Lesley Pymm reports: This is the first time that the relays have taken place for a number of years, and I am not sure if we have ever had a women’s team in the Masters XC Relays before.
Well, we did this year and our three runners did really well. Unfortunately, this date either clashed with a number of other social events that ‘older’ members of the club had arranged, or they were injured. I had hoped to be able to get more than one team out and in different categories.
As it was, we had one team in the W45 category. We walked the course before the start and it was a funny little course, but fairly interesting and tough.
Mel was the first to go, eventually. The briefing took forever, and Mel’s body language said it all! She had a brilliant run and completed the slightly more than 3k in 12.07. Jude was next and again ran really well.
This was Jude’s second XC appearance for the club and she ran her heart out! She finished in a fantastic 15.09. Sarah was our final runner and she completed the course in 13.09. Overall, we were 5th. There was a bit of a delay getting our results onto the website, but they are there now.
The next Masters XC events are the Midland Masters XC on 20 January 2013 at Aldersely Stadium, Wolverhampton at 11.30. This is a closed event – you have to be a member of MMAC. The other event is the National Masters XC on 16 March at Herrington Country Park in Sunderland.
Please put these dates in your diary, and contact me (you can do this via Nicola Cumley), if you can do them or if you need details of how to join MMAC. You do not need to be a member of MMAC to do the National event, you just need to be over 35! It would be absolutely fantastic to have a team there. I was the only female member from BvH at the National event last year.