Clare is captured by Tom Phillips at the Feb. 23 Lee Valley meet.
Tired of seeing the Yanks set the pace, 50-year-old Brits Clare Elms
and Greg Dunson
set indoor world records of their own over the Valentine’s Day weekend. Competing at the South of England/Eastern Vets Championships, Clare ran the 800 in 2:21.09 to crush the listed W50 WR of 2:24.49 by Spain’s Aurora Perez
in 2009. Greg scored 4231 points to nip the listed M50 WR of 4207 by Jean Luc Duez
of France in 2013. Results are here. Steve Smythe
of Athletics Weekly writes of Clare: “Elms had won a 5-mile cross-country day before and was first track race of season so surprised to take three seconds off world record but had to run that fast to win race against younger vets Denise Morley
and Bernadette Pritchett.
” Clare’s splits were 34.0, 35.5, 36.5, 35.1. On Feb. 23, Clare came back for the 1500 meters, clocking 4:46.12 to pip the listed W50 WR of 4:47.14 by Aurora in 2008. Five years ago, Clare had a similar rampage.
Tom Phillips, my world-class sprinter-shooter friend, got pictures of the women Feb. 23: tomphillipsphotos.co.uk/interareaindoor2014women/index.html
Here are his photos of the men at the same meet â€” Masters Inter Area Match Indoors, Lee Valley: