Thursday, 29 July 2010


 The superb summer of sports which has had us glued watching the highlights of the World Cup, Le Tour de France, Wimbledon and of course Man. United's  preseason tour in America   
continues this week with the European Athletics Championships from Barcelona.

  Tonight's main interest for me was Michael Rimmer's run in the heat of the 800m;  a victory in 1:47.67.  But watch out in London 2012, hopefully, for a young man from our club, Niall Brooks (pictured in his Sale vest here)
who has just run 1:47.02, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal in the World Junior Champs in Moncton, Canada.  Let's hope young Niall can keep improving for at least another couple of years.

 Thursday is Athletics Weekly day and again the main interest for me was a 4 page article on northern legend Ron Hill.  Younger readers will have been amazed and hopefully inspired by his achievements.

 Triple Olympian,  but Ron cherishes his National Cross Coutry win in 1966 ,  his winning the European marathon in Athens in 1969, his Commonwealth marathon gold in Edinburgh in 1970 and his win in the 1970 Boston marathon as his top four performances.   I have a daily reminder of these successes printed on a mug on this desk so no news there. Now over 70 what I would have liked to have heard him talk more about is how he still feels compelled to train everyday and race so regularly .  Also how he feels about his current level compared with others of his age.

  Another magazine which dropped on the door mat was the BMAF magazine. "Masters Athletcs 2010".   There was a report on the previously referred to 5k champs at Horwich.  There was thanks for the Horwich hosts (!)  but also an apology for "the delay of the presentaion on the day".   He continued.."I will insist that the problems are ironed out, before we confirm our venue for next year"   I suspect a new venue.
  So plenty to read as a break from doing  Spring Summer 2011 orders following today's run.   A nice and relaxed 6 miler mainly on grass by the river witnessing Ilkley in full tourist holiday mode;  a picnicing bonanza!  

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