October 21st, 2016

Medal success for Leamington duo Williamson and Tawney

Medal success for Leamington duo Williamson and Tawney Medal success for Leamington duo Williamson and Tawney

LEAMINGTON dup Monica Williamson and Susie Tawney both came away with medals at the National British Masters Athletics Championships at the weekend.

The championships took place at the prestigious Birmingham Alexander Stadium, host to this year’s Olympic trials and Diamond League meeting and both Williamson and Tawney were there to represent Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club.

Both athletes competed in the W55 category in the 5,000m track event and the race started under perfect weather conditions with virtually no wind and clear skies.

An early pattern emerged in the race with leader and eventual winner, Fiona Matheson of Scotland, setting out hard from the start.

Her intention was obvious, to go for the British record, which she unfortunately just failed to achieve by a mere two seconds, winning in the super-fast time of 17:55.87.

Williamson followed on, but quickly found herself several metres adrift with the gap ever increasing as she raced alone for the entire race, while Matheson lapped the entire field.

Williamson persevered with her race plan and ran consistent lap times to finish in second for the silver medal in season best time of 19:53.61.

Her time will act as a marker for the England selectors who will be shortly be drawing up the team lists for the British Masters International Cross Country championships in Glasgow in November, where Williamson will be hoping for selection for the seventh year in succession.

Tawney ran a very well judged race, settling in behind a group of four some distance behind. She continued to track this group for the first 2km when, feeling the pace well within her capability, she worked her way through the group and pulled away to finish third for an excellent bronze in the W55 category in 20:47.00.

Phil Gould and Dominic Browne, also of Leamington C & AC travelled to Birmingham on the Saturday, with Gould (4:16.94) being narrowly beaten into fourth in the M35 1,500m race and Browne finished fourth in his heat of the M55 200m in at time of 27.72.