European title for Slinfold’s Adrian

Adrian Haines takes hia place on the podium
Adrian Haines takes hia place on the podium

A gruelling six days of racing ended on a huge high for Slinfold runner Adrian Haines at the European Masters Championships in Germany.

Competing in the men’s 45 and over category at the championships in Zittau, Adrian endured an exhausting schedule of four races in six days.

But having been disappointed with a seventh place finish in the 1,500m, Adrian made amends with a superb silver medal in the 800m final.

The Slinfold man won his 800m heat in 2mins 5.46 seconds, and ran the final in an even quicker time of 2min 1.45 secs, a lifetime best.

And he only just missed out on the gold medal by a whisker, losing out to a highly talented Austrian who had also claimed the 1,500m crown earlier in the week.

“The time he did would have broken the British record so it was very tough competition,” Adrian said.

“I’m very pleased with a siver medal, especially after the 1,500m disappointment, I would have taken a medal before I’d started. It was stiff competition, when I crossed the line I realised I’d broken my lifetime best by over a second and with negative splits 62/59 lap times, which I am told is not an easy thing to do.

Earlier in the week Adrian competeted in the 1500m heats and final. Having finished second in the heats in 4mins 20secs Adrian was going strong in the final before a fall badly hampered his chances.

He said: “I felt OK, was in a good position in the final with 300m to go after leading most of the way. But then I was tripped and stumbled and never really recovered.

“I didn’t replicate my performance in derby in the British Championships, but it was a very strong field.”

Within an hour of his run he was laid up in bed with flu for 24 hours. But luckily he recovered in time to claim a fine silver in the 800m.

His success comes just weeks after being crowned British Champion at 1,500m in his age category in Derby.