British Masters Athletic Track and Field Championships.
Lee Valley – London
Report – David Jones
Paula Williams’ came away with a 5 medal haul at the prestigious British Masters T&F Championships in London last weekend despite a hair raising start.
Traffic hold-ups on the M25 meant her almost missing her first event, the sprint hurdles. Phoning ahead enabled a friend to collect her numbers. Upon arrival she ran to the call room, put her spikes on, set up her blocks, went over 2 hurdles as a warm up and waited for the gun to go off. Despite this she won a silver medal in a season’s best time of 9.90 seconds.
Her second event was the javelin, in cold, wet and windy conditions. Not having thrown a javelin in competition since last summer didn’t prevent her from topping the podium with a throw of 32.79 metres.
Her final event of Day 1 was the triple jump and a jump of 9.68 metres was good enough to earn her the silver medal.
Day 2 of the competition started without the stress of 24 hours earlier and with plenty of time for a warm-up, a season’s best throw in the shot put of 11.89m won her the gold medal.
She then won her heat in the 60 metres before going on to win yet another silver medal in the final with a time of 8.53 seconds.
Paula finished the Championships with 2 gold and 3 silver medals and this just a few days before she moves up to her next age group.