Gill Dean of Radley Ladies came up with one of the star performances at the British Veterans Athletics Federation National Championships at Eton last weekend. Competing in the 50-54 age bracket for the first time, Gill shrugged off the blisteringly hot conditions to take gold in the 5000 metres race, clocking a new championship record and finishing over a minute ahead of the second-placed runner. Gill, who has missed most of the last year through injury, now looks set to rewrite the UK record books in her new age-category.
Medals also came Oxfordshire's way courtesy of Headington Roadrunners' Allison Hirst and Graham Chapman, and Oxford City's Dave Wheeler and Barrie Strange who all recorded third places in their respective events. Hirst's success also came over 5000 metres, this time in the womens' 35-39 category. Chapman picked up a pair of bronze medals from the mens 45-49 3000m ands 5000m Walk events. Dave Wheeler put aside the disappointment of 8th place in the mens 45-49 5000m on the Saturday to defy the heat and come in third in the 10000m the following day. And Oxfordshire AA stalwart Barrie Strange showed there's life in the old dog yet, gaining bronze in the mens 65-69 Shot Putt category. Among other notable Oxfordshire performances was Richard Jegou's in the mens 55-59 Shot Putt, the White Horse Harrier recording 7th place.
1 Gill Dean (Radley) 18m 32.7s
3 Allison Hirst (Headington) 18m 11.5s
M45 3000m Walk:
3 Graham Chapman (Headington) 14m 57.9s
M45 5000m Walk:
3 Graham Chapman (Headington) 25m 36.0s
3 Barrie Strange (Oxford City) 10.75m
7 Richard Jegou (White Horse Harriers) 9.84m
8 Dave Wheeler (Oxford City) 16m 36.1s
3 Dave Wheeler (Oxford City) 35m 17.8s