NEMAA British Masters Cross-Country Championships, 18th March 2023

6 of our Claremont Road Runner over 35’s headed to the Rising Sun Sports Ground this Saturday, to take part in the British Masters Cross-Country Championships.

The format is similar to that of the Harrier League fixtures, though a slightly shortened course: Women and Men over-65 race over two laps, followed by the senior Men, with a third lap added for extra fun/masochism (delete as appropriate).

An impressive run from Sarah Kerr saw her finish just outside the top 20, with a fine 5th place in her age category. Julie Cross and Ken McCormick also scored top 10 age category finishes. Mark Anderson was our sole representative in the senior men’s race, flying the flag well in what is a consistently tough and competitive field.

The deceptively challenging course was variously described by some of our runners as ‘horrible’, ‘tough’, and ‘hated it’ due to its hilly nature and no small amount of mud. However, they can all be proud of their performances, safe in the knowledge that like many things in life, runners often improve and mature with age.

Ladies/Men O65
PositionRunnerTime
21Sarah Kerr (5th in age cat.)25:41
73Julie Cross (7th in age cat.)30:13
84Lucy Keating (14th in age cat.)31:59
94Liz Denyer (14th in age cat.)32:41
118Ken McCormick (7th in age cat.)43:01
Men
PositionRunnerTime
68Mark Anderson (16th in age cat.)37:27
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