International selection

British and Irish Masters Cross Country International

Dear Northern Masters members, are you considering sending in an application to EAMA for selection ?

At present NMAC have NO applications from any runner for selection. This is disappointing as NMAC always, have not only a lot of applications but, provide a great many of each age group team.

If you are waiting till the Inter Area XC Challenge you may find that you could miss the application cut off date which is Wednesday October 3rd. You may be waiting to include your time for the event before sending in your application. Do not worry as the results will be available for the selectors to view at the selection meeting.

Your NMAC selector, Sue Cordingley, is on holiday the week before the selection meeting and is only returning the day before the selection meeting. Last minute entries may not have the same amount of scrutiny as in previous years. If you send yours in early she will have time to familiarise herself with your details and have a much better idea how you relate to all the other applications in your age group.

Could runners in the W45/M45 age groups please send Sue your details in an email to as well as a paper copy as EAMA are trialling email applications with a view of changing to this form of application in the future if it is easy to apply. All the other age groups send in paper copies as in previous years

We will do our best to represent you in the selection process for England.

We look forward to your application and wish you the best of luck in your quest to be selected to represent England in the Cross Country International.

Yours in Sport,

Philip Lee, Acting Chair NMAC

BMAF Track & Field Champs


25TH & 26TH AUGUST 2018

30-year-old club record tumbled this weekend with Steve Peters breaking the M65 record over 100m. In total there were nine new club records (CR) set at this year’s BMAF Track & Field Championships. Steve Peters broke the M65 100m record which had stood for 30 years.

Congratulations to all athletes that competed over the weekend, with some using it as final preparation for the World Championships in the coming weeks, although the weather didn’t help much in acclimatising to the heat expected in Spain

For a more in-depth report go to


M35: Michael Burr Grantham AC HJ – 1:80 (CR), LJ – 6:14, TJ – 12:49 (CR)

M45: Mike Coogan East Cheshire 200m – 24.16

M45: Andrew England NMAC HJ – 1:63

M45: Marcus Medina City of York 400mH – 61.40, LJ – 6:13, TJ – 12:42

M50: Steve Linsell Leeds AC HJ – 1:74

M55: Stephen Watmough Warrington AC 5000m – 17:01.53

M60: Kelyvn Grundy NMAC PV – 2:80

M60: Peter Hickey Leigh Harriers 200m – 27.10

M65;  Steve Peters NMAC 100m – 12.56 (CR), 200m – 26.22, 400m – 62.59 (CR)

M75: Vic Shirley NMAC 800m – 2:51.96, 1500m – 5:51.61

M75: John Watts NMAC SP – 9:50

M80: Geoffrey Bobb City of York 200m – 35.87, SP – 8:95 (CR)

M80: Trevor Driver Halifax HJ 1:10, LJ – 2:77, TJ – 6:11

M80: Fred Gibbs Bingley Harriers 5000m – 28:02.68 (CR)

W35: Lucy Evans Sale Harriers 100m – 12.46, 200m – 26.12

W35: Fiona Thomas Spenborough SP – 10:28

W35: Lynsie Whyke Wakefield Harriers TJ – 10:24

W40: Milly Smith Southport Waterloo 80mH -14.25, 400mH -75.79

W45: Clare Constable Southport Waterloo 800m – 2:23.87

W45:  Caroline Warden Preston Harriers LJ – 4:72

W55: Wendy Laing Leigh Harriers HJ – 1:50

W55:  Julie Wilson Reading AC SP – 9:66

W60:  Jennifer Ibbitson Wakefield Harriers SP – 8:64

W60:  Jenny Wakeman Barnsley AC 800m – 2:51.97


M45: Jason Newell Spenborough AC PV – 2:30

M45: Jeff Prest Trafford AC 1500m – 4:23.01, 5000m – 15:59.75

M45: John Twiddle Kingston upon Hull WT – 11:45, SP- 12:04

M45:  Mick Wall Steel City 200m – 25:21

M60: David Gill Warrington AC 2000m S/C – 8:14.07 (CR)

M60: Roger Morley Bury AC TJ – 8:44

M70: Mick Casey Barnsley AC 1500m – 5:45.98, 5000m – 20:48.64

M70: Albert England Seaton AC 400m – 75.02

M80: George Glover Warrington AC 100m – 18.57

W35: Lynsie Whyke Wakefield Harriers LJ – 4:79

W45: Anita Saunders Pendle 200m – 28:88

W55: Julie Hicken Warrington AC 300mH – 63.04

W55: Wendy Laing Leigh Harriers SP – 9:28, LJ – 4:42

W60: Averil McClelland NMAC 200m – 31.24 (CR)

W60:  Hilary West Macclesfield 800m – 2:55.54


M35: Anthony Browne Doncaster AC 200m – 23.56

M40: Andrew Cartwright Wakefield Harriers 1500m – 4:33.36

M4: Greg Pell Scunthorpe AC WT – 11:17, SP – 11.65

M50: Tony Balko Blackburn Harriers SP – 10:35

M50: Gary Clare NMAC 200m – 26.78

M50: Richard Timms Settle Harriers 400mH – 71.07

M60: Ian Scholes Trafford AC 100m – 13.51

M70: Rod Scholes Barnsley AC 800m – 2:52.56

M80: Trevor Driver Halifax SP – 7:70

W35: Naana Adusei Leeds AC 100m – 13.44

W40: Milly Smith Southport Waterloo HJ – 1:35

W45: Anita Saunders Pendle 100m – 13.35, LJ – 4:04

W60: Averil McClelland NMAC 100m – 14.71 (CR)

Club Records Announcement

Having spent the last 12 months bringing the club records up to date, can I thank everyone for their input.

The criteria for a record is that you have to be a member of Northern Masters at the time you achieve your time/distance.
With effect from 1st October we will be locking down all the historic records and will only update with new records achieved after the 1st October. In order to do this can I ask all members to please check the ‘Club Records’ on our website and if you believe you have broken a record to inform David Flitcroft so that we finally have them completed and accurate.

Moving forward, Richard Hayes has offered to take on keeping the records up to date and will take over from October this year.

Below is a provisional list of Mile Track Record going back to 2006, if you have a faster time then can you let me know as I would like to add it to the record book in the New Year

Men’s Mile Track Records

M35 Steve Hallas Preston Harriers 4.43.9 2012

M40 Andrew Cartwright Wakefield Harriers 4.42.4 2018

M45 Ed Fazakerley Manchester Harriers 4.40.75 2016

M50 Chris Ireland Sheffield RC 4.59.4 2014

M55 Steve Smith Preston Harriers 4.55.59 2015

M60 Rod Scholes Barnsley AC 5.26.7 2004

M65 John Newcombe NMAC 5.39.3 2005

M70 Vic Shirley NMAC 6.03.0 2014

M75 Vic Shirley NMAC 6.11.8 2018

Females Mile Track Records

F35 Rachel Burns Liverpool Harriers 4.56.7 2016

F40 Louise Rudd Stockport Harriers 5.02.41 2015

F45 Mary Craig Wolds Vets RC 6.12.5 2017

F50 Cathy Flitcroft Bolton Harriers 5.56.35 2015

F55 Hilary West Macclesfield Harriers 6.31.8 2015

F60 Jenny Wakeman Barnsley AC 6.18.9 2017


The club is looking for an Accountant to Audit our accounts in December this year. Ideally in the Bolton/ Bury area, although the Treasurer is prepared to travel a little further afield. If anyone knows of an accountant, then can you please contact the treasurer.

NMAC 5000m Track Champ Results

Massive thank you goes to the officials and volunteers that made last night a resounding success. The results are already on Power of 10 (click here) We have potentially (subject to ratification!!!) 2 new club records tonight in the 5000m Club Championships:

Vic Shirley M75 21:16.8
Janice Needham F65 23:36.1

Well done to both in very hot conditions!!!

Also Martin James took photos of the races last night (as well as racing) and they can be found on flickr by clicking here.

Here are the results

5000 X35 1
Pos Perf Name AG Year Coach Club SB PB
1 18:07.5 Sarah Murphy PB V40 W 6 Andrew Carter Vale Royal 18:07.5 18:07.5
2 19:14.5 David Gill SB V60 M 26 Warrington AC/Fire Service/Eastern Masters 19:14.5 17:57.12
3 19:44.9 Barry Greaves SB V60 M 28 Oldham & Royton/Royton 19:44.9 19:18.7
4 19:46.6 AN Other
5 20:42.1 Mervyn Ward SB V60 M 29 Warrington AC 20:42.1 18:48.2
6 21:11.6 Ken Fowler SB V65 M 31 Bolton 21:11.6 19:00.7
7 21:16.0 Stephen Bowden SB V60 M 28 Tony McCarthy Warrington RR 21:16.0 20:45.83
8 21:16.8 Victor Shirley PB V75 M 41 Northern Masters 21:16.8 21:16.8
9 21:23.2 Graham Webster SB V65 M 32 Lytham St. Annes/Northern Masters 21:23.2 18:49.1
10 21:43.3 Jennifer Ransome PB V55 W 21 Road Runners Club 21:43.3 21:43.3
11 21:44.1 Rebecca Mills SB V35 W 3 Swinton/Northern Masters 21:44.1 21:02.1
12 22:13.8 Alison Vesey SB V55 W 22 Phil Nichol Altrincham/Northern Masters 22:13.8 21:56.71
13 22:16.4 John Archer PB V65 M 33 Winston Runners 22:16.4 22:16.4
14 22:20.4 Francis Day SB V65 M 33 East Cheshire 22:20.4 19:18.41
15 23:11.8 Rose James PB V35 W 5 Doncaster 23:11.8 23:11.8
16 23:31.6 Eric Ranicar SB V70 M 36 Bolton 23:31.6 18:07.8
17 23:36.1 Janice Needham SB V65 W 31 Rochdale H 23:36.1 21:17.7
18 24:49.3 Linda Statham PB V45 W 12 Warrington RR 24:49.3 24:49.3
19 27:07.2 Mike Barnes SB V75 M 43 Bolton/Northern Masters 27:07.2 23:26.0
20 28:50.4 Karen Doherty SB V45 W 11 Radcliffe 28:50.4 28:38.5
21 29:24.6 Kevin Dillon SB V60 M 30 Manchester H/Northern Masters 29:24.6 26:05.9
5000 X35 2
Pos Perf Name AG Year Coach Club SB PB
1 16:29.3 James Scott-Buccleuch SB V35 M 5 Stockport 16:29.3 15:32.95
2 16:58.2 Paul Freary SB V50 M 16 Paul Freary Belgrave 16:58.2 13:55.34
3 17:05.5 Stephen Watmough PB V55 M 22 Nick Anderson Warrington AC 17:05.5 17:05.5
4 17:41.5 Fahmi Mohammed PB V35 M 4 Fahmi Mohammed Blackley North Manchester 17:41.5 17:41.5
5 18:09.4 Robert Jackson SB V50 M 18 Horwich 18:09.4 17:47.0
6 18:18.2 Martin James SB V40 M 8 Martin James Doncaster 18:18.2 17:13.85
7 18:53.4 Miras Eskander PB V35 M 5 Northern Masters 18:53.4 18:53.4
8 19:13.8 Steven Doxey SB V55 M 23 Swinton/Northern Masters 19:13.8 17:42.5
9 19:53.8 Martin Horbury SB V55 M 21 St. Theresa’s 19:53.8 18:23.77
10 20:00.5 Christopher Roberts PB V40 M 10 Northern Masters/Unattached 20:00.5 20:00.5
11 20:16.8 Ian Stainthorpe PB V55 M 22 Rochdale H 20:16.8 20:16.8
12 20:38.2 Frank Cordingley PB V55 M 23 Sale Harriers Manchester 20:38.2 20:38.2
13 21:28.4 Andy Duffy SB V55 M 22 Burnden 21:28.4 20:24.6
14 23:52.6 Jason Newell PB V45 M 13 Spenborough/Northern Masters 23:52.6 23:52.6


Northern Masters T & F Meet 11/7

Sorry for the delay in posting the championship results, they have been on Power of 10 for a while. Once again thanks to the officials and volunteers for making it happen:

You can view results by clicking here

5000m Track Championships

There are only a few days to the closing date 920/7), will accept entries via internet

Timings of events

7PM             Race 1 Male 60 and upwards, All Females

7.30PM         Race 2 M35 to M55

Below is a list of entries


Venue: East Cheshire Harriers
Race 1 M60+ and Females
Name Age Cat Club
Richard Annable M60 Skipton AC
Stephen Bowden M60 Warrington AC
David Gill M60 Warrington AC
Barry Greaves M60 Royton RR
Mervyn Ward M60 Warrington AC
Francis Day M65 East Cheshire
Ken Fowler M65 Bolton Harriers
Eric Ranicar M70 Bolton Harriers
Iain Fortune M70 Spectrum Striders
Vic Shirley M75 NMAC
Rebecca Mills M35 Swinton RC
Alina Stepanchuk F35 NMAC
Carmen Byrne F40 Blackbyrn Harriers
Sarah Murphy F40 Vale Royal AC
Linda Statham F45 Warrington AC
Alison Vesey F55 Altrincham AC
Anne Fortune F65 Spectrum Striders
Race 2 M35 to M55
Name Age Cat Club
Miras Eskander M35 NMAC
Fahmi Mohammed M35 Blackley North Manchester
James Scott-Buccleuch M35 Stockport Harriers
Christopher Roberts M40 NMAC
Jason Newell M45 Spenborough & District AC
Robert Jackson M50 Horwich RMI
Sean McCarthy M50 NMAC
Mark Bleasdale M55 Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton
Steve Doxey M55 Swinton RC
Martin Horbury M55 St Theresas AC
Stuart McGurk M55 Kendall AAC
Ian Stainthorpe M55 Rochdale Harriers

East Coast Meridian 10 mile

This photo is from The East Coast Meridian 10 mile race. My young cousin Zac Mellard sacrificed his own race to run with me for my age category AT record attempt at Patrington on the 20/05/18. Thanks to Zac’s encouragement it was a success with a time of 70.53.
On the 23/06/18 I ran my first ever 3,000 metres at the Sheffield Masters Grand Prix. In fact, apart from a 1 mile attempt at Nottingham several years ago, it was my only run on a track since my school days. I came late to competitive running, encouraged by one of my sons when I retired and then my local sports shop owner ex– International Julian Moorehouse.

I was last in the multi-category race and lapped by the winner but I was delighted to find my time was a Masters UK record.
I’m looking forward to meeting Northern Masters colleagues on the 25th for the 5K event.
Kind regards

North Downs 30Km Trail Race – BMAF Championships 2018

David Gill from Warrington AC travelled down to Kent on Saturday 23rd June to compete in the British Masters longest trail race on the calendar the following day. Having won the BMAF 10-mile road champs in Rhyl early in the year, all his training was in preparation for this his latest challenge. Following on from last years Gold and silver the year before David was in high spirits for more success.

Classified as one of the toughest races in the U.K and is 30k long, mainly run over hilly Terrain covering farmland, fields & woodland. The weather was extremely hot which made conditions even harder. The race itself was well marshalled and extremely well organised.
Despite the heat David managed to run 9 minutes faster than the previous year to win both the British Masters M60 Title & the Open Race M60 title in a time of 2.23.07.

BMAF results May / June

May / June proved to be a busy time for Northern Masters athletes at various British Masters Championships with venues around the country. There were some great performance and below is a selected results and more information can be found in the results section at

Vitality Masters Mile London 17 May 2018

Gold Medals Winners

M55 Chris Ireland Sheffield RC 4.58

M70 Mike Casey Barnsley AC 5.57

F60 Jennifer Wakeman Barnsley AC 6.12

Bronze Medal Winners

M40 Richard Clancy NMAC 4.53

M65 Graham Webster Lytham St Annes 5.59

Endurance Track Championships and Outdoor Pentathlon Oxford 3 June 18

10000m Track Championships

Gold Medal Winners

M40 Nick Jones Warrington AC 33.01.28

M55 Stephen Watmough Warrington AC 35.51.73

M60 Kevin Newman Doncaster AC 38.50.87

M70 Mick Casey Barnsley AC 43.25.0

Silver Medal Winner

M35 James Scott-Buccleuch Stockport Harriers 35.05.75

10000m Walk

Gold Medal Winner

M75 Mick Barker NMAC 1:16.14.80

Outdoor Pentathlon (LJ, JT, 200m, DT, 1500m)


M45 Andrew England City of York 2269


M35 Carl McMullen Cannock & Stafford AC 2234

5K Road Championships Horwich 17 June 2018

Gold Medals Winners

M40 Nick Jones Warrington AC 15.35

M70 Mick Casey Barnsley AC 20.21

M75 Les Haynes Bingley Harriers & AC 22.05

W40 Sarah Jane Murphy Vale Royal AC 18.08

W60 Lynne Higgins Wolds Veteran RC 20.07

W65 Jane Morley Wolds Veterans AC 23.32

Silver Medals Winners

M55 Stephen Watmough Warrington AC 17.07

M65 David Gee Manchester Harriers AC 18.56

M80 David Spencer Barrow & Furness Striders AC 26.08

W35 Elizabeth Renondeau Vale Royal AC 18.17

W65 Pauline Davies Vale Royal AC 24.47

Bronze Medals

M35 Paul Croon Derwent Cockermouth 16.13

M45 Jeff Prest Trafford AC 16.20

M55 John Convery Bingley Harriers AC 17.31

M75 Mel Walker Burnden Road Runners 23.45

M80 Steve James Southport Waterloo AC 26.16

W45 Lesley Watson Bingley Harriers & AC 19.46

BMAF 5K M55 1st Team Warrington AC

Warrington AC runners with medals from the 5k Champs.

From left to right Nick Jones (Gold V40) Mervyn Ward (11th V60) Colin Bishop (V55 Team Gold), Steve Watmough (Silver V55 & V55 Team Gold) David Gill (V55 Team Gold)

BMAF 5K F35 is Team Vale Royal AC

Vale Royal athletes, Sarah Jane Murphy, Elizabeth Renondeau, Carolyn Dooley with Alex Rowe

NMAC Track & Field Champ Results 2018

What a fantastic days competition this past Sunday at our annual Track and Field Championships! Record numbers, record temperatures (probably!) and some brilliant competitions – thanks to all the officials, volunteers, supporters and our hosts at Spenborough AC and Dave, Amanda and Clive for doing the bulk of the work to make it happen!! Brilliant work!! (words by Jason Newell)

All feedback welcome – unless it’s to do with sunburn then I am afraid we can’t help you…..

Results are now on Power of 10 and can be viewed here

Any issues please get in touch. Photos from the event can be found on our Facebook group.