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Masters Dinner 30-11-07

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Masters Dinner 30 November 2007

B&B Masters Celebrate a great year

To mark a unique double win for our men and women’s Masters teams in the Southern Counties Veteran’s Athletic Club Track and Field League Final this year, and with both teams also winning the Kent Masters Track and Field League too, a celebratory dinner for the Teams took place at the Clubhouse on 30 November.

Our President (a former World Champion Masters athlete himself, of course) played host to almost 50 guests, including most of our team members, plus special guests including Christine Day, our very own 1948 Olympian, Jack Braughton, plus Arthur Kimber and Rob Murkin from SCVAC, World Masters Hurdles Champion Barry Ferguson and Peter Mulholland, respected Masters journalist for magazines like “Running Fitness”.

PP Mike Martineau, Men’s Masters Team Manager, and organiser of the event (it was actually Gordon Hickey and Barbara Terry who came up with the idea!), even managed to get the event to take place on his 62nd birthday. Nice birthday party! PP Colin Brand gave a poignant toast to Absent Friends with Jim Day very much in our minds. Mike welcomed the guests and then Ladies Team Captain, PP Anne Cilia thanked her gallant team, who, though small in numbers, had managed to run two teams throughout the Kent League, and stormed off with the Southern Counties trophy after tying for it in 2006.

Men’s Team Captain, Tom Phillips, gave a thoughtful speech, regretting the absence of what he called “parity of esteem” for Masters Athletics, despite it being one of the most successful elements of our own Club’s sporting endeavours, and far and away the most successful part of British Athletics today.

The President recognised the achievements of the many County, regional and National Masters champions present at the dinner, plus our elite band of European and World Champions. Pete Mulholland, on behalf of the special guests, presented to the Club a framed facsimile copy of a page from the Guardian newspaper in 1936 reporting one of Sydney Wooderson’s world record runs.

Photos from Tom Phillips

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