Scottish Veteran Harriers Club hosted the 29th British and Irish Masters cross country international in Tollcross Park, Glasgow on Saturday (12 November), with England taking the lions’ share of the team and individual awards. This annual gathering of many of the best ‘mature’ athletes from across the British Isles sees three international races held for various gender and age-group divisions.
Conflict concludes with a race for team reserves and supporters followed by a presentation banquet. The guest of honour this year was 1970 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion, Lachie Stewart, who ran 28:11.72 to win gold in Edinburgh and who went on to compete in the 1972 Munich Olympic 10,000m (6th, 28:31.4).
Conditions in Tollcross Park were unseasonably mild with sunshine and a few showers but the hilly course had been softened by recent snowfall and rain. The event programme carried a good description of the ‘Five Nations Masters’ by the race announcer and MC at the prize-giving, Archie Jenkins: “Not only is it special competitively, with quality fields but also socially, involving team camaraderie and meeting friends from each of the competing countries."
The record will show that England won the W40; W45; W50 and W55 categories to beat Scotland by three points after the hosts claimed the W35; W65 and W70. The men’s races saw England dominant at M40; M50; M55; M65; M70 and M75. Ireland provided stern opposition with success at M35; M45 and M60 for second.
Overall the winners were England from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland but the real winners were sport and cordiality as athletes of all ages gave their all for the honour of racing in their national vest against friendly rivals.
Full results are on Scottish Veteran Harriers’ website.
Photo of Scotland team courtesy Scottish Veteran Harriers.