Duo master mountains of Austria

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Ursula Ghaleb and Brian Graves travelled out to the Stubai Alps, south of Innsbruck, Austria for the annual World Masters Mountain Running Championships.

Competitors faced a course of 7.2km, virtually all uphill entailing a total climb of 760m.

This was Ursula’s debut at this type of event whilst Brian has competed in 17-such events since 1990 including running on this course back in 1996.

Competitors start in their own age groups and, in bright sunshine, Ursula started the race for the 60-69’s at 11.30am. Brian followed on ten minutes later in the 70+ age group.

It was a really fine debut for Ursula, coming home 16th in the W60 age group. She finished strongly up the very steep zig-zag path finale to complete in 73mins41secs on the Kreuzjoch Mountain at over 2000m high.

A real bonus came later at the awards presentations as it transpired that Ursula was the second Great Britain lady to finish where they took the team bronze medals behind Germany and Italy.

Brian was more than happy to finish 41st in the M70 age group in a time of 82:46 with a bonus of finishing in sunshine whilst back in 1996 they had to contend with quite severe weather finishing in thick mist.

As the track andfield season winds down a number of Marshall Milton Keynes AC members equalled or bettered their personal bests at the latest Watford open meeting.

Most came in the 3000m as Josh Lyman ran 9m 13.81s, Ewan Forsythe (M15) 9m 47.90s, Harry Morton (M20) 9m 59.20s, Scott Howkins (M17) 10m 27.32s and Aaron Wooton (M15) 11m 16.80s while in the 800m Harvey Green equalled his best of 2m 17.60s.

Also competing in the 800m were Chris Hearn 2m 03.37s, Steve Cox 2m 07.77s, Tom Cox 2m 10.82s, Toby Herdman-Smith (M17) 2m 14.93s, Elle Roche 2m 22.69s, Gemma Childs (F20) 2m 24.64s and Michelle Simonds 2m 28.03s and in the 3000m Archie Rippin (M17) 9m 02.37s and Mike Burling (M55) 11m 30.75s.

In Corby John Turner (M55) finished the 100m in 14.1s and the 200m in 29.5s with Dennis Edghill (M55) taking 27.8s

There was also a PB on the roads in the Northampton Half Marathon for 43rd placed Keith Brown (M45) as he crossed the line in 90m 37s.