North Beach Athletics Head Coach Paul Edmiston has smashed the WA State M40 110m hurdles record by 1.21 seconds on Friday night at the WA Athletics Stadium.

On a hot evening in Perth the 40 year old Masters athlete finished third in a time of 16.59sec (+0.7) with team mate Ben King winning the race with 15.19sec. The record breaking performance was 0.91 outside the Australian National Record, and the new record eclipsed John Molloy’s 17.8sec set 20 years ago in 1992. ‘That will be my goal for next season, to beat the national record’, says the Blues coach. ‘If I can try and stay closer to (Ben) King’s heels next season, I am sure he will pull me through to hopefully run low 15 seconds, but I will need more practise at training sessions’. It was Edmiston’s only second hurdles race of the season which he confesses is not enough, ‘You probably need about 6 or so hard races to bring you into good form’ he says. ‘My training has been poor and two races are not enough… but the good news is I can hurdle again now after many years of constant achilles problems I have finally found the solution’. It is the 5th decade of athletics competition for the North Beach coach and is the second state record he currently holds along with the Open Men’s 4x100m.

This Friday night the 16th of March is Day 1 of the 2012 WA Open State Championships and the Blues will hope to add a few more medals to the 2011/12 record breaking season total. Also on this Saturday & Sunday is the 2011/12 WA Little Athletics State Championship at WA Athletics Stadium. North Beach have several athletes entered.