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British Masters XC - Birmingham

Four Invicta East Kent athletes raced the BMAF cross country championships in Perry Park Birmingham on Saturday 12th March 2011

This race is one of the top events for Masters in the country, and attracts some of the best athletes around - it is also the main selection race to represent your home country at the British & Irish Masters XC championships in November.
Over an undulating parkland course of 3 or 4 laps, conditions were perfect for those fast track athletes - very little mud & lots of easy grass to race on.
The first race of the day - for all females and male vets over 65 - was 6km  (3 laps) and featured three of our female athletes, Vicky Talbot-Rosner, Theresa Johns & Sue Cooper.
It was quick from the outset and all 3 worked hard with no let up in the speed at the front - all our athletes did well to hold on for 7th team in the FV45 competition.

Vicky Talbot Rosner (left) was 10th FV50 and 1st IEK in 27:12, which should help her bid to represent England in November.
Theresa Johns (centre) was 14th FV45 in 28:59 and Sue Cooper completed our scoring trio as 21st V50 in 30:32 


Sole male IEK representative in the 2nd race was MV40 Tim Sutton who, coming back to fitness after a hard winter, ran the longer 8k course over 4 laps and was 32nd in a fast and furious race