Athletes of mature years travelled from all corners of the UK to contest the annual British Masters 5K Championships at Horwich, Lancashire on Sunday (19th June). The overall winners were Chris Smith (pictured) from Morpeth Harriers and Lesley Chisholm from Garscube Harriers but there were many impressive performances by older runners further down the field of 150.
Chris Smith (M35) whizzed round three laps of the Horwich town centre in 15min32.8sec to take the overall win and over-35 gold medal. His nearest opposition was M35 Andrew Peat (Birchfield Harriers, 15:38.4) and M45 category winner, Kerry-Liam Wilson (Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers, 15:47).
Lesley Chisholm (W40, 17:47.7) also made light work of the undulating course with its hairpin bend to be joined in an all-Scottish podium by W40 Claire Thompson (City of Glasgow, 18:34.2) and W50 Hilary McGrath (Law & District, 18:48.1). The first W35 runner, Carla Maley (North Shields Polytechnic, 18:55.8) was fourth overall as older runners filled the leading positions.
Among many eye-catching performances in the men’s race were the higher age-group category wins of M65 David Oxland (Notts AC, 17:52.9); M70 Martin Ford (Cheltenham Harriers, 20:15.8); M75 David Moorekite (Larkfield, 24:03.9) and M80 Walter McCaskey (Edinburgh AC, 24:57.9).
Equally impressive were some of the women’s winners, including W55 Monica Williamson (Leamington, 20:07.7); W60 Sue Weatherburn (Wolverhampton, 21:57.6); W65 Angela Copson (Rugby & Northampton, 21:24); W70 Dot Fellows (Cannock & Stafford, 24:16.3) and W75 Brenda Jones (Bro Dysynni, 27:48.7).
Full results and more information about over-35’s athletics at the BMAF website