Steve Baldock’s effort was half of a Hastings AC double on both sides of the age categories in the elite events.
Sprint coach Baldock spent a week at the World Masters in Tampere.
After going through two runs, he qualified for the men’s over-50 400m final and finished fourth in 54.92.
Going into the championships he was ranked 16th on paper, and it was the best time of the season by one second. He said, “Not bad for an 800m runner!”
He followed that in the 4x400m relay when he raced the final leg to win gold in Great Britain in the over-50 age group, Canada second and Finland third.
Meanwhile, HAC’s Rae Le Fay spent three days competing in Manchester for Sussex at the English Schools Championships.
She ran the girls’ 1,500m intermediate, a tough heat that left her stuck in lanes two and three for most of the race, losing precious seconds.
She only missed the final by one spot but still managed a PB (4:40) and broke her recent club record.
The big achievement is the qualification for English schools. It was a fantastic experience for her, especially the parade of athletes at the end of the event marching proudly behind the Sussex flag.
In the Milton Keynes PB 3000m special race, Sean Parker-Harding was second in 10.09.32 and Luke Youngs fifth in 10.19.31.
On a hilly course of mixed terrain, HY Runners’ Gary Foster won the Niceworks Hawkhurst 10k with an excellent time of 37:04 – while Ivy Buckland took her first victory in the 5k version in 24:13.
Leo Cacciatore was next to finish for HY in the 10k with 40:46 to finish 4th overall and 1st Male Vet 40.
Benji Symes was next for the “Red Arrows” finishing 6th overall in 41:54 and 1st MV45. Hot on her heels was Jamie Webb 42:29 (7th), followed by Danny Blackman 43:28 (9th) to make it five HY runners in the top 10, while Emily Simms was 3rd lady with 46:51 placing 17th in the general.
Other finishers for HY were John Badrock 45:41 (13th); Kev Davis 48:55 (24th) (1st MV55); Becky Mabon 51:35; Deb Lu 52:27; Sonni Pine 55:24; Lisa Buchanan 1:02:12; Jenna Harmer 1:02:27.
In the 5k at Hawkhurst, it was Buckland 24:13 (1st); Mathew Harmer 30:40; Liam Checksfield 31:31; Sarah Jane Pockock 31:50; Madeline Jenkinson 31:53; Sarah Rose Peters 32:22; Susan Mold 32:54; Layla Harmer 33:42; Sophia Simms 33:43; Isla Isted 35:52 and Jessica Harmer 35:54.
The OCR team went to the Dirty Rotten Scramble, which was a 10k obstacle course.
Sophie McGoldrick was first for HY OCR in 1:06, followed by Jason Wright in 1:09, then Danny Cornford in 1:12 followed by dad Steve Cornford in 1:29.
Another Nice Work event was the Rye 10k, with HY Runners nearly dominating the proceedings, claiming six of the top 10 spots with William Carey (2nd) 35:14, Ben Mcallion (3rd) 35:26, Barry Buchanan (4th) 35: 45, Oliver Carey (5th) 35:58, Terry Puxty (9th) 39:29, Jamie Webb (10th) 39:30.
Shannon HopkinsParry was the first to finish for the women, clocking 40:18.
HY Runners held their 2021 awards show. Awards were presented by club sponsors – Kileys Carpets, Dynamic Scaffolding, PCM estate agents, Saunders Financial, Park Lane Group, Easylet & Sale and Element Group.
Winners: U9 Girls – Tera Buckland and Evelyn Cornford; U9 Boys – Ben Sims and Benji Pocock; Girls U11 – Alyssa Cornford and Florence Tewskbury; U11 Boys – Alfie Gannon; Girls U13 – Sophia Collins; U13 Boys – Zion Okojie; Girls U16 – Maddison Boorman; Boys U16 – Oliver Pope; U20 Male – David Ervine; Senior Women – Fiona Norman Brown; Senior Men – Ben McCallion; Vet Man – Carl Adams; Female Veterinarian – Emma Welch; Ultra Male – Carl Adams; Ultra Female – Katie Turner; Obstacle Course – Barry Buchanan and Sophie McGoldrick; Comeback of the Year – Amelia Skelton and Isabella Buchanan; Athlete of the Year – Ross Skelton; President’s Award – Mandy Skelton; Person of the Year – David Clarke; Merit Awards – Michelle Harrod, Hannah Louise, Amanda Porter; Special Award – Alfie Gannon; Most Improved – Abbie O’Toole; Directors Awards – Oliver Carey, William Carey, Sam Brown, Jamie Webb, David Clarke, Denise Clarke, John Waterhouse, Deborah Read, Leanne Badrock, Jenna French.
There were strong performances from Hastings Runners in the Tempo Last Leg Relays on the Eastbourne seafront, fielding nine teams out of 72 entrants.
The senior men’s team of junior star Finlay Goodman, Adam Weller, Colin White and Will Withecombe ran very close to winners Eastbourne Rovers, finishing 55 seconds behind in second after 14km of racing. The women’s team of Tamsin West, Nicki Steed, Claire Thomas and Zoe Fairclough missed second place by six seconds.
The veteran men’s A team of Michael Norris, Stephen Ingram, Kevin Blowers and Martin Noakes won, two minutes clear of main rivals Bexhill RT, with the B team of David Harding, Andy Knight, Martin Turner and Mark Storey an honorable third.
A battle royale unfolded for the HR Mixed Teams Trophy. Amy’s Aces with Amy Ashby, Alison Anderson, Amanda Link and Martin Snape held a 34 second lead over Roland’s Rockets (Roland Baines, Glenn Read, Romey and Nathan Jondorf) heading into the final leg with Marie’s Marauders (Rachael Inns, Peter Noakes, Graeme Grass and Nick Brown) nine seconds longer. The Rockets and Marauders cut the Aces’ lead, but the line came just in time for the Aces.
Further afield were Dave’s Dynamos (David Bratby, Paul Hope, Jamie Kennedy and Andrew Shipilov) and Sophie’s Supremos (Sophie Ashby, Craig Weeks, Robert Weeks and Trevor Briggs).
Fastest men: Finlay Goodman 8.57; Will Withecombe 9.38; Colin White 9.39; Adam Weller 9.50 and Martin Snape 9.58. Fastest ladies: Nicki Steed 10.56; Claire Thomas 11.11; Zoe Fairclough 11.11; Tamsin West 12.04 and Amanda Link 12.30. Each team ran four individual 2.80 km round trips before running a fifth run together. The event was superbly organized by Tempo Sports, Eastbourne, and raised funds for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Results: Senior Men 2nd (48.10); Male Vets A 11th (55.35); Senior Ladies 14th (57.38); Male Vets B 18th (59.00); Amy’s ace 29th (63.04); Roland Rockets 30th (63.04); Mary’s Marauders 31st (63.10); Dave’s Dynamos 36th (65.00), Sophie’s Supremos 46th (71.10).