Ness brings home the M45 Gold Medal
Walton Athletic Club had representation in the World Championships Ultra Multievents held in Turnhout, Belgium last weekend. Chris Ness (M45) proudly wore the GB vest competing in the 12 running, 4 jumping and 4 throwing disciplines over 2 days – having previous world championship experience from 2013 & 2015.
Chris Ness was in good form during day one and firmly flagged his intention to make the podium from midday onwards in very hot and sunny conditions by putting together a good string of performances through events 5 to 8: the 5000m in 19:51, 800m in 2:28, high jump of 1.50m and 400m in 63.1. With not much left by the end of day one, the final 10th event presented Chris an opportunity to play on his strengths and maximise points. A gutsy run of 12:19 for the 3000m steeplechase proved to be his highest individual scoring event of 684 points, during which race unfortunately an outstanding Dutch competitor had to retire with injury. Chris however now found himself with an overnight score of 4766 points (and 2nd position overall) in a very close 3-way contest with his great friend and inspirational teammate Butler of Basingstoke in 4th.
During day two after the 2nd event, positions had chopped and changed with the Belgian overnight leader falling back to 3rd position after a disappointing hurdles while his German rival had now taken the lead. Chris stuck to his plan and was rewarded with