Peter Day, Chief Technology Officer at OMS, has won Gold in the Javelin competition at the recent British Masters Athletics Federation (BMAF) Championships in Birmingham.
Peter, a member of Harlow Athletics Club, threw a personal best of 51.10 metres, beating second placed Mike van den Dobbelsteen of Blackheath & Bromley, who threw 49.83 metres. The event was held at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, on 9-10 August 2014.
Peter, who competes in the V45 (45-49 years) class, returned to the sport last year after a prolonged break of more than 25 years. Coached by his father, who also threw the javelin for Great Britain, Peter is now ranked No.1 in the UK in the V45 class.
BMAF consists of 11 clubs covering all areas of the UK and currently has over 7,000 active athletes including several in their 70s and 80s. The BMAF promotes many national championships annually, including track and field, road running, cross country and indoor. The area clubs are involved in local leagues and in organising other races suitable for all standards. Competition is in 5-year age groups i.e. 35-39, 40-44, with no upper age limit.
As Peter commented: “I am absolutely delighted to win the gold medal at Birmingham and I’m look forward to defending my title next year. For me, the event was such an enjoyable and inspirational one, not just because of my win, but also because I had the chance to see many experienced veteran athletes competing, which they all did in such good spirits and with genuine camaraderie.