British Masters Cross Country Relays
Saturday 28/10/2017, Long Eaton
It was a beautiful autumnal day that saw some of our more mature members venture over to the East Midlands to do battle with the cream of Britain’s veteran endurance runners. Ladies Team Manager Anne Chinoy promised us sunshine and she delivered it. Well they say the sun shines on the righteous!
West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton was the venue for the British Masters Cross Country Relays, with a flat and firm 3k circuit on offer for the various age-group runners. With such a crowded racing calendar including the Manchester University Relays taking place on the same day, unsurprisingly our squad was somewhat depleted. Still, we managed to complete 3 teams, who managed to acquit themselves well.
Anne herself led off the L35 team, and showed that she is rounding into good form despite recent injury troubles, bringing the team home in fifth; her 12:18 turning out to be the eighth fastest on the day. Tracey Taylor then took over, her 14:27 maintaining the team’s top 10 position, showing excellent powers of recovery following her recent PB in the York Marathon. It was left to Sinead Ferguson to anchor the team to a fine 9th place, her 13:24 being the 9th fastest on her leg.
Our L45 team included two ladies dropping down a category as we were unable to field a full L55 team. An extra L55 runner would almost certainly have secured them Gold in that age category. Jackie Cordingley and Lynda Rowlinson continue to defy the ageing process and were running around like a pair of spring chickens, ably assisted by Julia Reynolds. Jackie ran a fine 13:35 to get the trio off to a great start, Lynda gained a couple of places for the team with her 14:45, with Julia running an excellent 14:15, superbly anchoring the team to 7th place.
The men’s hopes rested on the shoulders of the M65 team. Mike Curley showed signs that he is returning to form following a recent chest infection, taking the team into 2nd place in a time of 12:58. This turned out to be the 6th fastest overall. Geoff Beattie, running his first cross country race since his schooldays, managed to keep the team in the hunt for the medals with his 14:50, but despite a gallant effort from Mike Dunne, running 13:54, the team had to settle for a very creditable 6th place.
An incomplete M55 team saw Frank Cordingley (12:39) and an unfit Glenn Savage (11:58) enjoying a run-out, with Sinead fronting a cheer-leading troupe.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable day out, and I’m sure we’ll be back next year in the pursuit of success.
Posted 31/10/2017 10:12