Four Sunderland Harriers are off to Spain and the World Masters Athletics Championships in September.
Over 8,000 athletes from 100 countries will be travelling to Malaga to contest the massive championships which start on September 4 and ends on the 16th.
Among them will be Vicky Haswell, Nikki Woodward, Jacqui Etherington and her mother Christine Elliott.
Haswell is down for the Over-35 800m and javelin, Woodward goes in the Over-40 800m and 400m, Over-35 Etherington has a busy time with the 2k steeplechase, 1500m and 800m in her programme, while Elliott competes in the Over-55 hammer and javelin.
Haswell said: “For me, it’s to gain experience at such a huge event and to improve and build on performances earlier in the season. I’m Northern and North Eastern W35 800m champion but I’m running faster with every race. If things continue the way they are going I think I have an outside chance of qualifying for the final.
“For Christine, she’s going for the experience of an international event. She’s the North East Masters’ record holder for the W55 hammer and is hoping to extend that record in Malaga....