The Calm Before the Storm

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Rome - beautiful city and top athletics meetingDecember is arguably the quietest month for athletics in the entire year - track athletes are in the middle of their winter training or preparing for the indoor season while most of the major city marathons and road races have already taken place in the autumn. It is, however a time to reflect on a hugely successful 2011 season and look forward to great things ahead in 2012...

2012 will provide one of the finest selection of world-class athletics events ever seen with the Olympics, European Championships, World Indoor Champs and World Junior Champs to look forward to in addition to the Diamond League and World Challenge series.

Having booked both Monaco and Brussels (Diamond League meetings), I was planning on adding Rome to my foreign excursions next year and will investigate that over the next week. I met an Italian athletics fan in Paris this summer at the Stade de France and it would certainly make sense to meet up in the Eternal City for the 31st May meeting in 2012 - that's the beauty of athletics, you get to mix with so many like-minded athletics supporters from all over Europe and beyond.

Also whilst in Paris this year I met a lovely couple from near Cambridge and we arranged to get together in Brussels for the Diamond League meeting. We may well all share a foreign athletics adventure or two next year!

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