Diane Baldwin an inspiration to Milton Keynes AC veterans

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IT’S been an exceptional record breaking summer for Marshall Milton Keynes W55 age group star Diane Baldwin.

Last weekend Diane won the British Masters 10000m Track Championships at Oxford with a superb time of 42m 24.03s, making her the leading W55 home and the 8th fastest on the UK all-time rankings.

A few weeks earlier she had improved her UK leading W55 2000m steeplechase time by clocking 8m 58.9s in Bedford.

Throughout the summer Diane has set age group records in the Eastern Veterans Track and Field League – running 75.1s in the 400m, 2m 51.6s over 800m, 5m 51.0s in the 1500m and 11m 23.2s over the 2km walk.

And on the roads, Diane also won the W55 age group in the recent East Midlands Grand Prix series, winning all her five races over five miles, six miles and 10km.

Diane was also among the six Milton Keynes AC runners who competed in the Bearbrook 10km road race at Aylesbury. Steve Herring was 15th from the field of 373 with a time of 36m 20s, chased in by Gary Blaber in 26th (37m 56s). Diane took the W55 award in the accompanying Bucks Championships, recording 43m 34s. Maria Calleia clocked 49m 16s, Jane Goodey 51m 13s, Colin Burnett 62m 41s.

Milton Keynes was also represented at the annual ThrowsFest held in Birmingham where Jackson Curtis won the M20 javelin by throwing 64.48m. Kayleigh Presswell won the W20 hammer with 46.39m and also took third in the shot with 9.15m.

Emma Beardmore reached 38.68m to take second place in the senior women’s hammer and Lewis Barnes – competing in the M17 events – threw the discus 39.82m for second and then came third in the shot with 13.58m.