Other interesting news
British & Irish Masters Cross Country International, 13 November
The 2021 British & Irish Masters Cross Country
International will be hosted by Ireland and takes place in Santry Demesne, near Dublin, on Saturday13 November.
England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland compete in age group teams in four races (M35-49, M50-64,
Women 35-64 and Men & Women M65+).
Six men are selected for each of the M35, M40
and M45 age groups. Four men are picked for each of the remaining age groups up to M75. Four women are selected for
each age group up to W75.
Each country has its own means of application
and selection. England, under the auspices of EMAA (England Masters Athletics Association),
will hold trials in Derby on Saturday 9
October 2021. Those applying for selection are strongly advised to enter the trial races.
The trial races are incorporated within the scheduled North
Midlands Cross Country League races on 9 October. The venue is Markeaton Park, Keddleton Road, Derby DE22 4AA.
Entry is via the OpenTrack system only and the closing date is Friday 24 September. Follow the links for
Details of the Trial
and for Entry to the Trial
VAC is proud of the members who are selected. It would be
great to see lots of VAC members wearing the VAC vest in Derby for the trial races.
Those wishing to apply for selection for the England team,
including anyone not available for the trial race, must complete the Application Form
which should include information about the
athlete’s relevant performances in 2021.
For all women and men 65+, the first three athletes from each
5-year age category will be selected from the results of the trial. For men aged 35 to 64, the first four athletes
in each 5-year age category will be selected. The remaining England team members, including reserves, will be
selected by area selectors after the trial races on 9 October, taking into account information in the application
VAC Committee Member, Mike
is VAC’s representative on the
England team’s selection panel and will handle VAC members’ applications. He is happy to provide further
VAC members wishing to apply for selection, including anyone
not available for the trial race, should complete the Application Form
and submit it to Mike Mann
(email@example.com) by 2 October.
VAC featured in Runner's World! 2-06-20
The July 2020 issue of Runner's World includes a great article about VAC. Click to view the article. The journalist spoke to Ros
Tabor, VAC's Chairman, and elicited quotes from two of our members. He has captured the spirit of the Masters scene
as well as admiring our members for defying age and continuing to compete, with many successes. The article should
appear in due course on the
Runner's World website.
VAC Members Track &
Field Competitions Survey 2020
On 10 January 2020, the Membership
Secretary sent a survey by email to 492 members of VAC who have a track and field interest. 66 responses were
Here is a Summary of the
Responses to the T&F Survey as of 7 March 2020.
More responses are welcome during 2020.
See the background below and follow the link to the VAC
Track & Field Survey. Send responses to Peter Kennedy at
Conclusions of the
1. There is full support for continuing to
have a traditional championship.
2. There is moderate support for multiple
meetings when members would be competing against those of similar ability, leading to overall winners for the whole
3. A significant number of members would
be willing to help in the organisation of the club’s T&F events.
Action Plan proposed by the
1. Incorporate VAC championships into both
indoor and outdoor South of England Masters Championships.
2. Continue to organise the VAC 5,000m and
10,000m Championships, as well as entering teams in the inter-area competitions.
3. Investigate whether both 2nd Claim and
1st Claim VAC members could compete in the Rosenheim League as guests or as a team. Identify T&F Open Meetings which VAC members could compete in to make up a summer
series, not necessarily the same meetings for each discipline (sprints, hurdles, middle distance, throws, pole
vault, high jump, long/triple jump), leading to overall winners at the end of the year in each discipline and age
4. Give further consideration to awards
for best age graded performances in each discipline.
5. Approach those members who said they
might be willing to help in order to identify who would be willing to be part of a team to organise 2-4 above
instead of having a single Track & Field Secretary.
Background to the survey
We are at a turning point in VAC in that
in 2019 we lost Mike May, who was the driving force behind the track and field side of the club. He had
planned and organised championships and other events for many years, with help from the other members of the
Committee. We now need to re-establish VAC’s direction with a view to maintaining what works well and thinking of
new ideas for what could be even better.
What works well, we believe, are our separate 5000m and 10000m championships and what could be better is our
overall T&F championship. In order to make decisions, we are seeking your views on what to do by your
answers to the questions in the Track
& Field Competitions Survey.
The Committee urgently needs help to plan and organise VAC’s T&F activities, either by one person who attends
committee meetings or by a group of people who share the responsibilities and do not have to attend the committee
meetings or preferably a mixture of the two. The distinction between committee members and other volunteers
can also start to blur if we hold meetings via video conference on specific topics. This technology is used
within the BMAF and will be the basis for new groups established to listen to members’ views on the BMAF.
Anyone invited to a virtual meeting can participate via their home PC (if sufficiently modern), laptop or tablet or
smartphone. It is even possible to join such conferences by an ordinary phone, although you miss out on
seeing the other committee members.
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