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

We’d love to add your story to the series, so please help us out by sharing your experiences.

Some of our ‘How I got into’ athletes went to Toruń — this is how they got on.

A full set of reports from Toruń can be found here

David Watson

Do you remember David’s story of recovering from a heart attack?

Well, David went to Toruń and came sixth in his M65 3000m heat in a time of 11:40.69. Very well done.

Photo : David’s Pof10 profile picture

Joseph Gonzalez

Joseph submitted his article after Toruń, and in his words: “I won the M50 3000m B Final in what turned out to be a tactical race, and came 8th M50 (1st British M50) in the road 10K in a slightly disappointing 35:08.”

Stacey Gonzalez Betancourt

Stacey’s story was published ahead of Toruń, where she achieved a more than creditable silver in the W45 Pole Vault, clearing 3.00.

Stacey Gonzalez Betancourt
Stacey Gonzalez Betancourt | Photo: Cliff Hide

Valerie Woodland

Valerie went to Toruń for the 10K and came fourth in the W50 category, completing the race in 42:34.

Adrian Essex

Well that’s me, and along with Wally, David, and Simon we had a good 4×200 relay, winning gold in a time of 1:54.14.

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To get into masters athletics, start with our guide here