Two Titles For Tony
Life Member Tony Pamphilon has recently added more silverware (or should we say 'goldware'?) to his already illustrious, bulging trophy cabinet. Having turned 65 last summer, in early December he won the British M65 5K Road title, while this past weekend he came out on top again in the battle for the British M65 10K crown.
A good, but not outstanding senior who, when he turned 40, set bests of 32.20 for 10K and 8.52 for 3000m, Tony went on to anchor (run the last leg) our highly successful M40 road relay squad to national medals in each of the following 6 years, as well as adding various other regional and national medals over the country, including in the M50 category.
As anchor, he was often under extreme pressure but developed a reputation for always "finding a way" as the football pundits say of great teams.
Made a Life Member a good few years ago in recognition not only of his contribution as an athlete but also of his hosting of the club's annual Music Quiz along with his brother Craig, Tony has continued to train and compete to the best of his ability, always overcoming the illness and injury problems which plague all athletes who spend a lifetime in the sport.
On 3rd December he contested the British 5K Champs at Battersea Park, where he bested the outstanding Bishops Stortford/Herts Phoenix man Jonathan Haynes, 18:37 to 18:51.
There was an identical rival and a similar gap at the 10K championships at Chichester on 4th February as Tony's 38.11 took the gold ahead of Haynes' 38.23 and Richard Drage of Tavistock AC (Devon)'s 38:25. No doubt he will be interested in any opportunities that may arise to win a first England Masters' vest over the coming months.
Never one to let the grass grow under his feet, Tony sped from Chichester to Gatwick Airport and flew out for a skiing holiday. No carpet slippers for THIS venerable livewire!