Saturday 18th – 25th August – European Veterans Athletics Championships in Zittau (Ger)

Report from OAC’s Caroline Marler on her two gold and one bronze medals:


Having set almost identical times in the heats, much faster than the other competitors it seemed like it could be a ‘two horse race’ between me and the German, who had already won the 200m.

With the superior speed it wasn’t surprising she went off fast and made up the stagger on me by 150m. This caused me to run the next 150m faster than I normally would to keep her in my sights. By 300m I was passing her and kept ahead of her to win comfortably but the uneven pace of the run meant the last 50m was horrible as I ‘hit the wall’ badly and the final time was not that good.

1st C. Marler (GB) 69.82
2nd U. Hiltscher(Germany) 70.56
3rd L. de Roock (Belg.) 71.15

Hiltscher won four individual gold and two silver medals over the Championships.


My bronze medal came in the 800m, my second string event behind winner Nancy Hitchmough (GB), who is the European record holder and Ingerlise Jensen (Denmark) the World Champion.

It was a straight final with eleven runners, run quite tactically so my time again wasn’t as fast as at the recent British Championships.

1st N. Hitchmough (GB) 2.39.95
2nd I. Jensen 2.45.30
3rd C. Marler 2.48.68

4x400m relay

My second gold came in anchoring the GB team to victory in the 4x400m relay where we broke the European record by eight seconds and tantalisingly missed the World record by only 0.16 secs.

The other runners were Angela Copson (Women’s 65 winner of 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m), Nancy Hitchmough (W60’s winner of 800m and 1,500m) and Ros Tabor (second in W60’s 5,000m and finalist in W60’s 400m, 800m and 1,500m).

  1. #1 by Matt Podd on August 28, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    Congratulations Caroline,
    A great effort and inspiration to us all – obviously Bondgate bread has given you superpowers.
    Well done.
    Matt Podd

  2. #2 by CAROLIN MARLER on September 19, 2012 - 6:05 am

    jUST NOTICED MISTAKE- 400M. TIME WAS 69.82 NOT 68.82!

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