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New coach !
EDAC has engaged a new athletics coach, who will commence in December 2017. More details to follow soon.
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World Masters Athletics Championships
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— Jul 9, 2017

Winter Cross Country

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

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Have you done your daily km?
Are you walking a km a day? If so, thats more than most.

303164255_cb7178993f.jpgAs a semi-serious marathon runner, I'm used to running 120+km a week, every week. But last year, injury struck and I was suddenly down to zero running (or indeed cycling or swimming). I managed to keep up a little bit of fitness through walking and the gym. But mentally it was tough going from running 20km a day right across the city walking just 3km to get me to work and back.

Then one Sunday morning, just before I headed out for another long boring session in the gym, help came from the back of a cereal box.  One of the 'health facts' Kellogg’s boasted in an effort to get me to eat and buy more of its cereal was that the average person uses their feet to travel 11,000 miles (or 18,000km if you insist on sensible units) in a life time. Not bad you might think. That would just about get me back home to the UK if I set off as soon as I could walk and kept going until I couldn’t anymore.

But it got me thinking: how far is that actually each day? Well, lets say that the average person has 40 good and 20 not-so-good walking/running years in their life times. We'll call it 50 full walking years in all, or a little over 18000 walking days - the same amount of days as kms. That means that the average person walks or runs only 1km/day*!

Suddenly this ‘uplifting’ health fact doesn't sound as impressive. When I got to training at Epping that morning after a 5km walk (or 5 days if I was walking at the correct pace), I saw the sprint group - whose session was 10 200m - sprint away 2 days worth of foot-travel in  a matter of minutes! Something they made worse by doing 2 whole laps as a warm down. James had just run over from home - 7km which MUST have taken him an entire week. And When I got back home, I read how an Australian had won the worlds longest race of 5,000km. He wont be allowed to move again now for 13 years!

And this got me thinking even more. If active people like us are doing so much more than the 1 km average, surely this drags down everyone else’s mileage? After all, I had already run 3600km that year before injury. That’s enough to stop 10 people from doing any walking at all...

Anyone who’s a fan of statistics (and I realize that’s not many) will know there are different definitions of average. Is 1km a day the average that people walk, the distance the average person walks, or the distance the normal person walks? Remember that this is from a health food cereal packet boasting about how 'much' exercise people really do - its going to want to use the biggest average it can. If so, then a little bit of maths** shows that the average person (the person in the middle, where half of everyone walks/runner further than them, and half shorter) uses their feet for a total of 407m a day***. And it gets worse. The normal person (the person you are most likely to meet) will do ...... 0km****! Nothing, absolutely no travelling by foot at all!?

And suddenly I was happy again. My 3km to work and back every day didn't seem to bad after all.

 


* A number that roughly matches some research conducted in the UK recently, and includes all walking/running outside to get places (i.e, walk to the shops, recreation etc.) but excludes walking around the house/office.

** Using a chi-squared probability distribution

*** Median = mean * (1- [2/9k])^3

**** Mode = max(mean-2,0)


Glow worm tunnel marathon
James reports on the Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon

On Sunday 16th June, I ventured out to the old mining town of Newnes to compete in the Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon. This race is run on trails and is very up and down. The first half of the figure of eight course was by far the hardest with the downhill sections being the most challenging. The second half of the course was also hilly but less severe. The second half of the course also had the benefits of flatter more consistent paths and an enforced rest as we walked through the Glow Worm Tunnel with our torches. This course was a tough one on which to complete my first marathon but I loved the challenge. In hindsight I can see that I didn't train well for the race (much more hill training was required!) but this simply increases my desire to come  back and have another go next year. Don't hesitate to ask me for more information about the weekend. There is a great atmosphere at the event and lots of other races  are available for runners not wishing to run the full marathon.

 

Yours in running,
James

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James with the 150 fellow brave marathon runners at the start of the mountainous marathon.


2013 NSW Police Games Track & Field Competition
Track & field competition of the police games was held over the 9th and 10th of March 2013 at the Blacktown Athletic Centre.

 

2013 POLICE GAMES TRACK AND FIELD COMPETITION.

 

This years Police Games went surprisingly smooth despite yours truly coordinating the event for the first time. The Games went pink this year supporting the McGrath Foundation with $10 from each entry going to the charity.  Several thousand dollars have been raised so far with the final figure of donations still unknown as money is still coming in.

 

The usual suspects from the EDAC rolled up for another crack and came away with a heap of medals.  No surprises here given the quality of athletes EDAC produce!  Congratulations to all those athletes.   This year saw the inclusion of the 60m sprint as a trial event.  As expected it was extremely popular and will now remain as a permanent feature on the track and field schedule.  With his win EDAC Coach Greg Smith holds the record for the 60m event and also the 100m.  Well done Greg!  

 

Next year will be another big year for the Police Games celebrating 30 years and with that there will be another one off medal produced.  While a date is yet to be set, the track and field element of the games will be held around March 2014 and I encourage all members of the EDAC to participate in this fun family event.

 

I will be co-ordinating the track and field competition again next year so if you are seeking more info just come and see me.

 

Regards,

John Kelly   

 

RESULTS 2013 POLICE GAMES  -  BLACKTOWN ATHLETIC CENTRE

 

60m

Alex Kelly                    Open                7.4 sec             2nd

Greg Smith                   40 – 49            7.3 sec             1st

Margaret Walker          50 – 59            9.3 sec             2nd

Ellena Cubban              50 – 59            9.4 sec             3rd

 

 

100m

Alex Kelly                    Open                12.0 sec           2nd

Greg Smith                   40 – 44            10.9 sec           1st

John Kelly                    45 – 49            12.8 sec           3rd

Ellena Cubban              55 – 59            15.6 sec           1st

 

 

200m

Alex Kelly                    Open                24.2 sec           1st

Greg Smith                   40 – 44            24.2 sec           1st

Margaret Walker          50 – 54            32.2 sec           2nd

Ellena Cubban              55 – 59            34.3 sec           1st

 

 

400m

Alex Kelly                    Open                55.6 sec           2nd

John Kelly                    45 – 49            63.0 sec           1st

 

800m

Alex Kelly                    Open                2m 16.6 sec     1st

 

1500m

Alex Kelly                    Open                5m 14.0sec      1st

 

Discus

Oliver Kelly                  U18                 14.96m            1st

Alex Kelly                    Open                17.75m            2nd

Greg Smith                   40 – 44            21.30m            2nd

Ellena Cubban              55 – 59            19.14m            1st

 

High Jump

Alex Kelly                    Open                1.45m              2nd

Margaret Walker          50 – 55            1.25m              1st

 

Javelin

Oliver Kelly                  U18                 19.19m            1st

Ellena Cubban              55 – 59            17.72m            1st

 

Long Jump                 

Alex Kelly                    Open                4.57m              2nd

Greg Smith                   40 – 44            4.33m              2nd

Louisa Kelly                 U18                 2.43m              1st

Ellena Cubban              55 – 59            3.43m              1st

 

Shot Put

Alex Kelly                    Open                6.83m              2nd

Ellena Cubban              55 – 59            7.55m              1st

 

Triple Jump

John Kelly                    45 – 49            8.58m              2nd

 


Running Photo arty stuff
Here's some photos I have mucked around with a bit from various running events. This post is mainly a test of webiste functionality, but maybe people will enjoy the photos as well. All photos at www.flickr.com/doug_from_the_uk

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Taken at the 2011 3,000m state championships A race

 

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John Kelly in the 4x200m state relay championship, 2011

 

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James last lap at the 3000m state championships, 2010

 

5000m State Champs, Race C

2012 5000m State Champs, Race C

 

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Me in my old clubs colours