When Tracy Dover joined her local running club, she didn’t expect to stand on the start line of The Great Birmingham Run wearing an England vest! Dedication to training, determination and a competitive spirit can get you a long way. On 26 May 2019, Tracy was proud to represent the England Masters Team in an England vs Celtic Nations Masters International 10k.
To get there, Tracy had to apply for the team and run a qualifying time in one of three nominated races – Telford, Chester, Chichester 10km – and also finish in the top 3 registered athletes in her age category. Tracy ran sub 48:15 at the March Chester 10km, in rainy conditions, to qualify and was delighted to be selected and receive her England vest. The Birmingham race was tough – wet, windy and undulating – but a great experience, including the opportunity to meet Jo Pavey, World, European and Commonwealth medallist.
If this is something you would like to aim for (you need to be 35 or over and a registered athlete) visit the masters site for more information and the qualifying times and races.
Ever thought about running for Cheshire? You need to be registered with UK athletics and have a profile on Power of 10 (https://www.thepowerof10.info/) including at least a 10km time for the current year. As a guide to pace, you will have got into the UK athletics rankings and be finishing in the top 5 gender placings at Park Run as selection is competitive.
There are opportunities to represent your county throughout the year. These are posted on the face book page https://www.facebook.com/CheshireCountyAthleticsAssociation/ Once an opportunity is posted, you ask to be considered for a place on the team. The team manager then checks recent times on Power of 10 to select a team, usually 6 men and 6 ladies (with 4 to count).
Through the supportive atmosphere of NRC, racing with family and friends at Park Run, and lots of training, Anna Parsons’ pace improved and she achieved a 10k PB at Arley Hall in March that led her to express an interest for the Cheshire team. Based on this (and several faster ladies being on holiday :), Anna was pleased to be selected to represent Cheshire at the Stone 10km road race in June. This was a fast race and despite a near PB time of 44:05, Anna (proudly wearing her Cheshire vest) finished last out of the county ladies. The first lady, representing Staffordshire, finished in an amazing 38:32. Cheshire ladies claimed 2nd place team – a great result and a brilliant experience.
Other county opportunities can be found on the Cheshire Athletics Association website (http://cheshireaa.com/).