Sport­ing Cham­pion: Sprinter Dar­ren Scott

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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.”

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