England Master AA Inter Area Match
Report – Paula Williams
Four Stratford Athletics athletes selected to represent the Midlands region, helped bring the cup home last Sunday.
Elaine Ledden, Mark Illingworth, David Wilson and Paula Williams formed part of the formidable team chosen from the entire Midlands area. There were 9 regional teams: Northern, Southern Counties, Eastern, Welsh, Scottish, Midlands, Vets AC, North East and South East. Runners up Eastern Masters with their 543.5 points were still a way behind Midlands Masters with a massive 733 points.
Elaine competed in the 400m where she ran a personal best, Mark gained points in the shot putt, David took part in both horizontal jumps (long jump and triple jump – where he set a new pb) and Paula took on the shot putt, sprint hurdles, 100m, discuss and triple jump.
Ledden, Wilson and Williams finished off the successful day in their respective age group relays.
In addition to winning the three cups, David’s performance in the jumps, especially as it was almost a last minute request, was rewarded with an “outstanding performance” medal from the Midland Masters team manager Dr Matthew Long.
This was the 5th time the Midlands have won the cup – all 3 titles being retained: Men’s competition, Women’s competition and overall winners.
All 4 athletes thoroughly enjoyed the competition and look forward to cementing their status in the team for selection at the Indoor Inter Area competition in the winter.