Chrimes and Peters among masters in BMAF Champs action

A look ahead to a weekend which will see masters compete in Birmingham, the Sainsbury’s School Games take place in Sheffield and runners take to the streets of Bristol


This year’s British Masters Championships are being held later than normal due to the World Masters Championships being from October 16-27.

This does mean that the 143 British competitors making that trip next month to Porto Alegre, Brazil, will be looking to finalise their preparations when they take to the track and field in Birmingham from September 14-15.

Leading the sprinters at the Alexander Stadium will be Steve Peters in his first year in the M60 class. The UKA psychiatrist is entered for both hurdles events as well as the three sprints, where he has been multiple world champion in the younger age groups.

Other athletes to take in five or more events in these championships include 1970 Commonwealth discus champion Rosemary Chrimes. Now 80, the former Mrs Payne will be seeking to set world age bests in high jump, shot, discus and hammer, as well as contesting the 100m.

Distance runner David Oxland battles new M60 Kevin Archer in the middle distances but limits his outings in preparation for the world event, while top W65 Angela Copson goes in the 5000m and Jill Harrison, who ran a 2:34:19 marathon in 1989, moves up to the W55 class. The oldest competitor will be 85-year-old George Hopcroft in the 800m.

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Lake among young athletes looking to continue successful season in Sheffield

From 2006-11 this meeting was known as the UK School Games. Now called the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games, the event features around 1600 competitors aged under-17 (under-20 for disability events) representing English areas such as the Midlands and South West, plus home nations Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, across six sports.

The soon- to-be demolished Don Valley Stadium plays host to Britain’s annual athletics talent contest from September 12-15, where combined events talent Morgan Lake and javelin thrower Harry Hughes are set to be among those in action.

Also among the entries are a number of other English Schools champions from earlier this summer. They include long jumper Tobi Adeniyi, sprinters Cheriece Hylton and Fawwaz Okunola, middle-distance runners Bobby Clay and George Duggan, pole vaulter Ellie Gooding and triple jumper Amy Williams.

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Martelletti looking to make up for 2012 outing in Bristol

Paul Martelletti returns to Bristol on September 15 hoping to banish the disappointment of 2012 when he made a wrong turn in the closing stages.

The 34-year-old Victoria Park Harrier was lying an isolated fifth and first British athlete as the race entered the final couple of miles, which incorporates a number of twists and turns through the city centre. The prize of £750 for finishing first British athlete looked to be his, but a wrong turn cost him as he was quick to admit to the organisers his mistake, having crossed the line in third in a would-be personal best of 63:50.

“We are delighted to have Paul back and hopefully he can have a good race and make amends,” said race director Georgette van Hoof.

But Martelletti won’t have things all his own way in the British contest as Phil Wicks, who was third when he last ran the race six years ago, has entered along with Tomas Abyu, Andy Norman, Nick Torry, Ben Livesey and the Bristol & West AC pair of Robbie Bugden and Tom Merson.

Mrs Wicks is also entered, with Emily looking to improve upon her sixth place last year. She will be joined by in-form Cornwall runner Emma Stepto and Bristol & West’s Lucy MacAlister.

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» Grab a copy of the September 19 issue of AW for results from this weekend’s action

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