The British Masters Athletic Federation (BMAF) Road Relay Championships were held at Sutton Park over a 3 mile course. We had our best turnout for some time with a total of 18 athletes and 6 teams over 4 different age and gender categories.
The W45 team of Clare Jolliffe, Tracy Allan and Sarah Everitt were in fifth place out of a field of 20 teams and only 34 seconds away from a medal. All three women were within the first 7 finishers of their individual legs and Clare and Sarah in the top 7 of all M45 runners. This performance is particularly creditworthy as all three women are towards or beyond the top of the age group and Tracy ran the London Marathon only a week ago.
The M45 category had two full teams recording a ninth and thirty-third position out of 44 teams. Our A team of Tony Roper, newcomer Darren Garman, Steve Goss and Matt Robinson recorded times within 23 seconds of one another so win top prize for consistency. The B team comprised semi-injured or returning runners as well as one running down an age group, such is the world of vets. Mark Taylor led us off followed by Graham Crump, Richard Bowles and Bill Hull.
Like the M45’s we had two teams in the M55 category when we hadn’t managed a team of any description for the last 3 years. Like the W45 team, our A team is towards the latter years of the age category with an average age of 63. The team of Jon Goodland, Pete Mountain of Dave Bedwell finished in eighth position out of 36 compared with sixth three years ago and third 4 years ago so seem to be ageing well. Dave Bedwell is looking forward to running in the M65 team next year.
Michael Nutt deserves great credit for being the sole representative in the B team and making sure the A team had a travelling reserve. Mike was second in the ‘one man’ team competition.
For the first time I am aware of, we had a complete M65 team who recorded a fantastic seventh place in a field of 17. Mike Chipping led the team off in his first year at the club followed up by Chris Pearce and Tom Burgess who both had great success at the Gwent League cross-country.
A last note there were two teams disqualified in the M45 race so it looks like the competitive spirit might have overflowed.
Full results can be seen at: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2018/
Participation in Vets events is on the up within the club and we hope to have more teams at similar events throughout the year. We are currently looking at teams for the British Masters 5k, 10k and Half Marathon championships.
Steve Grant Reports