17 December 2015
Welcome to the Masters Section
Full results of all SCVAC Track
League appear on the
Power of 10
2010 - British
Masters Decathlon and Heptathlon Championships at Oxford
Clem Leon took part in his first full Decathlon on 11 and
12 September, and in so doing, set a Club M50 record of 4,652 points. This was a
great performance considering we'd used him for about seven events at the SCVAC
Finals the weekend before! Consider it a good warm up, Clem, and think yourself
lucky we didn't have to use you for the 1,500m then! Clem's inaugural decathlon
came at the annual British Masters Decathlon and Heptathlon Championships at
Day 1 was always going to play to Clem's strengths, with
only the shot being unknown territory, but Day 2 would be a test, with no
familiar events. So, imagine Clem's delight, and the great delight of
spectators, as he inched his personal best pole-vault from a lowly 1.10m to the
very, very respectable 2.30m. This is way above "entry level" for very
respectable M50 Masters pole vaulting, let alone a performance in a decathlon.
I'd be the first to acknowledge how tired Clem looked as he hauled himself
around the final 1,500m of the weekend. Well done, mate.
Photos from Tom Phillips
2010 - SVAC Inter-Club Final - Ashford
PDF results are
Team Captain Tom Phillips writes:
Well, I never thought we'd be here at the end of the
season, reflecting on "what might have been" if we'd managed to get a full
strength squad out at the League Final. Why? Because I never thought we'd even
qualify for the Final this year! But there you go, huge credit is due to those
who pulled out all the stops, and won us the Kent League again, when we thought
it was safely in Ashford's pocket. To win it in front of a vociferous home crowd
was doubly sweet. That was an evening only soured by injury to our new sprinter
Ben Williams, and the scoring error which, for 24 hours, had the ladies team
thinking that they would be joining us at Ashford in the Final.
Preparing for the Final was one of the most hair-tearing
experiences Peter Hamilton and I (neither of whom boast a huge amount to begin
with) could have had this year. Late season is never safe from injuries and
holidays, and we had these, and other no-shows in abundance. Nevertheless, the
determined and talented squad we did get to Ashford again did us proud. Herne
Hill won the Final again, by a slightly bigger margin that last year, but we
were safe in second again, having once crept to within ten points of the lead
during the day. Our Kent League friends from Ashford AC can also be well proud
of their third place in the Final, this being the first occasion on which they
have made it there, by virtue of being our runners up in the Kent League..
I'm not going to do a full run-down on the day - the
results tell their own story, but I'll name check a few. Sam Bobb turned 35 a
few days before the Final (phew!) and jumped a huge 14.36m in the triple jump.
We don't yet have an established set of M35 records, but this would surely have
been one. It was way beyond the 13.79m that won gold for a Spanish jumper at the
European Masters in Hungary this year. If only you'd been born a couple of
months sooner, Sam!
Clearly inspired by Sam, Clem Leon promptly followed up by
breaking is own Club M50 triple jump record twice! He finished with 11.21m, to
obliterate the previous record of 10.79m. This was on top of doing six other
events that afternoon, as a prelude to tackling his first decathlon in a week's
Three outright wins in the javelin competitions, for Mike
van den Dobbelsteen, Steve Langdon and Colin Brand loaded good points on to the
day. Great also to have Michael Champion, Nigel Keogh and Simon Tolson back from
injury etc, and competing for us again.
And let's remember - the SCVAC Final is regarded as
probably THE top Masters inter-Club competition in the country.
2010 - 17th
EUROPEAN VETERANS' ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS - NYIREGYHAZA, HUNGARY
Javelin, Steve Langdon 5th with 47.81
100m ht 4th Tom Phillips 13.13
200m ht 2nd 26.25
semi 5th 26.02
5000m 5th Bill Foster 16.42.90
800m ht 1st Ken Daniel 2.29.75
final 4th 2.22.22
1500m ht 3rd 5.02.40
final 5th 4.59.35
ht 4th Bob Minting 5.06.35
10000m 5th Peter Hamilton 42.22.69
2010 - Kent Masters' League -
10-07-10 I am
sorry to have to be the bringer of bad news, but I have just has a ‘phone
call from Arthur Kimber, who organises the Kent Masters League. There was a
scoring error within the provisional results announced at Norman Park last
night, which when corrected means that our plucky Ladies team actually
finished 3rd again in the League by a tiny margin, rather than second.
Sadly, this means that the Ladies Team won’t be
coming to the League Final after all.
congratulations to this evening’s team of stars, who clinched us the Kent
Masters League title. This is surely one of the most prestigious Masters crowns
in the Country, given the overall standard of performances.
We’re going to
have to wait for the official results (again) and I’ve been warned that I may
not have them before I leave for the European Masters in Hungary next Tuesday.
Hopefully, Anne will get them while I am away and get them posted on the Club
It seems invidious
at times like this to single out individuals, but I can’t ignore Dennis
Wallington’s Club M60 long jump record, which beats one of the late Jim Day’s
great records. Nor Ken Daniel, setting a new M60 PB (happy birthday for
yesterday!), Adrian Stocks for demolishing his 800m PB, and Gary Bishop for not
one, but two great 800m performances in the evening.
We all owe an
enormous debt of gratitude to Peter Hamilton, who has backed me up throughout
this difficult summer, and taken care of the minefield that is middle distance
selection! Thanks Peter.
Thanks also to
those of you who came to support tonight, although you were not competing. There
was a real buzz the whole time, and the wall of sound along the finish straight
The icing on the
cake is, of course, that the ladies team came second in the League overall, and
will be joining us at Ashford on 5 September at the League Final. This is great
personal thanks to Mike Davies, for supplying our commitment of officials this
season, and for making sure tonight went so smoothly. And big thanks to our
President, Richard Coe, who has been a faithful supporter of the Masters squad
throughout the summer. To know that we are recognised as one of the success
stories in our Club is great. It hasn’t always been so.
Right then. You
can all have the rest of the day off, so long as you promise to be in good shape
for 5 September. I will supply full details about the League Final match as soon
as I have them, but don’t panic if you hear nothing for a fortnight, because I
will be away. At present, assume that you are needed, whether you have competed
for us this season yet or not. Participation in a League match is not a
pre-condition of being in the League Final team. I’m looking forward to
selecting a great and strong squad from the array of talent we have.
2010 - BMAF National Championships - Cardiff
Full results are
100m Shirley Rowbotham 4th
Shot Barbara Terry 2nd
“ “ 2nd
“ “ 1st
Hammer “ “
“ “ 2nd
These two were
our only women’s representatives in Cardiff.
400 Hurdles Richard Holt 3rd
100m Clem Leon 5th
“ “ 8th
“ “ 4th
Long jump “ “
Triple Jump “ “
High Jump “ “
2nd with new PB
5,000m Bill Foster
100m Tom Phillips 3rd
5,000m Peter Hamilton 5th
3,000m walk Roger
“ “ 1st and
just 0.01 away from Club record, which was not an electronic timing. Deserves to
be recognised as equalling it.
3,000m walk Peter Hannell 2nd
Shot Colin Brand 2nd
“ “ 1st
“ “ 5th
“ “ 2nd
“ “ 4th
Shot Gordon Hickey 2nd
“ “ 5th
“ “ 5th
“ “ 1st
“ “ 3rd
That’s just 12
athletes, but 7 Golds, 9 Silvers and 4 Bronzes between them.
2010 - Kent Masters' League - Ashford
reached a key situation with the Kent Masters League.
supply has been very bad this year, and it has been impossible to do timely
reports, but the Men’s Masters squad is currently tying with Ashford in
first place in the League, and on Monday night, the ladies team won its way
to second place in their League.
We have the
final, and decisive, meeting of the Kent league at Norman Park on the
evening of Friday 9 July. Both teams need to win to be certain of making it
to the League Final at Ashford on 5 September. The men’s squad also want to
win the Kent League outright, and retain a virtually unbroken record.
It would be
good to have as many supporters from the Club there to cheer us on, and to
enjoy an evening of top class Masters athletics. The meeting starts at 6.45
on 9 July.
Hi Lovely Ladies
Very well done to everyone for their hard work and brilliant results on
Monday eve, a real case of "every point mattered". The result has put us
back in contention for the final but it will all be down to the outcome
of the last match. as you can see there is just 1 point between the top
3 teams, Cambridge, Dartford and us as the outcome is based on the
total match points, if there is a tie the total points come into play.
So the next match is crucial, I know Justine and I are unavailable (I
wouldn't have any impact anyway so that's no loss and we have a wealth
of w35 middle distance runners and as Norman park is local I'm
optimistic we can get a B string 800m runner out). Hopefully everyone
else is available,
the events are 100m (a,b,50)
medley relay (2x200m, 1x400m,1x800m)
long jump (35,50,60)
Ideally we need to win the match but failing that we must beat
I will be in touch with a provisional team asap but please put the
evening aside, it would be good to get a B team out too!!
Thank you for your hard work so far, particularly those of you who have
made a real effort to get to those far reaching corners of Kent and
those of you who have done events under duress (like carolyna's pole
vault, what a star!!) and those who have turned out to every match with
heroic reliability, brownie points all round!!!
See you all soon
Love Anne xx
2010 - SW Vets - Exeter - warm & breezy
400m - M60
Championship Record 64.6 Standard 73.0
270 Minting Bob Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 58.6
800m - M60
Championship Record 2:19.9 Standard 2.48.0
270 Minting Bob Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 2.11.3
5000m - M60
Championship Record 18:16.0 Standard 24:00.0
139 Hamilton Peter Blackheath & Bromley 19.38.9
5000m - M65
Championship Record 20:03.5 Standard 00:26:00
272 Woodcock Chris Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 22.18.1
So we flew the flag quite well.
Regards to all
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2010 - Kent Masters' League - Sutcliffe Park
13 March 2010 - National Masters
Cross Country Championships in Belfast
Alan Camp represented The Club when he competed in the
National Masters Cross Country Championships in Belfast on Saturday 13th March.
Alan finished in an impressive 8th place, with only 9 seconds separating 4th -
8th positions in the race. Well established in his current age group, he showed
he can still give those new M50s a run for their money. a fantastic result, well
2010 - Belgian Masters
The excellent Indoor arena in Ghent, Belgium, will host
the 2011 European Masters Indoor Championships. BBHAC's Tom Phillips and Allan
Williams were part of a Great Britain Masters squad who visited this year's
Belgian Masters Championships to have an early look at the track, and spy out
Sadly, a bicep injury prevented Allan from competing. It
was also the reason he didn't travel to the World Masters Indoors in Canada
recently. Tom had a good day, however, winning the M55 60m in 8.07, his season's
best to date. He followed this later with second place in the 200m, in 26.04,
behind a GB squad team-mate, and a very strong lead-off leg for a winning 4x200m
Tom's verdict on the trip: "If you get a chance to race in
the Ghent arena - take it! Once you're across the Channel, it's closer than many
of the British stadiums."
2010 - World Masters, Canada
Bill Foster won bronze in the M50 1500m final in 4:27.29
He'll be pleased.
The published results say Allan Williams didn't start the
M55 pole vault. I've no background on that.
Clem Leon was part of the GB 4x200m M50 relay team that
was 4th, and missed out on the medals. Clem was 7th in the M50 triple jump. His
10.62 best jump was (I think) his second best ever. Earlier in the week, he'd
run an 8.19 60m, 27.16 for 200m, and 59.99 (phew!) for the 400m.
Looks like Bill Foster won the 3,000m at the World Masters
Indoors in Kamloops, Canada, yesterday. They've been slow publishing the
results. He's also qualified 4th fastest in the 1500m.
http://www.kamloops2010masters.com/Results/index.htm He ran 9.23.28 in
The only two other Club members there are Clem Leon, who
is doing a bundle of M50 events that I've been having trouble keeping up with,
and Allan Williams, whose vault is today, but no results up yet.
On the track, I heard there had been problems with
progression from heats and semis, as WMA appear to have forgotten their
published rules on who goes forward, and were doing it simply on the fastest
overall from the competitors. This is quite a controversial championships.
Entries are tiny, because so few people wanted to go all that way to run on an
un-banked indoor 200m track with lanes just 2 feet wide. The 200m times are
desperately slow across the age groups as a result of the sub-standard
Helen's W55 60m WR seems to have survived the
SCVAC Kent Division Time table etc
To all Masters Athletes and would-be
Summer season 2010 – Important information
The dates and venues have now been set for the Kent Masters Track and Field
League for Summer 2010. If you intend to compete this year, please put these
dates in your diary:
Friday 23 April – Sutcliffe Park
Friday 7 May – Canterbury
Monday 17 May – Erith
Monday 14 June – Medway Park, Gillingham (a new track)
Monday 28 June – Ashford
Friday 9 July – Norman Park
All fixtures will begin at 6.45pm.
If we get that far, the League Final will be on Sunday 5 September, at Ashford.
Final details of which events will be held at each fixture
will be available soon, but for now, assume that it will be broadly as per last
year’s fixtures, so you can check the events from last year’s results, which are
all on the Club web site.
Most of last year’s fixtures were on a Monday evening. A
number of our athletes said this was inconvenient. This year three are still
Mondays, but three are Fridays. Remember that this is a Kent-wide League, and we
cannot expect all of the fixtures to be close to SE London.
Your Men’s team will again be managed by Tom Phillips, and
the Ladies Teams by Anne Cilia.
If you do NOT intend to compete in the League this year,
please tell Tom or Anne as soon as possible. They do not want to spend time
chasing up athletes who then say they are not going to take part this summer. If
you can do some dates and not others, please let Tom and Anne know this as well
– but remember also to tell them if your availability then changes.
If you have just turned 35, or will do so before any of
the Kent League fixtures, and you want to compete as a Masters athlete, be sure
to tell Tom or Anne, because you won’t be on their lists otherwise. They just
don’t have time to track down everyone about to turn 35 and ask them! The same
goes for anyone already over 35, who fancies turning out for the Masters squad
and hasn’t done so before, or hasn’t competed for some time.
More details will be published here when we have it.
Tom and Anne
14 February 2010 - SCVAC Indoor Track and Field
Full results here...
Photos from Tom
Athletics Weekly has just published the UK "Top 3"
in the Masters rankings for most track and field events.
Seven B&B athletes
made it into the lists.
M35 hurdler Derek
Paisley was third ranked over 400mH
M40 Dave Heath, racing in France, achieved top ranking at 1500m and 3rd over
M45 Dave Taylor ranked 2nd at 1,500m
M55 sprinter Tom Phillips ranked 3rd over both 100 and 200m
M55 vaulter Allan Williams achieved top ranking in the pole vault
M70, Colin Brand ranked first in shot and javelin, and second in discus
M75 Gordon Hickey ranked first in shot and second in javelin.
The lists are
taken from the comprehensive "Power of 10" web site data. The rankings are based
on each athlete's single best performances outdoors in 2009.
will be published soon.
We had a number of
athletes in the UK "Top 10", and Bill Foster ranked 4th at several events.
However, AW only listed top 3's.
1 February 2010 - Italian
site interviews world’s fastest masters photographer
The US Masters Track & Field have run the
interview, first published in Italian, on how Tom Philips juggles racing and
being an official photographer at the big Masters meets. Read it here...
2010 - Scottish Athletics Masters Indoor Championships - Kelvin Hall
I've just returned home with two Scottish Masters
titles under my belt. I don't, as far as I know, have any Scots
ancestry, but the Scots have made their Masters Championships an Open
event, and it seemed like a good idea. I'm about as far off doing speed
training at the moment as it's possible to be, but gladly so, it seems,
was everyone else.
I won the M55 60m after snoozing on my blocks, and
dead-heating on the line. The verdict was given to me by a few
thousandths. I've learned to dip since Lahti last summer! 8.20 was a
slow season's opener for me, but like I said, it's all been strength and
endurance work lately.
The Kelvin Hall track has mountainous bends. I was
glad to get lane 2 for the M55 200m, and ran a technically pretty
proficient race, to win very easily in 26.83. Again, no great shakes,
but it made the weekend away very worthwhile.
I'd commend the Scottish Masters to anyone
fancying an early indoor leg-stretcher next year, and I know of a couple
of good hotels within five minutes of the track.