A new masters world record, BMAF athletes success in the British senior championships and other news

Various news items of interest for Lyon competitors and others

Written by Bridget Cushen on 06/07/2015

European Best Female Masters Athlete of the Year, Irie Hill, broke her own World W45 pole vault record clearing 3.70m in Switzerland last week.

Lyon-bound M40 Tony Whiteman ran a brilliant 1.49.42sec 800m Heat at the Sainsbury’s British Championships in the Alexander Stadium on Saturday taking him into another British Senior final where he finished 6th  in 1.51.67sec.  Evergreen Walker, Francisco Reis, also took on the younger guys in the 5km Walk, he finished 11th in 23.55.53sec.

World and European 400m/hurdler, Virginia Mitchell, was originally selected as a Reserve for the history-making W50 400m at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August. She is now confirmed as a definite starter alongside Sally Read-Cayton and David Heath runs in the M50 800m.

Following the attack near Lyon on 26 June, the Organising Committee in Lyon has issued a statement reassuring all athletes and their families that they are taking all measures in terms of security.

Viewers of Channel4’s Dispatches programme on Monday evenings may recognise the following members in the 3 August screening: Pam Jones, walkers Mike Harran, Shaun Lightman, Arthur Thomson, runners Peter Giles, Cross-Country Secretary Mel James and leading the charge is our Chairman Arthur Kimber.  A lady from Serpentine AC also joined in. The filming location was by the Serpentine in Hyde Park.