Whitlock runs at British Veterans Championships in Birmingham

PUBLISHED: 18:23 29 June 2011

EAST Budleigh runner Neil Whitlock is enjoying an excellent season with the latest high point being a superb performance at the 25th staging of the South West Veterans Athletics Club annual championships held at Exeter arena.

Running in the Men’s M40, 200 metres, he clocked a time of 27.81 to land first place in his category but, ironically, the time was also his slowest of the season to date!

Whitlock said of his time at the Arena: “It was a bit disappointing to post such a time but it was against a blustery wind in what have become almost typical summer 2011 conditions! I have done 25.6 on grass in training so I know there is more to come on the track”,

Whitlock, who works for the South Western Ambulance service has difficulty meeting regular weekly training owing to work commitments that see him working day and night shifts and so he trains on his own when he has time!

He has been running now through two decades and has represented Crawley AC, Yate AC, and Wessex and Bath AC as a senior athlete. He now represents South West Veterans AC and says: “I still enjoy the training, but sometimes the body doesn’t as it is now into its fifth decade of existence!”

Whitlock, primarily a middle distance athlete, is working on speed work this year to improve his all-round fitness – he was back in action last Sunday at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium in the M40 200m at the British Veterans Championships where he finished fourth in the B final. Whitlock said: “I ran a slowish time at 28.2 but am just thankful that I did not come last in what was a very impressive field.”

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