BRENDA – THE WIZARD OF OZ

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Brenda Kinch, 71, of North Norfolk Beach Runners has just returned from the World Masters Athletics Championship in Perth, Australia with a silver medal in the marathon, 70 to 74 age category.

The World Masters Athletics is equivalent to the Olympics for athletes from 35 to 100 competing in 5 year age categories. This year there were 4,034 competitors from 92 different countries. There were even some athletes competing in the 96 to 99 age group in stadium events.

The marathon, which was on the last day of the games, started at 6.00am, to avoid the over 30C heat of the day. The course was a picturesque double loop run along and over the Swan River and included a steep incline bridge which was particularly challenging on the 3rd and 4th laps.

Brenda finished in 4 hrs 46 minutes and 24 seconds to win silver, beaten to the gold by a Norwegian lady. She was delighted with the result, particularly as her training was interrupted by having a pacemaker fitted 10 weeks before the race. Brenda has now added a World Masters medal to her 1st place in the 65 to 69 age category in the London Marathon in 2010, and her Norfolk Female Road Runner of the year both in 2014 and 2015 awards.