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England Athletics is pleased to announce a change to the way our staff covering London are structured. Our staff serving London will now form a London Area team.
More Track Academy athletes than ever participated in this year’s Easter holiday programme; the programme consisting of a mixture of revision sessions, trips and additional sporting activities. This year’s Easter holiday programme opened with a thematic Easter egg obstacle course. The two teams contested fiercely to collect the most Easter eggs. The competition also proved a good warm up for training! As always the badminton and table tennis was well attended, all ages participating. The cheerleading also proved very popular and an impressive routine was learnt in only an hour.
Physical Preparation – Strength and Conditioning Workshop with Rob Thickpenny National Coach MentorSaturday 20th April - Arrive 9.40am and starts 10am. Ends around 1pm
The London athletics community extends its best wishes for a speedy recovery to all those injured by the explosions a
South London based club Belgrave Harriers, picked up the national men’s 12 stage with an impressive team performance from an experienced squad that knows all too well what an accolade it is to win this national title. Winning in a time of 4 hours 12 minutes and 54 seconds ahead of Leeds City Athletics Club in silver (4:13:10). Belgrave names featured in the rankings for the fastest legs of the day. Kristopher Gauson clocked the second fastest short leg of the day (14:20). In the long legs top performances, Lozano Alberto topped the pile with a time of 25:39; Phil Wicks was 9th with 26.29.
The Track Season gets under way at Parliament Hill Fields on the 10th of April - By Alastair Aitken In the Highgate Harriers Open Meeting, in the cold evening air at Parliament Hill Fields, on Wednesday, the final events of the 100m races were run in the pouring rain to boot, there were still some solid performances, so very early in the season.
By Alastair Aitken - 60 Women ran in the 47th Victoria Park '5' in brilliant sunshine and the surprise winner was Sarah McDougall of Serpentine RC, in what must be considered one of, easily, her best results, despite stopping at one point for a short while with arch trouble. McDougall, now 31, decided to continue because she felt it would hold up well. The first mile she felt was fast at 5.12. First Six were:- Sandra McDougall 28:15; Elaine Murty 28:52; Clare Elms 29:01 (First Over 40 and 45);
By Alastair Aitken - History dictates that in 1966 John Roberts, the South London Harrier, an International cross-country runner, won the first Victoria Park 5 miles road race, on the paths of Victoria Park in East London, on a course just short of 5 miles that stayed the same distance for some time. Eton Manor's Malcolm Absolom won the event, a record three times as did Eamonn Martin of Basildon AC. Eamonn coaches this year's winner on the 6th of April, by the name of Adam Hickey from Southend AC. Martin took over the coaching of the winner from that 'Greatly Loved' athletic international, the Late Mel Batty.
Building work is underway on the brand new athletics facility that will be available for everyone to use. The facility will be situated in the outdoor areas of Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form where elements of the existing outdoor space will be transformed into this brand new community sporting facility. The facility will consist of an eight lane 50m synthetic running straight, long and triple jump sand pit with a three lane run up, a three bay throw area, a high jump fan and bed, jump trail where people can practice their jumps and a marked running circuit across the school grounds.