NORTH Shields Polytechnic AC’s Guy Bracken enhanced his reputation as one of the best ever over 50s athletes by breaking the course record for an Over 40 competitor at the Royal Signals Relays.
Running the 2.2-mile course in 11mins 2secs, Bracken broke the record of former GB international and national cross-country champion Brian Rushworth by 14 seconds.
And in doing so, he helped the Whitley Bay-based outfit retain their title of North Eastern Counties Athletics Association Champions for the second year.
The previous weekend, Bracken had competed in the Scottish Indoor Championships in the 3000m and again produced a performance that was up there with the very best.
His time of 8min 59secs was just ten seconds off the best in the world and ranks him in the top ten of all time.
Other notable performances include Kevin Capper running in the over 50s age group in a time of 12:16 to help the team win bronze in their age category, and Patrick Houghton in the senior men’s event improved his time of the previous year by 40 seconds to record a time of 12:13.
However, the biggest improvement on the day was by Mel Carr who improved his time from 15:27 in 2012, to 14mins in this year’s event.