WEYMOUTH athlete Kevin Archer continued his remarkable start to the indoor Masters season by winning a further two races from gun to tape in the Masters Indoor Challenge at Lee Valley, London.

Representing the South West Veterans AC and competing against five other area teams, Archer won the men’s 60-69 800 and 1,500m titles.

Both events also featured current European Outdoor champion John Skelton of Eastern Vets and former outdoor World champion and indoor world record holder David Oxland, of Midland Masters, amongst the competitors.

Archer told Echosport: “The 1,500m was up first and I tried to lead at five-minute pace, and ended up pulling away slightly to win by nearly three seconds in 5:00.89.

“I was very tired, it being only my second race of the season, and only decided to do the 800m due to the encouragement of team mates. I relented – well I was team manager so thought I thought I’d better do it after all!

“The 800m was similar. I tried to run at 2:30 pace for as long as possible and expected a big effort from David, who has out-sprinted me in the past, and told me he wanted to post a decent time.

“Again, I managed to pull away to win with 2:28.72, which was very pleasing compared to my 2:31.98 last week, especially after a hard 1,500m race.

Last week, Archer won the South of England Masters Indoor 800m men’s 60+ title by nearly five seconds. Archer, who picked up a cough due to the dry air synonymous with indoor conditions, aims to recover for the British Masters Indoor Championships this weekend.