Week commencing 28 May 2012

Race at 6:30 on Monday 28 May – 2000m in the Southern Veterans League, Western Division, at Tilsley Park. Get there by 6pm at latest for your warmup. Open to guests if you’re not representing one of the clubs in the league.

Training from Tilsley Park also on Monday – an easy-paced session, up to 10k, as an extended warmdown from the race. Though some people will miss it as they have other events to do in the match. We will leave sometime between 6:45 and 7 pm after the race.

Training from Tilsley Park on Wednesday 30th : threshold session on the lap of the estate.

Track session on offer on Wednesday to anyone who wants to work on technique.

Racing at the weekend : The Moulton 5 Miles on Saturday. Moulton is in Suffolk, the race is in the Enfield League (and organised by Ron). We have been to this one before, a very sociable occasion.

International : next 3 weekends are the last opportunities for hopefuls to get their Olympic qualifying performances. Alytus in Lithuania on Friday 1st, La Coruna in Spain on Saturday 9th, Milan in Italy on Sunday 17th.


June ‘Essex Walker’ and other stuff

June Essex Walker.

Also, here, a recent copy of probably Australia’s no.1 electronic racewalking nesletter – ‘Heel and Toe’ from the Victoria Race Walking Club. Includes dates / places of World Masters Championships though to 2016.

And some pictures from the World Championship in Saransk.

Week commencing 21 May 2012

Training from Tilsley Park on Monday 21 May – an easy-paced session, up to 10k, as most of us trained on Sunday.

Training from Tilsley Park on Wednesday 23rd : 800m intervals.

Track sessions are always on offer to anyone who wants to work on technique.

Racing during the week : there are rumours of a 4-mile race in Bromley, London, on Wednesday. If anyone is interested, I’ll try to get more details.

Racing at the weekend : Southern 1-hour Championships at Dartford on Saturday. Closing date for entries was last Friday : could probably still enter the race but not be eligible for the championship. Some of us have done this before. Plus on the Bank Holiday Monday, remember the 2000m in the Southern Veterans League meeting at Tilsley Park at 6:30.

Closing dates : some more closing dates have been announced for Masters Championships and they have been added to the previous post.

Week commencing 14 May 2012

Training from Tilsley Park on Monday 14 May – drills and 200m repetitions on the track

Training from Tilsley Park on Wednesday 16th : threshold session on the laps of the estate.

Track sessions are always on offer to anyone who wants to work on technique, and easier options for anyone returning to training.

Racing at the weekend : Midland Track Championships at Tamworth on Sunday 20th. We could probably get in as guests. 10000m for men 5000m for women, but if women wanted to guest in the 10 that would probably be OK.

The World Cup : not too bad for the Brits, all the seniors finished their races but apparently the weather was vey hot so despite a few season’s bests, no outstanding times. Reports and results are on the IAAF site.

Coming National and International Masters Championships

Those looking forward to their next triumph in Masters’ / Veterans’ championships could base their plans around these events (mostly notified to me by John Hall a couple of days ago). Note the entry date for one of them may be VERY SOON . . .

World Masters Stadia Championships 2013

  • Porto Alegre, Brazil, 15-27 October
  • Events : 5000m track, 10k road, 20k road
  • Closing Date : 10 August 2013
  • no entry form yet

British Masters 10k Road Championships 2012

No announcement yet, but they are usually in the Jim Sharlott race at Leicester, which this year is on 16 September.

European Veterans Stadia Championships 2012

  • Zittau area, Germany/Poland/Czech Republic, 16-25 August
  • Events : 5000m track (Zittau, Germany), womens 10k road and mens 20k road (Hradek, Czech Republic). If you do the marathon, this might be a first for you – the course goes through all 3 countries !
  • Closing Date : 31 May on the event website but 16 May via the BMAF
  • Entry Form

BMAF 10000m Track Championships 2012

  • Horspath, Sunday 5 August
  • Closing Date 27 July
  • Online Entry

British Masters Track & Field Championships 2012

  • Derby, 21-22 July
  • Events : 3000m track (21st), 5000m track (22nd)
  • Closing date 8 July
  • Online Entry

British Masters 30k road at Coventry, 14 July 2012 – not recommended as no-one is even training properly for 20k !

British Masters 5k Road Championships 2012

  • Horwich, Lancashire, Sunday 17 June
  • Closing Date 6 June
  • Entry Form

British Masters 20k Road Championships 2012

  • Downham Market, Norfolk, Sunday 10 June
  • Closing date not known
  • Entry Form

John also gives a brief write-up of events in Jyvaskyla in his email, reproduced here.

World Cup on Internet TV this weekend

Coverage is promised on this site. You might find you get a few popup ads from a betting site. It looks like you will have to download a player program in order to watch : of the choices given, ‘SopCast’ gets a reasonable review on CNet and is available from download.cnet.com if you would prefer not to get stuff from a “.ru” site. ‘iLivid’ as promoted on the site is also available from the reputable site SoftPedia as well as from the click on the livetv.ru page. I haven’t yet tried any of these myself, just suggesting how you might be able to reduce the risk. Hopefully your virus software is up to date anyway.