Time now to think about translating that hard-earned winter fitness to the range of events on offer at the athletics track this year!
For club members aged 35 years and upwards, we have the opportunity again of taking part in six Kent league athletics meetings on various Monday and Friday evenings from April to July.
I’d be glad to hear from anyone who might be prepared to form part of this year’s club team for any one or more of the meetings, in any of the age groups, 35+, 50+ or 60+ years old. No need to commit yourself at this stage; just let me know if you might be interested and we can firm up as regards team arrangements nearer the time.
There is bound to be an event or events which will suit – we do distances from 100m to 3000m. If you haven’t tackled an event before, this doesn’t matter. There’s always someone else in the same position and you’ll be welcomed. We’ve found that, as a team, we succeed best when we fill as many events as we can, and that nearly always involves someone trying out something new. And as we’re in Division 2, the standard of performance is by no means daunting and you don’t have to take things too seriously – they’re really very friendly meetings. Any performance for the team should earn us at least one point, and these all add up!
The league has men’s and women’s competitions at the same meetings. We’ve not been in a position to field a women’s team for some years now. If enough women wish to commit for a team (I’d suggest a minimum of four regular attendees), that’s fine and we could probably still arrange for entry for the meeting series. On the other hand, if any women wish to compete without organizing a team, it’s straightforward – and free – to participate as a guest. Just let me know that you want to be on the email circulation list, so that you can be kept in touch for individual meetings and pick what you’d like to do when the time comes.
The ability for anyone to compete as a guest is also useful for the men, as it means that you should get an opportunity to do an event even if we’ve filled the team (yes, this has happened on occasion!) or the event doesn’t cover your age level.
I’m attaching a full list of meetings and events – the first is on Friday 25 April. Do put this and 9 May, 27 May, 10 June, 27 June and 15 July in your diaries.
I hope that it will be possible to provide a taster session at the school track, to try out various events in advance; but I can’t sort out anything for this until I’ve had and recovered from a knee operation (nothing caused by athletics, I have to say).