A small number of athletes from Epsom & Ewell Harriers travelled to Poland to compete in the World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships, and two athletes came home as World Champions.

Sue Dassie and Anne Nelson, combined with Joylyn Saunders-Mullins and Caroline Powell, to claim the over 65 4x200m relay gold in 2 minutes 14.86 seconds, winning by 1 second from Germany with Finland taking the bronze. There was further success with 7th place finishes for John Andrews (3m 50 in M55 pole vault), Dave Blunt (2m 90 in M65 pole vault) and Charmaine Johnson (1m 18 in W55 high jump), while Wendy Dunsford launched the hammer 26m 45 for 10th in the W55 category.

Closer to home, the younger athletes started the athletics season incredibly strongly in the SLAN Open meeting at Carshalton. Luis Richardson opened with a 100m victory in 12.08 secs to go 7th in the UK u15 rankings, while Bethan Hadingham and Lily King recorded 14.10 and 14.20 to place 14th and 16th respectively in the UK u13 rankings. There were also personal bests in the 100m races for Eliot Ferguson (13.01), Charlotte Williams (13.44), Joshua Clinton (14.00) and Ranvi Gulati (14.62).

Lily Pearson recorded 2 mins 19.32 secs in the 800m to go 28th in the UK u17 rankings, and Sophie Lomas‘s 5:02.57 over 1500m took her to 19th in the UK u15 rankings. There were also personal bests for Sammy Taylor (2:32.95) in the 800m, and Dan Slaven (4:56.00) and Tom Waite (4:56.37) in the 1500m.

In other events, there were wins for Lola Wils in the 200m (29.74 secs) and Freya Taylor in the 300m hurdles (46.76 secs), while Ellie Taylor leapt 5m 05 for long jump victory and Sophie Cox cleared 1m45 for 2nd in the high jump.