Girvan lad Kerry-Liam Wilson travelled to Horwich just outside Bolton for the British Masters Athletics Federation 5k road race championships and came away with overall third in the race which was good enough to claim the British Masters M40 silver medal.
Kerry-Liam running this event for the first time was hoping to add to the British gold medal he won at Sunderland in the cross country championships and was leading the race with just over one lap to go for only to lose out on the uphill sprint finish to race winner Martin Johnson who took the gold medal in the M40 category and Chris Greenwood who took second in the race and the gold medal in the M35 category.
Kerry-Liam said afterwards “ at first I was upbeat as I gave it all that I could possibly give but both guys smashed their PB’s today so are obviously in great shape so can’t take anything away from them! I took to the front half way round the second lap and could sense the pair behind me.
Coming into the uphill finish I glanced at the shop windows to see how much of a gap there was and it was minimal and when we hit the home strait Martin opened up his pace and so did Chris. Just five seconds separated the first three guys with Martin ( no.267) and Chris in background running 15:16 and 15:18 respectively. I ran 15:21.”
A BMAF spokesman also added “At the start of the race Kerry-Liam found himself down in eighth place but had battled hard to get back towards the lead group who had opened up a gap of about 20 metres and came through the first lap down in fifth place,third M40 and managed to bring them back within touching distance so may have over cooked it a bit getting back into the sharp end of the race but with a short race like this there is no room for complaisance you have to do what you think is best.
“Think too long about moving through the field and the race is over for you!”
With Martin adding his name to the BMAF 10k which is closer to home for Kerry-Liam it should be another interesting tussle between the two guys. Will look forward to the race in Glasgow in August.
Also to note Kerry-Liam still holds the fastest times for the M40 age group over the 5k and 10 mile distances with 15:02 and 51:39 respectively and second in the marathon with 2.27:20 just four seconds off the best time recorded.”