MARATHON MASTERS

You could be crowned BMAF cham­pion at the 2019 ASDA Foun­da­tion York­shire Marathon

Athletics Weekly - - Bmaf Marathon Championships -

AF­TER two hugely suc­cess­ful years at the MBNA Ch­ester Marathon, the Bri­tish Masters Ath­letic Fed­er­a­tion’s Marathon Cham­pi­onships will move to the ASDA Foun­da­tion York­shire Marathon for 2019.

As was the case in both 2017 and 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 will again have an op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent Eng­land as part of Eng­land Ath­let­ics’ Age Group teams pro­gramme, where run­ners from across Eng­land com­pete for their coun­try af­ter a qual­i­fi­ca­tion process.

Since 2017, the Eng­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties have recog­nised and re­warded the com­mit­ment of com­pet­i­tive age group club run­ners, see­ing ath­letes from Masters 35 up­wards given the chance to earn an Eng­land age group vest, with the home line-up tak­ing on a Celtic Na­tions team.

At Ch­ester in 2018 there was plenty of in­ter­est as to who would be crowned Bri­tish masters cham­pion, with Char­lene Jacobs-Con­radie, a W45, the first fe­male fin­isher with a time of 2:52:54, while Karl Wel­born (M35) was the first male home in the BMAF Cham­pi­onships, fin­ish­ing third in the open race in a time of 2:28:48.

Who will be the next cham­pi­ons to be crowned on Oc­to­ber 20, 2019, over the York­shire route that takes in the beau­ti­ful city of York and the sur­round­ing coun­try­side?

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

Karl Wel­born about to fin­ish the 2018 MBNA Ch­ester Marathon

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