Exeter Harriers Ian Allen has returned from the World Indoor Veterans Championships in Budapest with a silver medal from the 4×200 relay in the M45 age group and a new British Record. After months of missed training due to a foot injury and his individual events not going to plan Allen was shocked when he realised the relay team had won the silver medal. “Then to be told it was a new British record we were ecstatic” said Allen. “We were in the second heat and after watching the first heat I didn’t think we had a chance of a medal. I was apprehensive waiting for the start but as soon as the gun went off I relaxed.” Running the second leg, Allen had a good baton change. “I took the baton change in fourth place, came around the first bend and focused on getting past the Belgian just in front of me, and came around him on the second bend. Our last leg runner ran a storming leg, just pipping the French team on the line.”
Allen competed individually in the 60m sprint, qualifying for the semi-finals. “In the semis I didn’t have a great lane and a had a poor start and finished ninth.” After a couple of days rest Allen was in action again in the long jump, but with the standard of entries high the pressure was on and he was unfortunate to record two no-jumps and a run-through.A 5am alarm call the next morning was necessary to prepare for the high jump, and Allen had to be content with his 1.65 clearance to finish fourteenth overall.
Also competing in Budapest was Richard Scott in the M40 800. “The objective was to bring home a World Masters medal, however I nearly didn’t make the semi-final due to a poor first round effort – a little too relaxed!” Although Scott was under pressure in the final he was able to relax and execute his race plan. “The plan worked giving me a respectable 1.57 and beating both the American and Brazilian runners but I didn’t expect a fellow Brit to beat me into fourth, the same guy that I had beaten by nearly five seconds two weeks previously. Overall I was pleased with fourth in the World.”
Rob Grew competed in the M50 400, qualifying for the semi-final by winning his heat in 57.14. Grew achieved third place in the semi with 56.84 and was pleased to be the top Britain in the event but was disappointed not to make the final.
Mario Lapka, returning from back surgery, was unlucky in the M60 long jump, tweaking a hamstring during warm-up. He managed one jump before the injury forced him to retire, but felt privileged to have been a part of a competition in which the winner set a new World Record.