Victory in Much Wenlock

Victory in Much Wenlock

Final of the Much Wenlock Olympian Games fencing 2008 Receiving the gold medal Martin Turner receives the Much Wenlock Olympian Games fencing trophy
It’s the end of the fencing season, and it’s been a good couple of days. Saturday was the British Championships, where I achieved 35th place — for once beating my UK ranking (42), and hopefully giving me enough points to push me up a little.
Sunday — today — was something rather special. It was the Much Wenlock Olympian Games. Now in their 122th year, the Much Wenlock Olympians are the progenitors of the Modern Olympics, and are receiving substantial attention in the preparations for Britain’s 2012 Olympic Games. The Much Wenlocks are a bit of an oddity, combining modern Olympic sports such as fencing, running, field athletics and cycling, with historical oddities like vintage cycling, and more traditional English fare such as Archery.
This year, for the first time, I took home the fencing trophy, the gold medal, and slightly embarrassingly, the medal for the highest placed veteran (they call you a veteran in fencing once you get over 40).
So, after almost a year in the UK top 50, my best nationals performance ever and my first competition title.
After 16 hours at fencing competitions in two days, I’m now ready for a bath and bed!

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