WEYMOUTH St. Pauls Harrier Kevin Archer earned a silver medal in the British Masters Indoor Athletics M60-64 1,500m race held at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London.

Archer's result means he still awaits a first British Indoors Masters title having claimed six indoor silvers and two bronze, at 800, 1,500 and 3,000m distances.

If Archer were to claim a first indoor title, an elusive gold would add to his seven outdoors titles – five at 1,500m, two at 800m – and one road mile British Masters titles.

Leading from the gun Archer, together with old rival and defending champion David Bedwell of Bristol & West AC, pulled away from the rest of the field to run the two fastest British age-group times this year.

Bedwell took the lead with 300m to go and pulled clear to win by four seconds, with Archer finishing in 4:59.45s.

Due to recent injury, the run completes an indoor season of just two weeks and four area and national championship races, in which Archer secured three victories and a silver.

Archer will now turn his attentions to the outdoor season, which includes a tilt at the World Masters Championships in Malaga, Spain, which begin on Tuesday, September 4.

Commenting on his first indoor defeat of the season, Archer said: "Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling too good. I’d been struggling with some bug, and I'm glad I wasn’t tested after the race because I would have come up positive for Fisherman’s Friends and Morrison’s antiseptic throat lozenges!"