Paul Durrant from Grimsby heads to Poland for his first sprint race of the season as a member of Team GB at the end of the month.
He’ll be competing in the first of three planned athletics events this year, culminating in the European Master Athletics Championships in Italy in September.
He took up sprinting in 2021. “I’d concentrated mainly on half marathons and 10ks but decided to join the local sprint team and get some proper coaching,” he said.
“I’d always harboured a desire to represent Great Britain, and through the Master Athletics I have found my opportunity. I’m thoroughly looking forward to these events and hopefully my efforts will inspire others.”
Associated British Ports, where he works as a Property Manager, has sponsored his Great Britain running kit, Simon Bird, Regional Director for the Humber ports said: “We’re delighted to be supporting our colleague Paul in his quest for Team GB and we’ll be cheering him on.”
The World Masters Athletics Championships will be held from 27 to 29 March in Torun, Poland, and Paul is entered in the 60m indoor sprint for his age group. He will also be competing at the European Master Athletics Games (100m) in Finland, and the European Master Athletics Championship (100m) in Italy.