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On a warm evening, the first match was buzzing with activity which saw 9 local clubs battling over a period of 2½ hours covering a selection of track and field events. The events for this match consisted of the 100m, 400m, 1500m, Hammer, Shot Put, High Jump and Long Jump and finished off with a 4x100m relay.

Walton was represented by a handful of individuals who performed well on the night. Helen Channon (W45) returned to the track after a prolonged lay off due to injury, and finished 3rd in the 100m before taking 1 jump for the win in the long jump. Richard Singleton (M45) tried his hand at the 1500m before stepping up to fill a space in the 400m and finished the evening off as part of the 4 x 100m relay team. Our team of Master’s multi eventers, Mike Futtit (M55), Chris Ness (M50) & Martin Willis (M50) covered a multitude of events on the night, with Mike notably improving his M55 Club Record in the 100m and Chris finishing 3rd in a very strong 1500m race. Jani Kraner (M40) competed in the Long Jump and Mandy Ruks (W45) improved her PB in the 1500m by over 5 seconds and set a W45 Club record in the process. Tim Grose (M55) finished 9th in his 1500m race and then turned his hand at the 4 x 100m relay to complete the evening.

Overall, it was an enjoyable evening and considering the size of the team on this
occasion Walton managed to punch above its weight competitively. The Masters League is great fun and a good entry point to competition for older athletes.

Well done to all who competed.

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