ATHLETICS: Ryston Runner Gaye Clarke added to her medal haul in the European Masters Athletics Championships with a silver in the W50 high jump on Monday.
She took silver after clearing a height of 1m 35cm.
The club’s definitive athlete will have good reason never to forget her 54th birthday, as she spent it competing in the first day of the European Masters’ Track and Field Championships in Izmir, Turkey.
In temperatures which soared to 40c, she amassed useful points in some of her strongest heptathlon events.
She ended the first day with a score sheet that comprised 80m hurdles 2nd with a photo finish, high jump 1st, shot putt 7th and 200m 2nd.
Day two consisted of her weaker events and she was placed 5th in the long jump, 8th in javelin and 6th in the dreaded 800m – the final event to close the competition.
All this yielded a points total of 4074 which was enough to secure her a bronze medal behind two German competitors, both at least two years younger than Clarke.
The timing of the World Championships at Lyon could not have fallen worse for her as they will finish just six days before her move up to the W55 category.
However, this European result will have given her heart that she can still be massively competitive even in the latter part of her age group.