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Success for Keith McGhie

posted 9 Aug 2015, 14:30 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 28 Sep 2015, 13:38 ]

It was third time lucky for Spenborough veteran Keith McGhie who took the British Masters 800m title at a rain-lashed Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Sunday.

Relentless rain made for a bleak second day to the annual track and field championships for athletes aged 35 and over but McGhie, who will celebrate 25 years with the Cleckheaton-based club in 2016, finally claimed gold after twice previously claiming the silver medal.
The Essex-born runner beat Chesterfield-based Ludwig Ramsey by just under a second, having taken the lead at the bell and held on to win the metric half-mile race in a time of 2 minutes 11.5 seconds - the fastest time in the UK this year by a athlete over 55.  Ramsey, who also had to settle for silver in the previous days 400m, finished ahead of Thurrock athlete Jonathan Metcalf. 

“Our age group was the final race on the programme at 5.30pm so, as it never stopped raining from the moment we passed Stoke on the way down, it was a miserable day until about 5.32pm,” said Keith, who also currently holds Yorkshire and European veterans titles at the distance.

“The first time I didn’t the championships when I first turned 40 I led all the way down the home straight only to be pipped by seven-hundredths of a second - about six inches - on the line.

“The next year I was second again by well beaten, so this has laid a bit of a ghost to rest.

“It was over 30 degrees when I won the European Championships in Turkey last year, today there was about 30mm of water on the track.

“I was getting soaked from Lud’s spikes on the first lap so taking the lead at halfway was a bit of self preservation.”

Keith McGhie (centre) celebrates victory after the race.

British Masters Athletics Federation
Outdoor 2015 BMAF Outdoor Championships - 25/07/2015 to 26/07/2015   Alexander Stadium                       
Event 107T  M55 800 Meter Run
    Name                     Age Team                    Finals
  1 Keith McGhie         55 Spenborough & Dist AC  2:11.50  SB
  2 Ludwig Ramsey     55 Southampton                  2:12.44  SB
  3 Jonathan Metcalf   55 Eastern Vets AC              2:15.60  SB
  * = season’s best