Colin Welsh completed his World Masters adventure with an 11th place finish in the 1500m writes Bruce Hughes but after competing in two world finals, he’s understandably; “over the moon.”
The eight staging of the biennial indoor championships for veterans aged 35 and over, saw participants from every corner of the globe convene on Toruń, Poland for seven days of fierce competition.
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.”
M35 800m Final 28th March 2019
- Aaron Brown (GBR) 1:58.70
- Jeremie Nattes (FRA) 1:58.76
- Artur Mroz (POL) 1:59.11
9. Colin Welsh (GBR) 2:02.31
M35 1500m Final 30th March 2019
- Roger Vila (ESP) 4:03.58
- Adel Hfaiedh (TUN) 4:04.16
- Jeremie Nattes (FRA) 4:04.23
11. Colin Welsh (GBR) 4:19.07