MARATHON MAS­TERS

Could you be in with a chance of be­ing crowned cham­pion over the Ch­ester route come Oc­to­ber?

Athletics Weekly - - Bmaf Marathon Championships -

AF­TER a hugely suc­cess­ful day of rac­ing at this year’s event, the Bri­tish Mas­ters Ath­letic Fed­er­a­tion’s Marathon Cham­pi­onships will once again be con­tested at the MBNA Ch­ester Marathon in 2018.

As well as com­pet­ing in the cham­pi­onships, which are con­tested ev­ery au­tumn in or­der to give par­tic­i­pants op­ti­mum re­cov­ery time from spring races, BMAF mem­bers had an op­por­tu­nity in 2017 to join a new ini­tia­tive launched by Eng­land Athletics which brought some the chance to com­pete for their coun­try af­ter a qual­i­fi­ca­tion process.

The Eng­land Age Group Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Team com­pe­ti­tion, de­signed to recog­nise and re­ward the com­mit­ment of com­pet­i­tive age group club run­ners, saw ath­letes from V35 up­wards given the chance to earn an Eng­land age group vest, with the home line-up tak­ing on a Celtic Na­tions team in Ch­ester.

There was plenty of in­ter­est as to who would be crowned mas­ters cham­pion, of course, and Sarah Low­ery had a day to re­mem­ber, win­ning the women’s open race and Bri­tish Mas­ters Cham­pi­onships by four min­utes with her time of 2:44:27. Tip­ton’s Stu­art Hawkes won the men’s cham­pi­onships in 2:28:11.

Who will be the next cham­pi­ons to be crowned on Oc­to­ber 7, 2018, over the pic­turesque Ch­ester route, which starts and fin­ishes at Ch­ester Race­course?

For dates and in­for­ma­tion on all fu­ture BMAF Cham­pi­onships, plus de­tails on how to en­ter, visit: bmaf.org.uk

Sarah Low­ery on her way to vic­tory this year

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