Please check out the “MVT&FL Page” on this Blog for the latest on Meeting 3 Results and for details of Meeting 4
Tony Crocker invited us all to his “Old Guard” Winter Track & Field meeting held on the 14th March at the Kidderminster & Stourport AC track. This informal meeting open to non MMAC members as well as members was designed to give t&f athletes competition outside their normal season in a friendly environment. This, Tony believes, was achieved. Anyone who competed, please post your comments here.
A set of results and a small report by Tony on the plans for next season can be downloaded here
Running Holidays in Spain
Ronda de Andalucía, 100
Object: Professional and Affordable Training Base in Andalucía, Spain.
Hello fellow sportswomen and sportsmen,
Who are we?
We are John Graham, former British, Commonwealth and Olympic Athlete and Frank McGowan, former Scottish Internationalist.
What do we do now?
After years of training together, we have relocated to secluded southern rural Spain: we have joined forces to pass on our knowledge and training techniques in a relaxing but challenging natural environment…but without the over-inflated price tag, in the dim economic context on both sides of the Channel.
Where and Why?
Like most Northern European teams of all sports, we have always been drawn to Spanish facilities and conditions: After Switzerland, Spain is the highest country in Europe, with an average altitude of 600 metres. We are based near the inland rural town of Priego de Córdoba, nestled at 2000 ft, between Granada’s Sierra Nevada and Córdoba’s Sierra Subetica. We are surrounded by endless hilly olive groves, crossed by meandering paths, ideal for walkers and runners. For you cyclists out there, we are already expecting with anticipation the 2010 Spanish Vuelta stage which will take the cyclists through the feared sixteen hills of Valdepeñas de Jaen.
What are the weather conditions?
The historical southern province of Córdoba has a continental climate which offers a wide range of training conditions, with crisp bright but cold winter days, a long scorching summer_ the province is registered as the hottest in Spain year after year and long pleasant sunny days in Spring and Autumn.
What are the facilities?
We would put at your disposition one or two beautiful private typical Spanish villas, comfortably sleeping 20 to 30 people with a small sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. We have ample secure car park, bike servicing facilities, two private swimming-pools set in flower gardens and a flood-lit tennis court.
Why choose us?
Not only can we offer you our invaluable experience, exceptional surroundings and warm-weather training conditions but with your cooperation, we have opted for a low-key advertising campaign which will enable us to pass on the savings to our customers. We ask you to please take time to print the present e-mail and our attached colour poster and place it on your club notice -boards.
How affordable is “affordable”?!
Our prices per person start at £150 for a week-end training break or £300 per training week. They include food (breakfast and evening meal), accommodation and transfer from the accessible airports of Malaga or Granada depending on group sizes.
For more information please contact
We look forward to being your hosts soon.
John and Frank.
John Graham, the ex-international marathon runner from Glasgow, has written to tell me about the running holidays and running camps that he organises with business partner Frank McGowan also an ex-international runner. With a wealth of experience behind them ( John was second the fastest marathon runner in 1981 when winning the Rotterdam marathon in 2:09:28) an interesting and useful week or two’s training will be guaranteed.
John has offered discounts to MMAC members, please check out their website at http://www.jfpacemakers.com/
JF Pacemakers can be contacted on: –
(0034) 957 703116 or (0034) 620 681415