Author Archives: Tony Taylor

Looking Back’ards and For’ards with Sadness and Optimism

There are two elements to this post. The first part looks to the past in remembering one of the great characters of Northern race walking and athletics. Guy Goodair takes up the story. Ken Bingley passed away last Thursday after … Continue reading

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Remembering stalwarts of our sport, the latest is the compassionate Geoff Hunwicks

Just over a year ago we were mourning the loss of Paul Nihill, a giant of our sport. In 2021 we witnessed the deaths of other major figures, Bernard Kannenberg and Gerhard Weidner from West Germany, Vladimir Golubnichy and, easily … Continue reading

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2022 FIXTURES – Living with COVID?

It’s difficult, even absurd to look forward to the New Year without mentioning COVID. Almost two years of draconian, damaging restrictions on normal life and relentless propaganda have not stopped the spread. The vaccines, it is agreed, do not prevent … Continue reading

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New Year’s News – Faster Walkers have Healthier Minds!! Plus Some Blackpool Memories

In these doom-mongering times some research we can all agree with, even if we’re a touch biased! Last week I was laying the fire with some very old newspapers donated by a neighbour and at the last minute rescued this … Continue reading

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In between the turkey butties, sprouts, pudding and sherry you might relax and peruse this fascinating glimpse into the year 1957 put together by Ron Wallwork, to whom we are very grateful. I’ve acquired a new printer, which has allowed … Continue reading

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Out of interest [I can’t see any of us making Oman in March!] I wonder what members and supporters think of this initiative. Thanks to Marcia del Mondo for the news. Muscat (Oman) – World Athletics Race Walking Team Championship … Continue reading

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Defying the Elements: The Nightmare Xmas 6 miles!

All praise to the indomitable spirits, competitors, officials and supporters, who did Dick Maxwell proud by turning up at Simister on Saturday for the club’s Xmas 10 kilometres. Nightmarish conditions even though we didn’t use the infamous Nightmare course! Saying … Continue reading

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We are looking forward to a grand turnout for our annual Xmas event at Simister, especially as no one need be deterred by talk of the Nightmare course!! In the spirit of goodwill to all men and women, not least … Continue reading

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Ahead of the full minutes of the 2021 AGM Dave Evans draws our attention to the following: Joe Hardy has accepted the role of President. Tony Bell won the AJTaylor Award and Martin Payne the Cliif Royle Trophy Roy Gunnett … Continue reading

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Bill Jackson Trophy and AGM 5K, November 6

Dave Evans reports: Nine sturdy aspirants toed the starting line and headed into a cold strong breeze on the outward 2.5 k leg of the AGM 5k. The handicapper played the usual trick of employing a start of sorts for … Continue reading

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