Southampton AC’s Veteran athletes took the long trip to Long Eaton, Nottingham, at the weekend for the British Masters (BMAF) Cross Country Relay Championships and came away with top 10 finishes.
It was the first time Southampton had taken part in this Championship event with two teams entered, one in the M35-44 category and one in M45-54 year old category.
With 5 athletes per team, each running 3km, the M35 team were led home in 13th place on a strong opening leg by Matt Hibberd (10m.28s)
James Smith (10.13) ran the fastest leg for Southampton on leg 2 moving the team up to 9th place.
While Rob Ralls (11.41) kept close order on leg 3, Stuart Hicks (10.55) posted the 6th fastest time of leg 4 giving Jim Bennett (11.08) the task of bringing the team home for 10th place overall.
The M45 team were led home on the opening leg by Howard Long (12.29) in 16th place before Peter Costley (11.11) took the red and whites into the top 10.
John MacInnes (12.30) pushed up one more place to 9th before David Blackman (10.35) ran Southampton’s fastest leg to finish 6th leaving Andy Morgan-Lee (10.44) to bring the team home for 5th place