British Masters Cross Country & after!

Two weeks ago we were ensconced in helping to organize the British Masters Cross Country Championships in Perry Park, Birmingham, UK. Further details, results etc can be obtained by visiting the BMAF Blog site at

The “we” being Birchfield Harriers and Midland Masters AC. My role was to look after the designated marshals and help mark out the course. This was carried out mainly by Eddie & Pat Cockayne with a little help from me. A couple of fellow Birchfield Harriers laid out the start and part of the finish, which was then completed by the finish team officials. All the marshals were contacted beforehand with where they were to marshal and were issued with a map of the course. They signed in before the first race, collected their bibs, fed and watered and were dispatched to their respective points on the course.

With my new Kodak Play Sport video camera, I thought I might capture a few running shots, until I realized somewhere along the way I didn’t switch off, which meant I was pressing ‘off’ instead of ‘on’ and vice versa, the result was lots of video clips of the grass, sky and inside my pocket!! I did however manage to get the start of the men’s M35 – 64 race……..

On the home front… both vacuum cleaner and toaster blew up and had to be replaced, I’ve upgraded my broadband, had the V+ Box replaced and blinds fitted to two Bay-windows as well as visited Shrugborough Hall to see Patrick Lichfield‘s living quarters, on public show for the first time. In addition, I managed to go along to Sutton Park for the MCAA Road Relays and time two Brueton parkruns as well as attend a meeting of the England Athletics Masters Association (EAMA).

My day job has been to maintain the Midland Masters database, I’m collecting renewal of subs, and to chase the late paying members. The car still needs a clean inside and out, the lounge decorating, the garden tidying etc etc and the holiday cruise is approaching rapidly!


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