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Calling Prospective Kingston and Polytechnic Veterans (Masters)

World Masters Championships 2007

Will you be 35 or over before 4th September 2007? The World Masters Championships are in Riccione on the Adriatic Coast of Italy near Rimini and they are not just for male sprinters and female throwers. Don?t leave all the work of medal gathering to Camilla Thrush, Pat Logan and Chuck Isetts.

A few questions and considerations to encourage you

Q Will it clash with other events?

A Not many. There could be a problem if we end up in the British League Qualifier that year, but if you raise your game for the Championships we shouldn?t be in that position and participants don?t have to go for the whole Championships (which run from Tuesday 4th to Saturday 15th September 2007) For example the marathon is on Day 12, so could be done as part of a long weekend holiday.

Q Would I be competitive?

A You can follow the links from the BMAF website (www.bmaf.org.uk) to the World Masters Federation?s site which has results of previous championships, but I researched the M35 results from the 2005 Championships in San Sebastian to give the following indications.

If you are a thrower the M35 Hammer in San Sebastian was won with a throw of 48.25m

If you fancy doing the Marathon the Gold was won with 2.34.23 but the Bronze was won with 2.47.35. ( A word of caution – these times were set in hotter conditions than prevail in the UK, and because they are available on the internet may encourage greater participation in Riccione)

If the chance to race your own age-group encourages you to go back down to middle distance racing the San Sebastian results were in the following range

800m Medals won in 1.59.08 to 1.59.86 slowest qualifier to final 2.02.43 and 20th fastest time in the heats was 2.25.73

1500m Medals won in 4.01.37 to 4.05.62 slowest qualifier to final 4.24.54 and slowest person in the heats did 4.58.03

3000m Steeplechase ( a straight final) Gold in 10.03.99 Bronze in 11.09.11

5000m (a straight final) Gold in 14.46.25 Bronze 15.39.45 and 16th 22.33.57

10,000m ( a straight final) Gold in 32.04.33 Bronze 32.14.64 and 11th 42.44.91

Q What are the entry requirements?

A Apart from being at least 35 on the first day of the championship, you need to belong to one of the 13 clubs in the British Masters Athletic Federation. The local clubs are Veterans AC and Southern Counties Veterans AC, and their subscriptions are about ?10 per annum for which you get the clubs? own magazines, access to their championships and a quarterly magazine from the Federation. British entries to the championships are sent to the BMAF?s overseas co-ordinator not the event organisers. You have to pay entry fees and buy your own GB Masters kit (available from Bourne Sports – see Athletics Weekly adverts for their contact details)

Q Accommodation in Italy?

A You can book accommodation through the Organisers and make your own travel arrangements, or there are tour companies that will do it all for you.

Q What other events I can do?

A Apart from the British Masters Championships (8/9th July at Alexandra Stadium, Birmingham), there are European Indoor Championships in Helsinki in March 2007 (It?s too late to enter the 2006 European Championships in Poland now) and the World Masters Indoor Championships in Clermont/Montferrand, France (near Lyon).

Ask me, Chuck, Pat or Camilla if you have any other questions

Mike May (Mens? Veterans Team Manager)

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