Bideford Blues veteran grabs the gold and sets new national record in the process.

A Bideford Blues veteran has achieved a lifetime ambition of winning gold and setting a new national record in javelin.

The holy grail which had eluded Duncan Chappell, 71, throughout his lifetime finally came to fruition at the Alexander Stadium Birmingham on Saturday.

Duncan was competing in the National Masters Championships in the javelin.

And in a field of 11 Duncan not only won gold but set a new national record of 41.47 in the process.

He said: “It was a perfect storm; the conditions were just right. After a poor first throw I changed my grip, waited for the wind to drop and let it fly.”

Proof that you are never too old. Duncan only resumed competing in the javelin last year.

He currently coaches at the club and would be only too pleased to pass on knowledge to any age who would like to throw the javelin.