THERE was no catching veteran sprinter Darren Scott in Helsinki as he raced away with two European titles.
The 38-year-old from Frodsham struck gold twice at the European Veterans' Indoor Championships.
Representing Great Britain, he triumphed in the 200m and 4x200m relay and also took silver in the 60m.
Darren said: 'I was really pleased. As you get older you have to get cleverer with your training to stay in good condition without overdoing it and I was feeling good going into the championships.
'To come out with the medals is a great achievement and I am so pleased.'
Darren works as a personal trainer at Fitness First in Runcorn and runs for Trafford AC, which sees him take on the likes of Olympic sprinter Jason Gardner.
He added: 'At 38, I can't train like I did at 22. Being a personal trainer allows me to schedule my training during the day and work at the same time. Plus I also have a coach.
'I train a lot in the gym and then go to the track at Liverpool Harriers, one of my former clubs, for track training.'
Darren has been running since 1991 and has progressed through the ranks.
The one-time Frodsham Harrier is no stranger to the big stage, either. Still a Scotland international - qualifying through his mother - he is ranked as their third best sprinter in the open age category and he competed at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, breaking a world record when he ran as a guide for Nigeria's Adekunle Adesoji in the 100m for blind competitors.
'I would have run for Scotland but an injury earlier in the season meant I didn't qualify,' explained Darren.
Adesoji broke his own world record by running 10.76 seconds and famous images beamed around the world showed 'guide' Darren grimacing as he pushed to keep pace with the lightning-fast sprinter.
He added: 'Being called up for Scotland and for Great Britain has made my mum very proud. Now I am hoping to be called up for Scotland again this summer and I will be preparing myself for GB Masters events and the World Masters Championships in Italy in September.'