Week Commencing 25 February 2013

Training on Monday 25 February : on the track, with warmups, drills, and a sheer speed session (for technical sharpness, and tactics when racing indoors).

Training on Wednesday 27th : 800s again.

Racing at the weekend : On Saturday, a 5k race at Bexley in the Cambridge Harriers Winter League. Details here.

On Sunday, the Molly Barnet races return to Coventry after an absence with a 10k for men and a 10k or a 5k for women. Details here.

Training at the weekend : please let me know as soon as possible if you want to go to the morning/lunchtime training session and talk at Milton Keynes on Saturday, starting at 09:30, with Jim Burnett and Dave Sunderland, two highly respected endurance coaches. Includes a talk from Dave on ‘Developing an individual training plan’.

If not racing or going to Milton Keynes, we should have a local training session of at least 10-12k.





Training session and talk, Milton Keynes, Saturday 2 March

I have been sent the following invitation :

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Dear All,


I trust you are all well.


On the 2nd March we will be having an athlete training session followed by a talk from Dave Sunderland on Developing an individual training plan.


Timetable as follows;


A) Register between 9.30 and 9.50 (coffee availible)

B) The athlete training session will start at 10.00 prompt. Threre will be a verity of sessions, track, VO2 max etc, on offer and is open to all standards and ages.

C) Approx 11.30 / 12.00 buffett lunch (when the session finishes)

D) Approx 12.00 Dave’s talk and open discussion, athletes are welcombe to stay or go home.


Can you please confirm if you will be attending and with how many athletes, by Sunday evening?


Thanks and Kind Regards,




Jim Bennett
Area Coach Mentor – Endurance
England Athletics

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I am in process of finding out whether this is suitable for walkers as well as runners. (At the very worst, I would hope we could do our own training session.) Dave Sunderland is one of the country’s top endurance coaches and whatever he says on designing training plans will apply to walkers just as well as runners, so his talk will be the highlight of the day. Who would be interested in attending this ? MK track is about an hour and a quarter’s drive from Oxford. There is a Bexley League race the same day, and the Molly Barnett 10k in Coventry the day after.

Week Commencing 18 February 2013

Congratulations to Judy, Noel and Steve U, gold medals all round at the Southern Masters Indoor 3000m Championships on Sunday !

Training on Monday 18 February : threshold session on laps of the 2.33/2.5km circuit in the estate.

Training on Wednesday 20th : 800s again.

Training at the weekend : those not racing should do a distance session of about 10k or more.

Beginners’ and easy sessions also available.

Racing at the weekend : two within reasonable distance. At 1 pm on Saturday, a 10k at Donkey Lane in the Enfield League. Details here. And at the same time on Sunday, at Stourport, The Midlands championships over 5k and 10k for women and men respectively, where guest walkers from outside the areas would be welcome. Details here.

International : the international spring race walking season gets into gear, with 20k and 50k races in the 2013 IAAF Race Walking Challenge in Chihuahua, Mexico, and a 24 hour race at Bourges in France.

Week Commencing 11 February 2013

Training on Monday 11 February : hopefully on the track, with warmups, drills, and a sheer speed session (for technical sharpness, and tactics when racing indoors).

Training on Wednesday 13th : 800s again.

Training at the weekend : if not racing, we should do a distance session of about 10k or more for those who want.

It has snowed in Oxford this morning, so the above may be subject to change depending on whether the track and/or the pavements are usable. Follow @grahamchapman8 on Twitter for latest news.

Racing : On Saturday, Leicester Walking Club are putting on a 15 mile race.

On Sunday, at Lee Valley, there is a 3000m race in the Southern Masters Indoor Championships, but the closing date for entries was some time ago. Some of us have entered this as we have titles to defend !