Week commencing 15 October 2018

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Active Rest month continues. For more about Active Rest, read this.

Training this week : on Monday and Wednesday : more agility / balance / co-ordination based on the UK Athletics “Athletics 365” programme. Full details here. However, the weather forecast for Monday is a bit dodgy and this may not be practical, so come equipped for a 10k-ish road walk instead (i.e., flourescent clothing). On Monday, if you have them, please bring an exercise mat, and a yoga strap or piece of rope or something similar. On Wednesday, a mat and a ball (tennis ball or similar). Cones and a running ladder will also be needed, I believe they’re available at the track. Track fee will apply. Have extra layers to wear as it will not be very energetic.

Training at the weekend : Do something involving some distance – marshall is distant junction for the Abingdon Marathon? cycling ? jog a parkrun (Oxford, Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Witney or Didcot) ?  a ramble (the Ramblers have a 12-mile walk from Stoke Wood, near Bicester on Saturday, and other options) ? or similar.

Racing at the weekend : on Saturday, the annual 10k open race at Steyning, Sussex.

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Week commencing 8 October 2018

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Active Rest month continues. For more about Active Rest, read this.

Training this week : on Monday and Wednesday : more agility / balance / co-ordination based on the UK Athletics “Athletics 365” programme. Full details here. On Monday, if you have them, please bring an exercise mat, and a yoga strap or piece of rope or something similar. On Wednesday, a mat and a ball (tennis ball or similar). Cones and a running ladder will also be needed, I believe they’re available at the track. Track fee will apply. Have extra layers to wear as it will not be very energetic.

Training at the weekend : Do something involving some distance – Chiltern League cross-country (Horspath, Saturday, if you’re a member of a club that participates) ? cycling ? jog a parkrun (Oxford, Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Witney or Didcot) ?  a ramble (the Ramblers have a 12-mile walk from Hurley, near Marlow on Sunday, among other options) ? or similar.

Racing at the weekend : on Saturday, a 5 mile race in the Enfield League, at Lee Valley at 1 pm. Some details here, more likely during the week.

Week commencing 1 October 2018

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With the major competitions of 2018 now over, we’re going to do like the proper athletes do and treat October as an Active Rest month. To take a bit of a break from race walking, rest and recuperate, and come back fighting fit for winter training in November. For more about Active Rest, read this.

If you do any race walking in this period, it should be gentle, no stress on the joints, muscles or tendons. If you do any races, it should be to be sociable rather than to be competitive, don’t worry at all about the times. Training that we do on the Monday and Wednesday sessions will focus on developing our ‘ABC’ – agility, balance and co-ordination – valuable abilities in any branch of athletics that often get neglected during normal training. We’ll be following the UK Athletics “Athletics 365” programme, well the first 10 sections of it. Details here. (I can read this without entering my coaching login, so I’m guessing you can too. Please let me know if you can’t.)

Training this week : on Monday and Wednesday : agility / balance / co-ordination. Please bring an exercise mat, if you have one (otherwise we’ll use the black mats at the track which can be a bit unpleasant if they’re wet), and a ball (tennis ball or similar). Track fee will apply. Have extra layers to wear as it will not be very energetic.

Training at the weekend : Do something involving some distance – cycling ? jog a parkrun (Oxford, Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Witney or Didcot) ? a ramble (the Ramblers have a 10-mile walk from Witney on Saturday, among other options)? or similar.

Racing at the weekend : the first Midland Winter League fixture of the season, with races for seniors over 5k at 1 pm and 10k at 2.25 pm, is at Stourport on Saturday. Details here.

Week commencing 24 September 2018

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Training this week : on Monday, 10k-11k easy or fartlek session. On Wednesday : 800m intervals on Copenhagen Drive. Sessions may be swapped depending on conditions and who’s there.

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

Racing at the weekend : for Oxford City and Radley, there’s the final of the SCVAC Track and Field League at Ashford, Kent on Sunday, with 2000m races.

Week commencing 17 September 2018

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Congratulations to Noel, with one bronze medal and one 4th place in her age group in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga last week !

Training this week : on Monday, 10k-11k easy or fartlek session. On Wednesday : threshold session on laps of the estate. Plus track sessions at the usual cost, if required.

Training at the weekend : Should do some if not racing. Any suggestions?

Racing at the weekend : at mid-day on Saturday, a 1-hour race in the Enfield League series, on the track at Lee Valley Stadium. More details in the latest Enfield Walker. Ron would like those intending to enter to notify him as soon as possible.