Final Course Inspection

Baz relaxing after the Risk Assessment!!

Baz relaxing after the Risk Assessment!!

The final course inspection took place this afternoon. There are a few areas where extreme care will have to be taken. Owing to the recent rain and high winds there are areas where mud has been deposited on the course. Efforts will be made to clear these to a minimum but athletes should be aware of the slippery conditions.

Only the team packs now to be completed!

More Final Preparations!

I have sorted out all the medals into the appropriate age categories, all ready for the presentations a week today. Hopefully the MMAC Chair, Irene Nicholls,  and President, Marcia Smedley, will be able to find them easily and not get mixed up!

BMAF Gold Medal

BMAF Gold Medal

Sorting out medals

Sorting out medals

Final Preparations

Final preparations are well underway for the relays on the 18th May at Sutton Park. Medals have been ordered and received; race numbers

Preparation of race packs

Preparation of race packs

ordered, received and sorted into the race packs; Programmes have been prepared, typed and printed and are ready to go… All that is left is the final course inspection next Wednesday, updating the risk assessment and the remaining ‘race pack’ stuffing with the programmes, declaration sheets and security notice.

Officials and marshals have been allocated and all we need now are the competitors and good weather.

Cows Mooove back to Sutton Park

Will all competitors in the forthcoming National Masters Open Road Relays in Sutton Park on the 18th May, note that you may be sharing the course with cows!!!

Two years ago several of our marshals turned drovers when the Sutton Park cows decided to invade our course. All was well and no harm done, although I’m not sure whether they all got back together again very quickly!!


Relays 2013 – Officials Appeal

Apologies for lack of information this year but other commitments have demanded my time away from uploading any new posts. However, I can report that final preparations for the National Masters Open Relays at Sutton Park on the 18th May are well in hand. Team entries are slightly down this year although the number of Clubs represented is slightly higher. Significantly more clubs are entering online and this helps us so much with production of the programme and in cutting down on admin that it is highly likely that next year we will go runner 4over to online entry only, the same as the ERRA Senior 12 stage Relays.

We have NOT had a massive response for officials and we are desperately short of timekeepers/recorders. Anyone who feels that they can help out then please contact me at

Processing entries went well and we allowed an extra 3 days before closing the online entries. Thanks to everyone involved to make this happen. Queries with non-eligible athletes dropped this year and most were sorted out fairly quickly and painlessly. However there were still a few that team managers entered that were not registered 1st Claim athletes. But I think the message is getting across!

Age identifiers are not being used this year, instead the race number will reflect the age of the team. For example the prefix digit will denote age, therefore number 301A will be the 35-44; team 1; 1st leg, 425B will be 45-54; team 25; 2nd leg and so on. One less number to worry about!

All we need now is glorious weather ………………

Important Notice

The closing date for entries to the National Masters Open Relays on the 18th May has been extended to midnight Tuesday, 23rd April 2013.

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 15 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

BMAF XC Relays

Full results from Derby can be found on the “BMAF XC Relays” page.

A successful event

Lucky or what??? Again we were blessed with terrific weather at the 25th National Masters Open Road Relays at Sutton Park yesterday. The sun shone, if a little cool and the dreaded Sutton Park rain stayed away. Personally I was somewhat relieved because a last minute hiccup with the race numbers meant either us having no race numbers or having them on the good old fashioned ‘card’, which as we all know can disintegrate in the rain. No problems in the end other than a couple of misplaced numbers for which I duly apologise.

An apology must be recorded over the delayed start. For anyone who was not aware barriers were not placed in the correct place to ensure that cars didn’t drive onto the course. Unfortunately this was out of our hands but with diligent marshals and a ‘hit’ squad despatched to sort it out, a minimum 10 minute delay ensured. Needless to say this ‘health & safety’ matter will be addressed for next year and I hope that it didn’t spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the day.

I will leave the reports on the race to other people but I would like to record my thanks to Birmingham City Council for their continued sponsorship and help, to Mike Wrenn and Irene Nicholls for their companionship and support in organising the event and to Margaret Simpson, Edgar Nicholls and Bernadette Cox for all their help prior and on the day. I mustn’t forget all the marshals who turned out, some at the last minute, and to all of the officials, a special thanks to all of you. Without you, this event well and truly could not take place. A big thank you.

A disappointment to me was the lack of entries in the newly introduced W65 category, especially after responding to the requests of last year to have this category included. We will certainly keep it in next year.

Results are available from or from the results page on this site
A blue vest in as new condition was handed in at the event. If you have lost this item and can adequately describe it, to claim it then please contact in the first instance Mike Wrenn at

Final Preparations

The final preparations for this years National Masters Open Road Relays are now well underway. Our traditional “envelope stuffing” takes place tomorrow, Friday, where we “stuff” race numbers; age identifiers; declaration sheets; programme; security notice and of course, safety pins, into the team envelopes.

Safety pins, photographed by Richard Wheeler (...

The risk assessments have been carried out and with the irreplaceable help from the Birmingham City Council the course will be set out Saturday morning. All we need now is good weather and as we all know from experience, Sutton Park weather can be very changeable. The BBC forecast is quite reasonable, view it by clicking on the following link

I wish all competitors a successful performance and I hope they enjoy the day.


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