Letter from the BMAF Secretary
Annual General Meeting
The BMAF AGM will be held on 9 August after the first day of competition in the Alexander Stadium. All members are invited to attend and vote. Nominations of Candidates for Office or Constitutional changes should be submitted through your club to the Hon. Secretary, 156 Mitcham Road, Croydon, CRO 3JE by 9 July.
As excitement mounts in the City of Glasgow in the build up to the Games, we are absolutely delighted that Masters athletics will be prominently featured thanks to the renowned Photographer Alex Rotas, who has given permission to the Organisers to display some of her fantastic photos. (see link on our main page) The Photos will be displayed in the Kelvingrove Banstand which is the main hub, and in the Live Zone for the west of the city. Visitors will be able to see the following members in action:
Tony Bowman (NVAC) exhibiting pain and glory as he anchors the M75 4 x 400m team to bronze medals at the European Veterans Track & Field Championships, Zittau, Germany in August 2012.
Tracy Bezance (EVAC) winning the W45 400m at the World Masters Games in Italy in 2013.
Rosemary Chrimes (MMAC) Scotland’s 1962 Commonwealth Games Discus Champion. The multi World record breaker and one of our longest serving members is also featured on Page 51 of the Festive Programme.
Lorna Foster (Open) competing in the W50 Shot at the BMAF Track & Field Championships.
Anne Martin (EVAC) winning the W75 triple jump at the BMAF Championships.
Jhalman Singh (MMAC) about to take off in the M75 triple jump at the BMAF Championships.
Alex Webb (SCVAC) fantastic shot of him winning the M65 hurdles at the World Masters Games
Sue Yeomans (SCVAC) beautiful photo of her clearing the bar in the W60 pole vault.
Alex has also published a qualify book “Growing Old Competitively” which will be on sale in the Street Level Gallery in Glasgow and is also available through Amazon. This is a unique book that will have appeal well beyond Masters Athletics.
Results of BMAF 5k Road, Horwich, 15th June 2014
Provisional results showing Midland Masters AC’s finishers highlighted in yellow from this link………
MMAC was well represented taking the first 3 places overall in the men’s event and with 7 in the first 14 finishers. The women’s race saw MMAC take the first 2 places.
Andy Holden 5 Mile Memorial Race
This takes place on Wednesday, 9th July 2014 at 7.15pm. An off-road race around the canals of Tipton
Entry Form at ……. http://tinyurl.com/mksyrez
My Life On The Run
by Arthur Walsham
Foreword by Dr Ron Hill MBE
Arthur Walsham, who many will know, has written his memoirs in a new book entitled “My Life On The Run”. He details his training and races from 1950 to the present day including winning four World Veteran Championships at 25k and marathon as well as winning the first ever British Vets Cross Country Championships in 1971.
Copies of the book can be obtained from Arthur by sending a cheque for £5.00 payable to “AJG Walsham” to 21 Thornfield Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire SK4 3LD
All proceeds will be donated to Parkinson’s UK.
THE REAL MARATHON MEN
THE LONDON MARATHON EVER-PRESENTS.
This is the story of 42 marathon runners who were created as the ‘Ever-presents’ by the London Marathon in 1995 after they had run 15 consecutive London’s.
Their story is a testimony to a ‘never say die’ spirit that has sustained them during the thousands of marathons they have run all over the world.
Dale Lyons, one of the last 15, has combined a detailed factual record from his research, with many heart warming anecdotes and astonishing hardship stories in tracking the Ever-presents’ journey for 33 years since 1981.
Their triumphs and cruel disappointments, the amazing sums they have raised for countless charities, their incredible running records at home and abroad, their entertaining media coverage and their fascinating and colourful lives away from the marathon treadmill provides absorbing and enlightening reading.
This is a book to honour their commitment to the London, one of the great city Marathons and provides a lasting tribute to a rapidly diminishing group, decimated by injury, accident, illness and death.
The book will provide information, inspiration and motivation not only to marathon runners but to those watching the London each year thinking “that could be me!”
Available January 2014 price £6.99 + £2.60 pp.
Paperback version. 230 pages with photos.
For orders contact Dale Lyons e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Richmond Hill Gardens, Edgbaston Birmingham B15 3RW
THE REAL MARATHON MEN –
“This remarkable book is a tribute to everyone of the Ever-presents. The London Marathon salutes them all!”
John Bryant. Author of The London Marathon book and Chairman of the London Marathon Charitable Trust.
An email from Ross Whent,
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We promote the benefits of complementary therapy and aim to give visitors all the information they need to help them make an informed decision about whether therapy would be right for them. The website has an FAQ’s section, a number of useful articles written by our members and the facility to search for a practitioner in your area.
To ensure the professionalism of our website, all listed therapists have provided us with qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.
We list practitioners from a range of therapy backgrounds. One of them is Massage Therapy, which may be useful for your visitors. We have a section about this here: http://www.therapy-directory.org.uk/articles/massagetherapy.html
Sport & Exercise at the QE
I’m writing to let you know about a new NHS Sports Medicine Clinic in Birmingham. This is free for anyone, and just needs a referral from your GP. The flyer is attached and I would be grateful if you could forward this to everyone in your Athletics Club, and put the leaflet in your club house.
I appreciate Birmingham might be a long way for some people, although some athletes have come from Scotland and Cornwall!
Nevertheless, this is why I’ve started a campaign for better services for sports people in the NHS. As you know, injury can be the ruin of many an aspiring athlete, so it’s essential that we have good services to serve the needs of grassroots sport. With the memories of London 2012 still fresh in everyone’s mind, there seems to be a renewed interest in increasing sports participation in the UK, but without medical services to support British sport, many young athletes will leave Track & Field following an injury. If you believe in this please sign my petition to get parliament to discuss this:-
Many thanks and wishing you the best sporting success in the years ahead,
Dr Leon Creaney
Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine
BMedSci MB ChB MRCGP MRCP FFSEM
Queen Elizabeth Hospital (University Hospital Birmingham)
Birmingham Runner Discount Voucher Midland Masters Discount Voucher
Birmingham Runner Website at http://tinyurl.com/8cxuz3u
Tipton Harriers and the 1972 Comrades Marathon
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