Silver for Kerry Liam at Birmingham masters

Kerry-Liam Wilson, Steve Wylie, Iain Reid, Robert Gilroy, Charlie Thomson, Jamie Reid.
Kerry-Liam Wilson, Steve Wylie, Iain Reid, Robert Gilroy, Charlie Thomson, Jamie Reid.

Last Saturday at a sunny, breezy Sutton Park in Birmingham, the British Masters Athletics Federation held their road relay championships with club runners from all over Britain attending.

Age groups ranging from 35 through 70 saw over 500 runners all fighting to be relay champions.

Local runner Kerry-Liam Wilson travelled down with Team Cambuslang having previously won the event in 2011, 2012 and winning bronze in 2013. The team knew they’d be down as one of the main threats again.

First out for Team Cambuslang was Charlie Thomson, the oldest guy in the team. Finding the pace somewhat faster than he’d expected, he returned in 38th place handing over to Robert Gilroy who was to claim the second fastest lap of the day bringing the team up to 10th place. Jamie Reid next away cutting the deficit by one to hand over to Kerry-Liam who brought the team up into the all important medal positions, third place.

Kerry-Liam handing to the youngest team member Iain Reid and he brought the team up to silver medal placing. With one leg left to run, former local resident Stevie Wylie kept that position and secured a British silver Team medal for the Cambuslang sextet with just a 24 second gap between first and second place.

Kerry-Liam said: “A great team effort. The club coaches deserve credit too for the way they lay out the team. Some teams go slowest to fastest guys and others vice versa. All can change at any time during the 5k lap each leg runner does.

“We have our own tactics and today it got us a medal. Next year with a few guys reaching the master age category and the others just now could move to a different age category and it may bring more success. The M55 Cambuslang trio took the gold medal so every athlete that travelled, medalled. Great day for the club.”