Czech out the size of that mountain Master Al

Alan Roberts
Alan Roberts

Vale of Aylesbury veteran Alan Roberts represented Great Britain at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in the Czech Republic last weekend.

The race, which was over 8,600m in length, set off from the picturesque town square in Janské Lázně, a small spa town known also known for its tourism and winter sports, nestled at the foot of the Black Mountain to the east of the Great Mountains.

Alan reported the conditions as good and not too hot, for which he was grateful as the course followed steep mountain paths to the finish at the top of the mountain with an elevation climb of 650m.

Alan competed in the over 45 age category and was one of six representing GB with the first three home scoring in the team event.

Alan finished in 34th place in a time of 61mins 17 secs and was fourth Brit home.

The result was too bad considering Alan is the only GB athlete from the south with teammates used to the Northern Fells for training.

In Aylesbury, Coombe Hill is the closest Alan comes to that!

Great Britain finished fourth in the team event behind Germany, the USA and hosts Czech Replublic.

Athletes were given two options at the finish: run back down the mountain or take the cable car.

Alan is no fool, he took the cable car!