Mayor’s silver

John Mayor finished off his track and field season with a fine silver medal. It was in the British Masters decathlon championships (men s 45 to 49 category) at Oxford in difficult blustery conditions. John managed to win six out of the 10 events with seas

John Mayor finished off his track and field season with a fine silver medal.

It was in the British Masters decathlon championships (men's 45 to 49 category) at Oxford in difficult blustery conditions.

John managed to win six out of the 10 events with season's bests in three events - 100m, long jump and 110m hurdles.

His day one times and distances - 100m (12.01 seconds), long jump (5.94m), shot put (8.97m), high jump (1.64m) and 400m (55.91) - put him in the lead overnight by more than 200 points.

His second day times and distances were 110m hurdles (16.31), discus (23.69m), pole vault (2.50m), javelin (34.17m) and 1500m (5:20).

Having extended his lead after the 110m hurdles to almost 400 points, John then had three bad events.

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The eventual winner, the former international athlete Alan Leiper, managed a fantastic 4m in the pole vault and a huge 42.25m in the javelin to take a big lead going into the final event.

Even though John beat him by 18 seconds in the 1500m, it was not enough to take gold this year.

Final scores: 1st - Alan Leiper 6659 points; 2nd - John Mayor 6318 points; 3rd - Peter Ley 5345 points.

This rounded off a great season for the Stevenage athlete who won British titles at high jump, long jump and pentathlon this season.

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