Veteran runner races to seventh British title

VETERAN Hucknall runner Kevin Archer has secured his seventh British athletics title — and gained sweet revenge at the same time.

Kevin (pictured right), a former Hucknall Road Runner, went head-to-head with ex-Notts Athletic Club and Redhill Road Runner Barrie Moss in the men’s 55-59 age group of the British Masters Athletics 1,500m final at Moorways Stadium in Derby.

This was 29 years on from the last running of the Hucknall Mini-Marathon in 1983, organised by Hucknall Rotary Club, and theirs were the only two names to appear on the trophy.

The only time they had ever raced each other was back in 1997 at the first European Masters Indoor Championships, held at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

They both reached the 1,500m final there and Barrie bagged a bronze medal, with Kevin back in seventh place.

However, it was Kevin’s turn to reverse the placing in the British Masters event. He led throughout to successfully defend the title he won last year in a time of 4:47.8, with Barrie getting the silver medal in a time of 4:51.

This completed a hat-trick of victories for Kevin, who won the British Masters 800m in Cardiff in 2010 and the 1,500m in Birmingham last year.

Big highlights for Kevin were winning the silver medal in the World Masters Athletics Championship in 2003 and running one of the best races of his life to win the silver medal at the European Championships in 2008.

“It was quite a coincidence coming up against Barrie so many years later,” said Kevin.