EMAC Track & Field Sec – Vacant (Peter Duhig standing in)
Track and Field in the Eastern Masters AC takes on three forms.
Firstly there is the Club Championships competed for once a year at various venues. All track events and all field events will be catered for if we have the entries. This follows on to being able to compete in the British Championships because of your membership with us. Likewise it also gives you affiliation to compete in International Championships around the world. European & World Championships are held by the EMA & WMA (European Masters & World Masters AA) on alternate years. 2016 sees the Worlds in Perth with 282 British competitors going. There are no qualifying standards for these Championships. If you can afford the money and time to go you can enter your favourite events. As well as a full range of T&F events, it also includes Marathons & Half Marathons, XC Relays and Race Walking.
On a more local and regional basis there is the EMAC Track & Field League. A competition for the clubs within the EMAC (East Anglia) area that takes the form of a monthly evening HALF match through the four summer months, where points are scored in three age groups M/W35-49, M/W50-59 and M/W60+.
There is a Men’s and a Women’s competition, and the top two teams from each of the four regional divisions (SE, SW, NW, NE) have a final in September, where trophies and medals are at stake for the 1st three clubs for Men and for Women. This league is a great starting point for EMAC members that have not tried T & F before. Standards are very modest in every division and new members are encouraged to join a competing club.
Lastly, but far from least, is the opportunity to compete for Eastern Masters AC. Each year the English Association of Master Athletes (EAMA) have Inter Area competitions both in Indoor & Outdoor athletics. EMAC select teams for these competitions and we have great fun competing against other areas. We have often won Trophies at these matches and like to think of ourselves a a fly in the ointment of the bigger clubs like the South and the Midlands.