Angela Copson, Steve Peters and Ian Richards impress at BMAF Championships in Birmingham as World Masters in Malaga looms

Many of the 700 British veterans due to take part in the World Masters Championships in Malaga, which starts on September 4, honed their preparations at the British Masters Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, writes Martin Duff.

Leading the way in Spain is likely to be multiple world champion and record-holder Angela Copson, who is entered in six events there, but the W70 athlete just took a run out – with victories in the 800m and 1500m in Birmingham.

At the shorter distances, M65 Steve Peters took the 100m and 400m on the Saturday before returning to add the 200m on Sunday, while Pat Logan (pictured) was also in fast form as he took the M55 100m in 12.20.

After mainly good conditions on the opening day, there was rain on Sunday (Aug 26) but this did not stop new M70 Ian Richards notching up his second walk world record despite the wet track.

The Steyning walker clocked 15:07.13 on the Saturday (Aug 25) for the 3000m before adding the 5000m in 25:48.50.

A British 5000m walk record fell to Lisa Kehler at 26:03.00 while John Watts set an M75 British weight record of 17.43m.

As part of her sprint treble, Joylyn Saunders-Mullins dominated in the 400m with a European W65 400m best of 71.26.

Other world record-holders such as W60 Caroline Powell also notched up significant sharpening triple sprint victories.

» Full coverage from Birmingham in the August 30 issue of AW