Masters Athletics 2009

SCVAC Indoor Championships, Pickett’s Lock, 8 February 2009

One of the first big Masters events of the year. I’m pleased to have come away with such a large set of photos, because I had to find time to race four times myself that afternoon!

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Eastern Vets and VAC Indoor Championships and BMAF Indoor Pentathlon 2009,
Picketts Lock, 22 February 2009

A busy afternoon of events. There was even an Open meeting thrown in, which meant that my photography was sandwiched either side of a very forgettable 200m race.

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BMAF Indoor Championships 2009,
Pickett’s Lock, 7 and 8 March 2009

Lots of photographs! A busier weekend than I expected. For the first time in three years, I made it into the M50 60m final, and then ran my fastest race since 2006. I struggled in Sunday’s 200m, but made the final again. Not bad for an oldie in the age group. And I still found time (and energy) to cover almost all track events, and a few jumps.

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7th European Veterans Championships Indoors,
Ancona, Italy, 25 to 29 March 2009


I worked at these Championships as an official photographer for the British Masters Athletics Federation, and as an official photographer for the European Veterans Athletics Association, as well as competing every day as an athlete. It was therefore a very busy time! See my Blog entry.

Photos from Wednesday 25 March
Photos from Thursday 26 March
Photos from Friday 27 March
Photos from Saturday 28 March
Photos from Sunday 29 March

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Southern Counties Veterans Athletics Championships
Sunday 14 June 2009, Kingston, Surrey

The usual busy day for me, because I ran in the 100m (silver) and 200m (gold). I didn’t really pick up the camera until that was all out of the way. This was a good warm day, and well organized, but it was a great pity that many who had entered just didn’t turn up.

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The Interland 2009— GB Masters v France and Belgium
Compiegne, France, 27 June 2009

These photos concentrate on the GB team. The team was a shadow of the one that won the 2008 Interland, sadly. Nevertheless there were great performances. I wasn’t called on to run, so it even gave me a chance to make my peace with the throwers, and get some shots of them! For the record, France won, Belgium were second, GB third. Scorcher of a day, too!

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British Masters Athletics Federation Championships 2009
Birmingham, Saturday 4 July and Sunday 5 July 2009

Many great performances at these championships. Sadly, not by me. My two bronze medals should have been silvers!

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World Masters Athletics Championships 2009 Lahti, Finland,
28 July to 8 August 2009

I have a separate page for my Lahti galleries, which include more than 5,000 photographs from a great championships. Also see my Lahti Blog

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UK Masters Inter-Area Match Solihull, West Midlands, 
Sunday 16 August 2009

Just a week after Lahti and many tired bodies raced again, mine included, which accounts for the patchy coverage of a number of events. One women’s World and one UK record from the match. Not bad. That’s me collecting a trophy at the end, too.

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British Masters 10,000m track Championships, Oxford,
Sunday 13 September 2009

Three good races, plus one GB and European W60 record. A lot drier than last year’s races, too!

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British Masters Decathlon and Heptathlon Championships, Oxford
Saturday 12 September and Sunday 13 September 2009

Day 1 warm and sunny, Day 2 overcast with a cold wind. Two long days of competition.

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The 3rd Jim Day Memorial Pole Vault Meet, Norman Park, Bromley,
Saturday 26 September 2009

Not actually a Masters meeting, but held to remember one of the best there was. Allan Williams organized a superb festival of pole vaulting for athletes of all ages. The sun shone all day long, too.

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