I am pleased to announce that our traditional Annual Open Relays will take place on the 26th April 2015 from the YHA National Forest Centre, Swadlincote. Full details can be found on this website on the dedicated page at http://wp.me/PDLtv-Fc and entry online will follow very soon.
For those of you on the ball with diary dates you will spot that the date does clash again with the London Marathon. We tried with all our might to avoid this date but because of other fixture clashes with the MCAA Relays and other Masters events your organising team are involved in, coupled with the potential venues being booked up and unavailable, we had to settle on the 26th April or nothing!!! Hopefully this will not affect us too much.
This event is for all affiliated runners (non-affiliated runners not allowed I’m afraid) and is open to non-MMAC members. Please disseminate among your fellow club colleagues and encourage a team entry. For individuals who cannot raise a team – don’t worry – please enter as an individual and you will be placed in a Composite Team on the day.
There is a possibility that a Race Walk Handicap will also take place at the same time, providing there are no major fixture clashes. Details will be published as soon as possible.
This 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
40th Anniversary Celebration
Our celebrations took place yesterday at the Tamworth AC’s headquarters. An afternoon of fun and frolics was planned by a small team headed by our current President, Adrian Lloyd.
The weather was kind and the forecast of light rain fortunately didn’t materialise. John Walker, our Road/ XC Secretary, organised a “Torch” Relay from Halesowen ( the place where it all began) to Tamworth, timed to perfection, arriving at the start of the meeting and ending with a lap of the track consisting of a genuine Olympic Torch and plethora of past Presidents.
Seconded at the last minute for timekeeping duties with fellow past President, Derek Fellows, we were grateful that our tasks were not too onerous. The show kicked off with a two- man Paarlauf, 12 minutes in duration. What a pity only two teams participated because once everyone had ‘sussed’ out how it worked it proved to be quite a close fought contest. A mixture of techniques was used, run 300m; jog back 100m or run 200m; jog across grass, adding to the interest.
On the track, 1 mile handicap races followed both for race walkers and runners, whilst field events consisted of long jumps and shot put plus welly wanging, the latter proving the most popular! Obstacle races and family shuttle relays rounded of the track events and a demonstration of tug- a – war being the afternoon’s highlight.
After all these efforts everyone fed themselves on jacket potatoes with various fillings and a substantial buffet.
Presentations to the winners were then carried out by Sue Kneill-Boxley, one of the organising team who sorted all the obstacle races, bouncy castle and who contributed in such a tremendous way.
With darkness falling, our Treasurer, Martin Wilkinson, and small team prepared the firework display. Wow! What a way to see off our 40th year, a really beautiful display and I’m sure Tamworth enjoyed it too!
The evening was rounded off with music and dancing.
All in all a very enjoyable and entertaining day. Congratulations to Adrian and his team for organising such a great event.
I’m off now with a little break with the family in Cornwall, so the full report with pictures will appear on the dedicated page in a couple of weeks, my apologies for this delay. But I thought it important to get this post uploaded.
Please feel free to make comments on this or the dedicated page and I’ll do my best to get them all approved before I am back in action.
Tom Morris – Secretary
1st October 2012
After having to call off our annual handicap on the 5th February due to bad weather it has been decided to hold it on the 1st April 2012, once again within the Centurion Grand Prix Series by kind permission of Centurion RC. The handicap will be renamed “The Colin Simpson Memorial Handicap” in honour of our late Treasurer, Colin Simpson, whose 83rd birthday would have been on the 2nd April.
All the original entries and entry fees will stand but if anyone who wants to enter can now do so on a new entry form Colin Simpson Memorial Handicap 2012 the closing date is strictly the 22nd March 2012.
The handicap is open to Midland Masters AC member only and the entry fee is £6.00
Any member who has entered the Grand Prix event or series pays only £1.00 BUT will still need to fill out the handicap form. Let us get a good entry for this re-scheduled event.