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British & Irish Masters International Cross Country

Wollaton Park, Nottingham – Saturday 22nd November

Wollaton Park in Nottingham, with its imposing Hall, provided an impressive back drop for the British & Irish Masters International Cross Country recently.

After a mix-up with the selection process, Helen Berry travelled to the event as part of the England reserves team, with a place in the Open event due to take place after the International race. Her patience paid off and she was called up for the England team just 45 minutes before the race was due to start.

Helen been on excellent form of late, and keen to prove a point to the selectors and justify her place in the team, she put in a gutsy performance. The women’s race, which included men over 65, was the first of the day and covered 3 laps of a 2km course.

England V40 winning team

England V40 winning team

The first lap felt steady, and with no-one taking the race on, Helen took the lead from the breakaway group of four as they headed into the second lap. Four-time winner, Claire Martin, also of England and a V40 soon picked up the pace and went on to win her 5th title, 9 seconds clear. Helen pushed hard on the final lap and held off for the silver medal, with Louise Rudd (England V35) closing down to within a second at the finish.

England dominated all the team events, winning all but one of the ladies age category teams. Helen added a V40 team Gold to her individual Silver.

Results:

  • 1st Claire Martin, England V40 21:14 (Club: Telford AC)
  • 2nd Helen Berry, England V40 21:23 (Club: Holmfirth Harriers)
  • 3rd Louise Rudd, England V35 21:24 (Club: Stockport Harriers)

Full results can be found here; http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2014/bimi.pdf

Link to photos on Holmfirth Flickr site here; https://www.flickr.com/photos/hhac/sets/72157649385385066/

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