The World Masters Athletic Championships took place in Malaga recently, involving over 8000 competitors from across the world. The Championships produced some amazing performances by the Great Britain team and not least from two Radley athletes.
Ana Ramos-Villaverde (W45) must have no regrets in focusing her efforts this summer on the 2000m Steeplechase when she produced the race of her life in taking the silver medal in front of three very good Spanish athletes with an astonishing time of 7.58.91. Ana, formerly from Spain, won her first National GB title over this distance in a PB of 8.09.72 three weeks earlier so this performance was outstanding to improve her time significantly and take the silver medal.
Jan Ellacott (W55) had a disastrous start to the year by breaking her foot in a freak accident and thought her season was over before it had started. She was unable to train for 4 months before returning to a training programme focussed on getting her to Malaga. Training went well and she was able to show some good form by winning the National 400m title just weeks before. This confirmed her decision to join her teammate Ana in Malaga.
Jan competed in both the 200m and 400m reaching the semi finals and achieving seasons bests in both events. After 4 races and a short training season, Jan was looking forward to the 4 x 400m relay despite feeling tired. The relay produced the icing on the cake for a tough season when the team took the gold medal just 2.4 sec off the World Record and Jan credited with the second fastest split time of 67.7 secs. An outstanding performance!