Sprint star Darren Scott aiming to become decathlon world champ

Darren is good to go in the deca 100, 400 and maybe hurdles. The skill events will test him.

British M45 sprinter Darren Scott’s local paper reports that he’s looking to become a decathlete — and become world champ by the time he’s 50 in three years. The story says: “Scott is back on the gold trail after winning both the 100 metres and 200 metres races in the British Masters Athletics Federation Championships in Birmingham. The veteran fitness instructor at The Heath Leisure Suite in Runcorn is world, European and UK champion over 200 metres and has been undefeated for 11 years in his main event. Now the super sprinter has his sights set on further athletics glory as a decathlon competitor. The 47-year-old said: ‘The decathlon is a challenge I’ve always fancied competing in but I’ve never really trained for field events and have always concentrated on my running with sprint races being my number one priority. I’ve never pole vaulted in my life but went for a training session to see if I could achieve the opening height of two metres.’”

Here's a Tom Phillips triptych of Darren's deca at BMAF nationals.

Here’s a Tom Phillips triptych of Darren during his BMAF nationals decathlon.

The story continued:

Darren entered the UK Master’s Decathlon Championship and won the 100 metres, 400 metres, 1500 metres, long jump and high jump.

“I was totally chuffed to win the decathlon,” he said.

“I plan to carry on sprinting but have now set myself a goal to become the Master’s M50 world, European and UK decathlon champion by the time I am 50.

“Over the next year I plan to train really hard to improve my discus, shot putt, javelin and to improve my pole vault technique.”

Darren only took up athletics when he was 21 and became a top class 200 metre sprinter representing Scotland at international level.

When he turned 35, he became eligible to enter masters’ competitions where he took the world by storm.

Lesley Lunt, sales and marketing manager at The Heath, said: “We are immensely lucky to have such an inspirational person as Darren working in our leisure suite and gym.

“His is quite a remarkable athlete who simply loves the challenge of competition.

“He’s a born winner.”

I’ve thought about doing the deca, too. But I still have a mental block in the hurdles and long jump (two events in which I tore ACLs.) But give me time.

Meanwhile, go get ’em, Darren!

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September 27, 2016

11 Responses

  1. Lindy Raney - September 28, 2016

    The decathlon is truly challenging. It will humble even the best athletes. I recall Roger Kingdom giving it a try and giving up when he could not master the throws. Ashton Eaton, Bryan Clay, and our many great masters decathletes are truly the worlds’ best athletes. Good luck to Darren Scott in his pursuit of deca glory.

  2. Lindy Raney - September 28, 2016

    30+ years ago Roger Kingdom gave up his deca ambition because of the pole vault. I must have been thinking of another sprinter/hurdler who could not master the throws.

  3. Tom Phillips - September 28, 2016

    I photographed Darren’s British Masters decathlon in July. The photos are here: http://www.tomphillipsphotos.co.uk/styled-24/styled-48/styled-54/index.html

    Darren’s 100 and 400 were money in the bank, of course, to help offset his awful discus and shot, but for a non-specialist, his jumps were really pretty good – high jump particularly. After couple more years of technical skills training, I’d certainly not bet against Darren achieving his aim.

  4. Tom Phillips - September 28, 2016

    Oh, and that was a crop from my photo of Darren from the Torun Euromasters in 2015 you used, Ken, though uncredited. The full image is here: http://www.tomphillipsphotos.co.uk/emaci155270315/slides/_MMP2499.html

  5. wayne bennett - September 28, 2016

    Lindy just did a decathlon on September 17 at San Marcos, TX. He knows what it takes for a sprinter to do this.

  6. Matt C - September 28, 2016

    At age 50 the throwing implements get lighter!

    (and hurdles lower)

  7. Brian Coushay - September 28, 2016

    With that kind of speed, I think he will do quite well. It will be fun to see how well he can perform.

  8. Bill Murray - September 29, 2016

    Training for 10 is entirely different than training for 2 or 3 events….however,speed does kill

  9. Joseph Burleson - September 29, 2016

    What a competitor! Hard to bet against him; still, the increasing number of really talented deca/hep competitors in masters T&F is exciting and will lead to tighter competitions in the years to come. I would love to try a dec, but am too slow, too weak, and too uncoordinated. On the other hand, that does indicate remarkable consistency! Seriously, watching these men and women, masters and open, is truly humbling and inspiring. Hope the women get the dec soon, at least in open competition.

  10. Bill Murray - September 29, 2016

    USATF masters women have had the dec as a national championship since 2007.

  11. Bill Murray - September 29, 2016

    My mistake, make that since 2006

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