Bristish Masters Veterans XC - Herrington Park -16/03/13
Three weeks after the National XC at Herrington Park, whilst still cleaning the mud off my camera, we headed back up the A19 for the British Masters Veterans XC Championships. Never having been to one of these before I was interested to see who would attend for a 20 minute trot around the park. Runners seemed to fall into two categories, local vets or really good vets that had travelled from all over the country. One chap travelled by National Express Coach from the Isle of White, ran his race and then departed back for the 2pm coach without waiting for the presentation!
The expected mud bath where the club tents had been was surprisingly green, and fortunately they had managed to get a shorter three lap course that missed most the muddy track from the nationals. The conditions were still very “Heavy” and if it had been a horse race those preferring firm conditions would have been pulled out.
Once the race started I needed two heads, one looking at the front to take the Photos and one looking the other way to spot the category numbers sported on the rear of the vests. A definite improvement for spectators would be category number on the front or different coloured numbers for each one. Kath soon got together with a pack of V45’s and it was a close race for positions 5 to 10. In the end she came home a great 9th V45 (in the country) and given better conditions and a lighter training week she could have been much higher. The race also formed the North Eastern Veterans XC championships and Kath picked up a bronze medal.