Week commencing 22 May 2017

We still have no date for this year’s Town v Gown match, and therefore still no date for the Oxfordshire 3000m Championship race. When the announcement does come it will probably be at short notice, but until it does, let’s keep going with normal training.

Training during the week :  on  Monday, 10k-ish fartlek, plus beginner’s session on the track if required. On Wednesday, warmup, drills, intervals and cooldown on the track. Normal fee will apply for track sessions.

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

Racing at the weekend :  nothing close.

International : Congratulations of course to the GB teams at the European Cup in Podebrady on Sunday – GB men 3rd 4th team, GB women 6th, and Oxford City’s Gemma Bridge getting an excellent 14th place in the women’s race.

Week commencing 15 May 2017

Training during the week :  on  Monday, extended warmdown session after the Masters’ League races at Horspath, for anyone that doesn’t have further events or officiating to do. On Wednesday, 10k fartlek. Plus, beginner’s sessions on the track.

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

Racing at the weekend :  nothing close.

Racing during the week : don’t forget the SCVAC League match at Horspath, Oxford tonight (Monday) – NOT at Tilsley Park as previously advised. Men’s 2000m at 6:30, women’s 2000m at 6:50. Be there in plenty of time to warm up. Guests allowed, but you may need additional time to get your number.

International : on Sunday there is the European Cup of Race Walking in Podebrady, Czech Republic. A strong British team, including of course Oxfordshire’s Gemma Bridge. Event website here but no news yet of live coverage, if there is any details will be posted on this site.

Week commencing 8 May 2017

Training during the week :  on  Monday, 10k-ish fartlek. On Wednesday, threshold session on laps of the estate. Plus, beginner’s sessions on the track.

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

Racing at the weekend :  on Sunday, the 1500m race in the Wiltshire T&F championships at Tidworth (near Andover) is an open race, and is timetabled for 14:55. No other races close, due to it being County Championships weekend in many areas.

Racing during the week : another in the Vets AC series of 5-mile races in Battersea Park, at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Week commencing 1 May 2017

Training during the week :  on  Monday, no scheduled session due to the Masters’ League meeting at Horspath and the 5 mile race at Pednor in the evening. If anyone comes to Tilsley Park at the normal time, we’ll do something appropriate. On Wednesday, 10k-ish fartlek.

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

Racing at the weekend :   the only race within reasonable distance is the Midland Track Championships at mid-day on Sunday. Guests may be permitted – details from Glyn Jones.

Racing during the week : today Monday, at 5 pm, the 5 mile race in the Enfield League on the hilly Pednor circuit. Tuesday at 8:30 pm, the Woodford Tuesday Walks series of 3000m races starts at Ashton Playing Fields, East London. At 8pm on Thursday, a 1000m race at Crawley.

Southern Masters League fixtures 2017

The fixtures for this summer’s SCVAC Western Division Vets’/Masters’ League will be :

1 May (Bank Holiday) – Horspath (no walk)

15 May – Tilsley Park

Men’s 2000m walk at 6:30 pm

Women’s 2000m walk at 6:50 pm

Strings in each race : 35, 50A, 50B, 60A, 60B

5 June – Bracknell (no walk)

3 July – Tilsley Park

Women’s 2000m walk at 6:30 pm

Men’s 2000m walk at 6:50 pm

Strings in each race : 35, 50A, 50B

In the League matches, pretty much unlimited guests are permitted in all walks events.

3 Sep – Ashford, Kent – Final

2000m race for each sex, timetable to be announced.