I feel I could not find a better way of wishing you all readers of Athletics Stargate a happiest and most exciting new year, a massive in so many aspects 2012, than a song that has been very much ringing in so many of those last 32 years of my life, ABBA’s everlasting “Happy New Year” which was broadcast on the Swedish TV on the New Year of 1980 heralding the then new decade. It’s quite astonishing that it has been so long since then but it always strikes within my heart as fresh and new as if it had come out only yesterday…

I hope you had a spectacular time last night with plenty of fun and joy to wake up today with a sharpened appetite and anticipation for what is lying ahead down the way, with the Olympics in London that we’ve been so eagerly waiting for looming now high and large on the horizon.

Unfortunately, this New Year was meant to be the last of great Frank Horwill, the man who introduced the famous ‘five pace’ training theory in middle distance running, as he passed away earlier today. He was also one of the co-founders of the British Milers Club. May he rest in peace, he will be solely missed…

Wrapping up the first post of 2012, here is a nice New Year effort by two hopefuls of making the British Olympic team in London, Beijing 400m hurdles bronze medallist Tasha Danvers and UK 100m record holder Montell Douglas. Do have a look at it, it’s fun! Happy New Year to you all again!

 

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