No age concern for golden girl Burrows

Tracy Burrows with her medals. Picture: Sarah Standing (122572-4158)
Tracy Burrows with her medals. Picture: Sarah Standing (122572-4158)
Ali Watson  and Katy Bradley scan finishing tokens for first time parkrunners Rebecca Howell and Jess Gwynn

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Tracy Burrows showed age is no barrier as she stormed to a double gold medal haul at the British Masters Championships.

Burrows ran to two title triumphs in the 400m and 800m against the best veterans in the business last month.

And the City of Portsmouth runner went on to record two new personal bests at the Championships – at the age of 48.

Burrows’ victories came in the 400m and 800m in Derby.

A bronze medal then arrived in the 200m for the Gerry North-coached athlete.

Burrows was dominant in the W45 category – taking 400m gold in 62.77sec.

A tactical race then unfolded in the 800m, with the City talent timing it perfectly to grab another success in 2.31.55.

That wasn’t all, however, with the ever-improving Burrows then clocking 28.40 to take 200m bronze.

Her displays earned the praise of her coach North.

North feels Burrows, who also won gold in the W35 4x200m relay at the World Masters Indoors Championships in Finland back in April, is reaping the benefit of her ongoing commitment to the sport.

He said: ‘To get two titles and run two personal bests at the age of 48 is just amazing.

‘Tracy has been training so hard and we can see she is getting the reward for that.

‘She is very dedicated and has shown how keen she is.

‘I’ve worked with her for around 10 years now and she very rarely misses training.

‘Now it has paid off because she is a British champion.

‘The 400m was a good performance from her – as was the 200m.

‘She got her gold in the 800m in a slower race but got her tactics right.

‘Others often get the headlines but Tracy really deserves recognition for her performance. It’s a really impressive effort all round.’

North feels Burrows reaching new heights in the autumn of her running career sends a message to all athletes.

She is not the only member of City doing that, as the likes of Karrie Blake has shown.

Blake is now in the veteran category but continues to impress at the age of 37.

North feels Burrows underlines the point anyone can make a mark in athletics with the right attitude.

He said: ‘Tracy is an inspiration to other people. She has improved as she has got older and that is a lesson to people that it can be done.

‘Some people believe you are too old at 30. Don’t be ridiculous!

‘Age is no limit – as Tracy shows.’