The first Masters English inter-regional cross-country competition was held on Wimbledon Common on Saturday and offered a 2 lap 7k course that would have Alison Engledew’s seal of approval for aesthetics. Starting on ‘the top’ of the common it went through open ground before descending through forest paths, alongside a stream and back up a track in an avenue of mature trees with the final 400 metres in more open ground again. There were two races with a small total field of 70 runners but what we lacked in numbers we made up for in average age. Changing facilities were provide at Belgrave Hall, the home of Belgrave Harriers.
The first race was for all female runners the youngest of whom were W45, and the men over 65 the oldest of whom was 82. The second race was for the ‘youngsters’ with a distribution from M35 to some M65’s making up a team in younger age groups. There was a wide standard in evidence with the fastest capable of giving some of our best vets a race and plenty of company for those not quite so fleet of foot. There is a pleasant and unhurried atmosphere to the Master/vet events I’ve been to and this one was no different and was well worth the trip.
Results were dominated by the regions who got the teams out with the host organisation VAC winning comfortably, Southern Counties coming in second and South West third. Results are available at – http://www.bmaf.info/
The intent is to run this event annually and a list of other vet events has been pulled together by Pete Mountain and shown below. Clare Joliffe co-ordinates the women’s vet events and Pete Mountain (M55 up) and Steve Grant (up to M50) the men. We are encouraging vets to become members of a regional vets, ideally South West Vets Athletic Club (SWVAC). http://www.souwthwestvets.
Also visit British Masters Athletic Federation website for all BMAF fixtures. This will enable athletes to compete regionally against other vets from other regions. SWVAC are looking for new members to represent them at inter-area fixtures and participate in their championship events.
Midland Cross-Country Relays 22nd October 2016 Wolverhampton
BMAF Cross-Country Relays 19th November 2016 Long Eaton
EAMA Indoor Track and Field Inter-Area Challenge 26th February 2017 Lee Valley
BMAF Cross-Country Championships 18th March 2017 Liverpool
BMAF Road Relays 20th May 2017 Sutton Park
British and Irish Masters Cross-Country International 12 Nov 2016 Glasgow
Indoor Welsh Masters Championships Part 1 (Cardiff Met GP2) 15th January 2017 Cardiff
Indoor Welsh Masters Championships Part 2 (Cardiff Met GP3) 5th February 2017 Cardiff
SCVAC Indoor Track and Field Championships 19th February 2017 Lee Valley
SWVAC cross-country in Sidmouth being planned sometime in February 2017. This will be an Open event and will not require membership of a regional veterans organisation to compete.