Other interesting news
British & Irish Masters Cross Country International, 12 November
Coronavirus restrictions forced the postponement of the international match first scheduled for November 2020 and
then 2021. Thankfully, the host country, Ireland, has been willing to stage the match in 2022 and it will return to
Santry Demesne near Dublin on 12 November.
match features five teams: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Each country has its own means
of application and selection.
England, under the auspices of
EMAA (England Masters Athletics Association), will hold two trial races on 15 October 2022. The races will
be held within an existing North Midlands Cross Country League fixture at Markeaton Park, Kedleston Road, Derby,
Those applying for selection
for the England team are strongly advised to enter the trial races. Entry
is via the BMAF Open Track system. The closing date is 26 September.
Details and Online Entry for the England Selection Races on 15 October.
order for the England area selectors to have sufficient information about an athlete’s 2022 achievements, it
will also be necessary to complete an application form and send it to your Masters area club’s representative on
the selection panel. This will be required from both those competing in the selection races and those who are
not able to compete in the trials but still wish to be considered for selection.
Further Details and an Application Form for selection for the England
Selection for the England team at the trial races will be as
: The first four in the trail forthe teams of six will be automatically selected. The
first three in the trial for the teams of four will be automatically selected. Age categories for teams of six are
- M35, M40, M45, and M50. Age categories for teams of four are – W35 to W75+ and M55, M60, M65, M70, M75+. The
remainder of the teams and reserves will then be selected by the area selectors immediately after the trial races
by considering the results of the trials and the information provided on the application forms. Please supply
details of all performances that you feel are relevant, including 5k and 10k road and cross country
VAC Committee Member, Mike
Mann, is VAC’s representative on the England team’s selection
panel. Completed application forms should be sent to him. Mike is happy to provide further
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an honour to be picked to represent your country and VAC is proud of those who are selected to represent any of
the five nations. It would be great to see lots of VAC members wearing the VAC vest in Derby for the England
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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