FORMER fire fighter Dave Gill has added a fifth British masters gold medal to his 2023 collection in a team success.

The Warrington Athletics Club runner and ex-tug o’war world champion had already achieved British golds on road, multi terrain, cross country and track this year.

And then on Sunday he proved once again that he is a class act in road relays too, winning the team title with clubmates Stan Ogden and Dave Watson in Leicestershire.

The British Masters Road Relay Championships were staged at Mallory Park Road Racing Circuit and the trio were expecting their biggest challenge to come from Scottish club Cambuslang Harriers, which was proven to be correct.

On the first stage Gill recorded the third fastest time of the race in 19mins 13secs as he handed over in the lead, with Cambuslang’s over 70 runner Barnie Gough way back in 10th place in 22mins 32secs.

Ogden took on the second stage and registered the seventh fastest time of exactly 20mins, retaining first place although Paul Thompson of Cambuslang took 61secs off the lead as he moved through the field with the second fastest time of 18mins 59secs.

On the final stage Watson recorded the fourth fastest time of 19mins 42secs to conclude the team’s triumph despite the efforts of Cambuslang’s Colin Feechan who burned up the road with the fastest time of 18mins 02secs but it still left his team short by 38secs.