British Masters 10 km Road Championships – Medway & Maidstone AC take 4 golds & 1 silver
After an absence of 4 years, the British Masters 10 Km Road Championships returned to the Cyclopark at Gravesend. Medway & Maidstone AC, who currently have an extremelystrong Master’s team, had some amazing individual and team results across a wide range of age groups.
The club’s top run of the day must go to Anthony Webb who won the M45 individual gold in a time of 32.27 for a new club record, PB and 6th on the UK rankings. Webb led the overall race for 3 of the 4 laps and was only overhauled by Ben Kruze (Midland Masters 31.57) who was running in the younger M35 age category. In the M45 – M54 team category, Webb was followed by Justin Lane (5th M45 34.19 PB) and Neill Wright (9th M45 36.21) which was good enough to give the club team gold. Darren Wright also had a great day with a PB of nearly 2 minutes (39.41).
Tom Collins took the individual bronze in the M35 category (fastest 10 Km time for 3 years – 33.35). He was supported in the M35 team by Daniel St Martin (6th overall M35 with a massive 1.22 PB in 34.37) and Noel Lyons who as an M50 ran ‘down’ an age group to complete the team. This proved to be a great decision as his excellent run (37.02) completed the team for another team gold.
Not be outdone, in the M55 – M64 category, Alun Rogers(M55) who had a 38.21 PB, supported by Bob Fursey (M55 42.11) and Paul McAuliffe (M65 42.47) running ‘down’ an age group, also took the team gold medal.
The club’s women also had a very good day, again with excellent individual and team results. Liz Weeks with her fastest 10 Km time for 6 years (4th W40 38.52), was followed by Taryne McPherson (5th W45 42.44) and Chloe Hammond in her first 10 Km Road race with a very respectable 44.25.