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March 2014

An article "Age no barrier to inspirational generation of older athletes", including footage from the Masters
 Indoor Inter-Area, and an interview with Angela Copson can be found at the BBC News website

February 2014

Arthur Walsham, President of Northern Vets, and winner of 4 World Veteran Championships at 25k and Marathon, and winner of the first British Vets Cross country has written a memoir entitled 'My Life On The Run', which also includes his thoughts on getting older and slower. The Foreward is by Ron Hill.

A copy of the book can be obtained from Arthur, at 21 Thornfield Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 3LD, by sending him your name and address, together with a cheque for £5.00 payable to Mr AJG Walsham. All proceeds will be donated to Parkinson's UK.

January 2014

Dale Lyons book on the London Marathon Everpresents


This is the story of 42 marathon runners who were created as the ‘Ever-presents’ by the London Marathon in 1995 after they had run 15 consecutive Londons.

Their story is a testimony to a ‘never say die’ spirit that has sustained them during the thousands of marathons they have run all over the world.

Dale Lyons, one of the last 15, has combined a detailed factual record from his research, with many heart warming anecdotes and astonishing hardship stories in tracking the Ever-presents’ journey for 33 years since 1981.

Their triumphs and cruel disappointments, the amazing sums they have raised for countless charities, their incredible running records at home and abroad, their entertaining media coverage and their fascinating and colourful lives away from the marathon treadmill provides absorbing and enlightening reading.

This is a book to honour their commitment to the London, one of the great city Marathons and provides a lasting tribute to a rapidly diminishing group, decimated by injury, accident, illness and death.

The book will provide information, inspiration and motivation not only to marathon runners but to those watching the London each year thinking “that could be me!”


Available January 2014 price £7.99 + £2.60 pp.

Paperback version. 255 pages with photos.

For orders contact Dale Lyons e-mail

5 Richmond Hill Gardens, Edgbaston Birmingham B15 3RW


“This remarkable book is a tribute to everyone of the Ever-presents.   The London Marathon salutes them all!”
John Bryant. Author of The London Marathon book and Chairman of the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Chairman's message; 12 October 2013

Rosemary Champion, facing other important commitments, has resigned from ther post of editor of The Southerner. She has worked with dedication for twelve years and I would like to send a big thank you to her for all her hard work over that long period. A new editor, Jeremy Carmichael, from Crawley Athletic Club, has come forward to take Rosemary's place. A big welcome to Jeremy.


At yesterday’s EAMA meeting (28 October 2012) I was requested to circulate the “EAMA Structure” that Phil Lee; Irene Nicholls and myself produced after the previous meeting last February. It was felt that knowledge about EAMA and its role within masters athletics was generally lacking amongst our membership and this was an attempt at resolving this issue. I have attached a copy of this document which also can be found on the EAMA website at
Chris Reed


Darren Scott, Southern Counties Veterans AC, whizzed to a new World M40 200m record in a sizzling 21.71sec at the Birmingham Indoor Games on Saturday 6 February. Darren, the current European M35 Champion, erased the 21.94 mark set by Enrico Saraceni of Italy in Genoa, in 2005.

The following article appeared in the local press;

Photo supplied by Tom Phillips


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