Teviotdale Harriers Masters were at it again on Sunday, claiming two golds at the British Masters 10km Road Championships held in Blyth writes Bruce Hughes.
Sammy Walker and Jim Pittillo both stormed to victory in their respective categories on another successful day for the clubs seasoned contingent.
The event, hosted by Blyth Running Club, had competitors race on the footpaths and cycleways of the Northumberland Town, from Blyth Quayside to Seaton Sluice before returning.
Sammy, who is currently collecting wins like Imelda Marcos collected shoes, won his M60 category by over two minutes. Finishing 20th overall, Sammy flew around in 35:18 with Doncaster Athletics, Kevin Newman (37:45) second and Jonathan Haynes running for Bishop’s Stortford (38:14) finished third.
In the M85 age group, Jim Pittillo, the oldest runner competing on the day, earned his win by finishing the 10km course in 1:04:54.
A reminder that THERE IS NO Wednesday Junior Training and NO gym on Thursday during the school holidays.
THC Diary Dates
Wed 3rd SCHOOL HOLIDAY NO TRAINING
Thu 4th SCHOOL HOLIDAY NO GYM
Wed 10th SCHOOL HOLIDAY NO TRAINING
Thu 11th SCHOOL HOLIDAY NO GYM
Wed 17th Time trial 1, museum, Wilton Lodge Park
Thu 18th Gym – Think Fitness
Wed 24th Junior training – Teviot Parish Church
Thu 25th Gym – Think Fitness
Wed 1st Time trial 2, museum, Wilton Lodge Park
Thu 2nd Gym – Think Fitness
Wed 8th Junior training – Teviot Parish Church
Thu 9th Gym – Think Fitness
Tue 14th Uphill Mile
Wed 15th Junior training – Teviot Parish Church
Thu 16th Gym – Think Fitness
Wed 22nd Time trial 3, museum, Wilton Lodge Park
Thu 23rd Gym – Think Fitness
Wed 29th Junior training – Teviot Parish Church
Thu 30th Gym – Think Fitness
The medieval Polish City, famous for its Museum of Gingerbread, was the destination for Teviotdale Harriers Welsh. This time racing in his Great British and Northern Ireland vest, he tested himself on the track against some seriously sharp and seasoned runners.
“The standard was obviously high,” explained Colin. “But to
be qualify for two World finals at the same meeting and then be in the mix in those
two finals, I’m over the moon.”
Four races in four days may have taken its toll but that’s exactly
how Colin would want it; “On reflection, now the dust has settled and I’ve had
a couple of pints (it’s important to rehydrate), my legs are in bits, my bodies
in tatters but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
“It’s been an amazing experience and I’m already looking
forward to Venice in September for the European Masters. I’m hoping for hotter
weather though as its been snowing here.”
Not sure how much snow affects and indoor event, but Colin was very warm with his appreciation of everyone who offered encouragement whilst he’s been away; “support from home has been unreal and I would like to thank everyone for their messages.”
The final of the M35 800m at the Indoor World Champs in Toruń, Poland featured Teviotdale Harriers Colin Welsh.
In a highly competitive race Colin Welsh couldn’t quite replicate his run from the heats but gave his all and finished 9th in 2:02.31.
Fellow Great Britain & Northern Ireland runner Aaron Brown (1:58.70) claimed Gold, improving on his Bronze from the outdoor World Masters in Malaga last September. France’s Jeremie Nattes (1:58.76) claimed silver with Artur Mroz (1:59.11) from Poland the bronze.
Reflecting on the race (a little tongue in cheek); “The spikes are back out the bin now that I’ve had time to think about it,” said Colin.
“I just didn’t perform and I am disappointed, but on the whole I have to be pleased. It’s been an amazing experience.”
Competition is not yet over for Colin as he’ll be back on the track again; “I’m also entered for the M35 1500m, so tonight I’ll rest up and get ready to go again tomorrow.”
Colin races in the second of tomorrows heats, with the first on track at 17:25. If he can navigate his way to the final, it will be on Saturday morning around 09:45.