MMAC would like to wish all of our members, supporters and followers a happy new year and we hope you have had as enjoyable a festive season as possible with the circumstances being as they are. Here’s hoping 2021 will be a better year.
Please find below a link to the results of the MMAC Grand Prix to date with the November and December results. Congratulations to Dennis Walmsley and Maria Shaw who won competitor prize for November and December respectively.
The Grand Prix will continue to February with a competitor prize for competing drawn from a hat for each month and at the end of the series prizes for the overall winners.
If you have taken part, and maybe won a prize, and would like to send a selfie (or photo taken by a member of your household) to include with our next update, please do so (you can send to email@example.com) as, with lockdown, we are short of photos to feature with results reports.
We hope you are all keeping safe and well in the current unusual climate.
We have good news in that a couple of our very own have achieved awards in the England Athletics West Midlands Regional Volunteers Awards.
MMAC Chair, Graham Lamb of Burton AC, won the Run Leader of the Year category for his work with a young distance running group he built up from scratch – five girls from which were selected to represent their county at the English School Championships or Inter Counties. Undeterred by lockdown, Graham conducted online Zoom coaching sessions and encouraged the group to create Stava art.
Sam Cater, of Bromsgrove & Redditch AC, won Coach of the Year with his coaching work since passing Level 1, followed up by a throws coach award, at the age of 19. Sam is a kind and attentive coach and in addition to coaching veteran athletes who have succeeded well within their age groups, he has coached many promising young athletes, such as Lewis Byng diagnosed with autism and Tourretes syndrome, who has gone on to represent England and Great Britain at the age of 17.
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t will come as little surprise that after careful consideration and following Government and EA guidelines regarding the Covid-19 outbreak we are making these changes to our program.
The MMAC AGM scheduled for 25th April at Rosliston Forestry Centre is cancelled. We are investigating the option of a voice conference instead, if we proceed with this we will send out details shortly.
BMAF have already announced the Road Relays at Sutton Park on 16th May at Sutton Park are cancelled. We had originally hoped to have a Midland’s race inside that event.
We are cancelling the MMAC Track and Field Championships on the 14th June at Nuneaton. We will not hold a standalone event this year, we will investigate other options when track restrictions are removed.
We have not yet heard about the status of the Outdoors Inter areas or the BMAF Outdoor T&F Championships.
The committee will continue to meet by Voice Conference so that we can be prepared for a restart when possible.
We will look to keep producing a newsletter with interesting articles and detail of the recent MMAC indoors domination. If you would like to submit any articles that would be welcome.
One thing to look forward to next year, 2021, we will be celebrating 50 years since the MMAC was formed. We hope that we can celebrate our sport and this milestone together.
MMAC Chairman and Membership Secretary
Please find link to the updated results from last Sunday’s Colin Simpson Memorial 5 Mile Handicap below:
Please bear with us as the results from Sunday’s handicap are being verified.
Ron Cattle, of Midland Masters, ran away with the Colin Simpson trophy this year in an actual time of 33:20 and a handicap time of 23:30 (photo below) while Pete Makepeace, of Knowle & Dorridge AC (not currently an MMAC member) won the handicap race overall in an actual time of 33:47 and a handicap time of 21:57 Steven Bunsby, of BRAT, took the fastest male prize with a superb time of 28:18 while Sue Kneill-Boxley, of Cannock & Stafford AC, took the fastest female prize in a respectable time of 36:52. Eight MMAC members took part in the event, 2nd and 3rd placed MMAC members in the handicap were Christopher McCann and Eric Robathan with actual times of 33:44 and 38:07 and handicap times of 23:04 and 23:27 respectively. Please do join us at this event, in forthcoming years if you can, it is a friendly sociable event well worth supporting in the MMAC calendar. There are excellent facilities at the college and refreshments served in the presentation area.
For full results please see 5 Mile Handicap Results 2020
Please find the handicaps for Sunday attached below. Please turn up in plenty of time for the race as it is a bit of a walk from centre to the start!
Saturday’s MMAC Cross Country Championship results have now been uploaded to the website at Cross Country 2020
Many congratulations to all of our winners!
Thank you to all of our entrants into the Colin Simpson Memorial Handicap race this coming Sunday, 2nd February. We very much look forward to seeing you all there. Please find the entry list below: