British Masters Virtual Relays

14th - 20th June 2020

Anne Chinoy, Masters Women Team Manager

A huge thank you to the 23 Sale Harriers who represented the club at the British Masters Virtual 5K Relays this week. Many stepped out of their comfort zone to do so. Lockdown conditions over the last 14 weeks meant that most athletes were far from full fitness, while some have been struggling with injury set-backs. Most of our athletes ran the event as a solo effort, so achieving fast times was a big ask. However, V55 Caroline Kinghorn (22:32) and V35 Simon Latham (18:57) both ran 5K PBs. It was the first British Masters event for many of our runners and overall, the event attracted more than 4,000 entrants (with 3,300 submitting their results in time) - far more than we are used to seeing at a British Masters event. As a result, the standard was far higher than normal.

Sale Harriers was able to complete an M35 team (6 to score - 61/78), a W35 team (4 to score - 47/84), 2 W45 teams ( 3 to score - A team 15/102 and the 7th B team) plus a W55 team (3 to score - 12/45). 

The Virtual Relays raised an impressive £12,142.50 for MacMillan nurses in voluntary donations. 

Thank you again to everyone that got involved. We look forward to the next virtual event - the England Athletics Virtual 5k Road Running Championships 11th - 13th July. I would encourage everyone who can to challenge themselves and give it a go. Click here to enter.