Cornwall AC veterans in impressive form
THREE of Cornwall Athletic Club's top veteran athletes – Neil Tunstall, Mo Pearson and Mike Dugan have been at the British Masters Track and Field Championships and in Neil's case at the European Masters Championships over the past few weeks, writes Alan Rowling.
At the European event, held in the tri-border region of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, Neil came home with two gold medals and one silver.
Competing in the 50-54 age group, the Cornwall AC sprint hurdler won the 100 metre hurdles in 14.40 setting a new British Masters record, which he had already equalled at the British Championships in July and then formed part of the victorious 4 x 400 metre relay team, which beat France by over one second with Germany third.
Neil's silver medal came in the 400 metre hurdles, where he clocked 58.77, being beaten by fellow Britain Jonathan Tilt, who crossed the line in 58.41.
In the British Masters Championships it was triple gold for Neil in both his preferred hurdle events, the 100 metre hurdles (14.47), the 400 metre hurdles (58.83), followed by the 400 metres flat (54.70).
Further gold medal success came in the 60-64 category, where the club's top throws coach Mo Pearson was a convincing winner in both the shot (8m 92) and discus (23m 80).
To complete a successful championships for Cornwall AC, recent recruit to the club Mike Dugan won the long jump in the 70-74 category, leaping 4 metres 10 and followed this with second place in the 200 metres final clocking 29.75 from the outside lane.