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UK Veterans Championships

Report by: Martin Cunnane

17th & 18th July 1999 - Powderhall Stadium, Edinburgh

Brian Shearsmith Wakefield Harriers had just one representative at the UK Veterans' Track and Field Championships at Glasgow's Powderhall Stadium - but he did himself and the club proud.

Brian Shearsmith brought home the prestigious 100m title in the over 55 age group after clocking a personal best electronically timed 12.47 secs in the final.

Shearsmith, whose best form up to now has been shown over the 200m distance, got a reasonable start and got on terms with the early leader Rob Smoult of North Eastern Vets Club around 75 metres.

And a driving finish from the Wakefield athlete saw him come home a clear winner from Smoult who collected silver in 13.13 secs with local runner Norman Gould of Scottish Vets picking up bronze in 13.15 secs.

Shearsmith also made the final of the 200m where he faced, among others, ex-international John Henson of Sheffield amid former top Scottish professional sprinter John Steed.

Henson broke well in the final and increased his lead steadily throughout with Steed unable to get on terms. Shearsmith ran solidly but a poor bend put paid to his chances of a double.

But he stayed on well to take bronze, clocking 26.20 secs behind Henson, who won In 24.73 secs. Steed took silver in 25.93 secs.

Shearsmith now goes on to Gateshead in a week's time where he will be joined by Wakefield's Jenny Cunnane as they take on the best veteran performers in the world in the 14th World Veterans'Track and Field Championships which are being held In the UK for the first time. The competitions start on July 29 and run until August 8 with over 6,000 competitors entered from 122 countries.