Masterful performances from Tawney nets her double indoor gold at Lee Valley

Leamington C&AC's Susie Tawney shows off her masters golds at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
Leamington C&AC's Susie Tawney shows off her masters golds at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
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Leamington C&AC’s Susie Tawney claimed two golds at the British Masters Indoor Championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London.

On the first day, Tawney competed alongside several different age groups in the 1500m and was involved in a tactical battle with fellow W55 runner Louise Jeffries (Team Bath).

Jeffries passed Tawney with 150 metres to go but a determined sprint finish from the Leamington athlete saw her pip her rival on the line by four tenths of a second, clocking 5min 46.27sec.

The 3,000m at the close of day two was affected by a poor turnout due to the British Masters Cross-Country Championships in Bath.

Nevertheless, Tawney dipped under the 12-minute barrier to win in 11:58:58.

And, despite it being slower than her winning time in 2015, the 56-year-old was pleased with her weekend’s work.

“With interrupted training this winter I was reasonably happy,” she said.

Next up for Tawney is the European Indoor Championships in Ancona, Italy, on Easter Monday.