Rugby receptionist takes to the field and strikes gold!

News posted

18th September 2015

When Debbie Murch isn’t behind the reception desk at local retirement community, Lime Tree Village, the chances are she will be out on the athletics field.

The Rugby woman is British Masters Champion in her age category for Hammer, Shot and Heavy Weight throw and is currently ranked number one in the UK for her age in the Hammer.

Debbie, who played hockey at school and county netball, only got a passion for field sports when she met her future husband Kevin.

Kevin has been Masters Champion in Javelin for the past 17 years, is the current British record holder for his age and at the peak of his sporting career, regularly competed against Olympic champion Steve Backley.

Now the entire Murch family take to the athletics field with children Kerry and Craig following in their parents’ footsteps with both competing at national level.

“Some women like to knit or sew as a hobby, I like to keep fit and throw a hammer,” said Debbie, who trains up to five times a week, 12 months a year.

Debbie is the welcoming face in reception at Lime Tree Village, the area’s dedicated private community on Cawston Lane.

She added: “I get a tremendous amount of support from residents. They want to know how I get on in weekend competitions and they’ve even asked for a demonstration but I wouldn’t want to damage our beautiful lawns here with my hammer or shot!”

Debbie’s next competition will be the British Throws Pentathlon on 19th September when the village will be willing her on to yet another gold medal.