Over 150 age group runners made up of those from their late 30s to those in their 70s qualified for the England team which competed in Chester against a Celtic Nations Team.
Selection took place in partnership with some of the country’s best marathon races – Chester, Bournemouth, Greater Manchester and Brighton. Each of the partner marathons acted as a qualifying race, with the top five England Athletics registered runners in each masters age category at each race – who had opted in to the qualifying system – guaranteeing themselves a place in the England team.
Nicola Nuttall was making a return to Chester having competed for England last year in the V45 category. And she was joined by David Howard and Dennis Smith in the V60 group and Jean Baistow in the V70 category. Nicola was the first of the Trawden runners home in a time of 3:26:57 and she was followed across the finishing line by David (3:33:57), Dennis (3:36:01) and Jean (4:56:20). Four other Trawden runners made the trip to Cheshire on Sunday with Kevin Fenton-Clough the pick of them in a time of 3:29:54. Stephanie McArdle-Watson was delighted to finish in 3:39:23 and the others were Jill Maxfield (5:14:20) and Simon Lister (5:23:07).