Week Commencing 31 August 2015

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Suggested training this week : Bank Holiday Monday 31st August, 10k  fartlek on the Radley Lakes loop. This will be at 3pm, not at the usual time. Wednesday 2 September, 800s and top speed on Copenhagen Drive.  At the weekend : if not racing, we should do a distance / fartlek session. Anyone want to make a suggestion ?

Racing during the week : a 3000m in the Woodford Tuesday Walks series at Ashton Playing Fields, East London, at 8:30 pm on Tuesday.

Racing at the weekend : On Sunday, there is the Southern Masters League Final at Ashford, Kent, and also, at 11 am, the BMAF 10k road championships in the Jim Sharlott race at Leicester.

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Week Commencing 24 August 2015

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Congratulations on getting onto the Oxford Mail’s website with this picture from Lyon!

Suggested training this week : we had a rather wet but vigorous 10k on Monday. On Wednesday, the forecast is better, we’ll do 800s on Copenhagen Drive.

Training at the weekend : if not racing, we should do a distance session. Anyone want to suggest anything ?

Racing at the weekend : quite a choice on Saturday. At 10:30 at Southend, the Essex 10,000m Championship which is an open race. At 12:00 at the Allianz Stadium (old Copthall Barnet), London, a 5000m race in the London Inter-Club Challenge and the Enfield League series. At 2:40 pm, the Veterans Athletic Club 3000m race at Ewell Court, Epsom, which you will need to enter beforehand. And at 10:30 on Bank Holiday Monday, a one-mile race at Southend again.

Tom on telly ?

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In case you hadn’t noticed, the World Championships are on, and Tom goes in the 20k walk at 1:30 am UK time tomorrow, Sunday. BBC2 are covering the athletics at that time but with the heptathlon long jump starting at 2:00 they are bound to cover that – I guess some walk coverage might be sandwiched in between that and the compulsory chitchat or might be on the red button. So stay up to watch or set your recorder !! Alternatively, complete coverage of the whole championships is available on YouTube here. The women’s 20k is at 1:30 am on Friday 28th, and the 50k at half past midnight on Saturday morning.

Week Commencing 17 August 2015

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Congratulations to Judy, another bronze medal with Ann and Fiona for a team competition in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France – this time in the 20k race last Friday ! Also to Noel, another frustrating 4th place in the 20k, but again beaten only by new entrants into her age group.

Suggested training this week : as people come back from France, I’m available at the normal times at Tilsley Park for coaching and/or training appropriate to anyone who is able to turn up.

Racing during the week : two evening 5 mile races : on Tuesday at 7 pm, one in the Veterans Athletic Club series at Battersea Park in London. On Wednesday at 6:45 pm, an open race in Coventry at the War Memorial Park.

Racing at the weekend : on Saturday at 5:30 pm, a 3000m race at Coventry, in the England Athletics Summer Challenge series.

Week Commencing 10 August 2015

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Congratulations to Judy, pictured here with Anne and Fiona, with their bronze medals for the team competition won in the W55 10k walk in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France on Monday ! Also to Noel on 2 4th places in the 5000m and 10k walks, beaten only by new entrants into her age group, and to Naomi and Muriel on their excellent World Masters Championships debuts !

Suggested training this week : as most of the regulars are in France, I’m available at the normal times at Tilsley Park for coaching and/or training appropriate to anyone who is able to turn up.

Racing at the weekend : on Saturday, a 3000m race in the SEAA Championship meeting at Ashford, Kent. You will need to have entered by now, and if so you should have received a timetable.