Posts Tagged ‘Athletics’

Heroes of Race Walking – Part 2, Great Britain

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

In Great Britain, race walking can sometimes feel like a lonely discipline and we can be tempted to look overseas with envy. In my previous article I talked about race walkers from around the world who became heroes. It can be easy to forget Britain’s prosperous history, but we should remember the British race walkers who were among the best in the world. In fact, it has been difficult to select only a few.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Athletics Timetable Unveiled

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

The Athletics timetable for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was unveiled today during a ceremony in the Japanese capital.

Spread over ten days, athletics competition at the 29th Summer Olympic Games will commence on Friday 31 July with the men’s 20km race walk, which will finish in front of Japan’s imperial palace, and conclude on the final day of the Games, Sunday 9 August, with the men’s marathon.

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BRITISH ATHLETICS SUMMER 2019 SELECTION POLICIES NOW AVAILABLE

Monday, April 15th, 2019

All British Athletics selection policies for the remaining major international competitions this summer have now been published and are available to view online.

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Heroes of race waking – part one, worldwide

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

As I mentioned in a previous article for #WalkingWednesday, race walkers come from all around the world. I also said that race walking is a sport of heroes. The greats of the sport are remembered for their heroic feats.

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“Run like someone’s watching” and 4 more ways runners can learn from race walking

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

In my articles for #WalkingWednesday I talk about race walking and its unique charm. I would love to think that I might have encouraged some of you to give it a go but I know I won’t have convinced everyone. However, you can still learn a lot from race walking that will help to improve your running.

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Marshall Smith’s Running Fever

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

This is the first time I’ve wrote a blog, so this is a whole new experience for me, but basically I am running-mad.

My name is Marshall and I am 18 years old, having started running at the age of 12 and joining my local athletics club: Ashford AC. Back then, I trained with the juniors group, with no particular favourite event in mind. I’ve always loved sprinting, and used to think I would be the next Usain Bolt after winning all my primary school sports day races, however my love for running miles and miles must have come down to the fact that I never stopped, and still don’t.

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Disqualification – the cruel fate of race walkers who get it wrong

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019


In my previous article about race walking, I briefly talked about the threat of disqualification. It is one of the main things that makes the event so exciting and dramatic to watch. It can happen for different reasons but the effect is catastrophic for an athlete and their supporters. But after a while, it will happen to almost every experienced race walker.

In any walking race, there are official judges positioned along the course to ensure that athletes are complying with the definition of race walking – namely that at least one foot is in contact with the ground and that the leg is straight when it is on the ground and in front of the body. (This is Rule 230, which I mentioned last time.) Here is a brief explanation:
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Lee McConnell on Laura Muir

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Lee McConnell believes Hampden heartbreak five years ago and a growing sense of maturity will allow Laura Muir to cope with being the face of Scottish athletics.

Middle distance specialist Muir won an unprecedented Double Double at the European Indoors in Glasgow earlier this month as she successfully defended her 1500m and 3000m titles in fine style on her home track at the Emirates Arena.
The pressure was intense on the adopted Glaswegian – the 25-year-old has lived in the city for almost eight years – as the home favourite, event Ambassador and poster girl for the host GB and NI team.

Muir now insists she regards raised expectations as support rather than pressure and has her own high hopes for the IAAF World Champs in Doha this autumn and then the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.And McConnell, who qualified for the Olympics three times in her own track and field career, feels Laura can take the strain.

‘I am really impressed with the way Laura is handling the spotlight,’ said McConnell.
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Race walking – What every athlete and athletics fan needs to know…

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

One of the best things about athletics is the wide variety of ways in which people can push themselves to their limits. Some of these are pretty obvious – such as the 100m where the goal is: “run fast”. Race walking is probably the least straightforward discipline in athletics, being widely misunderstood, commonly dismissed and sometimes altogether unknown. However, it has a charm and a challenge that will resonate with any athletics fan.

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STUNNING GOLDS BY MUIR & OSKAN-CLARKE LEAD BRITAIN TO BEST EVER HAUL AT EUROPEAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Monday, March 4th, 2019

The final evening of action at the European Indoor Championships saw a record Great Britain & Northern Ireland team deliver spectacularly as golds from Laura Muir (coach: Andy Young, club: Dundee Hawkhill), Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (Jon Bigg, Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) led the way. Winning six medals on the night, the British team finished the Championships second in the medal table with a best-ever haul at the event of 12 overall (4 gold, 6 silver, 2 bronze).

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