Race date: June 14th-20th
With all races cancelled due to the Coronavirus lockdown, the British Masters Road Relays couldn’t happen at Sutton Park this year. BMAF instead laid on a virtual alternative, with runners given a week to run a socially distanced 5k leg, submit their time, and provide a link to a Strava activity or similar as evidence.
Despite the motivational difficulties with running flat out on your own, the technical difficulties around recording a leg of exactly 5k, and the admin burden of the organiser checking everything was in order, the event was very successful. There were over 4000 entries, raising over £12000 for the MacMillan Nurses charity. Runners missing competition welcomed the opportunity to reconnect with club-mates and to run hard for a good reason. It made lockdown a little less isolating.
37 Striders took part, forming teams in 7 different categories. Kudos to Caroline Brock, who was our fastest runner, male or female, with a searing 17:57 around Neepsend. Also to Dot Kesterton, whose 22:59 on tired legs alongside Damflask was still worth an 89.37% age-grade, by far the highest in the club. The other Strider to break the 80% age-grade threshold for a “national class” performance was Helen Eberlin with an excellent 27:04, also out by Damflask.
The stand-out team result once again came from our W65s. Dot Kesterton, new girl Kate Waddicor, and Carol Beattie together secured the gold, er… certificates, 40 seconds clear of Winchester, with Totley in 3rd. That improved on our 2nd place from last year, and means our W65+ squad (also including Helen Eberlin) now holds the British Master Road Relays, Yorkshire Vets Road Relays, and British Masters Cross Country Relays titles. That makes the full set, a brilliant achievement.
You can find full individual and team results on the BMAF website, or club results below. The fastest leg was Paul Martelletti’s 14:41 for Victoria Park Harriers. The best age-grade was 98.67% from Leicester’s Tommy Hughes, who ran an incredible 16:11 as an M60.
See also David Bocking’s report on the W65s’ win on Medium.
|Name||Cat||Cat Rank||Time||Age Grade|
|M35+||65th/81||1:56:36||19:26||Scott Watson (18:02)
Chris Guy (18:14)
Daniel Cubitt (19:05)
Matthew Chappell (19:18)
Malcolm Baggaley (19:37)
Tim Holt (22:20)
|M45+||58th/115||1:16:19||19:05||Mark Gray (18:17)
Rob Betts (18:54)
Darren Barnett (19:34)
Michael Squires (19:34)
|M45+||86th/115||1:22:49||20:42||Russell Stevenson (19:53)
Michael Timm (20:34)
Neil Schofield (20:53)
Adam McAuley (21:29)
|M55+||52nd/74||1:05:44||21:55||Andrew Woffindin (20:43)
Jonathan Legon (21:31)
Peter Brown (23:30)
|W35+||20th/87||1:22:43||20:41||Caroline Brock (17:57)
Jeni Harvey (20:55)
Claire Grisdale (21:16)
Sarah Moore (22:35)
|W45+||40th/105||1:06:28||22:09||Lucy Broom (20:36)
Jacqui Herring (22:44)
Jennie Stevens (23:08)
|W55+||14th/46||1:10:10||23:23||Kate Scott (22:56)
Mandy Taylor (23:29)
Nicola Rafferty (23:45)
|W65+||1st/10||1:15:22||25:07||Dorothy Kesterton (22:59)
Kate Waddicor (25:59)
Carol Beattie (26:24)