Peterborough Athletic Club’s veterans were denied bronze medals in the cruellest of circumstances at Bedford International Stadium on Sunday.
Competing in the Eastern Veterans League finals, the club’s men’s team left the arena thinking that their efforts had earned them third place.
However, they were dealt a cruel blow on Monday morning when they were informed that they would have to return the medals which had already been presented to them.
An administrative error had resulted in the scores being added up incorrectly, and Milton Keynes AC were promoted into third place just one point ahead of Peterborough AC.
It was a bitter pill for a squad that had performed so well in the company of many of the region’s finest veteran athletes.
Sprint ace David Whitehead led the way for PAC with convincing victories in the Over 60 100m, 200m and long jump, while Eamonn Dorling and Rod Dunn only just missed out on maximum points in the 2k walk.
Karl Eve took first place in the Over 50 shot with a throw of 10.84m and also won the high jump and finished runner-up in the pole vault.
The PAC ladies team finished sixth in the eight-team contest despite heroics from some of their athletes.
Stacey McGivern crossed the line first in the Over 35 100m and 200m with times of 14.61 and 29.29 respectively, and Wendy Dunn almost repeated the achievement in the Over 50 sprints, just being pipped by an athlete from Stevenage in the 100m.
The high-scoring pair also both won their 400m races and star all-rounder McGivern went on to win the long jump and high jump as well. She contributed 40 of her team’s 170.5 points.
Judith Jagger scored maximum points in the Over 50 discus and javelin.
Nene Valley’s ladies team were given a last-minute reprieve, due to the late withdrawal of Wellingborough AC.
Having only two days to muster a team though, they were only able to field just three athletes.
But incredibly the talented trio managed to avoid last place, competing in nine events between them.
Andrea Jenkins won the Over 35 hammer, shot and javelin convincingly, while team captain Nicky Morgan spent the whole day, either warming up, warming down or racing.
She took second place in the Over 35 1500m and 3000m and finished fourth in her less favoured 400m and 800m events.
Sarah Endicott has recently returned to her childhood passion for sprinting and finished fourth in the 100m, third in the 200m and fourth in the long jump.
There was more success for Nene Valley Harriers twins William and Charles Hughes when competing for Lincolnshire in a junior inter-counties match at Cudworth.
William dominated the Under 15 sprints, winning the 100m in 11.7 and the 200m in 23.3, while Charles won the shot putt with 12.43m, the discus with 28.86m and the javelin with 37.81m.
Nene Valley had a total of 11 athletes in the Lincolnshire team and other good results came from Hannah Knight (second in the Under 13 girls 800m in a personal best 2:38.6); Harry Burchnall (second in the Under 15 boys 800m in a PB of 2:13.1), and Jasmine Allen (first in the Under 15 girls 200m B race in 27.0).