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MMAC 10k Track Championships – Walks and Run

TripleRunnerThis is a reminder that this event is held within the BMAF Championships over the weekend of 20th/21st September at Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr, Birmingham. Closing date for entries  is the 6th September.

For anyone interested in being selected for England in the British & Irish Masters International Cross Country this event is a must to establish a recent time.

Get your entries in NOW

BMAF/MMAC Pentathlon Results

Results from 8th June, Oxford

Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire Sports Awards

Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire Sports Awards

Leamington C & AC’s Sue HARRISON (MMAC Member #90754) is one of three who have been shortlisted for the CSW Sportswoman of the Year Award.

MMAC Member, Sue Harrison; Leamington C & AC

MMAC Member, Sue Harrison; Leamington C & AC

In April when running for Great Britain Sue won the bronze medal in the IAU European 100km Championships in France. Her time of 7:48:12 puts her 6th on the UK ‘all-time list’ as well as being a UK W40 record. Additionally it ranks her 4th on the IAAF World rankings for 2013 and No.1 on the UK rankings. After winning the Perth Open 50km Sue also heads the 2013 UK 50km rankings with the time of 3:41:56.

Sue won the Midland Masters AC’s 10 mile road race title last December and currently is top of the W40 UK 2013 lists at 10km track, 50km and 100km road as well as 4 other top 10 masters W40 rankings for this year. Included in her race open race wins this year are half marathons at Warwick Castle, Kenilworth and Cheltenham.

The Award is decided by public vote. Voting can only be done by going to http://tinyurl.com/njcdeu9  and scroll down the page to find Sue. Click on VOTE NOW

One vote is allowed per email address. Voting will close on the 20th October.

Many thanks…Best Wishes…Les Barnett  3rd October 2013

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.

Midland Veterans Track & Field League Cup Finals

This information is for 1st Claim Members of MMAC Only

The MVT&FL Cup Finals are being held in Nuneaton on the 1st September. Here is a note from your Team Manager, Tony Porter…..

Hi Guys,

If you are interested in competing in the Cup Final at Nuneaton on Sept 1st., please click on the link for the timetable ………..MVTFL_Cup_Final_timetable_2013

If you are interested I have till August 9th. to submit a team. It will be all hands to the pumps so it’s up to you guys.

I am aware that it is late and the cross country has started and it also clashes with the MMAC 10k road Championships but please consider this representing us in this match.
See you on 1st September

BMAF 5k Championships 2013

These championships took place yesterday, 16th June, at Horwich. A dedicated race just for these road runningchampionships meant a small but very experienced field. MMAC were very well represented with 26 athletes finishing, 17 men and 9 women out of the 152 finishers.

Congratulations must go to our Gold Medalists in the various individual age categories, 5 in total, as follows:-

M40 Mark Johnson; M45 David Smith; M60 Mike Hager; M80 Brian Campbell

W60 Christine Kilkenny

Full Results … http://tinyurl.com/msqshqd

In the team awards, MMAC came away with a total of 6 team medals, an excellent performance.


1st M35-44 team: Mark Johnson 1; Mark Dalkins 5; Dean Richardson 6

3rd M45-54 team: David Smith 1; Russell Parkin 14; Robert Fox 17

1st M55-64 team: Mike Hager 1; David Oxland 2; Dave Hollins 3

2nd M65-74 team: Mick Smedley 4; Roger Wilson 9; Alex Davidson-Elliott 16


2nd W35-44 ‘A’ team: Ruth Watchorn-Rice 4; Michelle Buckle 5; Steph Spencer 8

3rd W35-44 ‘B’ team: Wendy Swift 9; Debbie Hope 10; Deborah Blakeman 11

Full Team and Age Category Results … http://tinyurl.com/m63ftlx

STOP PRESS – World Records for Midland Masters

news-clip-art-300x271I am very pleased to report that at the BMAF Indoor Championships at Lee Valley, Day One, that two Midland Masters AC members achieved World records, subject to ratification. They are, David Oxland (M60) in the 1500m and Angela Copson. I have at this time no details of Angela’s performance but David ran 4:35.52 to achieve a very unexpected but pleasing victory. Congratulations to them both. I will leave it to David’s own words to describe his performance.

Last year M60 David Oxland’s successful clash with Nick Rose at 3000m was one of the highlights of the championship and so this year the prospect of the line-up in the 1500m, including Oxland, new M60 Dave Butler and the legendary Mike Hager was viewed with some excitement. In fact Oxland was on paper the under-dog this year having been well beaten by Butler and Hager in the cross country international at Belfast last November.

Butler lead from the gun and Oxland made no impression on a 10 metre lead for all of 7 laps by which time Hager was second but Oxland sprinted past both to achieve a new World Record in 4.35.52 taking exactly 1 second off the old one. With Butler comfortably inside the old world record as well at 4.36.04 and Hager inside the old British record, the trio would have taken the first three places in the M55 race as well.

Oxland said afterwards ” I had virtually given up with 150 metres to go when Mike overtook me but then I noticed that Dave was losing his fluency, after a superb bit of front running,and I decided to kick with 100 to go. I would have been happy just to beat these class runners and the World Record was an amazing bonus in my third year in this age group.”

PS: David went on to win a gold medal in the 800m on Day 2 being beaten by an Irish Guest runner whilst suffering from a cold made worse by the dry atmosphere in the arena.

Latest Committee News

At our committee meeting last night (27th February), two important decisions were made of interest to members.

timthumbFirstly, we co-opted Tony Porter as our Track & Field Team Manager responsible for the teams in the Midland Veterans Track & Field Team. Tony volunteered after my appeal for someone to come forward and more details will be available very soon.

Secondly, we unanimously agreed to go ahead and join the British Masters Athletic Federation online entry system. Once set up, members will be able to pay their subscriptions online and be able to update and amend their profile themselves. Eventually, probably gradually phased in, we will also be able to offer an online entry for our events. Integrating with the BMAF means that members will not be able to enter BMAF or International events without being a paid up member.

Maintaining this online database will drastically reduce the administration work involved with membership issues and will make handovers easier to succeeding officers.

Further details will be available soon.

BMAF XC Relays 2012 – Results

Full results now appear on the BMAF Blog at


Very Important Notice

Important Notice

Please note that the closing date for Online Entries to the European Masters Track & Field Championships in Zittau is the 31st May 2012.

It’s important to realise that the closing date for paper entries, 16th May, has passed and no longer applies.

All links giving details of how to enter and the online entry can be found on the BMAF website at http://tinyurl.com/5r9k3on

Town Hall Zittau, Saxony, Germany

Town Hall Zittau, Saxony, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For a direct link to “How to Enter Online”, click here http://tinyurl.com/8x6wpyq


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