Cross Country

England Masters Cross Country Team Selection 2024  
Betley, Near Crewe – Saturday 28 Sept 2024

The trial race to select the England team for the masters Cross Country International is being held on Saturday, 28 September at Betley, near Crewe.  It is open to all paid-up members of the BMAF area clubs in England.  There are two races: Race 1 – 5k for all women’s age categories and men 65 to 80 plus.  Race 2 – 8k for Men 35 to 64.  The first 3 athletes from each 5-year age category in Race 1 and in categories M55 and M60 in Race 2 are guaranteed selection in the England Team for the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International being held in Belfast on 16 November 2024. Similarly the first 4 athletes in the other 5-year age categories M35 up to M50 in race 2 are guaranteed selection,

The W35 to W75+ and M55 to M80+ age categories are teams of 4.  The M35-M50 age categories are teams of 6.

The remaining places in the teams plus the reserves  for each category  will be selected by the area selectors immediately following the selection races. All athletes are requested to complete and submit the attached Selection Form. This is essential are all those applying for a place in the team. If you wish to apply for a discretionary place, but are unable to complete in the selection race, please could advise your area selector  and provide the reason why you are not able to do the selection race.

Entry links are available on the BMAF website fixtures page


British Masters Cross Country Championships –  
Denbighshire, North Wales -16 Mar 2024 – Results

Took place at Rhug Farm, Corwen, Denbighshire. The main race results are available at British Masters Cross Country (opentrack.run) and the Age Graded Team and Individual Winners available below. Alex Rowe has also helpfully put together a summary of the winners since the Wimbledon event back in October 2016.

Full Results
Age Graded Results
Winners to date


England Masters Cross Country Team Selection Race – Derby 14 Oct 2023

Open to all paid-up members of the BMAF area clubs in England. The first 3 athletes from each 5-year age category in Race 1 and in categories M55 and M60 in Race 2 are guaranteed selection in the England Team for the B&IXC being held in Glasgow on 11 Nov 2023 (details below). Similarly the first 4 athletes in the other 5-year age categories M35 up to M50 in race 2 are guaranteed selection,

The course for race 1 is 6km for All Women and Men 65+ . Race 2 is 9.8km M35 to M60.

All athletes are requested to complete and submit the attached Selection Form. This is absolutely essential in the case of those that might not automatically qualify. Anyone not able to attend can apply for the remaining places in the team based on their performances during the year. Competing in either or both of the events listed above is likely to be a great help to the selectors.

Entry links available on the BMAF website fixtures page


British & Irish Masters Cross Country International – Glasgow 11 Nov 2023

A very special weekend of teams of 80 men/women from each of the home countries and Ireland competing for individual and team age group medals and the friendly rivalry that has existed for the last 33 years will be resumed in Glasgow. There will be two races of 6km for the women/men over 65 and for the women aged-35-64 followed by two races of 8km for the men aged 50-64 and 35-49. Finally there will be an open race over the same distances.

In the evening, there will be a banquet to accompany the presentation of medals.

Full details and entry links available on the BMAF website fixtures page

Entry via your own Area Selector :

EMAC Yuko Gordon yukogordon238@gmail.com
MMAC Mick Smedley mandmsmedley@gmail.com
NMAC Sue Cordingly suebecconsall@btinternet.com
SCVAC Michael Jeffries jefferies478@hotmail.com
SWVAC Alison White ali.white@btinternet.com
VAC Mike Mann mcmann90@yahoo.co.uk
Isle of Man Mo Kelly mokelly@manx.net
NEMAA Kim Matthews kimrunner11@hotmail.co.uk


British Masters Cross Country Championships –  Wallsend 18 Mar 2023

The course is on grassland around the Rising Sun Hill – 2 laps (5.8 km) for all women and M65+ and 3 laps (8.6 km) for M35-M60.

Results


EMAA Inter-Area Masters Cross Country Challenge 2022
Results are available on OpenTrack at :


Men https://bmaf.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2022/GBR/bmaf661/scores/all-men-all/
Women https://bmaf.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2022/GBR/bmaf661/scores/all-women-all/

Results and some pictures at NEMAA News https://www.nemaa.co.uk/news

Race 1 – All women and Men 65+

Winning team of six scorers – NEMAA 86.32%

Carol Page 88.66%, Allie Wilson Craw 88.16%, Katherine Davis 88.06%, Jane Hodgson 85.48%, Jackie Murdy 84.03%, Maggie Lorraine 83.48%

Race 2 – Men 35 to 64

Winning team of 6 scorers – NEMAA 81.90%

Brian Martin 84.91%, David Nicholson 84.73%, Gavin Bayne 82.22%, David Graham 80.68%, Mark McNally 79.50%, Jarlath McKenna 79.36%

Runners up team – Welsh Masters Athletics Ltd. 76.37%

Combined overall  female top age graded result – Carol Page NEMAA W60  – 88.66%

Combined overall male top age graded result     –  Stanley Owen NMAC  –       87.49%

18 of the top age graded results were by NEMAA representatives.


2020 Event Cancelled (14 Aug 2020). See News Post

EMAA each year seeks to select a team of athletes in the five-year age groups to take part in the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International (usually held in November each year).  Selection normally takes place in late summer and potential athletes must be a member of one of the constituent clubs (EMAC, IoM, MMAC, NMAC, NEMAA, SCVAC, SWVAC or VAC as either a first or second claim member).  The process for selection for 2020 has been published and the associated documentation is now available here – EAMA XC Selection 2020 application form 

The 2019 England Team (updated)

EAMA 2019 B&I XC Team

EAMA 2019 B&I XC Team (pictures kindly supplied by Dave Greenwood)


2018 Report
This year’s race was held at Singleton Park, Swansea on the 17th November. The course was very undulating on normal grass as you would expect for a park. Fortunately the weather was fine and sunny but not too hot.

England swept the team awards winning all age groups apart from the Men’s 75 where we finished 2nd.

Congratulations must go to our individual medal winners:

Gold: Kate Rennie (SCVAC) W45; Kathryn Bailey (SWVAC) W50; Yuko Gordon (EMAC) W65; Angela Copson (MMAC) W70; Alastair Watson (MMAC) M40; James Skinner (SCVAC) M45;     Tim Hartley (MMAC) M50; and Ben Grant (NMAC) M70.

Silver: Jessica Franklin (VAC) W35; Kirst Longley (NMAC) W40; Julie Dixon (SWVAC) W45; Caroline Wheelhouse (NMAC) W60; Dot Fellows (MMAC) W70; Will Smith (NMAC) M40; Scott Smith-Bannister (SCVAC) M55; Nigel Gates (SWVAC) M65.

Bronze: Lara Bromilow (EMAC) W35; Louise Rudd (NMAC) W40; Jacqueline Rockliffe (SWVAC) W45; Clare Elms (VAC) W50; Monica Williamson (MMAC) W55; Linda Hembury (VAC) W60; Dorothy Kesterton (NMAC) W65; Nick Jones (NMAC) M40; Simon Baines (VAC) M45;  Andrew Leach (EMAC) M50; Guy Woods (SWVAC) M55; Paul Merrison (NEMAC) M60;  David Butler (EMAC) M65; Phil Brennan (MMAC) M75..

The overall team scores were as follows:

MEN’S TEAM           ENG    IRL     WAL   SCO    NIR
TOTAL                       44       27         23        21      19

WOMEN’S TEAM     ENG    IRL     SCO    WAL   NIR
TOTAL                       40         30        26        15         8

COMBINED              ENG    IRL     SCO    WAL   NIR
TOTAL                       84        57        47        38       27                                  

Our only disappointment was the apparent lack of enthusiasm for our award winners at the evening banquet compared to the reception given to that given to the other country’s winners.  Perhaps we can to better next year in Southport 2019.

We would especially like to thank all of you competitors for the warm welcome you gave us and for the emails of thanks that we have received. We would also like to thank Julie Everett wife of Steve M55 Reserve for the invaluable help in distributing kit etc. on the Saturday morning.

David & Ruth Lesley (Team Managers)

2017 Report

EAMA Team Photo for B&I International XC 2017   Picture by Stephen Latimer (this and others at https://stephenlatimer.shootproof.com/BritishandIrishMasters)

In 2017 the event was hosted by the Northern Ireland Athletics Masters Association in Derry on 18th November 2017.  The series of races for Masters athletes took place on the Saturday afternoon on 18th November 2017 at Gransha Park in the City.

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