New Coaching Code of Practice

UKA has just issued a newly updated 4-page ‘Coach Code of Practise’, here, and it’s very welcome as a restatement of how coaches should be expected to behave. However, it isn’t operational until June 2019, volunteer coaches (i.e. the vast majority of athletics coaches) are only expected to ‘aspire’ to it rather than to ‘adhere’ to it, and the first page makes it pretty clear that UKA doesn’t expect it to be easy to make it stick. Within Oxfordshire Racewalking I would hope that all coaching is done on the basis of this Code of Practise, from now (July 2018) on, and personally am happy to be called out over any respect in which anyone may feel it is not being adhered to. Elsewhere, if you witness questionable behaviour by other coaches, bear in mind that if they are not contracted to UKA or on the WCP, they’re only expected to ‘aspire’ rather than ‘adhere’ to the code’s provisions.

There are one or two areas where we perhaps need to firm up, for example, “clarify with athletes as to exactly what is expected of them and what athletes are entitled to expect from you”, and I propose to address these over the next few weeks.

There are other Codes of Practise that are intended to govern how athletics is carried on in this country, for example for athletes (here), for parents (here), and for various other roles (full set, including the previous Coaching Code of Practise, here). I’m planning to include all of this on this website as part of an explanation of how Racewalking, as a branch of athletics, works in Oxfordshire.

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Diamond League Walks coverage, Saturday – or maybe not

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There’s a walk again in this weekend’s London Diamond League event again. BBC coverage may just start in time for the finish . . .

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. . . or it may not, and they may show some of it later in the programme, which continues to 4 pm. And again, no women’s event  – they’re going to be in trouble before long . . .

Week commencing 16 July 2018

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Training this week : on Monday, easy or fartlek session, up to 11k. Plus beginners’ sessions or interval sessions on the track, if required. On Wednesday, warmups, drills and sprints on the track, with the usual track fee.

Training at the weekend : Should do a longer session. Any suggestions?

Racing during the week :  a 2000m race in Sutcliffe Park, Eltham, at 7pm on Wednesesday, organised by Cambridge Harriers. Enter by 6:40 at their clubhouse.

Racing at the weekend :  None !

Don’t Forget Your Mental Taper . . .

Just published on the website ‘Sweat Science’ is an interesting article by Alex Hutchinson on the effects of mental fatigue on performance. Though some of the research quoted might appear to have fairly obvious alternative explanations, this may go a long way towards explaining, as people make travel plans for Malaga, why a few days of rest and relaxation before a major international competition may result in a better performance than the fly-in-race-fly-out model. Also an explanation of the effects of caffeine, that to me seems more plausible than the idea that it directly stimulates metabolism to any significant degree. The article is here, or if the link to the website dies, it is copied here.

Free Pass for the footie

With the frenzy in England ramping up to the level that usually comes before some disaster, I’m offering a free pass to all who usually come to Tilsley Park for training on a Wednesday evening, to watch the live football at 7 pm instead. I will be at Tilsley Park for anyone who prefers to train, as good, bad, or ugly, I’ll watch the match later.

Week commencing 9 July 2018

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Training this week : on Monday, easy or fartlek session, up to 11k. On Wednesday, warmups, drills and sprints on the track, with the usual track fee. Plus beginners’ sessions or interval sessions on the track, if required.

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

Racing during the week :  two races in London on Tuesday : at 7 pm, a 5 mile race in the Veterans AC series, at Battersea Park, and at 8:30pm, a 3000m track race at Ashton Playing Fields in the Woodford Tuesday Walks series.

Racing at the weekend :  At 12:30 on Sunday in Coventry, the Midlands Championship 20k race, which is also the BMAF 20k Championships – details here.

Closing dates : Tuesday 10th is the closing date for the Midlands / BMAF 20k.