Walton AC Masters Athletes had a highly successful week in Toruń, Poland last week at the World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships.
Susie McLoughlin, Virginia Mitchell and Joanna Flowers started the week with with the 400s, all qualifying comfortably for their finals. Virginia set the tone with an emphatic victory in the W55 category in 63.21, swiftly followed by an exciting race in the W50 category where Jo finished strongly coming through to take her first ever World medal in second place. Susie was next up and ran a controlled race to finish in 4th.
Next were the 800s where Liz Amos made her World Indoor Masters debut. She cruised through her heat and came a creditable 4th in the final in a scrappy race resulting in the Irish athlete falling and the Swedish athlete fracturing her shin bone.
Virginia was going for the double but had tough competition as she was up against the current W55 800m world record holder. In a thrilling final lap Virginia made up a deficit of 5 metres to win in a new world record of 2.22.34.
The penultimate day saw Susie and Jo back on track for the 200s. They both qualified for their finals comfortably with Jo running another consistent race from a difficult lane 1 and coming home in 4th. Susie lined up in lane 6 with the Polish athlete and main rival inside her. The Polish athlete proved too strong and Susie finished strongly in 2nd.
The final day saw Susie and Virginia back on track for the 4×200. More medals came their way in the form of silver and bronze.
A big congratulations to our amazing Walton AC Masters athletes. Roll on the European Championships in Italy in September.
Last Friday two Walton Athletes were invited to attend the Surrey Annual Awards evening.
George Sudderick scooped U15 Boys’ Championship Best Performance for 2018 in the 300m (36.04) and Sam Mace scooped the U20 Men’s Championship Best Performance for 2018 in the Hammer (59.82m). It is also worth noting that both athletes significantly outperformed these marks over the course of the season!
Flowers leads the gold medal charge with three Championship wins!
The Walton masters had a successful weekend at the British masters at Lee Valley last weekend.
The 60m races kicked off the weekend with Joanna Flowers achieving gold in the W50 and Helen Channon gaining bronze in the W40 in only her second indoor race in 4 years.
Stuart Channon came 4th, missing out on 3rd by 4/ 100ths of a second. Martin Willis ran a PB in the M45 60m heats of 8.58.
On Saturday afternoon the 400m finals began with Virginia Mitchell setting the standard with a gold medal in the W55. Jo Flowers followed in her footsteps with her 2nd gold of the weekend and not to be outdone Lizzie Amos also got gold in the W40 400m.
Martin Willis finished off Saturday’s events with 6th in the LJ.
Jon Ladley began Sunday morning with gold in the M35 pole vault.
Jo Flowers went for her hat-trick of gold medals coming home first on the 200m.
Next on were Virginia and Lizzie in the 800m; Virginia led from gun to tape with a confident run narrowly missing out on the W55 800m world record. Lizzie also gained her 2nd gold medal of the weekend winning by 1/10th of a second!
Martin Willis wrapped up the weekend with 4th in the M45 shot.