WEYMOUTH octogenarian athletics sensation Dot Fraser admitted a double sprint bronze and a relay silver at the European Masters Championships in Venice, Italy, had taken her by surprise.

Fraser, who is a Weymouth St Paul’s Harriers member, competed for Great Britain in both the women’s 80-plus 100 and 200m sprints, edging Hungarian athlete Tamasne Loki out of the medals on both occasions.

Fraser ran 22.14 in the 100m behind Dutch winner Rietje Dijkman who broke the European Championship record when setting a new mark of 17.56 – over four seconds ahead of Swedish ace Sonja Nilsson in second.

In the 200m, Fraser’s time of 49.95 won bronze by just 0.17 seconds behind Nilsson in second and champion Lydia Ritter of Germany, who ran a superb mark of 43.98.

Fraser then dropped down to the women’s 75-plus 4x100m relay where Great Britain missed out on gold by more than 25 seconds to champions Germany who set a new European Championship record of 1:13.92.

Speaking to Echosport, Fraser said: “It was a big surprise I got two bronze medals – I expected to come fourth in both. I did work hard to pip (Loki) in both events.

“The 100 metres was late at night, we were the last ones on the track and it was absolutely tipping down with rain in a thunderstorm.

“I went down to the 75 age group to make up a team for the relay in which we got silver.”

Fraser regularly trains at the Marsh Playing Fields in Weymouth and, despite the old track surface being replaced by grass, the sprinter finds a unique way to measure her efforts.

She said: “I do all my training down the Marsh. Where they’ve put the new grass I can see the outline. I’ve measured it all the way round.

“It’s not quite a 400m track because I have to go past my 100 line as the steeplechase track went further out. I’ve kept on the inner circle so I know exactly what I’m doing.

“If you look on the side you’ll see my markings from 20, 40, 60 or what have you. If you want to do sprints or drills you can look at my markings.

“I’ve got a can of paint where I’ve made the 200 mark, the 300 mark. The groundsmen there are very good to me.

“I say ‘when you cut the grass can you make sure you just go round once?’ so I can see (the markings).”

Meanwhile, clubmate Kevin Archer, has been forced to curtail his season early after sustaining a troublesome calf injury.

Archer had retained his men’s 65-69 South West Veterans’ Championships 800m title in June and is still ranked first in Great Britain at the 800 and 1,500m distances.