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Mind over matter: Steve Peters enjoyed another successful British Masters

WITH OVER 800 entries, this event was the second biggest ever and gave the estimated 300 veterans who will travel to Perth for the World Masters Championships next month an early chance to test their fitness.

Conditions were ideal with little wind on the afternoon of the second day.

Familiar faces dominated the sprints. Steve Peters, who had recently returned from Rio with the GB taekwondo team, posted his usual treble in the M60 events. Starting with the 100m in 12.42, he followed with a 58.23 championship best in the 400m late on the first day before taking the 200m on the Sunday in a championship best 24.90. The sports psychiatrist said: “I’ve not raced this year as I partially ruptured my Achilles tendon last summer, but this was a good warm-up.”

Talking of his many British championships wins, he added: “I’ve only been beaten once over 400m in 23 years.”

Joanna Frost: 5.78m in W35 long jump

One age group down, Pat Logan, who is also a coach at Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers, built on his sprint doubles in both the British Masters Indoor Championships at Lee Valley and the European Masters Indoor Championships in Ancona, Italy, by winning the M55 100m in a wind-aided 11.80 and the 200m in 24.47.

John Pearson: CBPs in M50 hammer and weight throw

British M45 record-holder Darren Scott was a class apart in his 200m race, clocking 22.96 seconds.

W40 Diana Norman entered seven events but was prevented from competing following a serious injury a few days before. It was a similar situation for one of the more intriguing entries in the championship, that of former British senior pole vault record-holder Mike Bull. The Northern Irishman took Commonwealth pole vault and decathlon gold and came out of retirement to win the M40 pole vault in the World Masters Championships in Turku, Finland, in 1991 and now he is vaulting again. However, carrying an Achilles niggle, the 70-year-old pulled up in the warm-up here with a serious strain and was seen with an ice pack on his ankle.

Caroline Powell (770): sprints hat-trick for the W60

He is aiming to compete in the 2018 World Masters in Malaga, where he lives. His event was won by Mark Johnson with 4.20m.

Caroline Marler: W65 400m victory

When he hit the M60 age group five years ago, Dave Oxland swept all before him and continued so to do for three years before younger athletes joined the category. Now, graduating to the M65-69 age band, the Notts AC runner has regained his winning touch with recent national wins over 5km and 10km but here found the 1500m too fast as John Skelton won in 5:01.57. Skelton also won the 5000m in 18:21.66.

Tom Walsh: Oceania record of 22.20m to beat Olympic Tony Bowman: European M80 record for 80m hurdles
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EVENTS 16 CROSS COUNTRY GUIDE Six pages of fixtures for this winter ACTION 6 RIO PARALYMPICS Part two of our coverage from Brazil with more medals for GB 40 BRITISH MASTERS Steve Peters, Pat Logan and Arthur Thomson are among the winners PERFORMANCE 32 Sports science news 34 Coach Insight – James Thie 36 Developing lower limbs stiffness 38 Products – compression garments NEWS 26 Libby Clegg on Rio double 28 Hackers target Olympic champs 28 Tirunesh Dibaba to race in Britain PREVIEWS 55 Preview of the Great Bristol Half-marathon, plus TV guide RESULTS & FIXTURES 46 Results round-up 57 What’s On – events coming up REGULARS 22 Young Athlete 24 Your Say 61 Quiz – test your athletics knowledge 62 Dip Finish