CHILTERN Harriers’ Brenda King celebrated her first call-up for country at the age of 67 by returning from the British & Irish Masters Cross Country event with a team gold medal.
King, proving it’s never too late to earn that international vest, had to tame a very hilly, windy and muddy 6km course at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, but came through with flying colours – the fourth English finisher overall and the ninth out of 15 finishers in the Vet 65 age group with a time of 34.42.
England won the team prize, beating runners from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
King, who has been with Chiltern Harriers for six years, had targeted the race in recent months, competing in a variety of events aimed at veterans.
Her performances over the past year caught the eye of the BMAF (British Masters Athletics Federation) and were good enough to gain her selection to this prestigious event.
It was a family occasion for Brenda, with son-in-law Mick Bridgeland taking part for England in the Vet 50 men’s race. He normally turns out for Essex club Chelmsford.
King said her Saturday morning runs in Black Park, north of Slough, helped her in the build-up to the event, along with the guidance of coaches Trevor Brawn and Steve Perkin.