Saturday 12th November – British & Irish Masters International X Country

Report from Mark Hall:

I drove up to Tollcross Park, south of Glasgow city on the day. The race was over 8k and 4 circuits of an undulating, muddy course. My race was for runners 50/55/64 years. The event has individual placings but it is more about the team race. The races had teams from England, Ireland N/S, Scotland and Wales. The race set off at a very fast pace as all X events do, I managed to hang on to a group for a couple of laps then unusually let a gap appear which I was unable to get back even though I closed on the final lap. From lap 3, I found myself between groups with nobody close behind so I ran to maintain my position. I finished 8th in my V55 category which I was very pleased with. My last X race was in 2010, a 3 miles relay! I really was not expecting a top placing from this event so was delighted to get in the top half of the field and only get beaten by 7 others. The top 4 were experienced X runners and with a little more X training sure I would not be far off as I have beaten them all comfortably on the roads this year, however, it’s horses for courses and X is definitely not my course!

Even though I only finished 8th I was part of the winning England team that won the gold medal at V55, an excellent result beating last years champions, Ireland.

  1. #1 by Matt on November 16, 2016 - 8:14 pm

    Well done Mark! Hope you could get the mud off before the drive home. Medal and and England vest!

  2. #2 by Antonio Cardinale on November 16, 2016 - 10:03 pm

    I agree with former President Matt P about that does not get any better then wearing an England vest and a gold medal with the team . To cross the finish line in 8th in such muddy course , for a road runner like you , it is like a victory in a high competitive field of top runners .. Well done indeed to Mark H.

  3. #3 by Howard on November 17, 2016 - 10:25 am

    Great result Mark well done. (Esp. after a 200 mile drive!)

  4. #4 by Sara Elliott on November 19, 2016 - 5:37 pm

    Absolutely fantastic, Mark!! What an amazing achievement.

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