Featherstone lifters in masterful form

Featherstone's successful lifters (left to right): Si Walker, Martyn Riley, Rose Judson, Nick Hall and James Smith.
Featherstone's successful lifters (left to right): Si Walker, Martyn Riley, Rose Judson, Nick Hall and James Smith.

Featherstone Weightlifting Club members were in top form at the British Masters Championships at Lilleshall National Sport Centre, near Newport in Shropshire.

They won five medals and two national titles.

Head coach Nick Hall led the way as the club’s sole lifter on the first day of the prestigious competition. He returned the next day to excellently coach his fellow team members.

Nick lifted a 200kg total including 90kg snatch to claim his sixth British Masters title, winning the M50 77kg class.

He qualified for his sixth international appearances to represent England in the European Masters Championships in Sweden.

Nick is ready to improve on his already superb results including a silver medal from the European Masters Games and fourth place at last year’s World Masters in German.

Si Walker was the first club member to lift the next day. After competing for only 18 months, he had personal best lifts of 76kg snatch and 105kg clean and jerk to claim the silver medal in the M45 105kg class with a personal best total of 181kg.

After earlier winning the Northern England and Midlands Masters titles, Si has made a great start to his lifting career.

Martyn Riley, lifting in the M35 56kg class, broke nine northern England records, winning with a 135kg total after completing six out of six lifts to claim his fourth British title.

Martyn also qualified to compete at the European Masters in August alongside his mentor Nick Hall in his first international masters competition in his first year as a master.

Featherstone had two lifters in the M35 69kg class. Andy Philips claimed second place with a massive 187kg total which also qualified him for the European masters championships in Sweden. This adds to his international record which includes a bronze medal at the European Masters in 2015.

James Smith, a former British schools bronze medalist and best Yorkshire schoolboy lifter, lifted a very creditable 153kg total that left him only one kg short of a bronze in his first British Masters.

James has made a great start to his masters career as Midlands masters champion and second in Northern England to Andy.

Honorary club member Rose Judson, coached by Nick Hall, often travels from Birmingham to train in Featherstone. She lifted a massive 130kg to claim second place in the W35 75kg class.

Rose also qualified for the European masters championships alongside Nick, Martyn and Andy.

Last year she finished in fifth position at the World Masters championships in Germany on her international debut.

The achievements at the British Masters followed the success of Featherstone club’s young lifters who won the top club award at the recent British Schools Championships.

The youngsters are coached by Nick Hall, Si Walker and Martyn Riley.

The Featherstone club is open for adults on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 6 to 8.30pm.

The weekly subscriptions are £3 with the initial taster session free. Kids sessions are on Thursday from 6.15 to 7.15pm and Friday from 5.15pm to 6.15pm with subscriptions £1.50 a week and a free taster session for new starters.

Anyone interested in attending the children’s sessions should contact youth team manager Tracy Hall on 07342 273655 on contact her through the club’s Facebook friends/club pages.

People interested in adult weightlifting sessions can contact Tracey or the club’s secretary Allan Whitworth 01977 794176.