Week Commencing 26 January 2015

QuickTechniqueCheck

Training this week : Monday 26 January : 10k-ish, done steady or as a fartlek. If you have forgotten why these sessions should be done at a good pace, see here!

Wednesday 28th : tempo session on laps of the estate. If you have forgotten why these are important see here!

Don’t forget to come at 6:30 for warmup and drills if you can make it.

Beginners’ sessions : offered this week, on Monday and Wednesday, and also on Tuesday (normal Abingdon AC club night). So encourage anyone you might know to be interested to come along – 6:45 at Tilsley Park – and I may not be with the main training session.

Racing at the weekend : At 1 pm on Sunday, the Midland Championships over 10k and 5k at Stourport. Almost certainly, guests will be welcome.

Week Commencing 19 January 2015

QuickTechniqueCheck

Training this week : Monday 19 January : 10k-ish, done steady or as a fartlek. If you have forgotten why these sessions should be done at a good pace, see here!

Wednesday 21st : tempo session on laps of the estate. If you have forgotten why these are important see here!

Don’t forget to come at 6:30 for warmup and drills if you can make it.

Beginners’ sessions : following our Parkrun escapade on Saturday, I am offering some this week, on Monday and Wednesday, and also on Tuesday (normal Abingdon AC club night). So encourage anyone you might know to be interested to come along – 6:45 at Tilsley Park – and I may not be with the main training session.

Racing at the weekend : At 10 am on Sunday, a 3000m indoor race at Lee Valley, part of the London Indoor Games and the Winter Race Walk Challenge. According to the Lee Valley website, closing date is TODAY, Sunday 18th!

Week Commencing 12 January 2015

QuickTechniqueCheck

Training this week : Monday 12 January : 10k-ish, done steady or as a fartlek. If you have forgotten why these sessions ahould be done at a good pace, see here!

Wednesday 14 January : tempo session on laps of the estate. If you have forgotten why these are important see here!

Don’t forget to come at 6:30 for warmup and drills if you can make it.

Racing at the weekend : At 1pm on Saturday, a 5 mile race, first race in this year’s Enfield League series, at the old venue at Donkey Lane. More details on the Enfield League Website.

Publicity at the weekend : Let’s have as many as possible doing the Abingdon Parkrun at 9 am on Saturday, so that our wonderful event can become a bit more well known. Details, including advice on footwear and pre-registering, here. (For the really keen, there will be time to get to Enfield afterwards!)

 

Lets do a Parkrun !

There is a national initiative going on, to get racewalkers doing some Parkruns in January, to give us an opportunity to strut our stuff in front of a wider audience. Apparently this has already happenned very successfully in Leeds, and racewalking is going to get bigged-up in some of the Parkrun emails beforehand to generate interest!

So, lets all see if we can’t do the Abingdon Parkrun, at 9 am on Saturday 17 January, and see what interest we can generate. At least we know the organisers will be friendly – they include Andrew and Noel ! I have checked out the 5k course and don’t worry, you won’t set a personal best. Some is on road and easily racewalkable, but most of it is on grass and some of it is likely to be very slippy so it will be impossible to race walk all the way round. I would suggest you do it in the knobbliest shoes you have got, and that you spend a couple of sessions racewalking in those shoes beforehand, and when in doubt on the day, jog – not worth risking an injury.

For more details of Abingdon Parkruns see here. If you’re not a Parkrun regular, you ought to register beforehand, for free, here. After Abingdon, which I think will be easiest, we could try some other local parkruns too.