The 20th edition of the European Masters (Track + Field) Championships took place in the Danish city of Aarhus from 27th July until 6th August 2017. Amazingly, Welsh Masters ladies had no less than 15 athletes competing as part of the GB team, in about 40 events – magnificent!
There were so many highlights I’m bound to forget some of them, but a very special time for me as the WM ladies Team Manager was the heats of the 100mt sprints. In what became known as Fantastic Friday we had Jo Frost (W35), Michelle Thomas and Juliet Sidney (W45), Mel Garland (W50) and both Clare St John-Coleman and Angela Sonn (W55) all taking part within their respective age groups as part of “Team GB”. For two of them, Juliet and Angela, it was the first time they had ever competed on the international stage. Incredibly, 5 out of 6 progressed through the heats to the next round of the European Championships. Mel and Juliet went out in the semi-finals, whilst Jo, Michelle and Angela made the finals – Jo and Michelle both won Bronze Medals.