Sporting Champion: Sprinter Darren Scott
AVETERAN sprinter who works in Runcorn and successfully defended his 200m title at a continental event has been nominated for the Sporting Champion category.
Darren Scott, 48, is a fitness instructor at the leisure suite based at The Heath Business And Technical Park.
He is World, European and UK champion over 200m and has been undefeated for a staggering 12 years in his main sprint event.
He defended his M45 title at the European Masters Athletics Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.
He clinched the gold medal in a thrilling threeway finish beating runnerup Xavier Ortiz Bosch from Spain and Mattias Sunneborn of Sweden who took bronze.
Darren, who recorded a time of 23.24 seconds, fell to the ground as he dipped to victory injuring knee and wrist.
However, undeterred by his injuries, he then went on to race to gold in the 4x100 metre relay and take a silver medal in the 4x400 metre relay.
He was one of more than 4,000 athletes from 40 countries who competed at the event.
Darren said: “That was by far the toughest race of my life. Three of us were neck and neck going to the line and I just managed to thrust myself in front right on the line in a truly epic finish.”
Now the intrepid runner is setting his sights on further record breaking glory in 18 months’ time when he will turn 50 and will be able to compete in the M50 category of Masters Athletics.
He said: “There’s a lot of world records in the M50 category which I want to break, so that’s my next goal though I am also competing in decathlons his too.”
Darren only took up athletics when he was 21 and quickly became a topclass 200 metre sprinter representing Scotland at international level.
But when he turned 35-years-old, he became eligible for Masters’ competitions where he literally took the world by storm.
He currently holds more than 50 club, UK, British, European and World titles competing against athletes who in their heyday have graced Olympics tracks.
His wife Rebecca was in Aarhus to cheer Darren on and relay news of his triumphs to his work colleagues.
Leisure suite manager Mark McGrath said: “Darren’s a fantastic competitor who always wants to be number one.
“His enthusiasm and determination is infectious.
“It’s great to have him as a fitness coach inspiring our gym members and also inspiring our staff too.
“We are immensely proud of his wonderful achievements. He’s a terrific advertisement to what you can achieve as you get older, and he demonstrates that age is but a number.
“And it doesn’t need to stop you from being a winner if you put your mind to it and train hard.”