Decathlon joy for Eastbourne vets athlete Slaughter

Eastbourne vets athlete Brian Slaughter confirmed he will be a force to be reckoned with having moved up to the 55 age group.

He took the men’s 55 Decathlon title with a score of 6438, the second highest score of the day.

Easing back from a minor injury sustained at the British Track and Field Champs a month ago, this signalled a return to good form and he’ll be hoping to improve this score further before the end of the season.

The 10,000 metre championships were also held in Oxford on the same weekend and Diane Farmer tackled the distance on the track for the first time.

During the 25 laps there were scorching temperatures and monsoon rain, and a fierce battle for third place which lasted for the first 6K of the race with Diane eventually pulling clear to take the bronze in a time just outside 43 minutes.

The Eastbourne/Hailsham Harriers joint summer Masters teams have both reached the final of the Southern Veterans Track and Field Championships.

The men won all four matches to earn the right to represent Sussex in the final at Ashford, while the women shared the match standings equally with Brighton but took first place based on their superior points score.