IN HIS first year in the over-60 age group, Dave Worcester has made the most of competing in the new age category and faced the ultimate challenge on Sunday in the England Masters’ Marathon Championships held at Newcastle.
After five laps of an 8,439 metre circuit at the famous Town Moor Park, Worcester was delighted to emerge as national champion.
Although the north east was spared the brunt of the recent storm, conditions were some of the worst encountered, especially on the exposed climb on each lap running into the teeth of the gale.
The Chichester athlete was able to keep an eye on his rivals and reached the halfway mark in a steady 1hr -31min-00sec.
It was over the last half of the race where driving rain combined with sudden gusts of wind to bring the runners to a virtual standstill.
A recent ten block of training where Worcester has managed 70 to 100 miles a week stood him in good stead to battle to the line which he reached in a fine 3-14-52, and, more importantly a clear four minutes in front of the next over-60 to finish.
To cap the achievement, this completes a full set of over-60 victories after winning his age group over five miles in the Midsummer Five at Goodwood, 10km at Bognor, ten miles at Alton and a half marathon at Barns Green.