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COVID19 Update from Dorchester Athletic Club and England Athletics 17 Mar 2020 March-17-2020



It is with regret that Dorchester Athletic Club Committee has unanimously decided that all club activities, including training, competing and its AGM will be suspended with immediate effect.

The decision was reached in the best interests of all our athletes and their families.

Will all persons responsible for paying the athletes’ club fees please cancel their Standing Order payments with effect from 1st April 2020.

We wish you all the best of health and employment over the months ahead and look forward to your return when club activities resume.


England Athletics

"England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April."


"Qualifying races

We are currently undergoing a contingency planning process for qualifying races and will keep everyone updated as soon as possible.

Road Races

We will be working with our partner runbritain to coordinate a communication detailing appropriate advice and guidance to road race organisers in the immediate future.


No emergency services will attend large gatherings so it is unavoidable that competitions will now be suspended until at least the end of April. We are in contact with event organisers to find suitable alternative dates within the competition calendar and the our cancellations page link is kept up to date:"


Be Inspired ... Be Inspiring

The science of Success is a balance of:

Techical Skill + Physical Fitness + Self-Belief + Tactical Strategy

= Successful Performance

Mental Strength

January 31, 2020
There is no Try

Continuing the theme of positive thinking and positive self-talk. It is important to realise the impact of negative thoughts.

Negative thoughts imprint something we are wary or afraid of happening. These thoughts increase the likelihood of the negativity occurring because as already discussed our brain interprets all thoughts as impulses to be done.

Any analysis of negativity increases the probability of that negativity repeating.

To use an example of a competitive shooter who narrowly missed scoring a perfect score of 600 by scoring 2 nines. When asked what happened? He replied I don't know and it does not improve my performance by thinking about them; I am better off focusing my thoughts on how I scored 58 tens because this improves the likelihood of me scoring 60 tens in the future.

From this we learn that reframing our thoughts towards our successes, the positive performance of our process, is beneficial for our continued growth towards becoming a Champion.

We are focusing our thoughts towards achieving improving performances. Remember to congratulate yourself on things that go well; then plan your training to improve those things that need improving.

Remove all negative thinking and avoid negative analysis. It doesn't matter that something went awry; but it does matter that you only reflect positive memories that create positive imprints.

Whenever anyone asks about your performance, say it went well because I am pleased with ...; then say I'm using what I've learned to train to improve my performance.

As an experiment, from this point forward always speak positively about yourself and the things you do and achieve. You will feel more positive and smile more easily.

"Do or Dont do, there is no Try", Yoda

January 30, 2020

"Do Do" not "Don't Do"


From the outset we need to realise that the brain cannot comply with a Don't Do command because it interprets these as a Do Do.


For example, if you're told "Don't think of Elephants", the effect is the same as being told "Think of Elephants".


Consequently, we realise that our brain wants to give us that which we ask of it in terms of performance.


Therefore, to allow the brain to usefully improve performance, you need to tell it what you want to have happen. But this isn't a wish list.


In order to be effective you need to tell your brain whenever you do something well, you need to congratulate yourself, so that your brain learns to give you more of whatever pleases you.


You need to use positive self-talk when you perform any part of your process well, such as:

"Well done Chris, lengthening your stride made you go faster".


So, Do celebrate your successful processes; and in the spirit of staying positive, plan to train your solutions for everything else.

January 29, 2020
Who are You?

How do You see Yourself?

How you see yourself will determine the extent to which you are capable of achieving your Goals.

This is true with anything you aim for be it competitively, educationally, vocationally, etc.

To be a Champion you must believe you are capable of being a Champion. You must train with a purpose to improve specific aspects of your performance and use your performance improvements to build your mental image of yourself as a competitor and champion.

So the question should be:

How do You want to see Yourself?

Then you train to become this person.


 Victor's Win First, then Compete.

Champions are a combination of their Technical Skills, Mental Strength, Physical Fitness and Tactical Ability. Your Self-Belief must be equal to your Skills, Abilities and Performance in order to Win.

Every Champion has a display of their best achievements; often called a Wall of Fame; it allows the athlete to remind themselves of their current ability and the goals they're aiming for.

Celebrate your successes and train your solutions; always looking forward to something you want to have happen.

 This is an exploration into creating Mental Strength; it is based on my competing and coaching experiences. I am happy to share my knowledge with Dorchester Athletic Club athletes and answer any questions it raises; either in person on training days or asynchronously.

For Individual coaching to develop Mental Strength email Chris 


What winning looks like



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