Athletics: Vets produce golden display at the Relays
THE Wolds Veteran Runners Club sent three male teams and two female teams to Sutton Coldfield for the annual British Masters Road Relay Championship.
A total of 21 club members took part – and there were some real success stories.
Wolds Vets have supported this prestigious event since the early 1990s. It is a chance to mix with ex-Olympians and international runners.
Each runner does a three-mile loop of the circuit in the park, a fantastic setting on the outskirts of Birmingham.
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The first race of the day featured the female runners of various age groups – with the M65 (male, over 65) age group also running in this race.
Daphne Ellmore made a welcome return to the racing scene for the Vets.
She has hardly raced in the last two years, but was back with a bang in the F55 (female, over 55) squad.
Daphne ran in the first leg and clocked an excellent time of 19.44 – first place in the age group.
She handed over to Barbara Brown, who had a good run with a time of 22.42.
Last leg went to Jane Morley. Just days shy of her 60th birthday, Morley had her usual solid run, in 20.55, to maintain the lead and to take the F55 squad to the gold medal.
It was a fantastic achievement given the team had an average age of over 60.
Ellmore also ran the fastest time overall in her age group, beating ex-international Ann Ford.
Wolds Vets had previously won gold in this age group in 2007 and 2009, with a bronze in 2008.
The Wolds Vets F45 squad finished 13th, a creditable result as some had not done the event before.
The club's M65 team were rewarded with 10th position. It was the first time the club have competed in this age group.
In the next race, the rest of the male athletes competed with the remainder of the female teams.
Wolds Vets' M55 team came 21st and the M35 squad, with many of the squad in their 40s, came 17th. Gary Thomas was the club's fastest runner with an excellent time of 16.49.