Wow… What a amazing 2023 Team Accelerate Athlete Dot Kesterton has had. From recovering from a injury in 2022, she can back stronger, set new targets and absolutely smashed them out of the park!!! Keep reading to find out how she has done.
At first sight this is a very satisfying set of results for 2023 and one I’m immensely proud of. As the year comes to a close I can record a WV70 World Rankings lead in 3000m on the track in 13:22.64; a WV70 UK rankings lead in 1 mile in 6:47 at Edinburgh and WV70 UK rankings lead in in 10k in 45:26 at Dewsbury. Yet my second year as a WV70 athlete was more notable by what I was unable to achieve.
At the top of my set of goals was to compete in the European Masters Track and Field Championships in Pescara, Italy in September. It was soon evident that because of a medial meniscus tear a year earlier my dream of competing in Italy soon evaporated. I travelled to Italy as planned in September following minor surgery by the incomparable Mr Jez Brown and spent my time not only watching and supporting fellow athletes but also doing homework on what I will need to aspire to in 2024 as we head toward the World Masters Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, next August. I will no doubt have my work cut out for me over the coming months as I prepare.
A second goal for the year was to win the Percy Pud age group title, scuppered by stormy conditions and event cancellation. I first won WV55 Percy Pud in 2011 at 59, a huge surprise to me since I was relatively new to running and had few aspirations as a competitor. With wins in each of the five year age group categories since I would have been aiming for a tenth title. Interestingly my fastest Percy Pud time is 44:04 in 2013, a difference of around 2.5 minutes over ten years. I’ll count that as a win and look forward to Percy Pud 2024. Getting my pudding and hat was a bonus for which I add my thanks and condolences to the organising team.
Despite my knee injury I was able to qualify and compete for England in 10k road race in Chester coming first in 48:03 and in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships in Glasgow, coming 4th WV70 and 3rd WV70 team.
For my birthday in early April I treated myself to an increasingly rare Parkrun at Hillsborough Park. Sub 23 minutes would get me pretty high on the national rankings so I was delighted with 22:49 and my highest 2023 AG% score of 99.2%.
|99.2%AG Top AG.
|Cinder Track, Whitby
Without the support of a small and very important group of people I would not have achieved the results I was aiming for. My thanks and appreciation go to:
Accelerate/Scott for Strength and Conditioning support and kit.
Joel Kesterton, Running buddy.
Steel City Striders, Virtual Harriers and Smiley Paces for providing endless hours of challenges, company and fun.
Mr Jez Brown for twice getting me back on my feet after knee surgery.