2010 News

TWO RECORDS FOR ROGER!

At Yeovilton on Wednesday 11 August Roger Rowe tore through the 5k course in a new M65 Club Record time of 19.10 beating the previous best by over half a minute. On further investigsation itwas discovered that he also broke the M60 record in 2005 on the same course. His time then was 18.10 and that has, rather belatedly, been confirmed as the new record.

Are there any more records out there that we don't know about?

INTER AREA TRACK & FIELD

Arthur Kimber, on Behlf of the BMAF has invited us to submit a team for the Inter Area Track & Field Championships to be held on Sunday 8 August 2010 at the Solhull Track.

Those interested in representing South West Vets at this event should contact Peter Fairbank on telephone 01202 247 076 or email p.fairbank@btopenworld.com.

More details on our Fixtures Page

A CLUB RECORD FALLS AT BIDEFORD

Steve Hollier set a new Club Half marathon record at Bideford over the weekend in the M60 Group.

His time of 1.19.15 shaved a few seconds of the previous record set by Roger Rowe in Exeter 5 years ago.

Gold for Simon in Canada!

At the World Masters Indoors Championships in British Columbia this week Simon Anderson picked up Gold in the Cross Country, Gold in the 1500 and Silver for the 3000 - plus a Team Silver in the Cross Country.

Well Done, Simon, and we look forward to seeing you on the outdoor track again during the coming season.

T & F ENTRY FORMS

Entry Forms for our Track & Field Championships at Exeter Arena on Sunday 20 June 2010 are now available. You can click here for the Entry Form and here for the Timetable.

All enquiries to our Track & Field Secretary, Peter Fairbank, telephone 01202 247076.

AN INVITATION TO

THE BELGIAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

We have received an invitation to take part in the Belgain National Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships taking place on Saturday 13 March 2010. A few more details are given in a message from Maurice Doogan, the BMAF T & F Secretary and can be seen on our 'Message' page - click here.

If you want to take part please contact Maurice direct.

BMAF TRACK AND FIELD STANDARDS

To start off the New Year BMAF have published an updated list of standards which can be seen on their website. A lot of work has gone into compiling them and so I suggest that you have a look at them and see how you measure up against them.

The Standards have been revised with two things in mind. First of all it lays down standards for medals at National meetings so that the medals are meaningful and earnt rather than just being awarded because no one else turned up. Secondly, and more importantly, they establish goals for all of us. Based on previous performances I am confident on my favourite events but as a New Year Resolution I intend to have a crack at as many of the other events as I can. I might give the Pole Vault and Hurdles a miss but I can't do myself much harm in the rest. If any of you get all of the standards for your age/gender we would like to hear from you. There's a challenge to some of you Multi Eventers!

We do of course have our own set of standards and as to be expected they are lower than the the BMAF ones but the same principles apply. Pick which ones you want to use as a target. Ours can be found on this website and click here for the National ones.

For interest the new BMAF standards are based on actual results in the BMAF Indoor [8,666 performances] and Outdoor [14,771 performances] Championships between 1996 and 2009 taking into consideration the top 80% of perfomances in each event. They were then adjusted to produce a smooth progression from age groups and they will be monitored as time goes by to sort out any anomalies. To get all this done was a task of epic proportions and we are grateful to Ian Thomas for all the number crunching. Thanks Ian.

CHANGE OF DATE AND VENUE FOR THE

BMAF TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010

After years of using the Alexander Stadium., Birmingham, we have been caught out this year by the fact that they are relaying the track on our traditional dates in July. Maurice Doogan, the hardworking BMAF Track & Field Secretary, has however successfully negotiated for the use of the Cardiff International Sports Stadium over the weekend 3 - 4 July 2010.

He has also secured a very good hotel package at the Park Inn, Cardiff West. This is highly recommended because it is excellent value for money and gives all competitors to meet in a more relaxed and less competitive atmosphere. Entry forms and details of the hotel package will be posted in due course on the BMAF website.