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National Masters Open Road Relays 17th May


A week to go and preparations are far advanced……..

 

Team Packet for W35 Charnwood AC

Team Packet for W35 Charnwood AC

Closing Date National Masters Open Road Relays


This is a reminder that the closing date for entries to the National Masters Open Road Relays is midnight on the 19th April 2014.

Full details appear elsewhere on this site (see previous post). For the first time at Sutton Park more than one team per Club can be entered. As long as you are a registered athlete with an affiliated UKA Club then we will accept entries. There are NO individual entries, please get your Club Team Manager/Captain/Representative to enter your team.

Start of the women's and men M60+ race, 2010

Start of the women’s and men M60+ race, 2010

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!

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  http://www.joelee.co.uk/2012/vets12.pdf or from the results page on this site http://tinyurl.com/buvv5ga
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 mike.wrenn@blueyonder.co.uk

Final Appeal for Officials & Marshals


This is a very important appeal for volunteers to help us at the National Masters Road Relays to be held at Sutton Park on Saturday, 12th May 2012.

Because the event clashes with the County Track & Field Championships we are desperately short of Officials. We need timekeepers, recorders, funnel recorders and anyone who can help with the start and finish procedures. Anyone who feels they can help us out then please in the first instance contact Mike Wrenn on mike.wrenn@blueyonder.co.uk

I am also compiling a list of Marshals; any member interested in helping out here should please contact me on mmac.sec@blueyonder.co.uk

Currently I am short of 15 places in total in the two races. If some can do both races, so much the better.

If we cannot get the required number of people then the event will be in danger of being called off.

Please try to help if you can.

Tom Morris – MMAC Organising Committee

Relay Entries 2012


All details of the team entries have now left me and are being prepared for the production of the programme and declaration sheets. There will be a few individuals that will appear as ineligible to run, this is because I have not been given a legitimate registration number or they do not appear on the database. Entrants who are 1st Claim to other clubs have also been excluded under the competition rules.

A few facts and figures…. 32 Clubs entered 84 teams by post and 40 Clubs entered 122 teams online, a total of 206 teams which is 16 up on last year. The online entry represented 59.2% of the teams entered (55.56% of Clubs entered online). The number of online entries has increased again for a third year and these cut down dramatically the administration involved compared to the postal entries and I urge team managers to consider this option next year.

Assuming all turn up to race, we have 92 teams in Race 1 (all women and M65+) and 114 teams in Race 2 (M35 to M64).

See you all on the 12th May 2012 at Sutton Park.

 

 

 

Appeal for Officials & Marshals


This is a very important appeal for volunteers to help us at the National Masters Road Relays to be held at Sutton Park on Saturday, 12th May 2012.

Because the event clashes with the County Track & Field Championships we are desperately short of Officials. We need timekeepers, recorders, funnel recorders and anyone who can help with the start and finish procedures. Anyone who feels they can help us out then please in the first instance contact Mike Wrenn on mike.wrenn@blueyonder.co.uk

I am also compiling a list of Marshals; any member interested in helping out here should please contact me on mmac.sec@blueyonder.co.uk

If we cannot get the required number of people then the event will be in danger of being called off.

Please try to help if you can.

Tom Morris – MMAC Organising Committee

24th Masters Relays


The newly named Denis Withers National Masters Open Road Relays took place yesterday, the 24th running of the event and the 17th time at Sutton Park.

Blessed with good weather, if a little blustery, the event was successfully completed without too many hitches. Reports on the race itself will no doubt appear in the usual athletics press so on this post I just want to record our thanks to Beverly Parris and her events team from Birmingham City Council without whose help the event couldn’t take place. Also to Mike Wrenn for all his hard work and dedication to the masters cause, and to the rest of the organising committee. Finally to all the competitors who travel great distances to take part and who contribute to the continuing success of the event.

Entries were down this year with 190 teams entered (242 in 2010) and I’m sure there were several reasons for this. One gripe that did come to the fore yesterday from a few quarters was the change of age groups. I am convinced that given a few years, these changes will be accepted, just as the M35’s have been. Time will tell.

Results are available by going to the results page on this blog or by this direct short link …. http://bit.ly/mpjbAP

A Gentle Appeal


I am at the moment short of marshals for this years event at Sutton Park on the 21st May. There are currently 3 positions vacant for the 11.00 am race and 4 positions for the 1.00 pm race. Without marshals we will not be able to start the race. If you are attending the event either as a supporter or runner and feel that you can help, then please contact me either through the comments on this post or direct by email to mmac.sec@blueyonder.co.uk

Please state your name, club and email address so that I can contact you.

Thanks in anticipation……..

Entries Are Now Closed – BMAF Road Relays


The entries for the Nation Masters Open Road Relays in Sutton Park on the 21st May 2011 ARE NOW CLOSED.

I am still working through the queries with the UKA Registration Numbers of a few athletes before I can put an absolute figure on the number of clubs and teams entered. But it does look as though figures are down from last year(when there was an increase). I would welcome any comments or thoughts on possible reasons for this, please use the comments button on this post.

I am hoping to be able to post shortly a list of the entered teams. Watch this space!!

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