STRATFORD Athletic Club’s David Jones successfully competed in two indoor events to gain experience racing on a 200m indoor track as he prepares for his first international outing representing Great Britain at the European Masters Indoor Athletics Championships in Portugal next month.
Jones was in action at the Masters Grand Prix in Sheffield and Southern Counties Veterans Indoor Track & Field Championships.
In Sheffield he was first in his age group in both the 800m and 1,500m, recording times of 2:55.55 and 5:56.7 respectively.
He then competed at Lee Valley Stadium as a guest at the Southern Counties Veterans Indoor T&F Championships and in the 800m he was up against four of last year’s top-ranked 800m runners in his age category.
Jones enjoyed the race immensely as he led for a couple of laps before being overtaken on the final bend to finish in silver medal position.
His time of 2:55.56 was 9/10ths of a second behind the race winner and last year’s number one-ranked runner Bruce Hendrie.
Despite his second-placed finish, Jones is still currently ranked No 1 in the UK in his age category for the 800m.
In the 1,500m he finished in the gold medal position in what one of his competitors referred to as the modest time of 6:01. He is also currently ranked number one in the 1,500m.
SAC’s international masters marathoner Kate Sergent finished second in her age group as she enjoyed one of her favourite races – the Hampton Court Half Marathon – a fast, flat and scenic event which takes in the grounds of Hampton Court and the banks of the Thames.
This year, despite the strong wind, which Sergent described as “shocking”, she felt strong and maintained a steady pace throughout as her time of 2:14.16 was a fraction faster than two years ago.