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This story is part of a series exploring the people that make masters athletics tick, helping us to define the BMAF brand.

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I did very little (no) sport at school and played football badly at university.

From my 30s onwards I did some jogging, a couple of slow marathons and joined Trent Park Running Club for the cross-country and road races.

In my 50s I was finishing nearer and nearer the back in these races and some kind soul suggested I should try shorter distances (he’d spotted I was very slow over the first five miles but often won a sprint finish). I joined the club’s small sprints training group and started to learn about the wonderful world of masters.

I was inspired by Alan Carter – a world champion hurdler in his 70s and my first coach.

Navigating the world of ‘masters’ was not always easy but I joined an area club, Vets AC, as well as a local track and field club, Enfield and Haringey.

Other masters athletes were very helpful and soon I was competing (though by no means winning) in national and international events over 100m, 200m and 400m. I found I was comparatively better at sprinting and was inspired by meeting many great masters at the meetings.

Thanks again to the person who suggested I leave behind the ignominy of bringing up the rear in cross country!