Masters Athletics 2019

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Despite my hopes for good things in my 2018 racing, after a 2017 season taken away by injury, I had some success and high hopes. Sadly, these got knocked to bits right at the end. That's left me more reluctant to make big plans for 2019, but the good news is that I am back racing.

(The photo above was kindly sent to me by my friend and fellow masters athlete, Peter Davey. It's the first strides of that fateful British Masters 100 metres final in August 2018. That's me in the middle. It's there as a reminder to me about making plans!)

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SCVAC Indoor Championships, Lee Valley,
Sunday 10 February 2019


These Championships again saw my return to racing after injury! I was second in the 200 metres, but beaten by a guest athlete, so got the gold. Not long after, I ran a very pleasing 60 metres, winning by a big margin in a fast time. What's more, I went home with two gold medals and no injuries!

I chose not to take my camera to the event, as it would have been a distraction from my priority, which was to get my race head working again.

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UK Masters Inter Area Match, Lee Valley,
Sunday 24 February 2019

From my perspective, this was rather a lack-lustre day's activity. I messed up my 60 metres start and could only get a third place - albeit in a faster time than my race two weeks previously. We also fielded an under-strength relay squad for another third place.

I did, however, get a set of pretty good photos in the gaps between my events. I missed a lot, of course, but you try it some time, eh?

There are 229 photos in my gallery.

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British Masters Indoor Championships 2019, Lee Valley,
Saturday 9 March and Sunday 10 March 2019

No complaints from me about this weekend. I went hoping to make the M60 60 metres final and race without injury. To my surprise, I qualified from the heats as the fastest athlete, winning my heat in my fastest 60 metres time for a while! I didn't quite hold that glory for the final, but finished third in a close race. I only made the B final for Sunday's 200 metres, but won it, and finished 4th overall on the times between the A and B finals. Nice end to my short indoor season this year.

I stuck to my promise to leave the camera very much alone when preparing for and waiting for my races. It was tough. As a result, I have no photos of the hurdles or the 60 metres on the Saturday morning, and very little of the 200 metres on Sunday morning, nor of other events that were going on at that time. Nevertheless, I was quick enough back into camera action to shoot the race immediately following mine!

There's pretty good coverage of most of the rest of the action indoors other than that.

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here for Saturday's photos.

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here for Sunday's photos.

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World Masters Indoor Championships, Torun, Poland
Late March 2019 - An apology in advance

I didn't enter the World Masters Indoors in Torun as an athlete, and also ended up with photographic work elsewhere in the days immediately prior to the Championships, so I will not be attending.

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