Masters Athletics generally starts at age 35 although in local county championships the age threshold is 40. There is no upper limit and we already have a pole vaulter Bob Brown who competes at national level in the 75-79 age band.
Notts' Masters athletes have a fine tradition of competing at all levels from County Championships to World Masters championships. The normal route to competition at regional, national and international level is to join, as a second claim club, the Midland Masters Athletics Club, although this is not mandatory. The latter club is affiliated with British Masters Athletics Federation which organises national championships and is itself affiliated with the World Masters Athletics Federation.
Masters athletes generally compete in 10 year age bands at county level whereas there are 5 year age bands at regional, national and international level.
Training: Masters athletes do not specifically train together. Some still compete at the highest level for the club and naturally they will normally choose to train with younger members of Notts AC. There are not really specific training sessions for Masters athletes. This is due to the varying ages, abilities and disciplines which are involved. A number of our athletes train with younger athletes, for example, in Trevor Muxlow's and Mark Dunwell's groups, and details of their training sessions are found elsewhere on this web-site. Up to ten Masters road runners regularly train from the club-house at Harvey Hadden on Tuesdays, starting at 6.30pm, although these sessions are by no means restricted to runners aged over 35. In the Summer they usually do the "Cossall run" which is about 9.5 miles but there are opportunities to run a shorter distance if required. In the Winter they normally do the "Boulevard run" which involves running on most of the Boulevards in Nottingham, and is again approximately 9.5 miles with short cuts available. Some runners join the group en route and the organiser is usually Ken Allen. If you turn up to one of these sessions and give Ken your mobile number, he will ensure that you are kept updated with any changes to the routine.
David Oxland, the editor of this section, and Joe Gardner have started a fairly regular Thursday evening "hills" session, running reps from the lake in Wollaton Park up to the hall in the Summer, and on to Thoresby Road, Wollaton in the Winter. I will give more details of training sessions within the articles below.
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