Cooke flies the Axe Valley flag in World Masters

David Cooke (3rd from left) at the medal presentation for the M65, 4 x 100m relay where GB won Gold

David Cooke (3rd from left) at the medal presentation for the M65, 4 x 100m relay where GB won Gold - Credit: AVR

Axe Valley runner David Cooke enjoyed an outstanding week at the 24th edition of the World Masters Athletics Outdoor Championships held earlier this month in Tampere, Finland.    

David made the long trip to Finland perhaps hoping for some respite from the sun in Scandinavia but conditions were actually very hot, with many of the events at the start of the week taking place in excess of 30°c.   

In his strongest event, the 400m, Cooke came sixth in the M65 final in a superb time of 61:55, his fastest time since 2008 and a new south-west regional record.  It also places him ninth on the UK all-time M65 list.   

Cooke, who also reached the 200m and 800m final, represented the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team in the 4 x100m and 4 x 400m relays, with the team coming away with the Gold medal in both events.