Author: Bridget Cushen
When you are aiming for a Season’s Best you need some free time to concentrate and get yourself mentally prepared, but when you are a UKA qualified Official, the 2012 European and 2013 World Masters 2000m steeplechase champion as well as winning the 1500m bronze medal at your Senior Women’s County Championships in May, where do you find the time to think!
Nottingham midwife Jane Pidgeon VAC, was the Track Official last Saturday at the UK Women’s League Premier Division in the Linford Christie Stadium in London, but she still found the time to down her Track papers, line up with some younger runners and race to a new British W55 2km steeplechase record time of 8:40.42sec!
Also keeping our Statisticians busy were European Masters Indoor Triple Jump Champion Joanne Willoughby, she set a new British mark of 10.29m competing for her club in Division Two Midland League at the University of Warwick Track on 16 June.
Clare Elms VAC continues to break W55 records; she has now lowered her own 800m record to 2.22.38sec running on the famous Tooting Beck track on 29 June.
Up in Hull at the Throws Pentathlon on 29/30 June Geoff Tyler added a new M70 Shot mark of 12.86m, M60 Kevin Murch sent the javelin out to 52.24m and Deborah Murch claimed a new W60 mark of 16.81 in the Weight Throw to notch up a total Throws Pentathlon score of W60 4042 points (HT 32.70-937, SP 9.41-802, Discus 24.19-627, Javelin 20.63-538, Weight 16.81-1138).
There were also two British Road Walk Bests at the BMAF 5km Road Championships in Horwich by W70 Noel Blatchford in 32m48sec and M85 John Payne in an excellent 40m56sec.