England Masters Cross Country Team Selection for 2020

The EAMA cross country team selection process has been changed and there will now be a selection race for the teams to compete in the 2020 British & Irish Masters Cross Country International to be held in Dublin on 14 November 2020. The selection race will be held on 10 Oct 2020 and it will be incorporated within a North Midlands Cross Country League race. The team will be selected in all 5-year age categories. The venue for the race will be Markeaton Park, Kedlesdon Road, Derby DE22.

Full details and the selection for are available here :

and on the Cross Country page.

B&I 2019 Cross Country Selection – Event being held in Southport 16 Nov 2019

Kim Matthews is the EAMA Cross Country Secretary and has produced the full details for the 2019 Selection process.  This updates and enhances the “taster” paper previously available and provides you with all you need.  All aspiring cross country athletes should read the process document and submit their application to be in the hands of their selector not later than 27 Sept 2019

The full pack of papers to support the selection process are 2019 B&I Selection for EAMA.

2018 British & Irish Masters Cross Country International – Swansea, Wales

The selection process for the England team to take part in the 2018 British & Irish Masters Cross Country International at Swansea, Wales on 17 Nov 2018 has opened and affiliated runners are encouraged to get their application in.

It is important that all athletes wishing to be selected are paid up members of their respective Masters/Veteran area club or association and also be UK registered.  Applications must be made on the EAMA XC 2018 papers which must be fully completed and sent to the relevant area club/association representative named below by Wednesday 3 October at the latest.

More details (and the application forms) are on the Cross Country page.

Cross Country 2018

A short report has been published following the 2017 B&I International XC and very helpfully, draft guidance about selection for the England Team for 2018 as well as draft guidance (as a preview) about the Inter-Area XC which in this year will be held on Saturday 28 September 2018 at Nowton Park, Bury St. Edmunds.

The 2018 B&I International XC will be held in Swansea and organised by Welsh Masters on 17 November 2018.

B&I International Cross Country 2017 – “A W60 Report”

Gail Duckworth (EMAC) has taken the trouble to provide us with an insight to the Womens’ (and older chaps) Cross Country :

“To gain selection to represent England is truly an honour.  I was especially happy this year to receive my selection letter as I wasn’t confident that I had posted enough good races.  Having run well in the Counties in January I thought 2017 might be a good year however injuries and timing of races meant things didn’t quite go to plan.

I travelled to Derry on the Friday before the race taking a lot of waterproof kit, which as it turned out was not needed. On race day the weather was good, dry and not too cold.  However, walking the course before you could see it was very boggy in places from the previous week’s rainfall.

As usual at this event they have laps to make the race spectator friendly and it is great having support from people you don’t know but cheering you on as an English runner.  All women run 6K with the over 65 men which this year included Nick Rose however I don’t think the start affected him like it did me!  Despite standing on the line in a positive mood GO seemed to happen too quickly and suddenly I found myself about 8th W60.  Although the start was quite firm you hit the mud on the bend for the first time soon after.  Somehow I had to get my footing and run faster which luckily I did and I started to work my way through the field.  This is when you appreciate numbers on backs, the team medal is always tight between us and the Irish, even your team mates give you encouragement as you go pass them, knowing that every point matters.

On the final lap I could see the last two W60’s in front, both Irish, by now it is hard to pick any pace up and I started to settle for 3rd individual position.  However turning the last corner you then see the finish and have about 150 metres to go, like most I started to ‘sprint’ (I do use this term loosely) for home hoping I would catch 2nd place and passing her I suddenly realise I am actually catching 1st place and couldn’t believe it as we crossed the line together.

Following the after race Team Managers meeting, the gold was awarded to the Irish runner although our chip timing showed exactly the same time.

Despite this I am still proud to have another silver individual medal and lead the English W60’s to team gold.

And Nick Rose, no problems for him easily 1st M65 and team gold!

W60 Points

England 13 points

Ireland 14 points

Scotland 27 points