Gary Tait, from Cheadle Hulme, will compete in the Age Group Masters competition, a team event organised by England Athletics, in the Wales 10k in Tenby on July 3rd.
Gary is one of Styal Running Club’s star senior athletes, having completed his first London Marathon in just over 3 hours 15 minutes last October. In April he ran the Manchester Marathon to an outstanding personal best of 2.59.30. This year he has also achieved personal bests in several half marathon, 10k and 5k races, which enabled him to qualify for selection. Gary is running in the V55 (55-64 age group) team in Tenby. He says:
“I’m over the moon to have been selected to run for England and am extremely thankful for the opportunity. I never imagined when I resumed running in 2018 that I would ever be running in an England vest, and I can’t wait for the 3rd of July!”
England Athletics created the event as a positive encouragement for older runners:
“We recognise that a significant amount of the membership of road running clubs is made up of runners aged over thirty-five years. The Age Group Masters competition programme recognises and rewards the contribution that these runners make to our sport. Through an annual rolling programme of qualifying events and representative opportunities we provide Masters runners with a friendly competition format and the chance to earn themselves an England Age Group Masters vest.”