Veteran Vic Adcock is within throwing distance of becoming a British all-time record-holder.
The javelin ace, who competes for Southern Counties Vets Athletic Club, is only 61cm behind the current over-75 record of 33m 94cm that was set by Blackheath & Bromley’s Colin Brand in 2011.
And with Adcock already knocking on the door of the distance in the early weeks of the outdoor season, he’s determined to rewrite the history books and leap ahead of his rival in the rankings.
A throw of 33m 33cm at the Kingston & Polytechnic Open on April 6 represents the 75-year-old’s best effort of the season to date and helped close the gap on Brand’s record.
That saw Adcock soar to the top of the V75 2013 rankings, but it’s the all-time record for his age group that motivates him more than anything.
‘I’m currently second at the moment – about 60cm behind Colin, which isn’t much,’ said Adcock.
‘I’ve had a few run-outs already this season and haven’t managed to beat it yet, but I’ve a couple more competitions coming up and I’m confident of doing it.
‘It would mean a lot to me if I did become number one on the all-time list for the UK.
‘It’s nothing like the German records, with the V80s distance standing at something like 46-47m.
‘But I’m still keen to do it and will keep persevering, with the help of my son Ben, until I do.’
Adcock first picked up a javelin as a 14-year-old at secondary school.
But he got his second wind in the event – after a period out of the sport – 20 years ago and has been competing regularly ever since.
He still trains at the Mounbatten Centre, yet admits he hasn’t mastered the art of javelin throwing.
‘I’ve still got a lot to learn,’ added Adcock.
‘There’s still stuff I can do better technically, while I’m still trying to perfect my run-up to the line.
‘I did have a coach – Reg Bradley – until he died several years ago and since then, I have been doing most of it by myself.
‘However, my son Ben and City of Portsmouth coach Bronwin Carter give me a few tips for me to work on.
‘I still enjoy it and will keep going until I’m unable to.’