Having already won the Scottish title last month in Kilmarnock, Roger Clark turned his attention to the British Masters Track Championships in Derby at the weekend. Competing in the M50 400m event Clark struck gold once again in an even faster time of 54:37 to also extend his lead at the top of this year’s UK rankings.
Clark finished over a second ahead of silver medalist Michael Gardiner of Cheltenham/Midlands Masters who timed at 55:52, only a hundredth of a second ahead of bronze medal winner Chris Taplin of Coventry/Veterans. The full race can be seen here in this video.
The night before, a new race, the Sunset Marathon organised by Blast Running, took place in Edinburgh on the Silverknowes/Cramond Promenade. This consisted of six laps of a 7km course which essentially took in the Edinburgh parkrun/5k course with an extra section at each end. As the name suggests the idea was to run into the sunset, however it was too cloudy for that. The rain was possibly welcome for some of the runners but less so for the spectators, particularly after dark.
Fastest for PH was marathon debutant Kevin Hughes who posted very a respectable time of 3:27:37 but perhaps the most impressive performance came from Malcolm Hammond who was looking for a good for age time for the London Marathon. With a target time of 5 hours for the M70 category clearly well within his capabilities he nevertheless put in a remarkable run to time at 3:44:49, securing the qualification by a huge margin and also jumping to second in this year’s UK rankings for his age group.
Congratulations to Roger, Kevin and Malcolm and also well done to all the other PH athletes taking part in events over the last couple of weeks. Thanks to BMAF and to Blast Running for organising these excellent events and to Graeme Baxter for the Sunset Marathon photos.