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National Masters Open Road Relays

BMAF Gold Medal

BMAF Gold Medal

Details of the 2014 event plus entry details can be found on the dedicated page.

Note that Clubs can now enter more than one team but will only qualify for one set of medals.

Also the number of legs for the M35 category have been reduced from 8 to 6; M45 category from 6 to 4 and M55 category from 4 to 3.

Online entry at

National Masters Open Road Relays 2013 – Results

Once again a very successful and enjoyable day was had by all at the 26th National Masters Road Relays which took place last Saturday at Sutton Park, UK. Result links and photograph links can be seen on the dedicated page, short link 

I make no apologies for the slight delay in posting these because the small, hard worked team of organisers used Sunday as ‘chill out’ time.

I must once again thank all the marshals who turned out for us, some at the last minute, without whose help, the event just could not go ahead. To all the officials, who support us willingly when they are under pressure from other events and to the Birmingham City Council Events Team who again support us each year.

It is very nice when participants come and say how much they enjoy coming to Sutton Park and any feedback, positive or negative, through the comments on these pages will be very much appreciated. It’s needless to point out that everyone involved will be looking forward to the 27th staging of the event, the 20th at Sutton Park, next year in 2014.

Running 6

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.

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.


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

I am also compiling a list of Marshals; any member interested in helping out here should please contact me on

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.




12 Days To Go

With only 12 days to go to the closing date for receiving entries for the National Masters Open Road Relays, (14th April 2012) I have only received 5 club entries so far. I am not exactly in panic mode but I would have like to have received a few more by now. Please do your best team managers, to get your entries in to me as soon as possible, preferably using the online system as this cuts down dramatically the amount of administration. (We are all busy here at MMAC!)

Full information is available direct from the following link: – 

You can enter 3 times the number of athletes needed, so plenty of reserves. Don’t let worrying about injuries delay your entry.

I look forward to hearing from you all (team managers of course).

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