19 December 2019
International Cross Country Challenge 2020
Next year's race will take place on Saturday 14th November in Dublin and
the procedure for selection has been changed, there will now be a selection
race to help choose the team, this race will take place on Saturday 10th
October and is incorporated within a North Midlands XC League race in
Markeaton Park, Kidlesdon Road, Derby, DE22.
of the event and how to enter are shown on both the EAMA and BMAF websites
but if anyone has any queries please contact me and I will try and answer
Cross Country Secretary
Country Championship, December 13th 2015
Left to Right: James Fitzmaurice, Ann Bath, Walter Hill, Dave Beattie, Ann
Buckett, Gavin Newton,
Tom Richards, Dave Delnovo, Steve Connolly, Paul Clark, Colin Oxslade.
cross country championship again took place within the Holly Run, organised
by Reigate Priory A.C. As always, the atmosphere was festive, with Christmas
songs over the public address system, several Santa hats, and mince pies and
other nibbles. The latter were kindly provided by Ann Bath, who also
supplied mulled wine, tea and coffee. How Ann managed to transport all the
goodies, medals and folding table in several large bags is a mystery, as she
arrived by train and walked from Reigate station to the park!
Ann has been our cross country secretary for around 10 years, and is taking
a well-deserved rest: all the athletes applauded her for her service to the
club. Andrew Noble has kindly offered to take on Ann’s duties – welcome to
the committee, Andrew.
Unlike several of our members who had also raced at the SEAA Masters XC the
previous day, I skipped the “joy” of the steep muddy descent (3 times!) and
instead cheered on our athletes.
The first SCVAC runner home was M50 Paul Clark, chased closely by M55 Colin
Oxlade. New member Ann Bucket led the ladies home.
Here are all the SCVAC medallists from our Championship within the Holly
Men: approx. 6 miles
M45: 1. Gavin Newton, Crawley, 42:37, 2. Andy Delnovo, Croydon Harriers,
M50: Paul Clark, Crawley, 40:52
M55: Colin Oxlade, Croydon Harriers, 40:57
M60: 1. Walter Hill, Crawley, 43:37, 2. Steve Connolly. Swindon, 46:51
M70: James Fitzmaurice, Sevenoaks, 58:39
Women: approx. 4 miles
W50: Ann Buckett, Crawley AC, 36:36
W65: Ann Bath, 26.2, 42:23
SCVAC Cross Country Championships Sunday Dec 15th
2013, at the Holly Run Reigate Priory Park
Despite the rain and cold we had a great turn-out and
most of us met up before and after the races where our small “HQ”:- the
SCVAC bright yellow and green Banner, with our refreshment table, was by
the fence very near the finish. I was able to give out most of the medals
after the races so thanks to those that stayed and we also had tea and
cakes in the cold and rain!
Ladies ran 3.6 miles on a new course that went up the
steep hill instead of down it.
5 Caroline Wood 26.40
Arena 80 W50 Gold (1st W45 in race)
14 Jenny Hughes 30.36
Arena 80 W50 Silver
17 Sue James
31.08 Paddock Wood AC W60 Gold
Men ran 6 miles and ran down the steep hill with
complaints from some, I will pass these on to the new organiser who
re-designed the ladies course.
7 Spencer Hempsted 34.28
Ilford AC M40 Gold
24 Colin Oxlade
38.34 Croydon Harriers AC M50 Gold
36 Alan Newman
42.26 Paddock Wood AC M60 Gold
39 Walter Hill
43.06 Crawley AC M60 Silver
45 Andrew Del Nevo 44.06
Croydon Harriers AC M45 Gold
Page 44.13 Arena
80 M55 Gold
53 Mark Stephenson
46.44 Arena 80 M50 Silver
58 Jeremy Carmichael
48.04 Crawley AC M60 Bronze
69 James Fitzmaurice 50.53
Sevenoaks AC M70 Gold
Dobbs 55.27 Thurrock
Harriers M75 Gold
SCVAC Cross Country Championships Sunday December
Cross Country Championships Dec 16th 2012,
Reigate Priory park
Once again we held our Championships within the well
organised Holly Run, so thanks to Reigate Priory for hosting it.
We had an excellent turn-out of 7 men plus a friend who
it is hoping will join! We had 1 lady running this year, I had car problems
plus heavy traffic which meant I arrived after my race had started so very
disappointed as I really enjoy this race.
A huge thanks to Rob Murkin who had already set up the
tent and was there for the start of the ladies race had we had some
running in it!
The men ran 6 miles and the ladies 3 miles, most were
there for the medal presentation afterwards while we had tea and home made
mince pies. Many thanks to Zoltan Fodor who is not a member but took the
team photo afterwards.
M50 40.28 Gold
Trevor Edgley M60
M65 45.05 Gold
M60 45.30 Silver
M55 46.27 Gold
Page M50 46.33 Silver
M35 47.02 Guest
James Fitzmaurice M70
M45 56.10 Gold
Jenny Hughes W50 23.03 Gold
British and Irish Masters International, Queens
University, Belfast 10th November 2012-11-22
Report from Cross Country Secretary Ann Bath
The original venue at Stormont Estate was heavily under
water in places so the Venue was changed at short notice, where runners
found a testing 2k lap course run in ideal conditions. As usual competition
is fierce and we had 6 members selected, along with 6 reserves. The ladies
and men 65+ ran 6k, with 4 in a team and 3 to score, with 2 reserves, and
the men 35 – 64 ran 8k, with 6 in a team and 4 to score, with 3 reserves.
As usual the laps made the course very spectator friendly. Long spikes were
the order of the day as there were some very slippery ascents and descents
and very muddy patches!
W35 reserve Juliette Minter
W40 selected Emma Rogers
W45 reserve Caroline Wood
W60 reserve Sue James
M35 selected Mark Greenwood
M45 selected Julian Richardson and Andrew Robinson
M50 selected Graeme Saker
M60 reserves Des Michael and Stewart Thorpe
M65 selected Geoff Newton, reserve Roy Treadwell
The star performance of the day must be Graeme Saker who
won the M50 – M60 8k race in 27.20 thus securing an individual Gold medal,
but the strength of Ireland’s team who got team Gold meant England had to
settle for team Silver.
Another outstanding performance was from Emma Rogers who
was 2nd W40, 6k in 22.45 and so secured an individual Silver
medal plus a team Gold medal.
In the M35 8k race Mark Greenwood did 27.36 to secure a
team Gold medal.
In the M45 8k race Julian Richardson did 28.33 and Andrew
Robinson 28.38 and secured team Gold medal.
Some of the reserves ran the Open races, Stewart Thorpe
was 1st M60 in 31.40 over 8k.
In the Ladies and M65 Open 6k race, Roy Treadwell had an
excellent run and was 2nd in the race overall! The reserves
usually run very competively to try and see if they would have justified
selection, and in Roy’s case his time of 24.10 would have put him as the 3rd
counter in the team, which shows just how difficult the selector’s roles
are. Sue James did 29.07, 3rd W60 in an extremely competitive
Myself I ran in the W60 team for Scotland and secured a
Bronze team medal. Well done to everyone who ran from SCVAC, and the
evening dinner/dance and prize presentation at the Europa Hotel was an
excellent way to round off what is usually the highlight of the year for
Next year is hosted by Wales at Colwyn Bay on November 16th