Taking up sprinting as a veteran is not a path taken by many people, but for Vivien Bonner it has been a very enjoyable experience.
The 65-year-old Harrier recently set her fifth British Masters Athletic Federation record as she ran a 14.48 100m in the ages 65-69 category during an open meeting at Loughborough.
She said: “My thanks go to Birchfield and their facilities and also to my coach Kevin Reeve. It is really nice to hold a record.”
This was Viv’s second record of 2014, as she also set a new indoor time of 9.20 for the 60m in the same age group.
Looking back on 2014, Bonner feels the records make up slightly for missing out on the World Masters Indoors in Budapest through injury.
She said; “To be able to set two records this year has compensated somewhat for missing the indoors.”
In the past Vivien has competed for the Stags in league meetings, along with representing the Southern Counties at inter county competitions and Great Britain in international meetings.
Vivien set records in 2004 in the age category 55-59 when she ran 13.51 in the 100m and 27.39 in the 200m.
She also set a 200m record in the 60-64 category in 2011 as she ran 29.47.
Up until the age of 37 Bonner’s only athletics achievements had come as a school girl. But on a visit to Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club, she rekindled her relationship with athletics.
She said: “My daughter took up athletics with Aldershot and I saw the older people jogging. I joined the vets and much to my amazement discovered that I could sprint.”
Bonner joined the Stags three years ago after moving from Sutton Coldfield. She said: “I was not very happy when I was not running so my husband suggested I go down to Birchfield. I just wish I’d had all this time when I was younger.”
Looking towards her future in the sport Vivien said: “If you enjoy it and it is doing you good, carry on. There are not many sprinters at my age, they are not mad enough, but as long as I enjoy it I will carry on.”
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By Kyle Hancox