British Masters Cross-Country relays 2019

Below is an extract from the British Master's Federation cross-country report. Again; LERC members have shown their commitment in putting this event on and, in pretty pants conditions, ensured it was completed without a hitch.

Many thanks from the club go especially to Rob Fox, who is instrumental in putting the event on.

"Last Saturday, the 26th of October we returned to Long Eaton for the BMAF Cross Country Relays. It was down to the tremendous work of Rob Fox and his dedicated Long Eaton club colleagues that the event actually went ahead. During the preceding days, the Midlands suffered continuous rain, resulting in severe flooding culminating with road and rail closures in the area and with West Park being very flat, they were also the victims of heavy water retention.
On arrival, a course inspection was taken and although being deeply flooded in parts, Rob’s team devised an alternative course to enable the fixture to go ahead although this meant that athletes still had to compete through minor flooding which became deeper in parts during the afternoon.

Final entries were lower compared to last season, but this didn’t detract from some great competition on the day. Bristol and West secured the Women’s 35+ age group title, with Winchester + District winning the w45+ team medals. Steel City Striders made it a double celebration by winning the w55+ and the w65+ titles. Within this first race, for all women’s age groups, the older men’s teams also competed with Barnet & District 65+ winners and Bingley Harriers taking the 75+ honours.

Conditions were deteriorating as the day wore on and for the second race, (men’s teams aged from 35 to 64 year old) the course had become a quagmire. Salford Harriers proved to be most adaptable in the conditions by taking home the 35+ and 45+ team Gold medals and Leicester Coritanian’s were the successful m55+ Gold medallists.

Although the athletes and officials endured difficult conditions and we managed to save the fixture from cancellation, the resulting feedback from the athletes was amazing, most actually professing to have enjoyed their day’s competition."

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