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Mara Yamauchi - 29th January 2014, University of Birmingham Print

Mara Yamauchi will be talking to the audience regards cross country and marathon and her experiences. Mara has competed at a number of European, World and Olympic, Cross Country and Marathon Championships with a best of 6th in the Beijing Marathon in 2008. She has latterly been a full time athlete prior to her retirement but has experience of the transition from University to work (she was working for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in Japan) and how to combine the training required to excel in both!

The talk will take place in the Avon Room of the University Centre (3 mins from the University Station) at 7pm on Wednesday 29th January – everyone is welcome (it isn’t just for the university club athletes!) with entry only £2, and should be ideal for local club members who have entered (or are considering entering) a marathon in 2014 …and Bud Baldaro may even be present with some advice too!

Mike Bull
Head Coach / Athletics Development Manager

University of Birmingham Sport



B15 2TT

07733 193992

Ashby 20 (9 March 2014) filling up fast Print

For those doing a Spring marathon one of the main build up races is the Ashby 20 ( This is an excellent event and a great test ahead of the marathon. I believe there are only 1200 places and at the time of posting they already have 1177 entries. Get in now to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively, or as well as, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Gloucester 20 which is the following week - see


Midland and National cross country championships - please reply by close on 5 January 2014 Print
In case any seniors have missed this over the Christmas period
Dear all,
Please reply by close on 5 January 2014 (entries have to be in by close on 8 January).
Please reply yes or no to each event so that I know that you have received and read this email.  There is no training at the club until 7 January so it is important that you reply.  I will try and catch up with as many of you that I can at the County Championships on 4 January 2014.  
Please note that it costs the club £7 per athlete for the Midland and £6 per athlete for the National and therefore please don't say yes unless you really do intend running.  If you say yes, put the date or dates in your diaries now.  
25 January 2014 Midland Championships at Newbold Comyn, Leamington
Ladies - 8km (5 miles) at 2.25pm
Men - 12km (7.5 miles) at 3pm
This is a good and testing course well known to most of you.
22 February 2014 National Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham
Ladies - 8km at 2.20pm
Men - 12km at 3pm
A course well known to those who have been at the club for some time.  It is undulating with some steep short climbs in a lovely park setting.  An excellent location for a cross country race.
In my opinion the National is the pinnacle of cross country racing in this country and is a must do event.  Other than the English National Cross Country Relays it is the only chance we, as athletes, get to stand on the same start line as the best runners in England.  The atmosphere is fantastic and the start of the race is a real experience (do it and you'll see what I mean).  With it being in Nottingham (an easy journey) seriously think about giving it a go.  If you are new to the club and would like to know a little more about the race, please give me a ring on 733 3293. 
15% off voucher for Birmingham Runner Print
Hi Guys,
Merry Christmas from us all at Birmingham Runner!
As a thank you for your continued support we are offering a 15% off voucher until the end of December. Would be grateful if you could circulate.
The Birmingham Runner Team
Next XC League race (Men) Print

next Saturday, 7th December sees the second Birmingham league cross country race starting at 2.30pm at Stafford Common - changing is at the Sir Graham Balfour School (for directions see the Birmingham league website). The race organiser has described the course conditions this week as 'heavy'.

There's two good reasons to make the effort for this one. Firstly, less than 30 points separates 3rd, 4th and 5th so after our solid start we're still in touch with the promotion chasers. Secondly it will be an historic occasion for Mick Edwards - when he stands on the start line he will move into joint first place of all time Birmingham league appearances moving up to 133 races (if Andy Nock, Halesowen, doesn't run on the day Mick will move ahead). A tremendous achievement showing loyalty and dedication to the club.

Keep injury free this week,

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