Zut alors - medals galore

Eva Osborne and Anne Martin, from Wymondham Athletics Club, returned from Clermont-Ferrand in the south of France with handfuls of medals from the World Veterans' Championships.

Eva Osborne and Anne Martin, from Wymondham Athletics Club, returned from Clermont-Ferrand in the south of France with handfuls of medals from the World Veterans' Championships.

Eva competed in the 65/over category and returned with an individual bronze medal for the 1500 metres, a team gold in the cross-country and a team silver from the 4x200 metre relay.

Anne competed in the over-70s category and brought home individual gold medals for the long jump and triple jump, two team gold medals, a bronze in the 800m and other medals for the cross-country and half-marathon.

It is only the third time the championships have been held and Eva has competed at all three, starting in Germany in 2004 and then in Austria two years ago.


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This year's preparations were hampered by illness though, as she explained: “I did a lot of local cross-country events to prepare for speed and stamina, but unfortunately I picked up a chest infection about three weeks before.”

The problems further heighten the level of Eva's achievements, and added to her delight. “Considering it was the World Championships and I didn't do the last three weeks of training because of the chest infection, I was very happy,” she said. “I would have liked to have been a bit faster but, yes, I was happy overall.

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“It was very enjoyable - you get to make one or two friends and it's still very competitive but there's a nice camaraderie there. We all still like to stay active so it's a nice atmosphere.”

Unfortunately for Anne and Eva, the weather in the South of France proved no better than it was in England, as Eva explained: “The facilities were very good but the weather was appalling, a bit like it was here really.

“Snow, sleet then sun, very mixed especially when Anne ran her cross- country, it was extremely heavy snowfall.”

Eva praised her Wymondham team-mate's success, saying: “Anne did exceptionally well. The special thing about her is that she competes in a variety of events. Most people just do one event but she does it all.”

Eva followed up her success on the continent with a medal at the British Masters Cross-Country at Banbury in challenging conditions. She explained: “It was sticky, slimy mud and there were lots of lost shoes. It was also very windy.”

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