Date: Friday 6th August 2021 Start Time: 1900
Event Headquarters: National Forest YHA, Bath Lane, Swadlincote, DE12 6BD
The Midland Masters open relays are back! The event will be held over a 2.61 mile off road loop around the Conkers Trail which ordinarily hosts the weekly park run. The surface comprises a short section of tarmac with the rest being compressed stone.
The event is open to master athletes of both genders over the age of 35 from clubs within the Midland Masters catchment area. Teams will be from the following age groups 35-44, 45-54, 55-64 and 65+. Athletes eligible to compete will have birthdays on or prior to the evening of the race. For age groups 35-44 and 45-54 teams will comprise of 4 athletes with the older age groups comprising of 3 eligible athletes. Medals will be awarded to the first 3 teams in each age category with prizes awarded to the athlete recording the fastest time in each age category.
Cost will be £4 per athlete for teams submitted in advance of the evening and £5 for entries on the night. If practical athletes in incomplete teams will be allocated to composite teams on evening of the event.
Please see attached entry form below for further details and how to enter:
Entries are now open for the MMAC Track and Field Championship on the 6th June at Nuneaton.
We are using the entry4sports system as this operates well at Nuneaton and can provide online results very quickly.
We have initially opened this only to MMAC members until Wednesday after which other BMAF area members can enter..
The entry system allows MMAC entry by checking your EA number against the EA portal and sees if you have 1st or 2nd claim membership, you can reflect 2nd claim membership in your profile on the entry4sports site.
UK Entry4Sports | firstname.lastname@example.org
We have based the program on the last championships and so it is a provisional timetable. Depending on the entries in the different age groups, it is likely to change. Certainly the composition of the age groups in the throwing pools may need to change. The numbers of entries can be increased in most events, except the walk..
We have a few potential clashes of events but we will look at those in more detail when we close the entries.
For all field events except high jump and pole vault there will be 4 trials only.
Medals will be awarded to the first 3 MMAC members in each 5yr age group , BMAF Members will also receive medals if they finish in the first 3
We will close entries on the 2nd June and entry for each event is £7.70.
We would like to thank Nick and Nuneaton for their support and also Wendy Kane, Elaine Mee and Cheryl Devonish who have started to take on a lot of the work organising the event since they took on their new roles at the AGM.
Thank you to those who were able to attend the Midland Masters 49th AGM this morning, it was good to see everyone again and to welcome some new faces.
The meeting went very smoothly, though we had received the sad news regarding the passing on of BMAF’s Maurice Doogan who will be sadly missed by MMAC members who may remember him for his lengthy, but ever helpful, pre-event emails. A tribute to Maurice can be read on the BMAF website at Maurice Doogan. September 1939-April 2021 – BMAF – British Masters Athletic Federation.
We have many familiar faces retaining previous roles, and also a couple moving to new, plus new faces elected to the committee for which we are most appreciative. We are going forward positively with fingers-crossed that 2021 will see ‘live’ competition back on the schedule again – this is the premise at the moment with dates in the diary (the fixtures page will be updated shortly) to look forward to.
We have the facility at Nuneaton booked for the MMAC Track & Field Championships on 6 June and also for our 50th Anniversary celebration on 12th September – starting with the Nuneaton 10k as this year’s MMAC 10k Championships – with the track & field at our disposal there should be something for everybody – save the date!
We will post the AGM minutes up on the website in due course and we look forward to seeing many of your again in 2021.
A reminder that it is the Midland Masters Athletic Club AGM tomorrow. Please join us if you can – this is a very important event in the MMAC diary anabling you to play an active part and take part in decision making.
The committee very much welcomes familiar faces and new blood so please get out for your Sunday morning runs a little earlier, grab yourself a cuppa and log on (in plenty of time – 10 mins or so early in case of problems) for the start of the AGM at 11am. We look forward to seeing you there!
Joining instructions are at:
We now have the Winter Grand Prix results up to January 2021. January’s winner is Conrad Watson. Many congratulations to Conrad who will receive a book from the MMAC bookshelf.
The Grand Prix will conclude this month, February 2021, with the winner being awarded the inaugural Edgar Nicholls Trophy.
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