As the European Championships are taking place in Italy right now, we thought it would be a good idea to mention the recent British Champs and a certain talented lady in particular!
British Masters Championships – Birmingham 10th & 11th August 2019
“One Athlete, Two Days, Three British Records”
Despite the forecast of “Thunderstorms and high winds are expected to cause travel chaos and cancellations of high-profile events across Britain this weekend” the BMAF - British Masters Championships went ahead as planned. Conditions, despite being a bit on the blustery side, were gratefully much better than those forecast.
Fourteen athletes made the journey from the North East. They participated in a fantastic weekend of competition across 29 Track and Field events and returned with an amazing haul of 10 Gold, 7 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.
Those crowned British Champions and presented with Gold medals were : Kath Stewart - North Shields (3), Ron Stewart – North Shields (2), Michelle Thompson - Morpeth, Ray Robinson - Redcar, Mark Byron - Gateshead, Jacqueline Etherington -- Sunderland Harriers, and Dan Upton – Richmond and Zetland.
Silver medals were won by : Stuart Ryan – Gateshead (2), Andrew Webb – North Shields (2), Norman De Bruin – North Shields, Dan Upton – Richmond and Zetland, and Ian Humphries – Tynedale.
Bronze medals were won by : Michelle Thompson – Morpeth, Stuart Ryan – Gateshead, and Dan Upton – Richmond and Zetland.
Arguably the highlight of the championships was produced by one of the legends of local, national, and international Masters Athletics. Kath Stewart, the reigning 400m World Champion from North Shields, produced three outstanding performances over the two days. Not only to be crowned 200m, 400m, and 800m British Champion, but to smash all three previous British records in the process.
Huge congratulations to our British Champions, medal winners, and to all who carried the flag for North East Masters Athletics, you did the region proud.