Masters Update - 10th December 2016

South of England Masters XC Champs

We had six entries for the M50, 5 travelled and 4 raced, such is the nature of vets athletics!  Thank goodness we are developing a decent sized squad.  

10k race, 2 laps of a course with varied surfaces underfoot, the organisers had changed it from two years ago removing the killer hill.   

The winner Andrew Leach was miles ahead of the field, to the point where many spectators thought he was warming up for a later race!!

Phil Coleman went off quite hard and was caught by Alan Buckle half way round the second lap, however Phil remembered he had been an 800m runner and just pipped Alan by a few seconds.   Great debut team race at South of England for Alan as he was highest age group finisher of the TAC contingent, 15th in the 55-59. Andy Wood found this course more to his liking as he was 3rd scorer. Cain Bradley loosened up well and was clearly moving well through the second lap.

Mark PK had warmed up, but suffered a  relapse of his calf injury minutes before the race so reluctantly had to pull out before the start

Team result was 11th / 21 in the M50 race.

Results were split into M50 and M55 as shown below:






Phil Coleman





Alan Buckle





Andy Wood





Cain Bradley





Team 11th in 50-59


Daniel “The Crusher” Crush was in action of a different kind last week as he boxed in a charity boxing match in London. He won and was all in one piece at the end.

Unfortunately Antony Crush has suffered a fracture of his fibula, we all wish you a speedy recovery!

Richard Christian took part in his first indoor athletics event of the winter at Lee Valley, and came away with another M50 record of 44.5 in the 300m.

Sasha Houghton Impressive further PB 20.44 for Sasha at Tonbridge Park Run as she was first female. She moves up to 4th fastest 40-44 year old female at the Tonbridge Park Run, just ahead of Penny Pilbeam who recently gave birth to Oscar 7lbs 15oz .