Multiple national best marks are set at Lee Valley

The top class performances continued at Lee Valley on day two of the British Masters Indoor Championships.

After setting a 400m world record on day one, Kathleen Stewart maintained her record-breaking form as the W80 first broke her own 200m mark of 40.90 by a huge margin in the morning with a time of 39.13.

Then in the afternoon the North Shields Poly athlete rewrote the 800m mark in the W60 plus race. Chasing Anne Martin’s 4:07.36, she took over 10 seconds off the previous record mark with 3:57.33.

The race was won easily by W60 Karen Brooks in 2:39.48 from one of the greatest British women masters of all-time, W70 Pat Gallagher who passed Stewart on the last lap.

Another to maintain his record-breaking was M75 Peter Giles.

The bass guitarist had set a British 1500m mark the day before and he warmed up for the 3000m by first winning the 800m with the bare minimum of effort in 3:15.12, taking the title by only half a second.

80 minutes later he lined up for the 3000m and ran almost an identical pace to his 800m.

He managed a 4 minute per kilometre pace for most of the 15 laps and finished with a 12:07.38 to add the indoor record to his outdoor record.

The previous indoor record of 12.12.72 was set by Jimmy Todd 23 years ago.

The quality of Giles’ mark was emphasised by the fact he also easily beat all the younger M70 age group too which Mike Mann won after John Exley, who had beaten him in the 800m and 1500m, faded in the last few laps.

Giles’ run came in the M65 and over race and the race was won by Nigel Gates by well over a minute.

The all-time great still holds the British records for a M40 (8:20.16), M45 (8:45.19) and M50 (8:49.37) and last year Gates added the M65 record (10:16.02).

He looked on target for that latter mark until halfway but the complete lack of opposition and the constant lapping took its toll and he won in a still fast 10:26.83.

Mick Hill won the M40 3000m by 20 seconds in 8:58.82.

There was also a lot of lapping in the women’s 3000m where to save time all age groups were combined in the final race of the championships.

Louise Rudd, who set a W45 mile record earlier in the winter, led the first kilometre before W55 world champion Clare Elms took over the pace. Elms had earlier in the afternoon received her British masters athlete of the year award and had set a world record last year but here was content to just to win her age group.

Rudd overtook her as they approached the final lap and won in 10:28.01 with Elms’ 10:30.05 winning her age-group gold in setting the fastest W55 time in the world this year and yielding one of the highest age-gradings of the weekend (101.06%).

The male British athlete of the year Ian Richards was also in action in the afternoon and the M70 remarkably won the overall 3000m walk in 16:01.29 from first woman W40 Carolyn Derbyshire (16:07.57).

All the walkers were in one event and controversially all the W35-W55 800m runners combined in another bid to reduce the timetable.

There Fiona de Mauny followed up her 400m win of the day before with a well paced W35 win in a championship record 2:11.88.

The equivalent men’s race was nowhere near the same quality but a much closer race as Paul Howard just edged Richard Clayton on the line with both timed at 2:06.66.

The fastest 800m time went to M40 Keith Hutchinson whose 1:59.81 denied Andrew Brown (2:00.42) a double after his 1500m win.

Brown’s 800m PB is 1:48.30 but the fastest all-time 800m runner in action was former Commonwealth finalist Paul Forbes.

The Scot with a 1:45.66 PB, won the M60 title in 2:20.02.

One of Britain’s greatest ever masters 800m runners, Dave Wilcock, won the M65 title and after winning the 400m and 1500m on day one, there were hopes for a British record. However, with no one within 10 seconds of him, he just missed Pete Molloy’s record of 2:24.48 by less than half a second with his 2:24.93.

World M50 champion Mark Symes and M55 Gary Ironmonger completed middle distance doubles with strong finishes and respective wins in 2:08.52 and 2:17.63.

The 200m races, not helped by a far from flat track, saw a few surprises with Pat Logan shocking European master sprinter of the year Donald Brown as he ran 25.41 to Brown’s 25.46 after the latter had won the 60m and 60m hurdles the day before.

Ricky Huskisson beat European champion John Wright in the M60 event, 25.68 to 25.71. Wright had set a British 400m record the previous day.

New W70 Sally Hine was the most successful athlete of the championships. She won seven golds taking titles in the 60m, 200m, 60m hurdles, the high, long and triple jumps and the shot.

Others to impress included M50 European outdoor champion Guiseppe Minetti (24.18), new M75 Victor Novell (a championship record 30.25), W45 Michelle Thomas (27.13) and M40 European and world masters medallist Dominic Bradley (23.06).

The outdoor throws were not helped by heavy rain for some of the afternoon but in earlier better conditions Geoff Tyler set a British M70 record of 43.56m in the discus.

M55 Steve Whyte won the hammer in 54.47m, the weight with a 17.00m throw and took the shot with a 12.97m effort.

Mark Johnson won the overall pole vault with a 4.30m leap and the M55 had some good attempts at a world record 4.53m.

Additional records were announced after the meeting finished.

Sally Hine and Jean Fail shared the British record of 12.19 in the 60m hurdles with Hine taking the gold medal.

John Watts set a British M80 record in the shot of 10.98m

Outdoors, Watts also set a world record in the weight of 20.06m while Evaun Williams equalled her own world record in the W80 weight with a 12.75m matching her gold medal from last year’s World Championships in Torun.

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