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Loughton ladies shine in winning Eastern Masters team

Updated: Mar 15, 2023

Loughton's Masters (35+) ladies continued their successful winter season on Sunday at Lee Valley in the UK Inter-Area Indoor Track and Field Championships.


The ladies were representing the Eastern region (EMAC) against teams from the South and North of England, the Midlands, London, Wales and Scotland.



Mary Knapman kicked off the day's competition with a strong 2nd in the V35 1500m (5:18). Next up were Melanie Peddle and Michelle Hurley in the 2k walk: Mel defended her V50 title from last year in a swift 10:43, with Michelle a creditable 3rd in the V35 in 13:44.


Zoe Oldfield, making her indoor debut, finished 3rd in the V35 800m in 2:38, setting her up nicely for the outdoor season. Ali Trauttmansdorff put in a good performance in the 3000m before showing her versatility by competing in the triple jump. Zoe and Ali rounded off the day in the V35 and V50 4x200m relays (2nd / 3rd respectively).



The ladies' results contributed to the EMAC ladies team finishing a close 2nd overall, just 2 points behind the Midlands, but combined with the men's scores it was enough for team victory overall - the first time EMAC have won the title since 2019.


The ladies now turn their attention back to cross-country for the final fixture of the Chingford League, before preparing for a summer season on the road and track.

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