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Amended Timetable for the Track & Field Championships

Please note that there has been a slight amendment to the Provisional Timetable for the Championships on Sunday 17 June. The 200m has been moved into the half past one slot instead of the 800, which in turn will now take place at 2.30. This is to allow for runners to compete in both the 100 and 200. All other combinations and permutations are reasonably spaced.


From Rob Bates, S West Vets Track & Field Secretary (5 July 2011)

Well Done to those athletes and officials that were at Plymouth on Sunday for the SW League Match 3 fixture. It was certainly an enjoyable day...particularly the 4 X 400m relay at the end...great stuff.

The Plymouth results are already on Powerof10.A few PBs and SBs for our athletes as well, which is nice to see.

Next up in the League is our final fixture at Exeter on Sun, Sept 4th,which is a B Programme match (as per Millfield).We are expecting our largest turnout of the season at this match. The turnout was lower than we would have liked on Sunday, but given the fixture congestion at this time of the season, what with the Worlds etc, it was quite predictable.

As you will be aware, we also have the Inter-Area meet coming up at Solihull on Sunday, August 7th.
This meeting is different from the League in that there is just one athlete per event and it is based on selection. Myself and Ian Snow are doing the selection for this event and I will be in attendance as Joint Team Manager and travelling Reserve.

Looking at previous years' results, the standard has been very mixed. SCVAC, with respect, seem to dominate the meeting by sheer volume of  numbers, rather than being of a higher standard. If we can cover every event, that would be brilliant.

It appears at this stage that the main selection dilemmas for us are the Middle-Distance events, where we are awash with talent. Ian and I will try and select the team by about the 4th week of July, if possible.

It is quite possible that we will have some last-minute cry-offs, no-shows or injuries on the day, so we will be picking some reserves as well...just in case ! Chances are that everyone will get a run out, albeit possibly not in their chosen event. There are also some lighter, more fun events, such as the Medley Relay and 2K walk.

Take care.

Kind regards

Team Manager

From Rob Bates, S West Vets Team Manager (Monday 18 April 2011)

I would just like to thank everyone for helping to make a cracking day yesterday. It surpassed my expectations, even though we only fielded a small team. There were many positive points to mention really and this is not an
exhaustive list :-

                a) The fact that athletes were bravely competing in events that they  were not accustomed to against people a fraction of their respective ages.
                b) For an M60 to win an event against other much younger athletes....and to knock out a PB at the same time !
                c) How we could field a 4 X 400m Relay team out of just 5 Athletes,whilst 4 other clubs with scores of  younger and fitter athletes to pick from ,couldn't even raise a team.
                d) The good old fashioned Corinthian sporting spirit and the  camaraderie that it brings.
                e) The lovely weather !
                f) The fact that athletes were  mucking in and helping out with the officiating.

I would also like to thank Steve's wife Kath for helping out with the officiating. That was a massive help for us.
On a personal note, it did me the world of good, as up until about last Wed, I was all set to just help with officiating, do the odd field event and walk around with a clipboard ! Due to some back issues, I thought my
Track days were well and truly over. Due to lack of Speed Endurance training etc, my hamstrings were virtually semi-paralysed with Lactic Acid , in the 200m, but my back held out ok.  I'm still recovering today!

I spoke to a few other 2nd Claim Vets & they were all regretting not competing for us yesterday , which says it all really.

I look forward to seeing you all at the end of May plus many other fellow Vet athletes. Have a great week!


Rob Bates


Following requests, from a few financial strapped athletes [including me] who could not afford to go to Kamloops, about how could they compete at the new indoor arena in Gent, where next years EVAA Indoor Championships are being held, I made some enquiries. I found that the Belgian Masters Athletics Indoor Championships were held there in 2009 and are to be held there again in 2010. Several 'begging' e-mails to the Belgian Athletics Federation followed, and after special dispensation, agreed at a Federation Council meeting, these closed Championships are being opened for the first time. Even better is that the Federation have proffered an invite to ALL British athletes to come and compete.

So this is it. The Championships are on Saturday 13th March at the newish Indoor Arena on the western side of Gent [or Ghent]. Looking at the results from last year, it appears a fairly low key affair, but the population of Belgium is not large, so we should not expect any more. The events are also restricted, the longest race being 1500m plus the 60m Hurdles, the four Jumps and the Shot. The entry fees are a paltry, £2 per event [actually €2 + bank transfer costs], but you can only enter through me.

The proposal is to go over Friday afternoon, I have looked at ferry's the cheapest being the Norfolk Line for £37 return [car and four passengers], Dover to Dunkirk, Gent is 112kms and 1 Hour and 6 minutes away, so says Google. We stay in an Ibis [room £52 per night] or similar accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights and return Sunday lunchtime [some are suggesting they are staying over, coming back Monday] We sort out exactly where we want to stay in 2011, after recce of city hotels, restaurants, bars and access to stadium on Friday and Saturday evenings.

So from London with four in a car and sharing twin bed room - £85 each plus food. Not quite your San Sebastian on a dry night, but beats the hell out of frozen Helsinki or Eskilstuna on ANY night [well apart from farewell night]. Think of it as money well spent, as we should be ahead of the game with hotels etc. for 2011, and a competition as well.

So talk to your club mates, and come back to me with events, where you think you might stay etc., so at least we can try and go as a Team. I will be taking my car, so will have three seats up for sharing and sharing or whatever in hotel.

I am sure there are is something else I should be telling you - apart from wind chill factors and the like - but the grey matter has got frost bite, so will have to wait for now.

Maurice Doogan

BMAF Track & Field Secretary


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My name is Milly Fraser and I am contacting you as a member of the contestant team on BBC One’s extreme gameshow TOTAL WIPEOUT.

Total Wipeout is all about having fun and trying to complete one of the most entertaining courses on TV! You may have seen it on Saturday nights on BBC1.

We are currently recruiting new contestants for the series and are looking for people from all walks of life. However, we do not have a lot of applications from over the age of 35, especially women over the age of 35, and we are very keen to ensure that they are represented on the show.

I was hoping you would be able to assist me in reaching some members from the Southern West Veterans Athletics Club who may be interested in participating. I have attached a flyer that we are giving out to people who are interested.

Any interested parties should visit the following website:

Fill in the application form and post it back to the address provided and mark it for my attention.

Please can you contact me on 020 8222 4041 or if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Milly Fraser | Assistant Producer

Total Wipeout, Endemol UK PLC

Want to Run 10k for Somerset?

Following on from last year's SW Inter-Counties at Wimborne this year's SW Inter-Counties has just been finalised and it will be taking part in Chippenham, Wiltshire, on Sunday 9Th November 2008. The Race will be a Road-Race 10K and will incorporate the SW Inter-Counties, as well as the Wiltshire County Champs.

Last year, due to poor communications and an important X-Country event on the same day, Somerset were unable to field a strong side and we suffered as a result on the day.
This year we really need a good showing, as we have many fine athletes in the County, and we should be pushing for a top-three finish.
If any athlete is interested, or knows some-one else, who would like to be considered for the team, could they please let me know.The County will pay for the Race entry, and may be able to help with travel costs.
Look forward to hearing from you soon,
Yours Truly
Jon ColesSomerset AA Team Manager

Free Olympic Trial Tickets We have secured a number of tickets for the Olympic trials being held in Birmingham on Friday 11th-Sunday 13th July. We would like to offer each club up to 4 free places and have reserved a block for the region (in the home straight).
Each club can have any combination of days for for people but we need to know which days and if they are adults or children (it is more cost effective for us if it is a Saturday and Sunday (weekend ticket) or single one day tickets.
Please see the UK Athletics website for full details of the programme.
We need to confirm the tickets ASAP so would ask that any requests are received in the office by Monday 16th June, any later than that and we cannot guarantee getting the quota.  This will be done on a strictly first come first served basis, so to guarantee your tickets please reply as soon as possible.

We will need know numbers initially but then once confirmed we will need names (and age of juniors) by 20th June.

Kind regards

Sonya Ellis
Regional Manager

England Athletics – South West
Telephone 01392 879733 mobile 07968 498709

ULTRA DISTANCE RUNNING......... from Tom Scrivens

I would be most grateful if you would be good enough to publicize the following new Event among your club members. Axe Valley Runners are holding one 12 hour and two six hour time trial races at the Exeter Arena Athletic Track on September 20th 2008.  With the first 6 hour starting at 7:00 am and finishing at 1:00 pm, the 12 hour will start at 7:30 am and finish at 7:30 pm, and the second 6 hour will commence at 2:00 pm and finish at 8:00pm. The name of the events:  Trackattack 612

The ultimate aim of these events for the future is to establish Devon as the centre of ultra distance Track Racing in the South West.  Therefore we intend this year to start ‘small’ and get experience with 12 and 6 hour races, hopefully to be followed by a 24 hour event next year and by a full 6 day event the year after that.

In August last year I made many contacts in Germany when I took part in a 6 day event where there was huge support and enthusiasm among runners and organisers alike for longer ultras such as 6 and 7 day events, none of which unfortunately exist in the UK at the current time. Many of these guys told me they would love to come to the UK if only we would put on similar events over here. Undoubtedly they would have a great international flavour and could put Devon firmly and permanently onto the ultra distance map.

The entry limit for each race is 20 runners, so ultimately there will never be more than 40 runners on the track at any one time. Priority for entry will be given to runners who bring their own lap recording person who will be responsible for recording each completed lap by their runner on the record sheets provided.

I’m taking the liberty of attaching an entry form (click here) for anyone who may be interested in taking part and would stress that early entry is recommended as already there is a lot of interest in these three prestigious events. I would also like to ask at this time for volunteer helpers on the day; people who would/could be, lap recorders, ‘scene shifters’, trackside helpers, etc, etc. No experience necessary as ‘training’ will be given!

I’m looking forward to hearing from lots and lots of you!

Ever in the Long Run,

Tom Scriven


From Gerry Bayly:

Hi, Whilst on holiday Martin and myself entered this race coming 47th and 65th. It's a good scenic course (St. Levan 10k - see report on the Road News Page).

From Julian Kennedy:

The British Masters' Inter Area match will take place in Luton on 18 Sept 2004. SW Vets have not entered a team this year but any member wishing to take part will be cheerfully accepted as a guest. For further information contact Irene Nichols at and information as to how to find the track is on

From Bob Minting:

Mike Erith not only took Gold at the European Championships in the 800 m, but in fact took part in all the flat track races right through from 100 m to the marathon. That is true dedication to the Sport

From Denmark:

News from the European Masters Championships 2004 held in the last week of July in Denmark. Bob Minting took Bronze in the Mens 50 with a cracking time of 2.05.01. Bob a former European M50 Champion at this distance is now at the top end of his age group so Men 55 look out next year.


South West Veterans’ Athletics Club, hereinafter referred to as SWVAC, is affiliated to the British Masters Athletics Federation (BMAF) and to the England Athletics Masters Association (EAMA). It is responsible for the conduct of veteran athletics within its area. A veteran athlete was a woman not less than 35 years of age or a man not less than 40. However the world trend is to include men also from the age of 35. As a result we have moved with the times and now accept anyone from the age of 35 up. Our affiliation to the British Masters Athletic Federation admits our members to National, European and World Masters Athletic Championships.

SWVAC publishes a magazine, “Veteranews”, sent free to its members three times a year in April, August and December.

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