entry are available from the Overseas Entries Secretary (send an A5 SAE) or from the links on the Fixtures page.
BMAF Medical Team application form will be available to download from here as soon as possible.
Entry Fees for Hungary
At the BMAF AGM the favourable fluctuation in the £/€ currency at transfer date, and whether or not there should be a refund to members, was discussed. The Executive were asked to review. After much discussion, we have now agreed that there would be no refund as BMAF affairs have to be viewed as a whole and not individually event by event. We must cater for all events and disciplines, some of which are profitable and some perpetual loss makers. Overall the profitable events help to support the weaker ones.
The Overseas Entries Secretary has asked athletes to be patient and NOT to send entries for GENT, THIONVILLE & SACRAMENTO to him until the BMAF forms are uploaded on the fixtures page. There is no reason why anyone would be refused entry unless they are not a BMAF member.
Details for GENT are likely to be available in early October, while Thionville will follow before Christmas.
Sacramento will have an announcement made about entry procedure very shortly.
Entries cannot be accepted without ALL the necessary forms & payments submitted to the BMAF via the Overseas Entries Secretary.
The Olympic Games 1948 and 2012
Did you compete in, attend or witness the 1948 London Olympics? Do you now live or were you born in North/West London?
The London Borough of Brent & Brent Artists Resource are compiling 20 oral Testimonies for a project by the visual artist Lorenzo Belenguer and they would be interested in hearing your story. Younger residents will also be invited to talk about their expectation and emotions towards the upcoming London 2012 Games. These interviews will form an exhibition at the Gallery at Willesden Green and be broadcast around the Wembley stadium area during the summer of 2012. If you are interested in participating send an email to: email@example.com giving your name, full address and why you feel so passionate about the Games, before 15th of October.
Do please let the BMAF know if you are one of the successful 20 applicants as we would also love to hear your story and see your picture in the Gallery.
British Masters’ Medical Services Annual Conference
The eleventh annual charity fund-raiser (and social) will take place on the weekend of Oct 30/31 in the beautiful surroundings of Wortley Hall, Wortley, near Sheffield, organised by the British Masters’ Medical Services and led by Dr Steve Peters. For further information click here.
How to compete in international championships
We hope that all those who competed in the recent European Championships enjoyed the experience and achieved their goals.
For those who have ambitions to enter, here is a short guide as to how to go about it.
First of all you will need to be a member of the BMAF. If you are not yet, you will find here details of the affiliated area clubs of the Federation that cover the country. Membership of one of these clubs is your first requirement. When you are a paid up member you are then entitled to enter any of the International Competitions put on by the European & World Masters Organisations.
Details of these championships are also posted on the Fixtures page. Scroll down to the event you wish to enter. There will be a link for you to click on (usually saying ‘Details’) this will take you to the appropriate Championship website for all the information about the event you will need.
The BMAF do have a registered travel agent, Corporate & Sporting Events, that deals with members travelling requirements to championships.
Entering an International Championship has to be done through the Overseas Entry Secretary. The affiliate members (BMAF) of the World Masters Organisation have to verify entries and pass them on to the organisers. There are no qualification standards required. Equally there is no selection process (except for relays from those already entered); anyone that is affiliated and can afford to go is entitled to.
Entry Details & Entry forms converted into Stirling payments are also posted as links on the Fixtures page for each Championship.
Documents can be printed off completed and posted to myself. There is always a closing date which you MUST keep to.
We hope to have an online entry system in the near future but for time being it is a postal thing.
These forms & details will not appear until between 3 to 6 months before the championships. So, please keep checking with the BMAF website for updates.
That is about it, so please find your local area club, join up, and you will be eligible to compete for GB as a Master Athlete.
42 Wimbotsham Rd
Norfolk PE 38 9PE.
British Masters at the European Track and Field Championships
At the start of Day 7, the 274 BMAF members have already collected 23 Gold, 25 Silver and 19 Bronze Medals despite the high humidity and a steady 36 degrees. Over 3,000 competitors from 41 countries have entered the 17th European Championships in Nyireghasa, Hungary. Their progress can be followed on web sitewww.evacs2010.hu.
European Health Insurance
All those travelling to the European Championships in Hungary are advised to check that their health insurance is up-to-date. European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) have an expiry date.
The NHS phone line for renewals etc is 0845 6062030. This is an automated service, but appears to be pretty efficient. Alternatively, the web site is:https://www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/home.do. Delivery is said to be “seven to ten working days”.
17th European Veterans Track & Field Championships, Nyiregyhaza, Hungary
Entries have now closed for the above. 3117 competitors from 41 countries have entered 6500 events. To access more information and check out your opponents, go into www.evacs2010.hu. It is user-friendly. We wish our 274 competitors and their families a successful and enjoyable visit to that lovely country.
2011 International Meetings
2011 promises to be a big year for Overseas Entries.
16-20th March. The European Indoor Champs in Gent, Belgium will be very popular being so easily accessible. Entry forms will be available ASAP.
13-15th May. European Non Stadia Championships are at Thionville, Northern France. We expect another big entry for this being as we only have to cross the channel.
6-17th July. World Track & Field Championships are to be at Sacramento, California, America. Again a large entry is expected as we know American masters usually put on a great competition with lots of extras.
See the Fixtures page for further details. Please help by completing forms fully and clearly every time! Thank You.
Overseas Entries Coordinator
Weights Pentathlon Scoring Tables
On the Laws/Rules page, you can find Excel spreadsheets for the calculation of Weights Pentathlon scores and a points table generator. These have recently been updated as the WMA has changed the age grading factors. Thanks go to Chris Melluish for the work he has put in creating and maintaining these spreadsheets.
Croatian Masters’ Championships
We have received an invitation from the Croatian Masters to their Open Track & Field Championships in Osijek on 28/29 August. Age groups 35 through to 80-plus.
Saturday: 100 m, 400 m, 1500 m, long jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put, 4×100 m
Sunday: 200 m, 800 m, 5000 m, triple jump, hammer throw, javelin throw, weight throw (gira), 4×400 m.
Entry fee 15euro, limited to two events plus relays. Members who are interested in competing there can get further information from Bcushen@aol.com. Tel 020 8683 2602.
Reclassification of Bruni handguns
Here you can read a letter which has been sent to all the Starters in the country, and is being mailed to Clubs and to various key people!
UKA has reacted swiftly to informing people of the sudden Home Office Public Announcement on the amnesty period for Bruni handguns. The other point is UKA is working furiously to find a replacement!
Expect further guidance as soon as there is feedback from the Home Office, any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact David Brown or Cherry Alexander, UKA Head of Competition & International Relations.
BMAF Road Relay Age Groups
The M35 age group is now well established, and the single M35-39 age group has become an anomaly in 10 year age group Relay Races.
The BMAF Executive have received a proposal that from 2011, the age groups for MEN replicate those for WOMEN and the age groupings under EVAA Non-Stadia Team Rules for Road events, namely M35-44, M45-54 etc.
The decision will be taken at the BMAF AGM in July, but all clubs taking part in the Road Relays on May 15th are being asked their opinion. A voting form can be downloaded here.
World Indoor Championships, Kamloops, Canada
58 GB athletes made the long trip to take part in these championships, but they came away with no less than 71 medals (23 Gold, 27 Silver and 21 Bronze). The competitors had nothing but praise for the quality of the organisation and officiating and the friendliness of all the many helpers. To read team manager John Hall’s full report, click here.
Max Jones 1927-2010
It is with much sadness that we record the death of Max Jones after a fall in his home. He did the BMAF marathon ranking for many years. He still holds numerous age group ultra distance World Bests. We send our sincere condolence to his daughter Sue and his family.
Fresh from his fantastic World 200m record in 21.71sec at the NIA in Birmingham on 6 February, Darren Scott (left) returned on 21 February to set a British M40 400m record in 49.35sec.
Darren Scott, Southern Counties Veterans AC, whizzed to a new World M40 200m record in a sizzling 21.71sec at the Birmingham Indoor Games on Saturday 6 February. Darren, the current European M35 Champion, erased the 21.94 mark set by Enrico Saraceni of Italy in Genoa, in 2005.
World Record for Irie Hill
Irie Hill (right) has broken the W40 pole vault record, clearing 3.65m indoors in Sindelfingen on 29 January, the same venue where Carla Forcellini of Italy set the previous 3.60m mark at the first World Masters Indoor Championships in March 2004.
Dennis Withers 1927-2009
It is with great regret that we record the death of Dennis Withers on 21 December. Dennis was not only a top walker who won several World and European medals, but he was also the familiar Official who stood at the Start/Finish of the Road Relays guiding incoming and outgoing runners on each stage. He accepted and processed Team entries for years and acted as a Field Official at our other Championships on numerous occasions. May you rest in peace. Our condolence to Yvonne and his family.
The funeral is at Streetly Crematorium at 1.30 pm on 7th January, 2010, followed by a reception at Fairlawns, Aldridge. The family would like to be informed of those intending to go to the reception; this can be done via Beryl Randle 0121-329-3505.
Brian Ariss 1938-2009
We are sorry to report the death of Brian Ariss (pictured here) of Midland Masters AC from cancer. Brian had recently written toMasters Athletics asking people to contact him if they wish, but friends and wellwishers are asked not to call his widow at this time.
Bill Kingsbury 1927-2011
It is very sad that we have to announce that one of the best Veterans/Masters and our dear friend William (Bill) Kingsbury MBE passed away at the age of 84 at the end of November. Bill will be missed by all of us.
This is an appropriate time to reproduce an item from two years ago. At the Welsh Masters’ Annual Awards Dinner of 2009, Bill Kingsbury MBE, announced that he would be retiring from competition, and taking a much less active participation in the sport. Bill made it clear that for a number of reasons, not the least some serious health issues over the summer, he was bringing his participation in his beloved sport of Athletics to a close.
It is difficult to convey in a satisfactory manner exactly what Bill has contributed not only to Masters Athletics, but to Athletics in general, particularly in Wales and specifically to his beloved Rhondda AC. He has produced hundreds of Welsh Champions across all the age groups. However it is clear that from the very beginning of his sporting career as a ‘boy soldier’ and Army PTI, through the dozens of British Masters throwing records along the journey to his current 82 years of age, the nature and depth of the man’s knowledge, his determination, his dedication to his sport and particularly to those he coached, and specifically his belief in the integrity and respect that the athlete should display to others within the sport and to the sport of Athletics itself, were absolutely outstanding. He was particularly concerned that those in our sport should not only recognise special performances of excellence, but that they should also understand and respect the dedication and commitment that such athletes had to devote to their event in order to achieve that level of success. Behind his obvious geniality and natural ability to communicate with anyone, all of these core attributes always shone through
Bill Kingsbury is often described as a legend amongst those within the Welsh Masters fraternity, and within Welsh Athletics generally. While Bill himself might say that this description was inappropriate, as he was more interested in the successes of those around him, it is probably one that few within the sport in Wales would disagree with.
It is with much sadness that we have learned of the death of Alf Woods of Epsom & Ewell AC after a year long battle with leukemia. He was 81.
Alf was an accomplished Shot Putter and thrower in his younger days and turned to the pole vault in later life.
He was still clearing 3 metres when he was 65 and became World Masters Champion in Buffalo in 1995.
He will be sadly missed and our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
IAAF Changes about Masters
Change to IAAF Rule 141 will not affect World Masters Athletics or BMAF Competitions.
The new IAAF Competition Rules Book will record the recent change to the above, to read:
“Masters Men and Women: Any athlete who has reached his/her 35th birthday for stadia events and 40th birthday for out of stadia events.”
Please note this will not in any way affect our recruiting athletes who have reached their 35th birthday, they are most welcome to join any of our clubs. A 35-39 age category will be retained in our Championships and at all the World Masters Athletics Championships, including their Non Stadia events.
There are no changes to the men’s and women’s 35-39 age category in the British & Irish Masters International Cross County; the BMAF Cross Country Championships, the popular Road Relays or any other team event. The women’s team format remains unchanged.
Rules of Competition changes
The following changes were made at the World Masters Athletics General Assembly:
The weight of the Women’s age groups 75-plus shot and hammer reduced from 3kg to 2kg (the BMAF is waiting for specifications from WMA).
W75-plus discus is now 0.75kg.
W75 weight throw now 4kg.
Men 80-plus long hurdles reduced to 200m event with 5 (five) hurdles.
Men 60-69 Outdoor and Indoor Hurdles distance “to 1st hurdle” changed to 12m.
M60-69 60m hurdles (indoor) specifications now are:
Height .840 Number of hurdles 5. Distance to 1st 12m. Distance between 8m. To Finish 16m.
Some Amendments to the Constitution and Bye-Laws
WMA Anti Doping Rules accepted. New Bye-Law 3.3.3 (They were published on the BMAF and WMA web sites in Draft form for months).
The updated WMA Age Grading tables, as proposed on the WMA web site, adopted for WMA use effective May 1, 2010.
Latest from Lahti
After six days competition British Masters athletes continue to win World age group titles. Sunday was very much Ladies Day as the ex-Scottish international, Sandra Branny, set a cracking pace in the women’s 55-59 age group 5000m lapping all her opponents to win in 18.38.82. Just days short of her 60th birthday, Ros Tabor from Dulwich, London, followed her home to take the bronze. Ever green Ilford schoolteacher, Pam Jones, was second in the W70 5000m category and it was another 3rd place for W40 Nicky Nealon. A silver medal went to the Gloucester hurdler, Jane Horder, and a silver for Mark Wiseman in a tough M40 Discus competition. On Monday Nina Anderson successfully defended her World W35 800m title, John Gercs won the men’s 40-44 800m race in 1.57.50sec and Joe Lloyd added to the medals winning the M35 400m hurdles in a brisk 54.29 from fellow Brit Richard Scott. The heats of the 1500m races saw the majority of British runners through to Thursday’s finals.
See comprehensive results at http://live.time4results.com/yu/2009/wma2009/.
News from Lahti
The 277 British Masters athletes competing in the biennial World Masters Track & Field Championships in Lahti, Finland, 28 July-8 August, have now won a total of 122 medals after the first 5 days of competition. Nigel Gates achieved a great double in the Men 55-59 age category winning the 8km cross country on the first day and taking the 5000m track race from a 27-strong field on Saturday. Ex Commonwealth Games medallist, Arthur Thompson also achieved a double in the M70-74 category 5km track and 10km road walks. Ben Reynolds had a great run in the M40 age group 5000m in 15.14.90. Dr. Stephen Peters sped to a 11.57sec M55 100m sprint to retain his World title and is the fastest qualifier for the 200m on Monday, 3 August.
See the results as they come in at http://live.time4results.com/yu/2009/wma2009/.
2009 World Championships
The city of Lahti is offering great entertainment, exciting sightseeing tours and music for all tastes as well as fantastic competition for the 5300-plus competitors flooding in for the World Masters Track & Field Championships 28 July-8 August. A Wellbeing tent in the city centre will offer athletes and their families an opportunity to meet and socialise with competitors from all over the world. Open from 09.00-17.00, lunch will be available. After 19.00 it opens up for a variety of international entertainment. For serious music lovers, there is the Lahti Organ Festival in the Sibelius Hall.
Tours include Couple dancing on the Pier by Mukkiula beach, boat trips on the many beautiful fresh water lakes. Buffet Dinner, traditional music and locally brewed beer in the 1m thick granite walled Finnish Country Park restaurant in Hollolan Hirvi for €50 or there is a Finninsh/Irish Pork Festival & Folk Music at Cronin’s in Heinola, a 20 minute coach trip, or you can escape to the Family Park for Children. It really sounds as if our Finnish friends are making every effort to ensure you have a memorable stay in Lahti.
Results from Aarhus
Athletes who competed in the European Road Running/Walking events in Aarhus can now download the results, print off their individual and team Diploma or order a DVD from www.sportsvideo.dk.
At the 35th Annual General Meeting held in the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, on 4 July. The following Officers were elected:
President, Paul Dickenson
Chairman, Arthur Kimber
Vice Chair, Policy & International Affairs, Kevin Dillon
Honorary Secretary, Bridget Cushen
Honorary Treasurer, Danny Herman
Cross Country Secretary, Philip Lee
Race Walking Secretary, John Hall
Road Running Secretary, Mel James
Track & Field Secreary, Maurice Doogan
Overseas Entries Co-Ordinator, Peter Duhig
We are very sorry to report the death of Mary Webb, who sadly lost her 3 year battle with cancer on the morning of 1st July. She competed for a number of years at Welsh/British and European level, collecting many medals, until the illness took hold.
BMAF 10k Championships
The Magor Marsh 10k open race is now Full Up and the only way of entering our 10k Championship is on the form downloaded from our website and you must be a paid up member of a BMAF Affiliated Club or Association to be accepted. Closing date is 13th July.
New Travel Agent
We are delighted to announce that Corporate & Sporting Events are now our appointed Travel Agent. They now have available their brochures for all the 2010 European and World Championships,click Fixtures. If you need any further information, they can be contacted on 0121 779 0880. We look forward to a happy working relationship and group travel.
It is with deep regret that we record the death of Laurence Dordoy following a motorcycle accident. The BMAF and particularly our walkers, offer their sincere condolence to his family. His funeral is being held on 10 June.
New WMA Anti-doping Rules and TUE Regulations have been produced. They are based on the rules of the IAAF and these are on the WMA website (and this site’s Anti-Doping page) for anyone to view. The WMA General Assembly will be asked to adopt these rules, so anyone with views of changes to them should let the BMAF secretary know as soon as possible so that the points can be put to the BMAF executive and any proposals made to WMA by the 7th May. Whilst looking at any possible change it will need to be borne in mind that these new rules have been agreed by the IAAF with WMA for Masters Athletics, and they must also be read with the IAAF and WMA Anti-Doping Regulations (TUE Guidelines).
Helen Godsell – Veni, Vidi, Vici!
7th European Veterans Indoor Championships, Italy 25-29 March
Congratulations to our 194-strong team who were part of the 2,872 competitors from 39 countries that entered the above Championships in Ancona, returning home with a haul of 104 individual and 9 relay team medals – another major Championships; another great performance.
In particular we congratulate Helen Godsell on setting a new W55 World 60m Indoor record in 8.46sec; on her British record in the 200m (28.68sec) and her leg in the winning relay team. Averil McClelland on breaking the W50 European 200m record in 26.77sec, winning the 400m in 65.03 and relay, and 3rd in the long jump. Steven Peters on his M55 European 200m record, 24.41sec, 400m win in 56.63sec and silver medal in the relay. British records were set by Irie Hill in the W40 pole vault, clearing 3.40m only five days after competing in Melbourne! Steven Linsell in the M45 high jump (1.84m), Tony Wells winning the M60 60m hurdles in 9.35sec. Charlie Williams in the M75 200m (29.94sec) and Sue Yeomans winning the W55 pole vault with 2.70m
The following athletes retained their European titles: Kermit Bentham, M45 400m. Mark Dunwell, M35 60m. Bob Minting M55 800m. John Munro M35 long jump. John Nicholls M40 shot putt. Stephen Peters reigning M50 200/400, retained both having moved up into the M55-59 age group. Other double winners were John Hall and Colin Turner who triumphed respectively in the M60 and M65 walks. Tony Wells won the M60m hurdles. Women who were also successful include Helen Godsell, holder of the W50 60m/200m won the W55 double. Irie Hill retained the W35 pole vault title. Averil McClelland now moved up to W50 200m. Sally Reed-Cayton W40 800m. Sue Yeomans W50 pole vault and Mary Wixey, W85 long/triple jumps and shot putt.
We are very sorry to announce the death of Tony Rawlinson, our oldest active athlete, on 23 January aged 92 years young.
His last competition was in the British Masters Decathlon at Oxford on 13/14 September when he completed six of the ten disciplines in this gruelling sport.
Following a report from our Race Walking Secretary in which one of our athletes was taken ill in Poznan I would like to emphasise the importance of members travelling regardless of whether competing or not, to have an EHIC, (European Health Insurance Card) you may be entitled to medical care at reduced cost or sometimes free. Your entitlement will vary based on whether you are going to an European Economic Area country (EEA) or elsewhere in the world. It is also advisable to have travel insurance and possible medical cover in case. Details for applications etc for the EHIC are below.
EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD
For queries relating to your application or this website you should contact us. The Department of Health should be contacted for all other queries.
By Telephone. 0845 605 0707 or if calling from abroad +44 191 212 7500.
by Post. EHIC Enquiries, PO Box 1114, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 2TL
By E-Mail. https://www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/home.do.
Details taken from the Department of Health website.
It is with deep regret that we learn of the death in a road accident of Bob Fine, USA, one of the founding members of World Masters Athletics. A World champion hurdler turned walker, he was aged 77.
Following the paragraph in the latest Masters magazine from the Chairman’s report on the European Masters Games (EMG) in Malmo, SWEDEN. This is a clarification on the position on athletes that may enter the competition.
Athletes are able to enter the EMG, and will not be debarred from entering any other competitions.
The entries are made directly to the organiser and they do not ask for confirmation from BMAF. Athletes are responsible for their entries.
BMAF will not take the entries and would not deal with any problems that may arise, (anti-doping, misconduct, injuries, losses etc). As we generally have to do these in the events that are entered through us.
It is advised that athletes make sure they have medical cover just in case of injury or health issue.
Ajit Singh Kalirai MBE 1927-2008
We are sorry to announce the death of Ajit Kalirai on Monday May 19th. He was awarded his MBE in 2002 for his services to the community and to Masters Athletics.
There will be a last lap of the athletics track for him prior to his funeral on Tuesday 27th May at Perivale. The cremation will take place at Amersham. Full details can be found here.
The news was passed to us by his son Suki (firstname.lastname@example.org), who added:
“We would be delighted to welcome any one that knew dad…. I also write to convey my thanks to you all for providing my father many many enjoyable times.”
Francis Scott 1958-2008
It is with deep regret that we record the death of our 400m runner, Francis Scott, on 24 February, aged 49.
The BMAF and all its members offer our sincere condolence to his wife Maria and daughters Patrice and Frances.
Gordon Porteous 1914-2008
“The Flying Scotsman” has finally come to a halt. Our oldest competitive athlete, Gordon Porteous, Scottish Veteran Harriers, was laid to rest in Barrhead on 25 January, weeks short of his 94th birthday. His last major race was at Coatbridge in October 2004 when he smashed the M90-94 age category World 10,000m track record, winning in 69min.26.92sec.
He won 23 World and European age group medals, including the marathon, in 2hrs.51min aged 60, at the first ever World Veterans Track & Field, Toronto in 1975. He remained unbeaten over this classic distance by any one of his own age. He returned home from the World Championships in New Zealand in 1981 with four gold medals. He currently holds the following records:
World M90-94 5,000m in 31.25.45
World M90-94 10,000m in 69.26.92sec
European records as above, plus the M85-89 5000m
British 1500m records from aged 80 through to age 93
British M80-84 3000m Indoor.
His many friends and admirers will have fond memories of meeting a great amateur athlete and a true gentleman.
We are saddened to learn of the untimely death of Cesare Beccalli, President of World Masters Athletics. A charismatic leader, a competitor and a founding member of the European VAA, he made a huge contribution to masters athletics over many years.
Multiple awards for Arthur Thomson
The British Athletic Supporters Club has awarded Arthur Thompson the Master Athlete of the Year Award for his outstanding walking achievements at the British and European Championships.
Earlier he was elected European Best Male Veteran Athlete for 2006. He has earned this award by setting 3 World Records: 20km Road Walk (1.56.44), 30km Road Walk (2.52.47) and 5000m Track Walk (26.01.52). The citation outlines his superiority to other veterans in his age group and the fact that he has outclassed the old records.
In EVACS in Poznan, Poland 2006, in the oppressive warmth (30-35 degrees), Arthur broke his compatriot James Grimwade’s classic M70 record for the 20 km Road Walk of 1.58.10 from Malmö 1986 with a phenomenal 1.56.44. In the British Masters Championships in Birmingham, just before Poznan, Arthur broke the 24 year old M70 World Record for the 5000m Race Walk of the Australian T Daintry of 27.02 with 26.01.52. In Poznan he produced a championship record of 26.34.87. In Coventry in August 2006 Arthur set a record of 2.52.47 in 30km Road Walk. The previous record belonged to Albert Sturni of France at 3.05.10 set in 1993.
Arthur was also nominated for World Male Master Athlete of the year, which went instead to the American Bill Collins. Melitta Czerwenka-Nagel of Germany won both European and World Female awards.
Men aged 35-39
At the IAAF Congress in Helsinki on 3 August 2005, delegates voted in favour of lowering the age of men master athletes to age 35. The BMAF welcomes the move.
Excellent run by Tracey Morris in the Olympics
Media attention may have been focused elsewhere but Tracey’s 2.41.00 for 29th in the marathon in Athens in such conditions, was brilliant. Congratulations!
BVAF changes name to British Masters Athletic Federation
At the AGM of the BVAF, held after the completion of the first day’s events of the Track & Field Championships on July 27th 2002, a motion to change the Federation’s name to replace “Veterans” with “Masters” was carried with a clear majority.
Chris Maddocks Earns Ovation in Sydney
A British vet achieved the distinction of completing his fifth Olympic race, when he competed in the 50k walk in Sydney. Chris Maddocks, who is a member of Plymouth City Walkers and South West Vets, was the only BVAF affiliated athlete competing at Sydney.
Chris was unfortunate enough to pick up a hamstring problem during the later stages of his preparations, which affected him from early on in the race. This explains why he was nearly an hour slower than the time he achieved earlier in the year. Nevertheless he battled on and received a huge reception when he eventually made it into the stadium.