• Helen Harding

Strength In Depth - Masters Recap


CrossFit Sanctional ‘Strength in Depth’ (SID)  ran an incredible competition with top competitors from all over the globe competing in London at the NOCCO stadium from the 24th to the 26th January 2020. Open age male and females had the chance to win a ticket to the CrossFit games but alongside this SID also ran a masters competition with age groups from 35-60+ for both males and females. The top 10 male and females from the qualifiers were offered invites in each age group up to 55 years, and the top 5 in the 55-59 and 60+ age groups.

The Masters competition attracted a field of top athletes from all over the world and had numerous CrossFit Games athletes taking part. This included Kelly Friel from CrossFit Southampton who placed 2nd place in the 40-44 age group at the CrossFit Games in 2018 and 2019, Tony Kurz who placed 8th at the 2019 Games in the 40-44 year old category.


There were 7 workouts in total over the 3 day competition. Events were balanced, well programmed and varied. Here are some noteworthy performances from the weekend: 

Event 1 was a 3km run around the streets of London and saw some incredible times. Top times in the younger age groups for both men and women were under 12 minutes. The fastest time was by Christopher Cothliff in the 35-39 age group taking only 10.24 minutes. Impressively in the 55-59 age group Michael Johnson ran an impressive 12.26 giving some of the younger guys a run for their money!

A Dumbell Version (with 2x 15kg/22.5kg DB) of Fran left athletes gasping for breath for event 2. According to Kelly Marshall, the winner of the 35-39 age group, this was “fast and Brutal” as Fran aways is!  The fastest times were clocked by James St Leger (35-39) from the UK with 2.35, and Kelly Marshall also from the UK with a time of 2.35 (35-39 age group). David Doig in the 50-59 age group clocked an impressive 3.01 (weight was reduced in 55+ age groups to 15kg/9kg DB’s). 

A 1 rep max snatch for event 4 was a great spectacle as always with some incredible weights being moved. Kelly Friel in the 40-44 year age group narrowly missed 82.5kg after hitting 80kg successfully. PB’s were had all around. It was great to see.

Final standings after the weekend


35-39 Kelly Marshall

40-44 Kelly Friel

45-49 Stella Bartram

50-54 Laura Fitzpatrick

55-59 Mandy Dean

60+ Kathy Upton


35-39 James St Leger 

40-44 Tony Kurz

45-49 Eirik Solen

50-54 Simon Wilson-Storey

55-59  David Doig

60+ Rob Wanders

Feedback from the Masters Athletes who competed:

SID was an exceptionally well run competition and it seems all the Masters Athletes had a great time. According to Kelly Marshall (35-39 age group winner), “the organisation and judging was flawless and the atmosphere in the NOCCO arena was AMAZING”. According to Tony Kurz who won the  40-44 male age group, “the 40-44 age group was full of great athletes and awesome dudes and by the end of the weekend we all had become fast friends. A number of them had served as well so it was like being back on a team. This is why most of us compete anyway” 

Sanctional events offering a masters division gives athlete  an opportunity to travel, compete, make friends and have some great experiences. We are looking forward to following everyone over the coming months as masters divisions make appearances at other sanctional events including the Italian Showdown, West Coast Classic, CanWest Crossfit Championships, The French Throwdown, Wodapalooza and the Granite Games.

The masters workouts at SID:

Event 1: 3km Run

Event 2: 21-15-9 (double dumbbell thrusters 22.5/15kg x2 (55-59 & 60+ 15/9kg) pull-ups)

Event 3:

5 rounds for time:

-20 wall ball (9/6kg)

-15 toes to bar *

-10 assault bike calories

Event 4:

5 mins to find 1RM hang snatch

Event 5:

For time: 

-42 kcal ski

-30 down ups

-18 double kettle bell front squats 2x24/16kg (55-59 & 60+ 1x KB goblet squat 24/16kg)


Event 6:

6 rounds for time:

-3 rope climbs (55-59 & 60+ 1 rope climb)

-10m handstand walk* (55-59 & 60+ bear crawl)

-20m sand ball carry 70/50kg (55-59 & 60+ males 50kg/ females 20kg)

Event 7:

8 rounds for time:

-5 clean and jerk 60/40kg (55-59 & 60+ 50/30kg)

- 20 double unders