Celebration Week

In case you hadn’t heard, we believe Oxfordshire’s race walkers are returning from the World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships in Budapest with FOUR GOLD MEDALS – two individual golds for Noel in her 3000m and 10k races, and medals as part of victorious GB teams for Judy and Steve U in thier 10k team events. Fantastic achievements all round and especially for ‘Dame’ Noel Blatchford – as a double world champion her letter from the Palace is surely in the post !

Training on Monday 31 March and Wednesday 2 April : on each day a 10k-ish session, either a sociable one or done as a fartlek. An hour’s extra daylight remember !

Racing at the weekend : The only event is the National 20k Championship at Sheffield on Saturday. Details here. Not really recommended if you haven’t been training for the distance – entries close today Monday.

Daylight weekend training : if not racing, we should do a distance session. Anyone want to suggest anything ?

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Week Commencing 24 March 2014

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Best wishes to everyone heading off to the World Masters Indoors at Budapest next week !

Training on Monday 24 March : 10k-ish done steady or as  a fartlek.

Wednesday 26th : tempo session on laps of the estate.

Racing at the weekend : The Southern 10k Championships at Eltham, South London, at 1 pm on Saturday. Details here. Entries by Wednesday.

Coaching opportunity on Sunday : There is a ‘Race Walking Performance Coaching Day’ from 10 am to 3 pm at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, on Sunday. This is for both coaches and athletes (I will be going). Anyone else interested? The day is led by Raph Rinaldi who has been involved in the coaching of Alex Wright and the King twins.

Daylight weekend training : if not racing, or going to the coaching day, we should do a distance session. Anyone want to suggest anything ?

Week Commencing 17 March 2014

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Training on Monday 17 March : tempo session on laps of the estate.

Wednesday 19th : 800s on Copenhagen Drive. Last hard session before Budapest !

Daylight weekend training : if not racing, or flying off to race, we should do a distance session. Anyone want to suggest anything ?

Racing at the weekend : A choice of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 miles at the Enfield League / Pat Fury meeting, at 1 pm on Saturday at the Donkey Lane venue, Enfield. Details in the Enfield Walker.

International : Results and video from Lugano last weekend where several British walkers were competing.

Week Commencing 10 March 2014

Lugano

Monday 10 March : 10k-ish, done steady or as a fartlek.

Wednesday 12th : 800s on Copenhagen Drive.

We should do a daylight distance session. Anyone want to suggest anything ?

Racing at the weekend : Nothing in the South, apart from a 1000m race in the Hertforshire Indoor championships at Lee Valley, where they make take guest competitors. A lot of UK Athletes are in the start lists for the traditional curtain-raiser of the European spring season’s racing at Lugano, Switzerland. Pix above and more info here.