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Special Announcement

Announcement-ClipartI am very pleased to announce that David Oxland has accepted the MMAC Committee’s invitation for him to be our President Elect for 2013/2014. David will take on the prestigious role of President of MMAC at the AGM in April 2014.

I reproduce below David’s profile on the Power of 10 ….

Started serious running in 2003 when I joined a club for the first time. 2003 to 2005 I developed as a local road and cross country runner, winning the Notts AAAs summer league over 50s Gold medal in 2005. By chance I entered a track time trial for 1500 metres in 2006 and was amazed to comfortably beat 5 minutes so I did 6 weeks training and entered the BMAF championships and squeezed a bronze medal in the 1500m in the Summer of 2006 when I was just 55. My five years as an M55 have been profilepicgood years with 7 individual international medals including two at Ghent in the European Veterans Indoor championships in March 2011 when I was only two months short of 60. The new age band started well with a good time in the 10,000m track British Masters championship, in fact a lifetime PB at that distance and another comfortable win and also a course record for M60 at Horwich in the BMAF 5K road championships. Eventually a tally of 6 Golds at British Masters events in 2011. Best experiences in 2011 were two Golds at Sacramento in the World Masters Athletics Championships, including a narrow win against the great Nolan Shaheed at 5000m and also last year a British record outdoors at 3000m. However each year there is “young blood” entering the age band and it will be harder this year! 2012 has started quite well ,despite a few problems, with the highlight by a very long way being a very close tussle with the great Nick Rose at 3000m at the British Masters Indoors Championships. Nick is a truly great sportsman. The rest of 2012 went OK in terms of races although performances were well down on the previous year. 2013 on the other hand started well with an unexpected good time in the 1500m indoors at Cardiff which gave me hope that I might turn the clock back 5 years and run a World Record. The opportunity came at the British Masters Indoor championships at Lee Valley when none other than Mike Hager and Dave Butler both put their names down for this race. It was only a very fast kick finish over 120 metres which won me this race and shaved a whole second off the existing 4 year old record.

Thanks to Tom Phillips for providing the photo of the finish of this race.

About Tom Morris

I am retired. I am a Life Member of Birchfield Harriers and have been Secretary & Membership Secretary of the Midland Masters AC for 9 years. I enjoy watching road & cross country races, photography and messing about on my PC.


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