BMAF Open Cross Country Championships
Forres, Scotland - 17/03/18
Forres Harriers hosted this year’s British Masters Open Cross Country Championships as athletes from all over Britain headed for the North of Scotland. With Scottish Pipers greeting the runners the bad weather impacting races across the country stayed away providing ideal running conditions. New Marske athletes Kath Aspin and Clive Thornton made the journey and were treated to great hospitality from the Scottish club. The course was a mix of country park and hillside forest paths with ‘Horrible Hill’ and ‘Hells Hole’ among the challenges. Kath made a steady start before moving through the field to claim a great Silver medal in the V50 category just 7 seconds behind the winner. In the men’s race there was a strong field and Clive had a steady race to finish 57th and 13th V50. With shortbread, hot pies and drinks for all visitors, Forres Harriers certainly know how to put on XC event. Just a shame the bottle of whisky for winning each category did not come back with us!
Faced with an already crowded calendar, made worse by other events trying to arrange alternative dates following the weather on Sunday, we have decided to move this race to 28th October and replace the 10 Mile (only) race originally planned for that date.
Obviously those who who only want a 10 Mile race will still have one to run but it is also a chance still to race the 20 miles, perhaps as a "go for it" race rather than a prep race for a spring marathon.
Some might prefer the chance to train for such a distance during the summer rather than winter months
Starts this Wednesday 21st March,
the training track
Laurence Jackson School
All interested juniors please turn up, we are looking for Teams in each age group. Priority for team inclusion will be given to those who have attended the sessions.
Please contact me if you are interested but are unable to attend the sessions.
Emails have been sent to all members requesting payment for 2018 subs. So if you haven't already done so please check your email account for the email sent on 27th February (Check spam if you can't find it in your inbox).
Junior and senior members will benfit from a £7 discount if paid before April 1st
You can also pay via this link
National Cross Country Championships 2018
Report by Clive Thornton