Caroline Powell and Carole Filer among multiple medallists at World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth, while Jonny Mellor and Eilish McColgan win Leeds Abbey Dash

The big events of the weekend were the English Cross Country Relays (report here) and the TCS New York City Marathon (report here) but other highlights included:

Track and field

World Masters Athletics Championships, Perth, Australia, November 1-6

The second week of the championships saw hosts Australia consolidate their medal table lead over USA while Britain remained third after a number of gold medal-winning performances, reports Martin Duff.

Top among the Brits were the four golds from Carole Filer and three from Caroline Powell (pictured), while W80 Anne Martin produced the sole home world record, in the steeplechase, to go with a handful of minor medals.

It was Brenda Fee who opened the Brits’ gold medal charge with a W70 200m win in 32.00. She was soon followed by over 60s Caroline Powell and Steve Peters who both completed sprint doubles in 28.82 and 24.11 respectively.

After retaining his 5000m title in the first week, Ben Reynolds was just headed by Kenya’s Paul Yego Kibet in the M50 10,000m, running 33:19.16. John Skelton added to his 5000m gold with 10,000m silver in 39:50.46.

The 10km road walks had seen Britain’s best hope, M65 Ian Richards, beaten by Mexico’s Jose Camarena, as M75 Ed Shillabeer and M80 Will Norbert also added silvers.

Over the hurdles, W65 Jean Fail was the first to strike gold as she won against a strong wind with 15.86.

In the throws pentathlon Sue Lawrence added to her hammer gold and silver weight with victory in the W45 event, scoring most highly in the hammer where her 36.87m best was just a metre down on her individual gold performance.

It was a similar story for Steve Whyte who had won the weight gold and hammer silver in the first week. It was his dominant performance in the weight and 51.69m hammer that yielded M50 gold in the five throws event.

See the November 10 edition of AW magazine for further coverage.


World Masters Athletics Championships, Perth, Australia, November 6

In the half-marathon, in a tremendous coincidence, Britain’s two gold medal winners were both Paul Thompson.

M55 Thompson from Kettering won his race in 72:48, while M60 Thompson won his in 83:01.

In the marathon, British medal winners included M60 Ian Kitching, W45 Sue McDonald, W65 Liz Neville and W70 Brenda Kinch.

Leeds Abbey Dash 10km, November 6

The race increased its reputation as one of the best quality 10km events in Britain as the first 14 men broke 30 minutes.

Jonny Mellor won the men’s race in 29:12, narrowly ahead of Adam Hickey (29:15) and Graham Rush (29:17).

Eilish McColgan won the women’s race in 32:52 a PB as the first six broke 34 minutes. Katrina Wootton (33:21) and Josephine Moultrie (33:35) chased her home.

There will be a more detailed report in this week’s magazine.

Billericay Striders 10km, November 6

Ryan Prout won the men’s race in 32:42, while Lindsey Coleman won the women’s race in 40:04.

Flying Fox 10, November 6

Ben Gamble won the men’s race in 53:52, while the women’s race was won by Kristina Defries in 68:14.

Mick Hall’s photographs will appear in this week’s issue.

X Milhas do Guadiana, 18.3km, Ayamonte, Spain, November 6

In this race to Vila Real de Santo Antonio in Portugal, three time Portugal Olympian Ana Dias won in a time of 68:25. Britain’s W50 Clare Elms finished third woman in 72:42.

Elms’ performance guranteed she was the overall winner of the Algarve Challenge.

Paulo Soares won the men’s 18.3km race in 61:13.

Cross country

Priory Relays, Reigate, November 5

Belgrave Harriers won the women’s race for the third time in a row, while Tonbridge won the men’s race.

Martin Duff’s report and Jeremy Hemming’s photographs will appear in this week’s issue.

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