Report from Caroline Marler:
For the 2nd time I took charge of getting a Northern Veterans Team together for an Inter Area match – this time outdoors. We did better this time, coming one place higher – 4th out of 7 teams. Midland Masters with home advantage came 1st, Southern Veterans were 2nd and Welsh Veterans were 3rd; we beat Eastern Vets,Vets A.C. (London based, the 1st Vets. club ever) and South West Vets.
It is always hard to get some athletes to compete and there were some top class ones missing from our team unfortunately but the ones who competed showed a lot of team spirit and were willing to do unusual events. Especially sparse on the ground were Women 60 to 70 years- there was only me and a 3000m runner so I ended up doing 7 events! Fortunately my most important event, the 400m came first and I won easily in 70.6, best time outdoors for 2 years. Later in the afternoon I came 2nd in the 100m in 15.8, 2nd in 200m in 32.2(best times for a few years), won the shot put, got 2nds in the long jump, discus and did an opening height in the high jump just for a few points.
It was a great event and we hope next Inter Area to get more from the North involved.
Next events on the horizon are the British Masters Champs. at Birmingham on 9/10th August, The European Masters Champs. in Izmir, Turkey from 25th- 31st August and later on Yorkshire Vets. Champs on September 27th.