Week commencing 28 May 2018


Training during the week :  on Bank Holiday Monday, an easy session ahead of Wednesday’s  County Championship race. Not clear whether Tilsley Park is open – if not, park in Hanson Road and meet outside. On Wednesday, no session.

Training at the weekend : Should resume longer sessions, if not racing. Any suggestions?

Racing during the week : At 7:40 on Wednesday, of course, it’s the Oxfordshire County Championship and Open 3000m race at the Sir Roger Bannister Stadium, Iffley Road. Entries for the County Championship have now closed, entries for the Open close half an hour before the event, but if you haven’t already done so, please let us know your intention to race via the entry form here. As ever, parking at the venue will be difficult so contact us if you need tips, and we can go somewhere local for refreshment / sustenance after the race. (Friends and supporters may be interested in the Open 5000m running races that precede the walk, and limited guest spots are available in the main Town v Gown T&F events – contact us if you’re interested.)

Racing at the weekend :  On Saturday at 12:30, the ever-popular 5 mile race at Moulton, Suffolk, counting for the Enfield League. Details in the current Enfield Walker. On Sunday, the BMAF 10000m track championship at Horspath, Oxford, provisionally timetabled for 12:40 – but if you haven’t already done so you will need to enter TODAY (27th), here.

Closing dates : Today for the BMAF 10000m, see above.


Week commencing 14 May 2018


Training during the week :  on Monday, an 8k-ish extended warmdown following the Masters League race, for those not involved in any other events in the match. On Wednesday, up to a 10k-ish session, easy or fartlek, plus beginners’ sessions on the track, if required.

Training at the weekend : Should do a session if not racing, let’s discuss what is appropriate.

Racing during the week : Busy! On Monday, as all will be aware, there’s the 2000m races in the Southern Masters League Western Division meeting at Tilsley Park. Men race at 6:30, women will have been told when their race is. On Tuesday at 7 pm, a 5-mile race in the Veterans’ AC series at Battersea Park. On Wednesday at 1:35, 5k and 10k races in the Police and Civil Service championships and match, at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford – some from the county will be involved.

Racing at the weekend :  The big domestic race is the RWA / British Athletics / Inter-Counties 10k championships at Coventry on Sunday with supporting junior events. Details here, but there’s a time standard for the 10k and the official closing date has already passed.

The European Masters Non-Stadia Championship races are on in Alicante, Spain, with 10k races on Friday and 20k (for women) and 30k (for men) races on Saturday. Our best wishes to all our friends competing of course ! Comprehensive reports usually appear after the races on Facebook.

Week commencing 7 May 2018


Training during the week :  on Monday, up to 10k-ish easy or fartlek at the usual time. Tilsley Park is open in the evening. The option of using the daytime to start some heat acclimatisation could be considered, any interest ? On Wednesday, threshold session on laps of the estate. Plus beginners’ sessions on the track, if required.

Training at the weekend : Should do a distance session, but those going to Alicante should be tapering down. Any suggestions ?

Racing during the week : Today there are the Bank Holiday fixtures notified last week, at Stevenage and Chesham.

Racing at the weekend :  No open events as everyone is busy with County Championships. There are closed 3000m walks in the Hampshire and Essex events at Portsmouth and Chelmsford respectively.

Our own County Championships – the date of 30 May seems to be firming up. I’ve seen no official announcement or timetable yet, but I have seen an appeal for officials and an entry in the Oxford University Athletics Club website for the Town v Gown event.

Week commencing 30 April 2018


Training during the week :  on Monday, a sociable 7-8k for those not involved in the Southern Vets League fixture. On Wednesday, threshold session on laps of the estate. Plus beginners’ sessions on the track, if required.

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

Racing at the Bank Holiday weekend :  On Saturday at 12:00, there’s a meeting over various distances at Lewes, Sussex. On Monday at 12:30, the Hertfordshire Track and Field Championships at Stevenage, which is an open race. On Monday at 5 pm, the hilly Pednor 5 mile race at Chesham – for the Bucks 5 mile Championship and a counter for the Enfield League. Details here.

International : the weekend sees the IAAF Race Walking World Cup in Taicang, China, with Gemma featuring in the GB team. GB athletes have only been selected for the senior 20k races, which are at 9:30 our time on Saturday morning for the women, and 3:10 on Sunday morning for the men. Live coverage looks likely on the IAAF YouTube channel .

Week commencing 26 February 2018


Training during the week :  on Monday, 10k-ish easy or fartlek. On Wednesday, threshold session on laps of the estate.

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

It’s expected to be very cold in the evenings next week, so sessions may be changed or cancelled if there are no suitable surfaces available.

Racing at the weekend :  At 11:45 on Saturday, a 5 mile race in the Enfield League, at Donkey Lane. Shorter distances available. League website here, start of the last race pictured above. On Sunday, there is a 3000m race in the England Masters Indoor Inter-Area Challenge at Lee Valley, but you’ll need to be selected by your Masters Area.