The National Masters Championships at the Alexander stadium in Birmingham produced a tremendous return for Walton’s athletes who came back from the weekend with 10 national titles and 20 medals in total.
14 athletes competed across the various age groups with the W35’s being the most successful. Between them the five girls won almost all the track titles in the age group. Jo Locker led the way with three gold medals, winning the 800 in 2.22, the 1500 in 4.42 and the steeplechase, despite almost falling when she crashed into a barrier, in 7.25. Susie McLoughlin won the sprint double recording 12.69 and 26.39. Lizzie Amos won the 400m in 59.76. Lucy Bartlett ran 17.97 to win the 100m hurdles and came 2nd in the 400 hurdles in a pb of 69.62. Helen Channon was 2nd in the 100m and won the long jump with 5.34.
In the W40 age group Sarah Burke won the 400m hurdles in 70.04 and in the W55 group there was a silver medal for Debbie Singleton in the discus, throwing 25.39.
David Moles won the M55 400m hurdles in 65.50 and there were a number of other medals on the men’s side. In the pole vault there were silvers for Greg Conlon (M35 with 4.20) and Craig Timmings, M45 with 3.50. Craig also came 2nd in the HJ, 3rd in the triple jump 10.58 and 4th in the Long Jump, 5.28. Stuart Channon was 3rd in the M35 Long jump, 5.78, and 5th and 6th in the 100 & 200 in 11.74 & 23.95. Jon Hamblen came 2nd in the M40 1500m in 4.16.89. In the M60 age group Jack Rutherford came 3rd in the 300m hurdles and Joe Eastwood 4th in the Javelin.