Congratulations to Steve U, an individual bronze medal and two team golds in the European Veterans Non-Stadia Championships! Races were over 10k and 30k in the Czech Republic. Details, incuding other GB medal-winners, are here.
Training on Monday 27 May : for the August World Championship group, a 5x5x5 session (five minutes hard, five minutes recovery, repeated five times.) For the October World Championship group, on the track for drills and 200m intervals.
Training on Wednesday 29th : August group, hill session from my place in Oxford. October group, threshold session on laps of the estate.
Those not planning a World Championship this year can take either session. Beginners’ and easy sessions also available.
Training at the weekend : If not racing, October group should do a 12.5-15k. August group could do less. Does anyone want to suggest anything ?
Racing at the weekend : on Saturday, there is the annual Enfield League day out at Moulton, Suffolk, for a 5 mile race. Details here. On Sunday, there is a 3000m walk in the Southern Veterans AC Championships at Ashford, Kent, but entries closed on 11 May.
As people start to have different training needs, and more training sessions happen that I can’t be personally present at, it becomes more and more necessary for people to plan their own training, and be aware of when they might be getting into unsustainable patterns of training.
Therefore, I’ve added a page to the site, here, which gives a number of basic principles on how training should be planned. I try to ensure that the advertised sessions from Tilsley Park correspond to these principles. If you are planning extra sessions for yourself, please do so with these principles in mind. Further, it is useful to keep a training diary, and then perhaps every week, look back at it and see how many of the principles you violated. Don’t worry too much, with all the pressures we face in normal life, it is impossible to follow the perfect training plan – just try to keep the number of principles that you break down to an absolute minimum. The better you can do this, the better your chances of avoiding injuries and red cards and improving performances.
If you don’t understand or want to discuss any of the principles listed, do contact me and let’s have a chat.
PB For Steve! Noel and Roz very close to their best ever. Original results sheets are and , my interpretation in a spreadsheet is here – please let me know if anything looks wrong.
Article in this week’s ‘Athletics Weekly’, here. Awaiting your feedback, with my tin hat on . . . .
Racing on Monday 20 May : as most are aware there is a 2000m walk in the Veterans League match at Tilsley Park, still at the early time of 6:30 pm. Work permitting, I’ll try to be there at 6:00 for a warmup. Most of us have a club to race for but as usual, guests will be permitted .
Training on Monday 20 May : after the race I propose a loop of 8 or 10k as a warmdown or an easy session for anyone not wishing to race.
Training on Wednesday 22nd : from now, preparations for World Championships start in earnest, so there will often be a choice of training sessions. On Wednesday, for the August World Championship group (i.e. one person), a hill session from my place in Oxford. For the October World Championship group (i.e. one person), 10k easy or fartlek as you wish. Those not planning a World Championship this year can join either group.
Training at the weekend : October group should do a 12.5-15k. August group could do less. Does anyone want to suggest anything?
Racing at the weekend : Nothing really. Locally there are only various county 3000m championships which in most cases are closed events.
Finally, best wishes to Steve U who flies out for his European Non-Stadia Championships this week!
The second issue under the new format is here. The intention is not just to publish a monthly newsletter but to build a whole new website, which is still under construction but you can check out the progress here.