Mike completes sprint grand slam

MOSSLEY’S Mike Coogan was a double sprint champions at the British Masters Athletics Championships.

Mike, who currently holds the world and European titles for 200m in the veterans 45/49 category, was crowned British 100m and 200m champion.

Due to Covid restrictions, this was the first major masters’ athletics championships home or abroad since 2019. The event was held in Derby while the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, is being prepared for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Mike Coogan in action

Mike, who lives on Huddersfield Road, said: “I currently hold the world and European titles for 200m so was keen to complete a treble and grand slam. It was now or never before moving up an age category to Vet50+ next summer.

“I managed to scrape a win in the 100m and had a bigger winning margin of five metres in my main event, the 200m.”

Prior to taking up sprinting aged 43, Mike didn’t have any background in athletics, mostly playing cricket for Newton Heath and the occasional game of darts.

Mike Coogan on the winners’ podium

Mike, who works as a civil engineer, said: “There aren’t too many miles on the clock and consequently I have been lucky with injuries so far. Training during lockdown was fairly straightforward. There’s lots of hills around Mossley to sprint up and the old power station has a long flat stretch of quiet road we still use for faster reps.

“I’m back on track at SportCity and with my coach Geoff Hirst at East Cheshire Harriers.”

The next major event will be the World Championships to be held in Tampere, Finland, next summer.

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