Ben and Matt’s 10k
Great Bristol Run 10k – Sunday 14th May
Report – Matt Burdus-Cook
The 2022 Great Bristol run was the selected event for last year’s England Athletics Masters representative race, and this year, with the event returning to it’s usual spring calendar slot, it was the host event for the first qualifying events of the year for the 2024 representative race.
Having left qualification for 2023 down to the wire with challenging post injury and covid runs at the final qualifying fixture at Regents Park in London, Ben Kruze and Matt Burdus-Cook elected to start their selection efforts early.
Despite both runners feeling a little under-raced and not at their fullest fitness level, they elected to take the trip South as both had enjoyed the event and course last year.
In order to qualify for the representative race, runners must meet a qualification standard time (this is 33:45 for MV35 Ben, and 35:45 for MV45 Matt) and finish in the top 3 for your age group at a qualification event, of which there are 4 or 5 each year.
Both runners finished top of their age categories, with Ben finishing 4th Overall in 31:59, and Matt 17th in 34:04 with both securing their England vests for the representative 10k in 2024.
The race was won by Chris Thompson in a time of 29:45, and the first lady across the line was Gemma Steel finishing in 34:09 just behind Matt (I thought the cheers for my 17th place were a little over the top until I realised that the 1st lady was right behind me!).
Over 12,000 runners took part across the 10k, half marathon, family fun run and annual visually impaired runners 10k challenge. Despite finish times for both Ben and Matt being 30s adrift of their autumn efforts on the same course, both were very pleased with their respective race efforts, and delighted to have met the 10k qualification standards for another year.