HURDLER Darren Towart has been working hard to maintain peak fitness during the coronavirus shutdown on most sports.

The Tynedale Harrier’s schedule has changed considerably since his record-breaking day in Sheffield, in early February, when he broke his own indoor world record in the over-40 (M40) 400m hurdles, at the English Institute of Sport Northern Championship.

The 42-year-old was due to fly to Portugal earlier this month for the European Masters Championships. But like many other sporting events around the globe, it did not go ahead.

“Things have changed but health has to come first,” said Towart, who also impressed at the NIA Live event in Dublin earlier this year. “I am very fortunate because I have some land where I live, where I was able to train in isolation until Monday’s instruction to remain indoors.”

Like other members of Tynedale Harriers, Towart is now unable to use facilities at Hexham’s Wentworth Leisure Centre, but he has alternatives in place to keep him active while self isolating at home.

“I’ve got weights and a rowing machine, and I am continuing to work hard behind the scenes. I’m still getting faster and stronger,” he said.

Despite not knowing when he will compete again, Towart remains full of enthusiasm for training.

The former rugby player said: “I’ve had a great time since I got involved with athletics and I will always be grateful for what I’ve been able to achieve. We all have to look forward to returning.”