Veteran, Mark Crompton, decided to take on the challenge of the Decathlon at this year’s British Masters Championships held in Sheffield. Mark’s strength was in his jumps and throws and so it proved over the two day event.
A shot putt of 9.44m earned his highest point score of 549, closely followed by a high jump of 1.43 metres (512) and 266 points in the long jump (3.55m). Mark was pleased with his 30.07m discus (479) and 31.19m javelin which earned him a further 417 points and his 100m time of 15.01 sec was better than expected (385)
However, it was the track events where Mark struggled. 152 points in the 100m hurdles (23.92 sec) was followed by a disappointing time of 82.53m in the 400 metre which registered only 94 points.
By the time the final event arrived, Mark’s legs were feeling the strain of the two day event. The 1500m seemed longer than three & three quarter laps and his time of 7:46.8 was slow, but Mark did enough and his points total of 3360 was enough to claim the silver medal in the over 50 category.