PSUK Track & Field
PSUK Championships 2016
A group of six West Midlands Police officers travelled to Belfast last week, to compete in the annual PSUK Track and Field athletics championships. This is an event which the force has a good tradition in and these officers continued to do their part.
There were over 70 competitors altogether from across England, Scotland, Wales and PSNI, made up of a range of abilities.
Alex Berrow, (Birmingham North LPU), is a regular club Hammer thrower and won his fourth title in a row with a throw of over 50m, 12m ahead of his nearest competitor. Just before that he improved on the last couple of years in the Shot Putt, winning his first title in that event at the fifth attempt.
Martin Slevin , (Homicide), took another title in the 3k walk and was challenged all the way by retired West Midlands officer Glyn Jones who took second place, in a repeat of last year’s performance. We believe Martin may be the only athlete in PSUK to have medalled at all four athletics disciplines; cross country, road running, track and field and race walking.
Katie Morris (Investigations), returned from a nasty injury and took part in the 100m and 200m, and coming 4th and then taking bronze respectively. 200m is a long way to sprint for a Squash and football player, so a great performance! Definitely potential to medal in both events next year.
Kelly Massie (Intel), took the next two distances up from Katie with cracking times in the 400m, in which she achieved 2nd place, and came in 3rd following an exciting sprint finish, in the 800m. Kelly is normally a distance runner and hockey player, and did really well to convert her endurance into speed-endurance. There’s more to come.
Greg Richards (Solihull LPU ), the team manager, has recently had to stop sprinting through persistent injury, but continues to compete. Now developing as a javelin thrower, in his 16th champs in a row took 2nd place with a seasons best throw.
To top the day off the ladies took part in a relay combined with ladies from other forces, narrowly being pushed into second place by Hertfordshire, but a full strength West Mids team would have seen them off.
Next year’s championships is provisionally being held in Hertfordshire, (date tbc).
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