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Vitality Masters Mile, London, 27 May 2018

The BMAF and London Marathon Events Ltd are holding a 1-mile road race challenge for Masters athletes as part of the Vitality Westminster Mile in London on 27th May.  All runners aged 35 or over on Sunday 27 May are eligible to enter. Entries must be made online via the Westminster Mile website.  Please ensure you select "Masters Entry" in order to be in the correct race or click on the link here to go directly to the Masters Entry page. General information about the Westminster Mile is to be found on the web page Runner Info 

The inaugural event consists of only one race with a limit of 400 runners. Results will be ranked into five-year age groups for men and women, offering the opportunity for Masters athletes to challenge the best runners in the UK in their age group over the classic mile distance.

Entry costs £8.00 (£1 reduction for Westminster residents) and entries close at 17:00 on Friday 18 May 2018, or earlier if the limit on the number of entries is reached. Do not delay your entry! If you have already entered the Westminster Mile and would like to switch to the Masters Mile, you will need to contact the Westminster Mile Help Desk and ask for a refund. Then you can enter the Vitality Masters Mile.

BMAF medals will be awarded to the first three men and women in each age group and there will be silver salvers for the best three men’s and women’s age-graded performances overall. The race is also VAC’s One Mile Championship. VAC members are eligible for VAC age-group medals. The presentations will take place in the British Masters Athletics area in the Vitality Wellness Festival in Green Park approximately 30 minutes after the Vitality Masters Mile.


Selection for the 2018 British and Irish Masters Cross Country races



England Athletics Masters Association (EAMA) invites all Masters runners who qualify to run for England to apply for selection for the above international fixture which will be held in Swansea, Wales on Saturday 17 November 2018.


Race Categories are Women 35 to 70+ and Men 35 to 75+ in five-year age groups.


The selectors of the England team will consider runners’ performances in 2018 in BMAF and EAMA club races over 5K and 10K on the road, track and country, as well as in other appropriate races. BMAF and EAMA events will give the selectors the opportunity to compare performances of runners against each other. EAMA will be looking closely at the results of the EAMA Inter Area Club Cross Country Challenge on Saturday 29 September 2018 at Bury St. Edmunds as these will give an up to date indication of form at the cross country discipline. Details of this event are on the fixture lists on the BMAF and VAC websites.


Application forms and further information about the British and Irish International races are available on the EAMA website, as well as from VAC’s nominated selector, who is Mike Mann.


The closing date for applications is WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER. Paid-up members of VAC should send their completed forms, by post or email, to Mike at the following address:


Mike Mann (VAC representative on the Selection Committee)
90 Crescent Lane,  

London SW4 9PL 



Mike will also answer any queries. Those sending their forms by email should ensure that they provide an SAE to Mike. Selection will take place on 6 October. Applicants will be informed of the selectors’ decisions as soon as possible after the selection meeting.


Unfortunately, EAMA is not in a financial position to assist with travel or hotel expenses. A team vest may be supplied but the rest of the required kit will need to be provided by the runner.


Thank you for expressing an interest and good luck with your application.


“The Pacemakers” Documentary about Charles Eugster 24 August 2017

The long awaited documentary from film-maker, Selah Hennessy, on the late Charles Eugster is scheduled for screening at 20.00 on BBC2 on Thursday 24th August 2017. Selah has been filming him and other 80+ and 90+ year old athletes for some time. The programme is expected to feature events at the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth, Australia. Charles was a VAC member and competed regularly in our club vest, particularly at the indoor track championships at Lee Valley.



This is the story of 42 marathon runners who were created as the ‘Ever-presents’ by the London Marathon in 1995 after they had run 15 consecutive Londons.

Their story is a testimony to a ‘never say die’ spirit that has sustained them during the thousands of marathons they have run all over the world.

Dale Lyons, one of the last 15, has combined a detailed factual record from his research, with many heart warming anecdotes and astonishing hardship stories in tracking the Ever-presents’ journey for 33 years since 1981.

Their triumphs and cruel disappointments, the amazing sums they have raised for countless charities, their incredible running records at home and abroad, their entertaining media coverage and their fascinating and colourful lives away from the marathon treadmill provides absorbing and enlightening reading.

This is a book to honour their commitment to the London, one of the great city Marathons and provides a lasting tribute to a rapidly diminishing group, decimated by injury, accident, illness and death.

The book will provide information, inspiration and motivation not only to marathon runners but to those watching the London each year thinking “that could be me!”


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Paperback version. 230 pages with photos.

For orders contact Dale Lyonse-mail  dale@5rhg.co.uk

5 Richmond Hill Gardens, Edgbaston Birmingham B15 3RW


“This remarkable book is a tribute to everyone of the Ever-presents. The London Marathon salutes them all!”
John Bryant. Author of The London Marathon book and Chairman of the London Marathon Charitable Trust.