Category Archives: Track & Field

3000m Indoors – Quest to Break 9 Minutes

By Elliot Hind

The London Marathon has been my main focus ever since I finished the Abingdon Marathon in October. I’ve been building strength, but done next to no speed work (not helped by the weather!).  As most of you know my wife is heavily pregnant and life is about to change forever!  With that in mind I have set about racing as much as I can while I still have the flexibility.  One event that drew my attention was the Soar Winter Warmer, an indoor track open meeting at Lee Valley.  I was particularly interested as I rarely get the chance to race indoors and with my London secondment coming to an end getting to North East London won’t be very practical soon.   read more

Breaking 16 minutes at The British Milers Club

by Elliot Hind

Over the past year I’ve taken my training to another level and alongside it I’m results.  I am now able to cover between 115 and 130km (71 and 80 miles) a week and keep getting quicker over pretty much all distances that I’ve competed in.

As most people know I love parkrun; I’ve almost done 100 parkruns (of which 40 of those are different ones!) and successfully cracked the 17 minute barrier almost a year ago.  I’ve since been getting closer to breaking 16 minutes (under 16.20 5 times including the Cottisford 5k) but no matter how flat a course I can find (Dulwich!) I still couldn’t do it. read more

Ramblings of a Lonely LBAC Thrower

Track & Field – Southend – Sunday 17th July 2016

by David Killick

Some of you may not know but we are an athletics club and actually do things that don’t involve running. This could to some, mean going to the Black Lion, but I am actually pointing to the track and field that we engage in over the summer.  Below is some light reading in the life of the only official senior male who takes throwing events seriously.

3rd round of the EAL took us to Sarrrrrrffffffeend.  Road trips have now become legendary in the club, not due to drinking antics that may be seen in rugby clubs but mainly how long before adults ear drums are burst by screaming kids on the coach, who can bag the back seat (I lost again) and the times when Nick Clay has you locked on the coach to see how many events he can persuade you to do before your body breaks. read more

Z-list celebrity for about an hour

By Elliot Hind I’d heard great things about the ‘Night of the 10,000m PBs’ over the past few years, but hadn’t been able to get down to see for myself.  It’s hosted by Highgate Harriers and is completely free for spectators.  They put on a bit of a festival with music, beer and food which makes for a brilliant atmosphere.  When I saw it was being used for the Rio Olympics trials this year I knew I had to be there. I wanted to run, but I’m not quick enough to have a sub 32 minute qualifying time.  Fortunately I was able to get in as one of the reserves after someone dropped out.  My running has been going really well and with a 16.10 5k last week I was confident I could beat my 34.35 PB. When the start lists came out I was slightly disappointed to be in race 1 (which was won in 33.50 last year, but the 2nd place runner was over a minute behind) as I wanted to run a PB and I thought the best way to do that was to be around runners slightly quicker than me.  The event has pacemakers, the front one in my race was due to run 4km in 33.30 pace; which I thought was perfect. I was really nervous in the build up to the race, but as soon as the gun went off I felt good.  I sat behind the pacemaker and tried to get into an even rhythm.  25 laps can be very daunting, but I just relaxed and enjoyed the occasion. I had brilliant support (as well as my wife Sarah and brother Owen) as Kas and family had come down, Simon was already there for his race and Chris Norman was there too. I don’t remember a lot from the first few laps, but I was in the lead pack of three behind the pacemaker; our splits were consistent but I began to worry about how I would do after 4km without the pacer.  I didn’t need to worry though, 4km came and went and the pacer told me he’d stay until 8km.  By now the others in the pack couldn’t keep with us so it was just the two of us.  I relaxed and the time flew by, I just simply loved being part of this brilliant event. As we hit 8km I went for it, determined to get the PB I had come for and gradually ramped up my speed; it was beginning to hurt as I came round the last bend but a strange sensation suddenly happened that even though I thought I was on my own I felt someone on my shoulder; so I went for it.  I must have looked completely mental and this picture confirms it: hh_pic01317 I was ecstatic to cross the line in first place with a new personal best of 33.17; exactly what I had come for! Then it all got a bit surreal.  Usually following any race I would shake hands with all the other competitors and clap in those finishing, but I was whisked off in front of a camera for an interview beamed on the big screen to everyone at the track.  I was asked numerous questions about my form, my aims and even what my favourite distance was!  I’ve seen some photos of me on the big screen, but I’m not sure anyone actually heard what I said! After that had finished suddenly Alastair Aitken from Highgate Harriers came from nowhere to put a tape recorder in front of me, to do a full interview (which you can read here).  I was trying my best to give good answers, but I was knackered and hadn’t yet been offered any water!  Finally, after a nice chat with Alastair I was ushered into the marquee next to the track and asked to do an interview on the live stream.  I was asked more running related questions (that was broadcast live online), but all I remember is when they asked me if I’d be joining in with lane 3 ‘beerncheer’ I informed them that I could see my wife and she already had a can and of course I’d be joining her! The rest of the evening was superb; I was able to get a free massage trackside and watch Simon finish 19th in race 2 in 33.15.  After that the races got quicker and quicker. It was such a joy to be allowed onto lane 3 to really get behind the athletes (and beer was only £2 a can).  Sadly we had to head home before the elite women’s race which was the highlight of the night; I’m sure you’ve read all about it! I encourage everyone to get down to next year’s event, it really is superb.

East Anglian League Results

EAL – Bury St Edmonds – 24th April 2016

A massive well done to all athletes competing on Sunday at Bury St Edmunds Although the smallest club we held our own on the day in difficult conditions. Of particular note are the U15 Boys who were 2nd overall on the day, with their female counterparts also having a good turnout and results to finish 4th. The results for the day can be found here. The under 11’s have their own tab as non scorers on the spreadsheet and showing good potential for the future especially Cary’s Clarke whos shot putt was awesome. A couple of name changes are taking place for Cary’s (80m) and Warren’s (1500) and James’ time is being adjusted by a minute. Thought I would send these out so you can see how well you all did. Performance of the day has to go to Daniel Boulder for his massive jump in the long jump to win that competition. We need more athletes at the next one on the 12th June at Braintree. Encourage those athletes in your age groups that come to training to help you improve your team status. Under 11’s have a Quadkids event that we are hosting on the same day! So a split team but we are big enough to manage both, but we need to get the older age groups represented better next time. Thanks to all the parents for your help in the cold conditions and particularly Pauline Bell being static on the finish line all day, good to see you had thawed out ready for parent helper at training on Tuesday where it was even colder! Naomi O’dwyer took some  the photos on the day which can be found on our facebook page.
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