The high temperatures were not so pleasant for Rovers and Hailsham athletes competing at the European Masters held on the borders of Eastern Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland.
First up was Brian Slaughter, whose recent form indicated that a top three finish in the Men’s 55 Decathlon may be on the cards.
Despite some extremely stiff competition, which included the current European indoor pentathlon champion, the first day on the whole went well, with Brian particularly outstanding in the runs, winning his 100 and 400 metre heats in some style.
However, the next morning he lost points in the 100 metre hurdles, as a recent hamstring and achilles injuries recurred and he was forced to back off.
Prompt attention from the Team GB physio enabled him to re-group before the Pole Vault and he nailed a season’s best height of 2.90 before moving through the remaining technical disciplines.
Finishing with the 1500m, Slaughter can often regain lost places, and he stormed to overall victory in 5.09 almost lapping the Champion in waiting.
It was a hugely commendable but frustrating effort as Brian finished the day in fifth place just 50 points off the Bronze medal position with a score of 6587.
24 hours later Di Farmer ran the 10,000m across the border in Poland as the temperatures soared to 35 degrees. Hampered also with a cold, she was disappointed with a time of 44 minutes 22, finishing in ninth position, and then, in true mad dogs and Englishman style, went on to compete the final of the 1500m the following day, finishing in eighth position with a time of 5.56.05.
Angela Morgan contested a range of throws as the week wore on. Achieving 7.87 in the W50 Shot, Angela was also hampered by a niggling shoulder injury and 23rd place was disappointing. However, she moved on to finish top Brit in the Hammer with a distance of 32.43 and 10th place and to her delight, achieved a personal best throw in the Weight Throw of 10m, again heading the British competitors finishing in 11th spot.