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Masters race for Britain

PUBLISHED: 15:22 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:29 12 July 2010

Ian, Karen and Andy in Belgium.

Ian, Karen and Andy in Belgium.

Three south Norfolk Masters athletes tasted success last weekend when they competed for Britain in the Belgium Indoor Championships.

The trio travelled to Ghent as part of a near 60-strong team.

Three south Norfolk Masters athletes tasted success last weekend when they competed for Britain in the Belgium Indoor Championships.

The trio travelled to Ghent as part of a near 60-strong team.

The meeting was a precursor for the European Masters Indoor Championships next year.

Karen Hindle (W40) from Tivetshall St Mary, a member of Diss AC, produced two outstanding personal bests to win the 60m in 8.42 seconds and 200 metres in 27.50 seconds in great style.

Andy Woods (M45) of Roydon, sponsored by Diss Van Centre, took a while to get into gear in the 60m with a time of 8.05 secs, but started motoring with third in the 200m with a time of 27.07.

Ian Foster (M65), of Pulham Market, who coaches the other two, was at full speed when he won the 60m in a season's best time of 8.38 seconds and gained third in the 200 metres in another season's best of 27.84.

Both Karen and Ian were selected to represent GB in their respective 4 x 200m relay teams. The icing on the cake for Ian was a new British record for the M65 relay team, when they took nearly a second off with 1:52.56.

Karen, 43, was very pleased with her individual runs: “These were all-time personal bests for both indoors and out - so this bodes well for the outdoor season. It was my 200m run which was very special to me as I managed to run 'eyeballs out' and find a little extra to overtake a runner who had just overtaken me.”

And, despite not having met each other before the relay race, the ladies' quartet came third!

“Being selected to take part in the relay for Great Britain was excellent,” said Karen.


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