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WORDS: ALASTAIR AITKEN
Mike Baxter: 1971 AAA 5000m champion and international competitor at European, Commonwealth and World Cross events
PICTURES: MARK SHEARMAN

MIKE BAXTER was one of Leeds City’s star athletes from over 40 years ago. In 1968, he was fourth in the AAA 5000m then he had a further breakthrough in the winter where he was second in the 1969 Northern cross-country to Trevor Wright, followed by a sixth place in the National at Parliament Hill to Mike Tagg.

Over this period, Brendan Foster moved to the area and regularly trained with Baxter and Lindsay Dunn and he finally reached international level on the track and made Britain’s team for the 1969 European Championships in Athens.

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SPOTLIGHT 14 LAURA MUIR From beating the world’s best over 1500m to her stint at a dogs trust 16 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Former AAA 5000m champion and now successful coach Mike Baxter 18 PEOPLE’S MARATHON A nostalgic look back to a race which proved to be a real pioneer ACTION 20 BERLIN MARATHON Kenenisa Bekele just misses the world record in the German capital 22 SOUTHERN ROAD RELAY Aldershot, Farnham & District take senior titles in Bedford 26 NORTHERN ROAD RELAY Liverpool Harriers and Leeds take victory at Sport City 30 MIDLAND ROAD RELAY Charnwood retain women’s title as Bristol & West’s men are top PERFORMANCE 36 Sports science news 38 Athlete Insight – Sarah McDonald 40 Nutrition – boost your immunity 42 Products – base layers NEWS 6 No more buts for Bradshaw 8 English takes stock of tough 2016 10 Youth club break the mould 12 How Russia’s absence affected the Paralympics medals table PREVIEWS 56 Previews of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run and Cardiff Half-marathon, plus TV guide RESULTS & FIXTURES 44 Results round-up 57 What’s On – events coming up REGULARS 34 Young Athlete 61 Quiz – test your athletics knowledge 62 Dip Finish

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Editor’s Letter
AFTER first appearing in these pages for winning the Yorkshire
SPOTLIGHT
VET STUDENT MUIR WON’T IGNORE HER OTHER TRAINING
MIKE BAXTER WAS A REGULAR GB INTERNATIONAL IN THE 1970s AND IS NOW A COACH
BIRMINGHAM WAS AHEAD OF ITS TIME WHEN IT CAME TO MASSPARTICIPATION ROAD RUNNING
ACTION
ETHIOPIAN FALLS SIX SECONDS SHORT OF WORLD RECORD AFTER THRILLING RACE WITH WILSON KIPSANG
THE VERNONS ANCHOR THEIR TEAMS TO EASY VICTORIES IN BEDFORD
AFTER SEVERAL NEAR-MISSES, THE MERSEYSIDERS TAKE THE MEN’S CROWN
BIRCHFIELD HARRIERS WERE COMFORTABLE WINNERS, BUT BRISTOL & WEST HAD A TOUGHER CHALLENGE IN THE MEN’S CONTEST
PERFORMANCE
WINTER weather and hard sessions are a combination that can
PLANNING strength training according to their menstrual cycle could be
WOMEN are up to 10 times more likely than men
IN LAST week’s AW we reported how Belgian researchers claimed
ACCORDING to the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk In the Young),
2016 HAS SEEN SARAH McDONALD KNOCK 10 SECONDS OFF HER 1500M PB. SHE TELLS EMILY MOSS WHAT LED TO THE IMPROVEMENT
IF YOUR WINTER TRAINING IS FREQUENTLY BLIGHTED BY ILLNESS AND INFECTION, NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE WITH AN IMMUNE-BOOSTING DIET, SAYS WENDY MARTINSON
AS THE NIGHTS DRAW IN, IT’S TIME TO START PREPARING FOR THE FIRST COLD SNAP. PAUL FREARY CHECKS OUT THE BEST BASE LAYERS FOR WINTER TRAINING
NEWS
THE MEDICAL data hack was afforded a significant chunk of
THE BRITISH POLE VAULTER WILL UP THE STANDARDS SHE ASSESSES HERSELF BY AS SHE TARGETS AN INJURY-FREE 2017
KATARINA JOHNSON-THOMPSON has split from long-time coach Mike Holmes after
KENENISA BEKELE hopes the Ethiopian national selectors won’t overlook him
MO FARAH’S training partner Galen Rupp is among three more
THE IRISH 800m RUNNER FEELS HE CAN ACHIEVE SOMETHING SPECIAL NEXT YEAR IF HE CAN AVOID INJURIES IN THE BUILD-UP TO LONDON 2017
CHRIS THOMPSON will defend his Great Birmingham Run title when
FORMER English fell running champion Lauren Jeska has admitted to
THE SAUCONY English Cross Country Relays take place once again
A YOUNG athlete funding scheme which supported the likes of
THE MINI Great North Run 2017 event has already reached
A CLUB for under-12 athletes in Surrey has adopted an
ENGLAND ATHLETICS is encouraging people to get running and talking
THE PRESIDENT of Wakefield District Harriers, John Newsome, has died
THE MIDLANDS Road Relays saw AW’s photographer David Griffiths joined
IN THE WAKE OF A PARALYMPIC GAMES NOTABLE FOR THE ABSENCE OF A TRADITIONALLY STRONG RUSSIAN TEAM, BEN COLDWELL LOOKS AT THE IMPACT THE COUNTRY’S ABSENCE MAY HAVE HAD ON THE MEDAL TALLIES
JUST days before the British Paralympic team jetted off from
DESPITE finishing second in the athletics medal table with 42
WHILE not necessarily representative of form heading directly into the
PREVIEWS
CAN HAWKINS STOP FORMIDABLE UGANDAN THIS TIME?
VIOLAH JEPCHUMBA, the second-fastest half-marathoner in history, is expected to
7am – Corrupt Crimes: Fall of an Olympian – the
RESULTS & FIXTURES
IT IS always a shame when a venue change wipes
Mixed events: PV: A: 1 A King (D&T, U15W) 2.43;
CAMBRIDGE & Coleridge gained some consolation for failing to defend
Bushy: J Davies 21:30 W65 95.54%; Leeds Hyde: T Johnson
Overall: 1 G Pearce (KPMG) 15:57; 2 J Bradford (KPMG)
Year 12-13 (4.25M/1350ft): 1 N Smith 30:33; 2 J Dugdale
SEB COE AT 60
ON HIS LANDMARK BIRTHDAY SEB COE REFLECTS ON HIS CAREER, THE FIRST TURBULENT YEAR OF HIS TIME AT THE HELM OF THE IAAF AND INSISTS THERE REALLY IS NO PLACE HE’D RATHER BE
THERE IS MUCH WORK TO DO BUT IAAF PRESIDENT LORD COE HAS AT LAST FOUND REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL, WRITES EUAN CRUMLEY
SEB COE’S FIRST OLYMPIC GOLD CAME IN MOSCOW BUT NOT IN THE RACE HE WAS EXPECTED TO WIN. JASON HENDERSON LOOKS AT THE TRULY UNFORGETTABLE RIVALRY WITH STEVE OVETT AND HOW THE PRESSURE REACHED BOILING POINT FOR BOTH
THE LA OLYMPICS ESTABLISHED SEB COE’S LEGENDARY STATUS, BUT HIS PREPARATION FOR THIS GOLDEN MOMENT WAS FAR FROM FLAWLESS
STEVE CRAM ON WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO FACE COE AND OVETT AT THEIR PEAK AND HOW THE SEEDS OF A FIRM FRIENDSHIP WERE SOWN IN THE MIDST OF COMPETITION SOWN IN THE MIDST OF COMPETITION
PETER COE’S INNOVATIVE APPROACH WAS KEY TO HIS SON’S SUCCESS. HERE, WENDY SLY TELLS EUAN CRUMLEY HOW THE METICULOUS MAN WAS VERY DIFFERENT TO THE MYTH
THE DOUBLE OLYMPIC 1500m CHAMPION OUTLINES THE KEY WORKOUT WHICH TOLD HIM HE WAS IN SHAPE TO BREAK THE MILE WORLD RECORD IN BRUSSELS IN 1981
STEVE SMYTHE LOOKS AT SOME LANDMARK PERFORMANCES
ATHLETICS WEEKLY for me is synonymous with Thursday or Friday
REGULARS
UNBEATEN THIS YEAR AS AN UNDER-17, BETHAN REES TELLS EMILY MOSS HER GOALS
WELCOME to another in a regular series of quizzes and competitions for athletics trivia-lovers. Fittingly, having dedicated this issue of AW to Seb Coe, here are 10 Coe-related questions for you
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GREG RUTHERFORD is so far wowing the judges on the