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No changing in the Annex Print

As the gym facilities have now been relocated to the main sports hall the centre staff no longer open the changing rooms or toilets in the annex. Those facilities are available in the main centre including dry side changing and showers.

If you do need to use the changing rooms before we set off please give yourselves an extra few minutes to get to and from the centre. Please let the coaches know if this proves to be a problem.

This  situation may however provide some new opportunities. There are a number of Tuesday night sessions that became impractical due to progressively earlier closing of the changing rooms. Since the main centre stays open later we may be able to reinstate some of those sessions during the winter. If people have any preferences then please let Barry or Craig know. Examples might  include those out by Woodside Way or Beechwood Park Rd in Solihull with long runs out and back.


Vets track and field - 25th May 2016, Solihull. Print

The next vets track and field meeting will be taking place on Wednesday 25th May at the Norman Green athletics track at Tudor Grange, Solihull. You can’t get any more local than that! Start time is 7pm. This is a great opportunity to come along and see for yourself what these meetings are all about. These meetings are not as scary or as serious as you may think. So if you fancy taking part for the first time there are events that you can have a go at. Alternatively, the club is at the centre of the organization of the meeting so there are ‘jobs’ to be done on the night that you can volunteer to help with. Or simply come along and watch. Contact Darren or Hilary for more information. 

Sparkhill Harrier - National Champion and World Record Holder Print

Owing to a persistent calf injury Grahame Cooper has not been able to run regularly over recent months but fortunately has been able to continue training and competing in his other sport of indoor rowing where he competes at the highest level.  During these events he competes in his Sparkhill colours.

On 12 July 2015 Grahame participated in the Concept 2 Online Challenge when he rowed in the Lighweight Men 80+ category, achieving a distance of 266 metres in one minute.

On 29 January this year Grahame received confirmation from the Concept 2 HQ in the USA that this performance was ratified as a British and World Record.

On 31 January 2016 Grahame competed in the English Rowing Championship at the Manchester Velodrome winning the Gold Medal in the 2000 metres Lightweight Men 80+ category with a time of 8 mins 27.3 secs.

On 13 March 2016 Grahame competed in the World Sprint Challenge (online) in the 1000 metres Lightweight Men 80+ category when he won the Silver Medal with a time of 4 mins 11.6 secs.

As a result of these impressive performances Grahame has been invited to join a team that will be seeking to set a new World Record for rowing 100,000 metres in Newquay on 24 September 2016.

Congratulations to Grahame on these world class performances.

Good Recent Racewalking Results - Hilary is Warks County Champion Print

Hilary Mann has recently competed in two of the big annual reacewalking events.

At the Midlands Racewalking Championships, including the Staffs, Warks and Worcs County Championships, held at Stourport on 21st February 2016, Hilary  finished in 3rd place in the Women's 5km, thus winning the Warwickshire County Championships.

At the Molly Barnett U20 and Senior 10km racewalking meeting, incorporating the England Athletics Senior 10km Championships, held at Coventry on 6th March 2016, Hilary finished in 32nd place overall, was the 12th woman, and 7th in the national EA Champs. She described the race as "rather daunting competing alongside British and overseas internationals, but a great experience".

Congratulations to Hilary on two excellent performances.

Open track and field meetings Print

Dave Reed has passed on details of a couple of open meetings for senior and veteran men & women:

Sunday 10th April at Kidderminster & Stourport and

Sunday 24th April at Tipton.

Dave has entry forms and there is a link here:

Kidderminster & Stourport


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