Scottish Masters Championships 2016

2 golds 2 bronze and 2 championship  records for the Tynedale 2.

Liam Collins took the first victory of the day. Leafing from the blocks he clocked one of the fastest times in recent years running 8.17. In doing so he lowered his own championship record by 0.11 seconds which bodes well for his bid to defend his European 60m hurdles title in Ancona Italy in 6 weeks time. Only 1 hour later he took gold again in the 60m flat, running 7.21 his fastest time since 2006 and another championship record.

Darren Towart ran a great race clocking 7.71 just outside his person best of 7.69 to take the bronze.

Later in the day Liam opted to sit out of the 400m to rest his legs for the 200m where he would be up against world champion Rick Beardsell. Darren Towart running from lane 3 in the 400m ran very well just missing his personal best and taking bronze running 53.74

In the 200m heats Darren Towart ran a lifetime best of 24.14 to qualify for the final. Rick Beardsell won his heat in 22.80 and Liam Collins won his heat easing up over the last 30m to run 22.83.

Frustratingly for Collins he was disqualified for running on his line around the bend. He was hoping to get close to his 17 year old personal indoor best of 22.64 set in Reno Nevada at altitude in 1999. After an unsuccessful appeal he had to watch Beardsell take victory in 22.53 and Towart took 4th just missing the medals in 24.37.

Both Towart and Collins have their eyes set on the British Masters Champs in Mid March in London’s Lea Valley in a final tune up before the European Champs in Ancona Italy at the end of March.

Tynedale harrier James Towart Adams who is studying sports massage at Gateshead College was there to work on the tired legs and help the other masters athletes stay in one piece. It seems he may now have become their lucky mascot.

The Tynedale 2 have a great team around them and it doesn’t just include their own personal masseur. 24/7 business support provided the van to get the guys up to Scotland and Lookers Plc Newcastle van centre provided the petrol to get to Glasgow and back. Liam Collins has also just recently landed a sponsorship deal with Genetic Nutrition from Consett.

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