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New coach !
EDAC has engaged a new athletics coach, who will commence in December 2017. More details to follow soon.
Thursday Social Run
Our Thursday social runs have resumed. For those interested, we meet at the Epping Track at 6.20 for a 6.30 departure. Hope to s…
West Metropolitan Cross Country
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The summer calendar for the upcoming season has been released.
World Masters Athletics Championships
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Fred O'Connor Awarded OAM
Our esteemed coach Fred O'Connor has recently been awarded an OAM at Government House!
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What a day at the west met! Matthew Hicks storms to a huge win at this years west met 4km handicap.
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— Jul 9, 2017

Winter Cross Country

Racing can be an excellent way to maintain a focused effort with your training.

Epping District Ahletics Club Blog archive.

Check out our News page as well.

Race reports are included in News. But for a comprehensive list of race results involving Epping members, see our results archive


Fun Runs
We are in the midst of a Fun Run boom in Sydney. There is a massive range on offer!

The fun run season is upon us! Most weekends present at least one opportunity to go out and hit the pavement with hundreds or thousands of others. One of the big half marathons (The Sydney Morning Herald Half) has come and gone and the famous City to Surf at (2/3*21=) 14 kilometres is fast approaching. Participation in these big races is always memorable. On the downside, the cost of these races is becoming prohibitive and, if you are not careful, it can be hard to avoid getting tangled up with lots of other runners. Plenty of smaller fun runs serve as terrific antidotes to these blockbuster races.  They are often easily accessible with smaller crowds and costs. At most of these races, there will be a range of abilities meaning there will nearly always be someone to run alongside. A further advantage of these races is that they present a terrific way to explore new parts of Sydney/ NSW. Here is a collection of races to keep in mind:

Happy running!!


Trail Running
Trail running can be a terrific way to break up a training programme.

Running on trails is rarely as fast as running on the track or the road but there are many factors to compensate for the slower pace. One of the great secrets about Sydney is the multitude of trails that are available. From most places, a short drive or jog will get you onto a scenic trail. In less than a month the Glow Worm Tunnel races are being held in the Newnes State Forest (13-14 June). This is a terrific weekend of trail racing. See the website for more information.


Does training hard lead to immortality??
A recently released report has revealed massive benefits that result from high intensity exercise!

There are lots of reasons why we train at the track. These include camaraderie, realising our mental and physical potentials and achieving goals. Well, now there is another reason to add to the list. By training hard, we are statistically more likely to live longer. The results are in:

http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2212268

By pushing ourselves hard, we are significantly increasing our longevity. Although one author said (tongue in cheek??) "vigorous gardening" was helpful, surely nothing can beat those gruelling interval sessions.

 


The Winter Season Arrives!
Autumn is upon us as is the 2015 winter running season.

The cross country season introduces a terrific element of variety to our running. Gone is the focus on lap splits on flat tracks. Instead we can rejoice in the many variables thrown at us in a cross country race. What is the ground like underfoot? Where are the nasty hills? Where is a good place for a surge? Get stuck into the racing (West Mets are a great place to start). Treat the first few races as training runs. Your aerobic engine will thank you for the tune up and when the serious racing commences, you will be ready to roll! Happy running!!