Week commencing 30 January 2017

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Congratulations to Gemma, 2nd place over 3000m indoors in Bratislava on Sunday and goes 5th on the UK all-time list !

Training during the week :  on  Monday, 10k-ish fartlek, plus a beginners’ session on the track – usual track fee applies. On Wednesday, threshold session on laps of the estate.

Training at the weekend : if not racing, or even if racing but not too bothered about your result, should do a distance session. Any suggestions ?

Racing at the weekend :  On Sunday starting at mid-day at Hillingdon, the London Open Walks including the Southern RWA Championships. Men’s, women’s and u-17 5k and 10k races start at 1 pm. Full details and entry form here.

Week commencing 23 January 2017

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Training during the week :  on  Monday, 10k-ish fartlek. On Wednesday, threshold session on laps of the estate. With the weather looking likely to stay cold, come well wrapped up !

Training at the weekend : should do a distance session. Any suggestions ?

Racing at the weekend :  None within reasonable travelling distance. But, in other Oxfordshire racewalking news . . . following her victory in Sheffield, Gemma has been selected for England in the international indoor match in Bratislava on Sunday !

‘Molly Barnett’ Races, Coventry, Sunday 5 March

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Details of this year’s ‘Molly Barnett’ meeting, with its usual 5k and 10k events, are here. It’s not yet clear whether this is again the CAU Inter-Counties 10k meeting, maybe we will have to wait till later in the year for that. Nevertheless it is a big event, including the final of the Winter Race Walk Challenge (date has changed from the original Race Walk Challenge flyer), the Young Athletes Grand Prix, and the England Athletics championship. Men over 17 may only enter the 10k, women may enter either the 5k or the 10k but only the 10k is a national championship. Closing date for entries 23 February, with late entries permitted for an extra fee but not eligible for prizes.

Week commencing 16 January 2017

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Training during the week :  on  Monday, 10k-ish easy or fartlek. On Wednesday, warmup, drills and technical sprints on the track. Usual track fee applies. May be changed again, if it is as cold as it was last week.

Training at the weekend : should do a distance session, if not racing. Any suggestions ?

Racing at the weekend :  Three races : at 1pm on Saturday, a 10 miles race in Leicester. At 2 pm on Saturday, a 15k at Steyning, Sussex. On Sunday, a 3000m race in the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley. This race counts in the Winter Race Walk Challenge. This is at 10 am in the provisional timetable, and the strict closing date for entries is TODAY, Sunday ! Details here.

Week commencing 9 January 2017

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Congratulations to Gemma ! Winning the England Athletics Indoor 3000m women’s title on Sunday, to go with being first Englishwoman in the outdoor championships over the same distance last year ! (photo Ian Marriott, Oxford City.)

Training during the week :  on  Monday, a 10k-ish fartlek. On Wednesday, warmup, drills and technical sprints on the track. Usual track fee applies. May be changed again, if it is as cold as it was last week.

Training at the weekend : should do a distance session, if not racing. Any suggestions ?

Racing at the weekend :  on Saturday at 1 pm, the first race in this year’s Enfield League series – 5 miles at Queen Elizabeth II stadium, Donkey Lane, Enfield, London. Shorter distances are available – more details in the current Enfield Walker.