Nene Valley man Brown is a new world record holder

Andrea Jenkins finished fourth in the throws pentathlon.
Andrea Jenkins finished fourth in the throws pentathlon.
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Nene Valley Harriers’ 400m ace Dave Brown has enjoyed a golden summer with some outstanding performances on the track.

Brown has been one of a small group of Harriers competing in the World Masters Track and Field Championships in Lyon over the past fortnight.

The 37 year-old had modestly admitted that he was travelling to France more in hope than expectation.

No-one could possibly have predicted the extraordinary level of his success at the meeting, as he returned home a world record holder and double medalist.

The world record came in the 4 x 400m relay in which Brown and his quartet set a new Over 35 world best with a time of 3:17.82.

Brown had already secured a bronze medal in the individual 400m for his age group with a PB of 49.54.

Before this summer Brown had never broken 50 seconds for 400m, but he has now done so four times since July.

Sprinter Ricky Huskisson (55) was deeply disappointed to only finish fifth in his 100m final but more than made up for it in his favoured 200m event by claiming the silver medal in a stunning season’s best of 24.95.

In the O ver 45 100m and 200m Julian Smith just missed out on final places despite clocking personal bests of 12:03 and 24:71

Andrea Jenkins finished fourth in the Over 35 throwing pentathlon and Tim Needham was 25th in the Over 60 men’s version.