Bristol & West Athletic Club were represented by a male Masters team at the 2016 Midland cross-country relays on Saturday 22nd October 2016. It was a single age category from 40 up so the competition from the younger teams was always going to be tough. Given that, the team in their late 40s and various 50s delivered sixth place out of 24 Masters teams and 36th out of all 93 male teams.
The course was two laps of a 3k course with a good mix of parkland, tree lined paths, a few sharp ups and downs and plenty of inclines that you knew about without any major hills. All agreed it was a good and interesting course well suited to relays and the organisation was spot on. The mass start of 150 all Senior and Master male and female teams was an impressive site.
Tony Roper was our first man off finishing as 7th Master and 21st fastest Master of the day out of 92 runners. Pete Clark took over and although he was hindered by a knee injury, kept us in 7th while still finishing 39th Master. Pete’s injury has been confirmed via the club’s Facebook page with ice packs visible and we wish him a speedy recovery. Steve Grant dropped back one place to 8th and 52nd individual runner before Andy Malloy got two places back in an increasingly spread field and recorded the eleventh fastest time for a Master on the day. Although Graham Crump didn’t run, he was our great fifth man putting himself out to make sure we left Bristol with a full team.
Our near neighbours of Westbury Harriers and many of the Midland Athletic League clubs were well represented in the younger and adult age groups and within a packed calendar I’d recommend this event to a wider community for next year.
Steve Grant Reports.