The Annual British & Irish Masters International Cross Country takes place this Saturday November 17. Once again this year we are honoured to be represented by two of our formidable women members competing in the Irish team. The event is hosted this year by the British Masters Athletic Federation and the HQ is at Southport, Merseyside – a seaside town about 20 miles north of Liverpool. The post race banquet and medal presentation will be held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre Floral Hall on Saturday night.
There are four races in the competition. Mags Glavey will lead the Irish W70 team in the first race at 11am (W65, W70, W75 plus M65, M70, M75) and Pauline Moran is the lead runner in the W60 team in the second race at 12 noon (W35-W60) both over 6k, three laps.
Both Mayo AC athletes have had considerable experience and success in this event over recent years and have raced in all five of the competing countries.
On Saturday Pauline will be looking to retain the individual W60 gold title she won last year in Swansea, while Mags will contest the W70 category with England’s legendary masters athlete Angela Copson.
The races take place at Aintree Racecourse – about 17 miles from Southport – so a nice warm- up run to the start for our two champions.
The latest conditions at Aintree – Official Going – is ‘Soft, Good to Soft in places’.
Mags and Pauline will be joined in the Irish team by seven other masters from the Connacht Region:
Adrianna Mulligan W35 (Longford AC), Michelle Lannon W45 (Carrick-on-Shannon AC), Mari Johnson W50 (Sligo AC), Paddy O’Toole M40 (Westport AC), Donal Mulligan M45 M45 (Longford AC), Mark Davis M45 (Craughwell AC), Ian Egan M50 (Castlegar AC).
The best of luck to Mags, Pauline and the Irish team.