British Masters X-C Champs 2013
[Sat 17th Mar]
The British Masters Cross Country Championships took place at Herrington Country Park, Sunderland on the 17th March.
The regions Masters athletes lined up against many leading UK veteran athletes for the annual Cross Country Championships.
Only three weeks previous the National Cross Country Championships were held here. Whilst the course was a little less tough - it was still quite heavy going with a cold wind blowing across the exposed course.
The first race - (approximately 6k) was all ladies categories and over 65 men. It was a 2k lap course, Heather Christopher and Helen Morris represented Blyth - finishing in 49th and 90th positions respectively, and Heather just missed out by 3 seconds on a Masters medal coming 4th in the over 40 category. Wakefield's Julie Briscoe won the race just beating Clare Martin from Telford AC (the recent British and Irish Cross Country International Winner).
The second race for over 35 to 60 year men consisted of 4 laps - 144 finished, with Kevin Freeman representing Blyth and finishing in 131st position. The race was approximately 8k and was won by Philip Hinch of Tipton Harriers.