CATH IN FORM, YET AGAIN….
A fabulous haul of medals was gathered by Race Walker Cath Duhig in the recent European Masters Championships in Jesolo near Venice. Cath being just 5 weeks off the next age group of W65, wasn’t expecting such success. A team medal or two maybe, but she excelled individually as well.
She started well with a Silver medal in the 5000m Track walk. A few days later she claimed a Bronze medal in the 10k Road Walk, leading her team of Ann Wheeler and Judy Howard to the Silver medal position. Delighted with that success she prepared for the 20k Road Walk thinking it couldn’t get any better. How wrong she was !
After an early lead had been taken from her by the French, she rallied well and walked into a leading position at 10k of approx. 60 seconds. Not content to just win she ground out the next seven laps and increased her lead to over two mins before crossing the line for a terrific Individual Gold Medal, making her W60 European 20k Walks Champion 2019, also leading the same team members to a Team Gold.
Five medals in her last competition in the W60 category was beyond her expectations, but shows how much she has improved her style and speed since living in Spain.
Peter Duhig (BMAF Walks Team Manager).
It goes without saying that British Centurion, Ian Richards, will be a medalist at one of the races in a Masters Championship.
And indeed, Ian took the M70 honours in the -
- 5,000metres (5th place was British Centurion Roger Michell);
Well done Centurions!