Walking For Bud  

Recently Bud Baldaro as been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and although currently there is no cure, a range of medicines and treatment is available to manage this life changing disease.

I have recently taken part in a couple of very well organized walks for the Charity which supports research. Together we can help we can find a cure and improve lives  

Join Me         Phil Owen and walk for Bud   filowen@fsmail.net 07585669775

Has Bud Baldaro ever helped or inspired you? Now’s your perfect chance to say thanks. At the:-

Wild Ways Walk 2015”          Saturday 19th Sept 2015

A 20 mile Challenging all day walk starting and finishing at Bakewell, Derbyshire. The route takes you through the picturesque villages and over the ancient moorlands.

To enter   www.wildwayswalk.uk   fusion@winfieldsemail.co.uk

                                                See below Buds Story      

Coach, mentor and friend to generations of athletes and students. Charity fundraiser.

Contrary to popular belief, Bud wasn’t born with a full beard and wearing a tracksuit. Showing early athletic talent, he was picked to run cross country in The Birmingham Grammar Schools competition. But Bud’s big love was still football. So what inspired him to get involved with running?

The answer’s simple. . .It was seeing Ron Clarke shatter the world record for three miles at the White City. Bud was hooked. Fifty years later and his passion for running still burns as brightly. During his career Bud’s coached at Cardiff and Loughborough Universities. Teaching at Wednesfield High, he helped the school to county and area titles. He also met Tony Milovsorov there. Bud later guided ‘Milo’ to a 2.09 marathon and the Commonwealth Games.

Successful teaching stints at Shire Oak and Park Hall Schools followed. Taking early retirement from teaching, Bud became the University of Birmingham’s endurance coach.

Tipton triumphs Bud’s long history with Tipton Harriers goes back to 1972. He started feeding lots of youngsters from Wednesfield to the club, with great results. One big highlight was having the club and school enter a 100 x 1 mile relay. As Tipton coach Bud looked after many of their top runners. Athletes like Tony Milosorov, Eddie Wedderburn, John Wheway, Tony Graham – the list goes on. The 80s and 90s were golden years for the club. Under Bud’s guidance, they once won all eight national titles in a year.

Tipton often trained at the University of Birmingham, a tradition started by Andy Holden. This has forged strong links between club and campus, to everyone’s benefit.

As a coach, Bud’s worked with a host of athletic stars. Regular visitors to his home included Tegla Laroupe, Olga Bondarenko, Arturio Barrios, and Hendrick Ramaala. Bud’s also coached top athletes like:

Hannah England – World 1500m silver medallist

Bev Nicholson – Commonwealth Games 1500m bronze medallist

Marion Sutton – twice Chicago marathon winner

Eddie Wedderburn – World Student steeplechase silver medallist

Hatti Dean – GB track and cross country star

. . . plus numerous GB internationals and national champions

Bud’s been GB coach for both cross country and the marathon. As well as coaching, Bud’s worked widely with charities especially Mencap, Shine and Age UK. He’s now working with England Athletics as a National Coach mentor.


MMAC Vests now in stock!! Normal price £14.99 but we are selling £4.99 off retail price i.e. £10 plus £2.00 postage. Men’s and Women’s sizes small, medium, large, XL and XXL. Can return if wrong size. Please email: mmac.treasurer@virginmedia.com to order.


Report from Midland Race Walking Winter League – Midland Masters Athletes

The midland race walking winter league was held over 3 meetings in October and November. Midland Masters had several representatives.

At the first meeting there were excellent performances by Colin Turner who finished 2 F in the 5k race with a time of 28.33 on a very tough course at Stourport Cycle circuit. Good performances also by Colin Vesty in 31.55, Hilary Mann 32.16 and Chris Smith improved greatly with a time of 38.21. In the 10 km race Peter Bosko was 4il finisher with a time of 58.51. David Fall competed in both 5 km and 10 km races on his continued return to walking.

The 2es race took place at Birchfield, which was part track part tarmac. Colin Turner again performed well and Roger Michell who started the race before joining in was 5 ( finisher in a good time of 29.55 to say that he was the starter. Harpdeep Minhas improved on his previous performance with a time of 32.04. Carolyn Dyall was the star performer of the day having only done with a pervious time of 33 mins came home in a storming 30.28.

The 3x8 meeting took place at Coventry. The races were very competitive and handicap medals were up for grabs. Peter Bosko performed well again in the 10 km with 57.55 which left him 26) in the league overall. Hardeep Minhas and Colin Vesty were 1t and 3rd respectively in the 10 km handicap.

In the 5 km race Colin Turner performed well again and this meant that he finished in 1st place overall after the 3 races, Colin Vesty was 2nd but awarded 2nd handicap and fellow Midland Master and Leicester teammate Chris Smith finished as 1st handicapper. David Fall took home 3rd handicap prize so all handicap awards were taken by Midland Masters. In the ladies race there were improvements made by Julie Bellfield and this meant that she placed 3rd in the handicap and 3rd in the league meeting overall. Linda Farrow took 1st handicap with 3 good performances. Lynn Bellfield improved her performances as the league went on and Hilary Mann did a personal best in the final race of 31.36. Midland Masters were well represented in all 3 races taking home many honours.

Julie Bellfield, 23rd December 2014

Results Please click on links below……………….

3rd Winter League Results 14

2nd Winter League Results 14

1st Winter League Results 14


Free T-Shirt for Members

We have five T-shirts left as mementos of the MMAC 40th Anniversary Torch Relay, printed as shown below. Unfortunately they are all XL and indeed quite large, but going free to any MMAC member. Contact Adrian Lloyd acrlloyd@solcl.net if interested.




Results – BMAF XC Relays

Results from the BMAF XC Relays, 25th October 2015 at Derby, in PDF format can be downloaded from the following link …BMAF XC Relays Results v2 2014

A few photos from the M35; M45 and M55 race are at … https://www.flickr.com/photos/rockontom/sets/72157646651181413/ 

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Recent Race Walking Results

Our new Race Walking Secretaries have sent in some recent results……………………………….

10km(W) 14 Results 30km 14 results

30km 14 results

Results of BMAF 5k Road, Horwich, 15th June 2014

Provisional results showing Midland Masters AC’s finishers highlighted in yellow from this link………

Results BMAF 5k Horwich 2014

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.

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.

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 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  dale@5rhg.co.uk

5 Richmond Hill Gardens, Edgbaston Birmingham B15 3RW




“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. 

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


Queen Elizabeth Hospital (University Hospital Birmingham)


Sports Medicine Clinic Flyer

Birmingham Runner

Birmingham Runner Discount Voucher Midland Masters Discount Voucher

Birmingham Runner Website at http://tinyurl.com/8cxuz3u 

Tipton Harriers and the 1972 Comrades Marathon

A comprehensive account of when Tipton Harriers cleaned up at the Comrades


Stroke Indicator

Useful information that could save a life Stroke Indication


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