Posts Tagged ‘On Track Athletics’

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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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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My London Marathon Challenge – Part 4

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

SSP_SD_100575Well it’s been a while since my last blog so lots to update you on!!!

I have continued with my training making sure I do enough to keep progressing at a steady pace without getting injured as April 2014 is still a long way off.

I have started to go further on my Sunday morning runs going for up to an 90mins in my first run I managed just over 10miles which I was really pleased with as this is the furthest I have ever run in my life. It wasn’t too hard either just at a steady pace…

As I was a sprinter I still like to keep the speed going so will be doing lots of 5k park runs and 10ks to make sure the speed is there. In early October I ran my second Maidstone Park run; I was aiming for a PB and sub 23mins. I went out hard and carried on to finish is great time of 21.40mins so smashed my pre-race target. A very happy runner!! The week after my park run I took part in the Givaudan 10k road race starting and finishing at the Julie Rose Stadium our home track. I was looking forward to running in my home town and helping the club raise funds. I woke up on the morning of the race and looked out the window it was raining (in fact it was more like a monsoon!!!). I drove through the pouring rain to the track and arrived to find the track flooded with rain water. OK today’s race was going to be interesting and wet!! I warmed up and went to the start area where the organisers said there was a major road flood just over the railway bridge which is outside the stadium. The starter Derek Seamon got us on our way and went out hard (perhaps a little too hard) we approached the railway bridge and at the bottom was the flood. I just followed the runners and went straight through the middle which was the quickest and shallowest part of the flood. That said my trainers where soaked. I went through the first 1km in under 4mins which was a little but too fast as I started to feel a bit heavy legged at 3km.

I carried on pushing and as the race went on I got wetter and wetter but was feeling ok. It was great to see all the volunteer marshals on the route many of whom gave us a cheer as we went pass them. Just after 7km I was greeted by my family who braved the rain to cheer me on. Claire my wife who’s birthday fell on the same day deserves a special mention for coming out in the rain to support me!! See them all gave me a boost and I pushed onto to the finish. When I entered the stadium gates I glanced at my watch thought sub 45mins is on. I didn’t want to sprint too soon but once on the track I went for it. As I crossed the line I wasn’t sure if I had done it… An hour or so later I found out my time. 45.03mins so close yet so far!! Anyways next time.

Following the 10k I have kept training up and ran another Park Run PB this time at the first park run in Ashford. My time of 21.14 was good enough for 16th overall. Didn’t feel great so lots more to come!!
Finally this morning I went out for my long Sunday morning run I headed out and was going well. At 5miles I was at Hamstreet woods I decided to carry on towards Woodchurch hoping there would be a right turn to take me back towards Stubbs Cross/Kingsnorth but it never came. I decided to turn back and ran through to Shadoxhurt and realised that I wouldn’t get back home in the allocated 90mins so called home to let them know I was going to be late. I ended up running 13.1 miles in 1hour 49mins which is a Half Marathon!! I have to say my legs are killing!!!

That’s enough for today… Hope you enjoyed the update!!!

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Ashford Leisure Trust 2013 Outdoor Open Meetings

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Ashford Leisure Trust are running a series of summer open athletics meetings that will include +wind 100m and 200m races, middle distance events and some Steeplechase development races.

Enter online and promote to fellow athletes and coaches.

The dates are:
Wednesday 24th April
Wednesday 22nd May
Wednesday 12th June
Wednesday 24th July
Wednesday 18th September

For more information view the online entry pages

Live Feed of BUCS Indoor Athletics Championships

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Watch live video from athleticos on www.justin.tv

Kent U11 Sportshall Decathlon & County Trials

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Kent U11 Sportshall Athletics Decathlon, hosted and organised by Ashford Leisure Trust on behalf of the Kent County Athletic Association (KCAA) at the Stour Centre, Ashford on Sunday 25th November.

This is a new event in the Sportshall Athletics calendar and we are confident it will be a great success and will become an annual event.

The Decathlon is open to boys and girls in school Years 5 and 6 from clubs and schools in Kent. Athletes will do all 10 events

Thanet Primary Sportshall Athletics Results

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

On Track Athletics was pleased to event manage the Thanet Primary Sportshall Athletics festival at The Ursuline College on Saturday 4th February. The event was run on behalf of School Games Organiser Phil Pittock and acted as a qualifer for the Kent Primary Sportshall Finals. Well done to all the pupils who took part in the event representing their schools.

Download the Thanet Sportshall Results 2012

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