Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 29 October 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 29 October to Jessie Concannon, Edson Gomes, Bobbi Harrison, Ben Jackson, Glasford Jones, Kieron Lee, Ted Ntibazonkiza, Freddie Ogilvie, Tommy Parker, Richard Samuel, Kenan Stephens, Harry Webb, Katie Webb and Aimi Weightman

NEELAM KADERBHOY I have been informed that NEELAM is unwell, and is currently in Hospital in Watford. On behalf of myself and Shaftesbury we wish NEELAM a speedy recovery. NEELAM will only be too pleased to hear or receive text’s, especially from her younger athletes, her number on WhatsApp is 07791 512383.

JONATHAN KILSBY To all his former friends & acquaintances at SBH we would like to keep you informed of a farewell gathering I’m organising in Trent Park.  He has requested his ashes to be scattered there as it was his favourite training venue.  His funeral will be on Wednesday 4 November in Norfolk where he lived so I’m looking at Saturday 7 November for Trent Park, after our morning training sessions. Please let me know if any SBH are likely to come along & I’ll give full details when finalised.
Best wishes, DES MICHAEL 07768 485469

RECENT NEW MEMBER We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to SOPHIE HANNA

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS 130TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020 Is to be held on Tuesday 24 November at 7.30pm. This is the link to the Agenda – AGM Notice 2020 (1)
Any proposals for a change of rule or notice of any business as per rule 22 must be submitted in writing to the General Secretary – PHILIP CUNNINGHAM, 147 Billy Lows Lane, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 1UY by 27 October 2020. This is the link to the SBH Constitution and Rules as of the 26 November 2019 – SBH Current Rules as of the 26 November 2019
Due to the need for social distancing and the current government restrictions, it is intended to hold the meeting via ‘Zoom’.
This year’s Track & Field Best Performance Awards have been cancelled. The 2019-2020 Cross Country Points and Club Championships Winners Awards will be presented to the winners by our various Coaches.

SBH SUBSCRIPTIONS 2020-2021 SBH Treasurer GEOFF MORPHITIS has sent me the following regarding subscriptions.
Dear Member I hope you’re fit and well during these difficult times. The Club has continued to function providing Covid-19 secure coaching at Barnet Copthall (formerly Allianz Park) on a limited basis from mid-June. We also promoted 7 Track & Field competitions during the period July to September. Six of these were LICC meetings at Lee Valley.
We’re working on the promotion of a number of Cross Country races at Barnet Copthall during the period December through to March in compliance with the England Athletics and Government guidelines applicable at the time.
The Club AGM will take place virtually at 19.30 on Tuesday 24 November (full login details will be distributed shortly). One of the resolutions on the order paper will deal with Club Subscriptions. Following the recent decision of the SBH Council, the proposal is as follows; “The Annual Membership Fee for new members from 1 December 2020 will increase to £50. Existing members who have paid their membership fee for year ended 30 September 2020 will be considered as having also paid their fee for the year ended 30 September 2021. In other words, in recognition of the disruption caused by Covid-19, these members will have 2 years membership for the price of one.” Therefore, I’m now asking athletes who have not paid their subscription for the year ended 30/09/20 (£45) to pay, so as to qualify for the 2 for 1 concession together with the England Athletics Registration Fee of £15 for 2020/21. The total is £60 and should be paid NOW to;
ACCOUNT NAME : SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS, BANK : HSBC, ACCOUNT NUMBER : 41308378, SORT CODE : 400426 – Please let me know when you make the payment. Thanks GEOFF

UPDATE ON SBH FIXTURE CARD  Currently all Cross Country and Road Relay fixtures for 2020 are either Cancelled or Postponed. The only exception is the Southern Counties who still need to advise whether the Southern Relays, London Championships and Southern Inter Counties are to take place. I anticipate having a clearer idea on the 2021 fixtures in December. This is the latest Fixture Card – SBH Winter Card Fixtures 2020-2021 Updated 28-10-20

COLCHESTER HARRIERS THROWS DEVELOPMENT OPEN MEETING Took place at Colchester on 25 October
WT 9.08kg – SW PHILIPPA DAVENALL U23 1st (PB 16.66m) and is ranked UK No.10 in 2020
WT 11.34kg – U20M OLIVER GRAHAM U20 1st (19.19m)

LANGDALE HALF MARATHON ROAD RACE Took place at Langdale on 24 October
DANIEL GREENSTEIN U20 2nd (PB 81.31)

MALLORY PARK 5K ROAD RACE Took place at Mallory on 17 October
KRISTIAN IMROTH U20 10th (PB 14.30 2nd U20) taking 3 minutes and 6 seconds off his 2016 time

WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 REQUEST DELAY The following was published on the athletics Weekly website recently.
Ongoing coronavirus pandemic restrictions force organisers to explore alternative dates for the 2021 World Cross Country Championships. The 2021 World Cross Country Championships, currently scheduled for March 20 next year, looks set to take place at a later date following a request from organisers that the event be postponed. Following the first day of its 222nd Council meeting, World Athletics announced that the global governing body will work closely with all stakeholders in Australia to explore the feasibility of other dates for the event taking place in Bathurst, New South Wales. “This is due to ongoing travel and gathering restrictions resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic and the measures currently implemented within Australia to contain it. This includes the closure of Australia’s international borders,” explained World Athletics. “The Board of the Local Organising Committee, World Athletics Cross Country Championships Bathurst 2021, the Athletics Australia board and the New South Wales Government have reinforced their strong desire to host this world championship and have asked World Athletics to postpone the event to a future date to be determined.” MARK ARBIB, president of Athletics Australia, said: “Whilst extremely disappointed to be making this recommendation, Athletics Australia and the LOC remain committed to the delivery of an outstanding world championship event, once we are confident that the best international cross country athletes can make their way to New South Wales and interstate travel is not restricted.” In May, Bathurst 2021 organisers announced how the aim is to take the event to an “even higher level” following the success of the 2019 championships in Aarhus.

Also on Thursday, World Athletics announced new dates for the postponed World U20 Championships Nairobi 2020 and World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships Minsk 2020. The World U20 Championships will now be held in Nairobi, Kenya from August 17-22, 2021, one week after the Tokyo Olympic Games. Under the competition’s rules, athletes aged 16, 17, 18 or 19 years on December 31, 2021, will be eligible to compete. The World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships has been rescheduled for April 23-24, 2022, in Minsk, Belarus. The World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Yangzhou 2022 has also had a small date change, moving back one week from March 20, 2022, to March 27, 2022. “The disruption caused by the global pandemic has made it more difficult to schedule international events over the next two years but we want to give as much certainty as we can to our athletes, member federations, host cities and partners,” said World Athletics president SEB COE. “We have done our best to choose dates that we believe are achievable and offer the best chance for our athletes and event hosts to shine on the international stage.”

Set protected national championships windows have been announced for the next four years as World Athletics looks to avoid calendar clashes with events such as the Wanda Diamond League. More on that news can be found here.

TRIAL AND ERROR Written by TOM MCNAB
Trial and error, trial and error, that has been the source of pretty much every major change in athletics techniques over past centuries. And it should therefore come as no surprise to anyone that it was also the source of high jump’s famous FOSBURY Flop technique.
But the appearance of the Flop was dependent on one occurrence, and that was the creation of safe high jump landing- beds in the mid- 1960s. For before that, jumpers had deployed various versions of a face- down technique called the Straddle, which had arrived in the USA in the early 1930s. At that point, jumpers landed on either piles of sand or flat long jump-type sand-pits, but by the early 1960s these had evolved into a smelly mixture of sand, sawdust and scrap foam. And if you were a hardy Scot competing in its Highland Games, then you jumped ground to ground, you took what was coming to you, and let gravity take its course.
But to return to trial and error. Many years ago, I had a long discussion with DICK FOSBURY, and his story went like this. At college, he had been a basketball player, but one sunny spring day he had wandered down to the track, where the high- jumpers were just ending their session.
“All right if I take a few jumps, Coach“  he asked. “Be my guest, DICK,“ replied the coach.
A few minutes later a solitary DICK FOSBURY put the high jump crossbar up to around (1.55m). And cleared easily, deploying the same old-fashioned “Scissors“ jump that he had remembered from many years before as a boy, jumping in his back-garden. It was a primitive method, taking off from the left off his right foot from a narrow angle of around 30 degrees.
The “Scissors“ is the method normally deployed by the beginner, but that has to change when a child begins to take a serious interest in the event. This is because, though it has an excellent take–off position, in flight its right-angle shape means that the backside is low and soon gets into serious debates with the crossbar.
That first session, DICK FOSBURY cleared a satisfactory (1.60m) and he left the track mightily pleased with himself. A few days later, he tried again, added a couple of strides to his approach-run, gained speed and fluency, and was steadily gaining in confidence, clearing around (1.70m).
A few sessions later, Dick decided to conduct a major experiment, by flattening-out over the crossbar, lying parallel to it, thus getting his backside much higher. I pointed out to him that this is exactly what the German jumpers had done thirty odd years ago, clearing around (1.90m) with what they called the “Scherensprung”, later described as a “Back Lay-out “technique. And DICK, he was now getting clear at just over the magic six feet, around (1.85m).
This was where FOSBURY started to get a little hazy on the time-scale, and related to the moment at which he suddenly decided to employ a semi- circular approach-run. When I told him that over seventy years before the same type of run had been used by jumpers using the Eastern Cut Off clearance method, he was surprised, but that was no matter.
Using this ancient semi- circular approach, DICK FOSBURY suddenly found himself landing on his back at right angles to the bar, and at this moment the FOSBURY Flop was born. Soon he had cleared two metres, had not surprisingly attracted the attention of his college coach, and was asked to join the team. We are now probably in the summer of 1967, though FOSBURY was still rather hazy on dates, but no matter. Soon spectators stood goggling in bewilderment as he went on and on, closer and closer to the magic seven feet, in America’s still non-metric world.
And so, by 1968, DICK FOSBURY was in the American team, competing in the thin air of Mexico City, and I well remember, that even in the qualifying rounds, the stadium went quiet every time that he jumped. And so, into the Olympic final he travelled, to similar silence every time he commenced upon that strange circular run.
DICK FOSBURY proved to be a superb competitor, in an event where there is always one winner, and that is the crossbar. That day in Mexico City he cleared (2.24m), a world and Olympic record, without a single failure until he had achieved his final height. He then departed the athletic scene,
In that1968 Mexico Olympics, all of the other jumpers had deployed straddle techniques, but by the 1972 Berlin Olympics around half of them were now using the Flop, and four years later the straddle had vanished for good.
But only a few years ago, I discovered something that was quite remarkable. It was that a Montana athlete by name of BRUCE KWANDE had deployed a Flop way back in 1963, four years before FOSBURY had first made the American rankings. Using a head-on run, he had cleared around (1.85m), landing on piles of scrap foam before the instinct to survive had finally prevailed. But alas, that man from Montana, BRUCE KWANDE, for all that he had been first to Flop, he had not won an Olympic title, he had not beaten all records or using a technique that possessed the mystic, alliterative quality of the FOSBURY Flop.

NOSTALGIA – ATHLETICS WEEKLY LOOKS BACK 45 YEARS AGO The following was published on the athletics Weekly website recently.

In the magazine’s 75th year, STEVE SMYTHE looks back on past editions of Athletics Weekly and this time it’s the issue of October 18, 1975. It was a quiet year in terms of major championships, with the European Cup being the biggest international event. The issue we look at is October 18 and the cover star was PAUL DICKENSON, who is now probably better known for his BBC commentary career than he was for his hammer throwing. The double Olympian had a PB of (70.16m) when he was interviewed for ‘Who’s Who in British Athletics’ (page 20), but he went on to throw (73.20m) the following Olympic year which still ranks him 20th all-time in the UK. It should also be noted that he now coaches 27 athletes according to Power of 10 and these include JAKE NORRIS and BAYLEY CAMPBELL and he also had a successful masters career. Photograph of PAUL DICKENSON.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most interesting pages for most might well be the UK teenage age best performances all-time on centre pages 18-19.

At the time the oldest marks (from 1958) belonged to 1960 Olympic sprint medallist PETER RADFORD (age 18 bests), who went on to head British Athletics. DAVE JENKINS, the 1971 European 400m champion, had six marks from 100m to 400m but that was headed by future Olympic champion STEVE OVETT in the middle distances. All his 800m marks have fallen to current star MAX BURGIN and STEVE CRAM took most of his 1500m and mile marks. OVETT’S (1:47.3) in the AAA final at 17, was a world age best at the time and his (1:45.8) age 18/19 gained him a European silver in the seniors. He was not at his very best in 1975 but did set a mile record. OVETT had actually lost some of his younger marks to MALCOLM EDWARDS whose picture appeared in the rankings. Matching OVETT’S eight was ANDY BARNETT who was a sensation aged 12 to 15 and still holds some of those marks. He failed to fulfil his huge potential even as an older junior and never made his mark as a senior. DAVE BLACK, who won a Commonwealth 10,000m medal in 1974, held a lot of the 3000m and 5000m marks and note future 10,000m world record-holder DAVE BEDFORD’S (28:24.4) which was a senior record at the time in 1969 and that is still the UK teenage record 51 years later. Now top coach ASTON MOORE stands out in the triple jump while two other Commonwealth champions GEOFF CAPES and CHARLES CLOVER impress with their respective marks at the shot and javelin. DALEY THOMPSON effectively had four age records in the decathlon but was still to improve the age 18 and age 19 marks.

TWO-YEAR BAN RULES OUT CHRISTIAN COLEMAN OUT OF TOKYO The following was published on the athletics Weekly website recently. Photograph taken by MARK SHEARMAN

CHRISTIAN COLEMAN, the world 100m champion, will miss the Tokyo Olympics after being given a two-year ban after missing three drugs tests. COLEMAN, who also holds the world indoor 60m record, narrowly escaped a ban last year on a technicality after missing three doping tests and then was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit in June this year. The 24-year-old American argued he missed one of his tests because he was near his house Christmas shopping, but a panel disputed his story and has banned him until May 13, 2022. COLEMAN did not contest his first missed test on January 16 last year but disputed a filing failure (where he submitted incorrect information) on April 26, 2019, and a whereabouts failure on December 9. For that latter test COLEMAN showed shopping receipts from Walmart to prove he was near his house and said that he returned home shortly before the end of the one-hour testing window. But anti-doping testers said they waited for the whole hour in front of his house. There is no suggestion COLEMAN has taken a banned substance but the out-of-competition testing rules say that athletes are accountable for missed tests if they are not at their specified location for the one-hour period they have stated.

The Athletics Integrity Unit verdict reads: “The athlete’s evidence was that he was out (Christmas) shopping. Though, he stated that he arrived home shortly before the end of the one-hour period, because he recalled watching the kick-off of the Monday night football game, which started at 8:15pm. His case was that the DCO (doping control officer) must have left slightly before the end of the 60-minute time slot and he must have just missed him. “Shopping receipts show that the athlete was shopping at least from 7:13pm, also purchased a chipotle at 7:53pm and finally purchased 16 items from a Walmart Supercenter at 8:22pm. The athlete’s evidence was that he returned home briefly sometime between 8:00pm and 8:10pm, ate his chipotle while watching the kick-off, then went out again. We do not accept the athlete’s evidence.” The AIU added their testing officers “both gave clear evidence that they were present throughout the period between 7:15pm and 8:15pm, standing directly in front of the athlete’s apartment. They stated that they would undoubtedly have noticed if the athlete had driven up and entered the apartment, whether through the front or garage door.” The AIU added it was “simply impossible” for COLEMAN to have bought a chipotle at 7:53pm (at least five minutes away from his home) and to return home, park his car, go in his house, eat the food, watch the start of the football game at 8:15pm and then go out again in his car to buy things from Walmart, which he paid for at 8:22pm. He would also have had to walk past the doping control officers and the lights in his house were never turned on. “It is obvious that in fact the athlete did not go home until after making his 8:22pm purchase,” the AIU concluded. “We are comfortably satisfied that this is what happened.” COLEMAN can now appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

You can read the full verdict from the AIU here.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS CROSS COUNTRY GUIDANCE FOR A RETURN TO LIMITED COMPETITION A collaboration of England Athletics, the English Cross Country Association and other competition providers were pleased to publish (on Friday 18 September) the return to limited competition guidance for cross country. We want to encourage all competitors and organisers to enjoy and compete in cross country this winter while we are also aware that we have to keep the cross country and wider community safe. We will continue to update guidance in light of the pilot events we are working on with competition providers and any change to government guidance. Click the link below to view the guidance documents and to read an update from MARTIN RUSH, Head of Coaching and Athlete Development at England Athletics.
A collaboration of England Athletics, the English Cross Country Association and other competition providers are pleased to publish the return to limited competition guidance for Cross Country. We know athletes, clubs, schools and coaches want a return to cross country competition. It has been the bedrock of endurance in Britain for well over a century. We want to encourage all competitors and organisers to enjoy and compete in cross country this winter while we are also aware that we have to keep the cross country and wider community safe.
The guidance document provides a framework for getting cross country competition back but this is in a limited way at this current point in time. The need to maintain social distancing (2m) or only spend a very limited amount of time closer together is at the heart of every sports’ guidance from road running, to football, to netball and triathlon. We have worked with Sport England and DCMS and other sports to ensure that our guidance recognises the current limitations imposed by the government restrictions with a return to activity which is so important to the sport, and wider community.
Our aim is that school children, club runners, international athletes and all who love the sport of cross country will be able to get back to limited racing and, if government guidance shifts, to the iconic scenes of the English National. We will continue to update guidance in light of the pilot events we are working on with competition providers and any change to government guidance.

Timelines Late September to Mid-October – Pilot cross country events, 3rd October – Cross Country Licensing opens, 17th October – Licensed Cross Country events.
Click here to access the cross country return to limited competition guidance document and associated cross country Covid-secure environment guidance document.

LATEST UPDATE ON PARKRUN – An update on our planned restart in England from parkrun Global Chief Executive Officer NICK PEARSON. Sadly, after significant consultation and discussion, circumstances outside of our control have dictated that parkrun cannot return in England by the end of October, as we had hoped.

CAN YOU HELP PLEASE During the period when all competitions are suspended, I will do my upmost in keeping the Newsletter information and other content going.
I would welcome any contributions From Yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents, also past warm weather training/holidays (No Club 24 please). Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me.

PROCEDURES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTTWhich is now open to SBH members subject to the conditions below.
We have now negotiated the use of some Track & Field facilities with Saracens compliant with current guidance issued by the UK Government and England Athletics.
At the present time, the track & field groups will be limited to a maximum of five ‘Competing Club Athletes’ and one coach for each session e.g. 5 athletes on track and 5 athletes at the throws area.
Throws
Athletes should have their own implements. However, one implement of each weight will be left in the SBH store beside the sanitising equipment. Arrangements will have to be made in advance with TY HOLDEN.
Jumps
Following Government Guidelines up to 5 athletes with a suitably qualified coach can now undertake Jumps training utilising jump beds and sand pits. We have updated our guidance documents, based on information and advice from our partners and government, to include guidance specific to Jumps areas (such as Cleaning requirements before, during and after sessions). Athletes, coaches, clubs and venues must follow the latest guidance – please read our updated guidance documents at: 👉 https://bit.ly/2ATiU7R
The indoor track and the clubhouse gymnasium cannot be used.
Athletes invited to train by their coach must be sent the attached Allianz Park Track & Field Agreement in advance of starting training at Allianz Park. The athlete and parent (if under 16) to sign and return to me and TY before they can train.  Athletes should meet their coach promptly at their booking time outside the SBH Clubhouse where they will be asked to confirm that they do not have, and that no one in their household has, (or has had within the last 14 days) any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
The athletes will then be escorted using social distancing (2 metres) into the SBH Clubhouse to sign the attendance record with times in and out of the stadium (black A4 folder on photocopier).  There is also some hand sanitiser on the table for use. Athletes must follow the instructions of the coach and observe social distancing during warm-up, the session and cool down.
Stadium Booking details
Please let me and TY know the names of the athletes and your preferred time slots for the following week (Monday to Sunday) before 6pm on the Saturday. We will confirm the availability and distribute the schedule to Saracens and to all coaches.
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
All 1 hour 35 minute slots (Saturday & Sunday – last slot finishes at 7.20)
9.00 – 10.35, 10.45 – 12.20, 12.30 – 2.05, 2.15 – 3.50, 4.00 – 5.35, 5.45 – 7.20, 7.30 – 9.00
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
There are 3 x 1 hour 35 minute slots and 7 x shorter 50 minute slots
9.15 – 10.50, 11.00 – 11.50, 12.00 – 12.50, 1.00 – 1.50, 2.00 – 2.50, 3.00 – 3.50, 4.00 – 4.50, 5.00 – 5.50, 6.00 – 7.25, 7.35 – 9.00
There is a 10 minute gap between each session for transitioning.
If you haven’t got a key fob for gaining access through the clubhouse, then please contact GEOFF MORPHITIS Mobile: 07976 994302 who will arrange to issue one to you. Please do not enter the clubhouse until the coach/athletes from the previous session exit.  No parents will be permitted to enter the stadium unless there is a child protection issue i.e. one coach and one athlete aged under 18.
There is a single disabled toilet (unisex) that can be used within the indoor area.
When going in and out of the Clubhouse from the carpark please make sure the door handle is left in the upward locked position at all times.
Link to the SBH Athlete and Coach Track & Field Training Agreement, which will sent to all participating athletes, and then to be returned signed by the athlete and parent – SBH – Allianz Park Track & Field Areement During Lockdown Period
Please let me know if you have any questions – JEREMY SOTHCOTT Mobile: 07764 621424 email jeremy.sothcott@btinternet.com

ENGLAND ATHLETICS CORONAVIRUS HELP FOR ATHLETES Many thanks to TUNJI who as reported on the 19 March newsletter is the father of NIAH AKINTOKUN. 
In these unprecedented times, I wanted to draw the club’s attention to some of the great resources available online. England Athletics is expanding its campaign to support Athletics and Running for everyone @home, with a focus on ‘Running @home’ support and advice. The homepage can be accessed here
There are many webinars, interviews and tips from top coaches and athletes on how to stay conditioned and focused.
In addition, there are some fantastic videos for 4-11yr olds on the Funetics webpage put together in conjunction with England Athletics.  The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.  You can access the videos here   TUNJI AKINTOKUN MBE – Non Executive Director, England Athletics

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020-2021 Winter Fixture Card updated  28-10-20, Currently all Cross Country and Road Relay fixtures for 2020 are either Cancelled or Postponed. An update on 2021 Fixtures will be published in early December 2020 – SBH Winter Card Fixtures 2020-2021 Updated 28-10-20
Cross Country Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/cross-country/team-managers/
Road Running/Relay Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OF INTEREST CAN BE FOUND ON THE SBH HOME PAGE BY USING THIS LINK, THEN SELECT THE LEFT OR RIGHT ARROWhttp://sbharriers.co.uk/
Allianz Park Membership, which gives SBH members 10% discount on entry to the Allianz Park stadium – Membership details and Form can be either printed or downloaded
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Club Hoody, information on how to purchase one, please go to the bottom of this Newsletter

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT ALLIANZ PARK  Please contact CLYDE GORDON on 07753 985525/clyde67@hotmail.co.uk for futher information on High Jump and Pole Vault days and times.

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

PARKRUN – Can you make sure that you are registered as ‘Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers’, as the link I use to select all results only shows SBH athletes. If anyone is also officiating can you please contact me, and advise me where and when.

PHOTOGRAPH’S – From time to time we have photographs of our members taken at meetings or presentations which we would like to use both on the website or incorporated within our report to our local newspaper. Can you please let me know if you do NOT want your photograph to be used. Also, I would appreciate if you could send me any photographs, which I can then publish on the website and newsletter.

CLUB EMBROIDERED RED HOODIES Currently there are now over 750 Hoodies in circulation, this is the link giving details on how you can order your Club Hoody for £35, which includes having your name embroidered on the front Club Hoodies Updated 01-07-19

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

CURRENT DISTRIBUTION OF SHAFTESBURY INFORMATION Currently I notify members (by email) using “MailChimp”. The reason I changed, was in November 2017 “Gmail” put a limit of 100 addresses that users could send to in a 24-hour period, and currently I send to approximately 850 members each issue.

On seeking technical advice “MailChimp” was recommended as the best way for SBH to go forward. There is one thing you should be aware off is that when you receive an email from me, the footer at the bottom has 4 options, of which one is “Unsubscribe Me From List”. Could I ask you not to select this as if you do you will be automatically removed from my distribution list.

SBH PRIVACY STATEMENT – In becoming a member, SBH will collect certain information about you. Can you please read the attached ‘Privacy Statement’ which contains Information on General Data Protection Regulations  SBH Privacy Statement Final April 2018

ALLIANZ PARK – Main Switchboard telephone number is 0203 675 7250.

CHARGES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK – Currently the stadium is open for limited use.

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 22 October 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 22 October to Fope Allo, Rohan Bagai, Eromo Egbor, Gerry Elmore, Abi Foulerton, Benjamin Hocking, Simon Keene, Ben McGuire, Lewis McGuire, Nana Nottinson-Nyaaku, David Pearlman, Evie Redpath, Daniel Rees, Jamie Scheulter, Joyce Smith and Luca Stubbs,

NEELAM KADERBHOY I have been informed that NEELAM is unwell, and is currently in Hospital in Watford. On behalf of myself and Shaftesbury we wish NEELAM a speedy recovery. NEELAM will only be too pleased to hear or receive text’s, especially from her younger athletes, her number on WhatsApp is 07791 512383.

JONATHAN KILSBY Some sad news regarding JONATHAN who passed away on Friday 16 October at Papworth Hospital. JONATHAN had been in Norwich hospital being treated for endocarditis and, when strong enough was due to have a replacement heart valve. ANDY MAGNALL spoke to JONATHAN last week and the infection seemed to be under control and he was quite positive and keen to have the operation. We don’t know any further details at present.
JONATHAN was an enthusiastic member of SBH on the road, track and cross country, and during my spell as Veterans Team Manager, JONATHAN was always the first name on the team sheet, and had many successful years with us. JONATHAN always spoke of his many Marathon, and following his personal best (2:15.53) in the 1983 London Marathon and was awarded an England vest. On behalf of Shaftesbury and many of his team mates, we send our condolences to his family.

RECENT NEW MEMBER We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to RUTH-ANN OTARUOH

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS 130TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020 Is to be held on Tuesday 24 November at 7.30pm. This is the link to the Agenda – AGM Notice 2020 (1)
Any proposals for a change of rule or notice of any business as per rule 22 must be submitted in writing to the General Secretary – PHILIP CUNNINGHAM, 147 Billy Lows Lane, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 1UY by 27 October 2020. This is the link to the SBH Constitution and Rules as of the 26 November 2019 – SBH Current Rules as of the 26 November 2019
Due to the need for social distancing and the current government restrictions, it is intended to hold the meeting via ‘Zoom’.
This year’s Track & Field Best Performance Awards have been cancelled. The 2019-2020 Cross Country Points and Club Championships Winners Awards will be presented to the winners by our various Coaches.

EMILY NEWNHAM ADDED TO THE YOUTH TALENT PROGRAMME Congratulations, we are delighted to be able to offer EMILY a place on the 2020-22 Youth Talent Programme (YTP). There has once again been a lot of interest and applications for the programme and the level of athletes on the programme is very high. Your selection is testament to the great work you are clearly doing  The YTP is the first step on the England Talent pathway designed to add value to the athlete and coach plan and help understand self, developing a broad range of skills, abilities and behaviours needed for senior success. We hope you are all looking forward to an exciting, eventful and successful season and look forward to helping you achieve this qualification.
Many thanks, DON WAGNER Performance Pathway Manager, British Athletics.

EMILY started her career as an Under 13 in 2016 doing mainly multi events through to 2018. In 2019, as a first year Under 17 she specialised in the 300m and 300m Hurdles, recording a personal best (39.34) in the 300m and (43.23) in the 300m Hurdles, ranking her UK No.3 in both events. 2020 saw her season commence in August and remains unbeaten, recording a personal best (39.24) in the 300m and (56.36) in the 400m ranking her UK No.1 in both events.

FRANK ATTOH COACH TO THE YOUTH TALENT PROGRAMME Congratulations to FRANK who has been appointed as Lead Coach to the YTL for horizontal jumps and is a contributor to the regular England Athletics webinars on jumps coaching/advice which usually has between 70 to 90 joiners. FRANK, is a qualified UKA Level 3 Performance Coach in Jumps. A former international triple-jumper and former AAA’s champion with a personal best of (15.98m) in 1980. His injury-enforced retirement led him into a new career in coaching which since 1982 has seen him gain international recognition as one of the world’s best. TRECIA SMITH, ASHIA HANSEN, MARY BERKELEY, CONNIE HENRY, YAMILE ALDAMA, NADIA WILLIAMS, LARRY ACHIKE, FRANCIS AGYEPONG and GREG RUTHERFORD are among the athletes who have benefited from FRANK’S coaching skills.

MALLORY PARK 5K ROAD RACE Took place at Mallory on 17 October
KRISTIAN IMROTH U20 2nd (SB 16.47) taking 3 minutes and 6 seconds off his 2016 time

ROYAL SUTTON COLDFIELD OPEN MEETING Took place at Sutton Coldfield on 17 October
Shot 5kg – U17M GABRIEL LAMB U17 10th (PB 14.30 1st U20)
Discus 1.5kg – U17M GABRIEL LAMB U17 1st (PB 48.11m) adding 74cm to his 14 September throw, and is ranked UK No.3 U17 in 2020

HERCULES WIMBLEDON 5K ROAD RACE Took place at Wimbledon on 17 October
SW NAOMI TASCHOMOWITZ 2nd (SB 16.47)

GEORGE GANDY – GEORGE, 80, died on 8 October and the popular Loughborough University coach will have a funeral service at Loughborough Crematorium on Friday October 30 at 2.45pm.
Due to coronavirus restrictions there will be a limited number of people – almost entirely family members – in attendance. But friends, former athletes and fellow coaches and colleagues are welcome to view via the link here with the user name of Tula6594 and password 176106.
If anyone cannot watch it at the time, it will be viewable for a further month on the above link.
On the day there are also plans to have a guard of honour consisting of Loughborough students in their athletics tracksuits but the video coverage of the service will show the inside of the building where GEORGE’S son, STEPHEN, will deliver a eulogy about his life in athletics.

NOTES ON HISTORY OF WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Many thanks to BRYAN SMITH for this interesting article.
The Women’s AAA was formed in 1922 and in 1927, the first National women’s country championship was held in Luton. In 1950 the Women’s Cross Country and Race-Walking Association was formed in order to improve the administration of Women’s cross country and race walking.  In the early 1950s there was an International match held at the end of the cross-country season between Scotland and England. In 1966 the first under 15 national cross-country championship was held In Watford, in 1967 the first Under 17 National, in 1970 the first under 13 and in 1992 the first Junior Under 20 race.
In those early days of Women’s cross-country, competition consisted of the County cross country championship, in some areas an area inter counties, the area cross country championship and the National cross-country championships.  There was also a junior championship by qualification (those who had performed well in area or previous national championships were barred from competing). In order to run cross country in those days you had to be 16 years and over. There was the occasional inter club match.
In the late 1950’s and early 60’s Men’s cross-country clubs were forming leagues that provided regular competition for male clubs. Previously inter club matches and trophy events were held. The first Women’s cross-country league formed was the Greater London Women’s cross-country league in 1963 and the first race held in Totteridge, North London including for the first-time competition for under 14 and under 16 runners. Winner of the under 14 race at that first League fixture was MARGARET MACSHERRY (now MARGARET BALDWIN) who went on to compete in 800m in the 1972 Olympics.  Winner of the under 16 race was JOAN PAGE (now JOAN ALLISON) who competed in 1968 (800m) and 1972 Olympics (1500m).  The idea of league cross country for women proved popular and the following year athletes from northern and midland clubs came to London to compete. In order to cater for this demand for more cross country for women a Northern women’s cross-country league was formed as was a Midland Women’s cross-country league and an Inter League competition came about.  The demand from clubs to compete in the Greater London cross country league resulted in the League changing to the Southern women’s cross country League, with often over 1000 competitors taking part in all age groups.
Eventually local cross country leagues were formed and the reduction in travel resulted in the demise of the Southern Women’s cross country league, it had served its purpose well.
In 1967 the first women’s multi country international held in Barry, Wales in conjunction with the Men’s International Cross Country. The women’s cross-country teams were Wales, England, Ireland, Scotland and USA.  In 1968 the women’s Internationall was in Blackburn, England, In 1969 Clydebank, Scotland (with the men’s international), In 1970 Frederick, USA and in 1971 Cambridge England (again with the men’s international).  By 1971 the women’s field had increased to include many of the countries that were competing in the men’s international, then in 1972 the IAAF took over the international competition and the first IAAF international cross country was held in Waregem, Belgium.

TOKYO 2021 TRIALS TENTATIVELY ANNOUNCED The following was published on the athletics Weekly website recently.

British athletes are told what they must do to reach the Olympics and Paralympics – if they take place next year. British Olympic hopefuls will try to qualify for the rescheduled Tokyo Games in a track and field trials event staged in Manchester on June 26-27, whereas marathon contenders will race for places on the team on a multi-lap circuit in London on March 26. With the Virgin Money London Marathon being held in October in 2020 and 2021, a new trials race over 26.2 miles has been created in the British capital with small elite fields battling for Olympic selection on a loop course. For 10,000m runners, the trial event will be at the annual Highgate Harriers-organised event at Parliament Hill on June 5. Race walkers, meanwhile, will have a 20km trial in Leeds in May or June and 50km trial in the spring at a European Race Walking Permit meeting. At these trials athletes will be striving to qualify for Tokyo, although there remains uncertainty surrounding the staging of the Games themselves.

On the coronavirus pandemic, UK Athletics say in their selection policy statement: “Each of us is managing the impact of Covid 19 and we can see the impact it has had on society at large, the international calendar and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021. “There is still considerable uncertainty surrounding the rescheduling of qualifying competitions. British Athletics is working closely with its international partners to ensure that British athletes have a fair and reasonable opportunity to meet the respective qualification and entry criteria outlined in the policy, and a realistic timeline in which to do so.” Athletics Weekly understands the marathon trial will be held in a secure bio-bubble similar to the recent London Marathon, though, and is almost certain not to be cancelled.

UKA say their priority is to pick athletes capable of winning medals and reaching the top eight. Following this their selection will focus on picking “individual athletes demonstrating future global medal potential for the Olympic cycle running up to and including the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.” The announcement follows the news that Britain’s new head coach, CHRISTIAN MALCOLM, has already started his job, albeit from Australia before moving back to the UK soon. On the track and field trials at Sportcity, UKA’s selection policy states: “The first two placed eligible athletes in each individual trials event will be automatically selected for the same event, provided that, within at least one of the two qualification periods … the athlete has achieved at least one World Athletics qualification standard.” Marathon and race walks selections will be announced March 30 although CALLUM HAWKINS has already been preselected for the marathon. Athletes for all remaining events will be named on June 28 after the team has been approved by the British Olympic Association.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT DISCUS The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.

Coach STUART CARLAW talks through some of the key points in discus selection. Choosing the right implement in the throws disciplines can be a nightmare. Let’s be honest, we’re all initially attracted by the paintwork, and surely paying more will get you better equipment, right?. Wrong. Throwing the wrong discus, shot, hammer or javelin can knock metres off your result, and at worst can result in injury.

So how are you supposed to know the difference between the many choices, especially when the product descriptions all say ‘this is a precision engineered implement and when thrown correctly can add x% to your distance’. Of course the answer is complex, personal and largely down to experience. Equipment supplier Neuff Athletic has been working with some of the top UK coaches to shed some light on the conundrum.
In the first of a four-part series, here STUART CARLAW, who is head of England Throws Camps and the UKA event lead for shot put, talks all things discus.

CARLAW believes the key questions for athletes choosing a discus are:

l.  Hi rim weight or low rim weight?
2. Hi-spin or low-spin?
3. Rim finish and rim profile?
4. What plate finish?
To decide your answers, you need to consider a host of other questions:

HOW FAR ARE YOU THROWING AND WHAT DOES YOUR THROW LOOK LIKE – A general rule of thumb is that the higher the rim weight is of the discus, the higher the spin rate but also the higher the force that needs to be generated by the athlete to get the discus spinning at an optimum rate. Understanding your distances and what your throw looks like is critical in understanding what discus is probably right for you.

WHAT HAND FEEL DO I LIKE – Discus throwing is a personal thing and comes with lots of factors that are discreet to each individual. A good discus thrower will intuitively like the “feel” of a disc. You need a good, comfortable contact between your fingers and the rim in order to effectively transfer energy, break inertia and get the discus spinning. The profile of the rim, the finish of the rim and the contrast between the rim and the plate are all crucial factors.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DISCUS?

  • How long have you been throwing?
  • What level of competition am I entering?
  • What is my budget?

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SHOT PUT The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.

Coach PAUL WILSON talks through some of the key points in shot put selection. Choosing the right implement in the throws disciplines can be a nightmare. Let’s be honest, we’re all initially attracted by the paintwork, and surely paying more will get you better equipment, right?.. Wrong. Throwing the wrong discus, shot, hammer or javelin can knock metres off your result, and at worst can result in injury.

So how are you supposed to know the difference between the many choices, especially when the product descriptions all say ‘this is a precision engineered implement and when thrown correctly can add x% to your distance’. Of course the answer is complex, personal and largely down to experience. Equipment supplier Neuff Athletic has been working with some of the top UK coaches to shed some light on the conundrum.

In the second article of a four-part series, here PAUL WILSON, who is head of Valhalla Throws Academy and coach to 10-time British shot champion Scott Lincoln along with a number of other athletes to international levels, talks all things shot put.

Wilson knows that the main considerations when choosing a shot are the manufacturing method and diameter.

HOW BIG IS TOO BIG – Generally speaking, the larger the better, as the shot should sit in the fingers resting against the pad of the hand and if the shot is too small, it will encourage you to throw it rather than using the correct ‘putting’ action. However, if the shot is too large, it will slip in your hand, so if you have particularly small hands you may wish to consider a smaller diameter. WILSON is working with Neuff to develop a photographic guide to how the shot should sit in the hand, which will be published soon.

DOES IT MATTER WHAT A SHOT LOOKS LIKE – Maybe you like the paint colours of one range, or the shine of a stainless steel shot? There is more to consider than just how it looks, though. Once the shot has been used once or twice, it will inevitably look less shiny, and there are things to consider. Will you get a good grip? What sort of grip product do you use? When the paint chips off, will it go underweight? Will you be putting on to particularly hard or stony ground?

Stainless steel shot tend to be softer, so will dent more easily, and may need to be scuffed by rolling them down the pavement before use as they are so shiny. Painted shot tend to be cheaper, but will inevitably chip.

ARE THE MORE EXPENSIVE SHOT REALLY DIFFERENT – There is a lot of subtle difference as to what is going on inside a shot. Despite appearances, they are not cannonballs, and the top shot have carefully weighted centres to ensure best aerodynamic flight

ENGLAND ATHLETICS CROSS COUNTRY GUIDANCE FOR A RETURN TO LIMITED COMPETITION A collaboration of England Athletics, the English Cross Country Association and other competition providers were pleased to publish (on Friday 18 September) the return to limited competition guidance for cross country. We want to encourage all competitors and organisers to enjoy and compete in cross country this winter while we are also aware that we have to keep the cross country and wider community safe. We will continue to update guidance in light of the pilot events we are working on with competition providers and any change to government guidance. Click the link below to view the guidance documents and to read an update from MARTIN RUSH, Head of Coaching and Athlete Development at England Athletics.
A collaboration of England Athletics, the English Cross Country Association and other competition providers are pleased to publish the return to limited competition guidance for Cross Country. We know athletes, clubs, schools and coaches want a return to cross country competition. It has been the bedrock of endurance in Britain for well over a century. We want to encourage all competitors and organisers to enjoy and compete in cross country this winter while we are also aware that we have to keep the cross country and wider community safe.
The guidance document provides a framework for getting cross country competition back but this is in a limited way at this current point in time. The need to maintain social distancing (2m) or only spend a very limited amount of time closer together is at the heart of every sports’ guidance from road running, to football, to netball and triathlon. We have worked with Sport England and DCMS and other sports to ensure that our guidance recognises the current limitations imposed by the government restrictions with a return to activity which is so important to the sport, and wider community.
Our aim is that school children, club runners, international athletes and all who love the sport of cross country will be able to get back to limited racing and, if government guidance shifts, to the iconic scenes of the English National. We will continue to update guidance in light of the pilot events we are working on with competition providers and any change to government guidance.

Timelines Late September to Mid-October – Pilot cross country events, 3rd October – Cross Country Licensing opens, 17th October – Licensed Cross Country events.
Click here to access the cross country return to limited competition guidance document and associated cross country Covid-secure environment guidance document.

LATEST UPDATE ON PARKRUN – An update on our planned restart in England from parkrun Global Chief Executive Officer NICK PEARSON. Sadly, after significant consultation and discussion, circumstances outside of our control have dictated that parkrun cannot return in England by the end of October, as we had hoped.

CAN YOU HELP PLEASE During the period when all competitions are suspended, I will do my upmost in keeping the Newsletter information and other content going.
I would welcome any contributions From Yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents, also past warm weather training/holidays (No Club 24 please). Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me.

PROCEDURES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTTWhich is now open to SBH members subject to the conditions below.
We have now negotiated the use of some Track & Field facilities with Saracens compliant with current guidance issued by the UK Government and England Athletics.
At the present time, the track & field groups will be limited to a maximum of five ‘Competing Club Athletes’ and one coach for each session e.g. 5 athletes on track and 5 athletes at the throws area.
Throws
Athletes should have their own implements. However, one implement of each weight will be left in the SBH store beside the sanitising equipment. Arrangements will have to be made in advance with TY HOLDEN.
Jumps
Following Government Guidelines up to 5 athletes with a suitably qualified coach can now undertake Jumps training utilising jump beds and sand pits. We have updated our guidance documents, based on information and advice from our partners and government, to include guidance specific to Jumps areas (such as Cleaning requirements before, during and after sessions). Athletes, coaches, clubs and venues must follow the latest guidance – please read our updated guidance documents at: 👉 https://bit.ly/2ATiU7R
The indoor track and the clubhouse gymnasium cannot be used.
Athletes invited to train by their coach must be sent the attached Allianz Park Track & Field Agreement in advance of starting training at Allianz Park. The athlete and parent (if under 16) to sign and return to me and TY before they can train.  Athletes should meet their coach promptly at their booking time outside the SBH Clubhouse where they will be asked to confirm that they do not have, and that no one in their household has, (or has had within the last 14 days) any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
The athletes will then be escorted using social distancing (2 metres) into the SBH Clubhouse to sign the attendance record with times in and out of the stadium (black A4 folder on photocopier).  There is also some hand sanitiser on the table for use. Athletes must follow the instructions of the coach and observe social distancing during warm-up, the session and cool down.
Stadium Booking details
Please let me and TY know the names of the athletes and your preferred time slots for the following week (Monday to Sunday) before 6pm on the Saturday. We will confirm the availability and distribute the schedule to Saracens and to all coaches.
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
All 1 hour 35 minute slots (Saturday & Sunday – last slot finishes at 7.20)
9.00 – 10.35, 10.45 – 12.20, 12.30 – 2.05, 2.15 – 3.50, 4.00 – 5.35, 5.45 – 7.20, 7.30 – 9.00
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
There are 3 x 1 hour 35 minute slots and 7 x shorter 50 minute slots
9.15 – 10.50, 11.00 – 11.50, 12.00 – 12.50, 1.00 – 1.50, 2.00 – 2.50, 3.00 – 3.50, 4.00 – 4.50, 5.00 – 5.50, 6.00 – 7.25, 7.35 – 9.00
There is a 10 minute gap between each session for transitioning.
If you haven’t got a key fob for gaining access through the clubhouse, then please contact GEOFF MORPHITIS Mobile: 07976 994302 who will arrange to issue one to you. Please do not enter the clubhouse until the coach/athletes from the previous session exit.  No parents will be permitted to enter the stadium unless there is a child protection issue i.e. one coach and one athlete aged under 18.
There is a single disabled toilet (unisex) that can be used within the indoor area.
When going in and out of the Clubhouse from the carpark please make sure the door handle is left in the upward locked position at all times.
Link to the SBH Athlete and Coach Track & Field Training Agreement, which will sent to all participating athletes, and then to be returned signed by the athlete and parent – SBH – Allianz Park Track & Field Areement During Lockdown Period
Please let me know if you have any questions – JEREMY SOTHCOTT Mobile: 07764 621424 email jeremy.sothcott@btinternet.com

ENGLAND ATHLETICS CORONAVIRUS HELP FOR ATHLETES Many thanks to TUNJI who as reported on the 19 March newsletter is the father of NIAH AKINTOKUN. 
In these unprecedented times, I wanted to draw the club’s attention to some of the great resources available online. England Athletics is expanding its campaign to support Athletics and Running for everyone @home, with a focus on ‘Running @home’ support and advice. The homepage can be accessed here
There are many webinars, interviews and tips from top coaches and athletes on how to stay conditioned and focused.
In addition, there are some fantastic videos for 4-11yr olds on the Funetics webpage put together in conjunction with England Athletics.  The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.  You can access the videos here   TUNJI AKINTOKUN MBE – Non Executive Director, England Athletics

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Front Sheet Summer 2020 Fixture Card Front Sheet Final Issue 12-02-20
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Fixtures, Updated 08-08-20 Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 08-08-20 With Current Information
Track and Field Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/track-field/team-managers/
Road Running Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OF INTEREST CAN BE FOUND ON THE SBH HOME PAGE BY USING THIS LINK, THEN SELECT THE LEFT OR RIGHT ARROWhttp://sbharriers.co.uk/
Allianz Park Membership, which gives SBH members 10% discount on entry to the Allianz Park stadium – Membership details and Form can be either printed or downloaded
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Club Hoody, information on how to purchase one, please go to the bottom of this Newsletter

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT ALLIANZ PARK  Please contact CLYDE GORDON on 07753 985525/clyde67@hotmail.co.uk for futher information on High Jump and Pole Vault days and times.

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

PARKRUN – Can you make sure that you are registered as ‘Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers’, as the link I use to select all results only shows SBH athletes. If anyone is also officiating can you please contact me, and advise me where and when.

PHOTOGRAPH’S – From time to time we have photographs of our members taken at meetings or presentations which we would like to use both on the website or incorporated within our report to our local newspaper. Can you please let me know if you do NOT want your photograph to be used. Also, I would appreciate if you could send me any photographs, which I can then publish on the website and newsletter.

CLUB EMBROIDERED RED HOODIES Currently there are now over 750 Hoodies in circulation, this is the link giving details on how you can order your Club Hoody for £35, which includes having your name embroidered on the front Club Hoodies Updated 01-07-19

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

CURRENT DISTRIBUTION OF SHAFTESBURY INFORMATION Currently I notify members (by email) using “MailChimp”. The reason I changed, was in November 2017 “Gmail” put a limit of 100 addresses that users could send to in a 24-hour period, and currently I send to approximately 850 members each issue.

On seeking technical advice “MailChimp” was recommended as the best way for SBH to go forward. There is one thing you should be aware off is that when you receive an email from me, the footer at the bottom has 4 options, of which one is “Unsubscribe Me From List”. Could I ask you not to select this as if you do you will be automatically removed from my distribution list.

SBH PRIVACY STATEMENT – In becoming a member, SBH will collect certain information about you. Can you please read the attached ‘Privacy Statement’ which contains Information on General Data Protection Regulations  SBH Privacy Statement Final April 2018

ALLIANZ PARK – Main Switchboard telephone number is 0203 675 7250.

CHARGES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK – Currently the stadium is open for limited use.

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 15 October 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 15 October to Kelvin Aye, Corin Bearpark, Georgia Bell, Mityrae Brooks, Gerald Collins, Charlie Dobson, Freddie Ford, Nathan Fox, George Groom, Lloyd Hanley-Byron, John Herries, Frenkie Johnson, Esther Klein, Megan McInnes, Geoffrey Morphitis, Samuel Ojo, Kerstin Pohlmann, Sofie Potter, Saugat Pun, Matthew Robinson, Hugh Starkey, Adam Thorpe, Naomi Taschimowitz, Ken Tollady, Richard Williams and Jessica Yefet

RECENT NEW MEMBER We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to MAYA GREEN, her first race was at the Be Fit Today Open Meeting at Dagenham on 3 October, running the 800m SW 2 finishing 6th (2:49.56).

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS 130TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020 Is to be held on Tuesday 24 November at 7.30pm. This is the link to the Agenda – AGM Notice 2020 (1)
Any proposals for a change of rule or notice of any business as per rule 22 must be submitted in writing to the General Secretary – PHILIP CUNNINGHAM, 147 Billy Lows Lane, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 1UY by 27 October 2020. This is the link to the SBH Constitution and Rules as of the 26 November 2019 – SBH Current Rules as of the 26 November 2019

Due to the need for social distancing and the current government restrictions, it is intended to hold the meeting via ‘Zoom’.

This year’s Track & Field Best Performance Awards have been cancelled. The 2019-2020 Cross Country Points and Club Championships Winners Awards will be presented to the winners by our various Coaches.

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS HONOURS BOARD Many thanks to all those who have been involved in the process on what type of board, we have now agreed on the size, font type etc, and final approval for the first board is imminent and then an order will be placed.
We have spoken with Saracens and they have agreed that it can be displayed in the new West Stand, which will provide good advertising to the Club. The board is 900mm wide and 1200mm high and is of solid oak veneered face and real oak veneered edging, Image of the board

RUBEN HEDMAN ADDED TO THE YOUTH TALENT PROGRAMME Congratulations, we are delighted to be able to offer RUBEN a place on the 2020-22 Youth Talent Programme (YTP). There has once again been a lot of interest and applications for the programme and the level of athletes on the programme is very high. Your selection is testament to the great work you are clearly doing and the relationship you have built with BRIAN HOPKINS as an athlete-coach.
The YTP is the first step on the England Talent pathway designed to add value to the athlete and coach plan and help understand self, developing a broad range of skills, abilities and behaviours needed for senior success.
We hope you are all looking forward to an exciting, eventful and successful season and look forward to helping you achieve this qualification.
Many thanks, DON WAGNER Performance Pathway Manager, British Athletics.

RUBEN started his career as an Under 11 in 2014 concentration on the Sprints and High/Long Jump events. In 2016 RUBEN took up Hurdling and you could see by his subsequent results that he had found the event he would specialise in. In 2019 as a 1st year Under 17 saw him improve no end, firstly Indoors, won the Bronze Medal in the Southern Championships (8.42) and a Bronze Medal in the England Championships (8.20), prior to this he ran a personal best in the Essex and Eastern Championships (8.17) ranking him UK No.4 U17. Outdoors he ran a personal best in the 100m Hurdles (13.45) ranking him UK No.4 U17.

LONDON HURDLES AND MIDDLE DISTANCE OPEN MEETING Took place at Bromley on 11 October
800m – SX 2 LEO RONCARATI U17 2nd (PB 2:03.64) taking 3.87 seconds off his 2019 time
3000m – SX 2 ALEX LYTRIDES U20 2nd (9:40.05)

HAMMER CIRCLE MEMBERS COMPETITION Took place at Woodford on 10 October
Hammer 5kg – U20M D OLIVER GRAHAM U17 1st (66.10m)

HARROW OPEN MEETING Took place at Harrow on 24 September
800m – SX 9 MAX WINFIELD U17 12th (PB 4:35.42) taking 15.26 seconds of his 2019 time

GEORGE GANDY As you may or may not have heard, unfortunately I received the sad news of Loughborough coaching legend George Gandy passing away yesterday morning. On behalf of SBH we send our condolences to his family.
GEORGE, head endurance coach, devoted most of his working life to promoting sport at Loughborough University, working there for more than 35 years. He coached more than 80 international athletes, including major championship medallists such as LORD SEBASTIAN COE, CHRIS MCGEORGE, PAULA RADCLIFFE, JACK BUCKNER and LISA DOBRISKEY.
SEBASTIAN said: “GEORGE was an exceptional person and a world-class coach. For both I owe him inestimable gratitude. “He has enhanced and, in many cases, changed the lives of so many young people including mine. We have all suffered a grievous loss.”
GEORGE began his journey with the university in 1971 as a member of staff and undertook an MSC degree in Human Biology, graduating in 1975. He was a member of academic staff in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences from 1971 to 2009 and served for many years as director of athletics. Alongside his work at the university, GEORGE became an honorary UK National Endurance Coach from 1990 to 1997, before taking a similar role on a full-time basis from 2009 to 2013. He returned later in 2013 to the university as its lead endurance coach for athletics.
Shaftesbury’s NADEEM SHAIKH remembers GEORGE with great affection and told me, we were very close good friends and we spoke, messaged and emailed one another regularly. I only spoke with him about a week or so ago.  Along with GEORGE HARRISON, GEORGE has always been an incredible guide and a phenomenal coaching mentor to me. He was absolutely brilliant with me when I first joined the National Coach Development Programme with England Athletics, when my other mentors included JENNY HARRIS, NEVILLE TAYLOR and the late DAVE SUNDERLAND.  I knew GEORGE for 15 years and he was always there for me and definitely helped me become the performance athletics coach I am today. GEORGE has not only left a tremendous legacy at Loughborough University, but in athletics as a sport. He will be deeply missed by myself and so many others. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. RIP GEORGE GANDY. Photograph of GEORGE with NADEEM.

I know DAVE BEDFORD and GEORGE were also incredibly good friends too, especially with the London Marathon involvement of supporting Team GB athletes and endurance camps in Iten, Kenya and Font Romeu in France.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT HAMMER The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.

Coach GARY HERRINGTON talks through some of the key points in hammer selection Choosing the right implement in the throws disciplines can be a nightmare. Let’s be honest, we’re all initially attracted by the paintwork, and surely paying more will get you better equipment, right?. Wrong. Throwing the wrong discus, shot, hammer or javelin can knock metres off your result, and at worst can result in injury. So how are you supposed to know the difference between the many choices, especially when the product descriptions all say ‘this is a precision engineered implement and when thrown correctly can add x% to your distance’. Of course the answer is complex, personal and largely down to experience. Equipment supplier Neuff Athletic has been working with some of the top UK coaches to shed some light on the conundrum. In the third article of a four-part series, here GARY HERRINGTON, who is a former UKA national coach for discus and current England Athletics Talent Event Lead for hammer, talks all things hammer. HERRINGTON explains that there are four key elements to selecting the correct equipment for throwing the hammer: the handle, the wire, the head and a glove or other hand/finger covering.

Handle – The handle of a hammer must be of a uniform and roughly triangular shape so that it cannot extend unduly during the turns prior to release. Selecting a good handle is important and you may choose one with either a flat or slightly curved grip depending on what feels most comfortable to you. Handles come in differing widths so it is well worth ensuring you can get both hands onto the grip comfortably, as any pinching around the edges will almost certainly lead to blistering or abrasions of your fingers during the throw.

Glove – The glove fits on your non-dominant hand (left hand for right-handed throwers and right for left-handed throwers) and is there to take a lot of the pressure of the grip through your fingers. Choose a glove that feels comfortable but which still allows you to feel the grip when throwing, as this is an important feedback process that allows for the best development of technique. Gloves come in different sizes so make sure you can get your hand in, but don’t use a glove that is loose as this is potentially dangerous if it slips off and you lose grip during the throw. The material of the glove will also affect how comfortable it feels, with different thicknesses of leather available from different makes. Again, it is really personal choice as to what feels most comfortable whilst allowing enough ’feel’ for the implement.

Head – The head of the hammer can be obtained in different materials and in different diameters with the key feature being the diameter because this has the greatest potential impact on distance thrown. Whilst the smaller diameter heads do offer slightly reduced air resistance they are more important because using them allows for a longer wire to be used which, in turn, increases the speed of the centre of mass of the head for any given speed of rotation and that results in longer throws! There are maximum and minimum limits for the head diameter and the overall length of the hammer so you must choose an appropriate mixture of wire length and head diameter to ensure you don’t exceed the maximum overall length. Because the smaller diameter heads are often made out of higher quality materials these are often more expensive so it may depend on how far you are throwing as to how much you wish to invest in buying a smaller head for your implement weight. Similar to shot selection, the choice of painted or polished is personal preference, but remember it will only be shiny or painted for a short while before it scuffs and chips.

Wire – The wire is a frequently ignored element of the hammer overall but, as explained above, it is essential that your wire is matched to the head so that the overall length of the hammer is as long as it can legally be for your competitions. It worth considering the quality of steel used too and the weight that might add to your hammer overall. It is the combined weight of head, wire and handle that is measured before competition. Lighter wires again allow for more weight in the head and greater distance but these wires are often softer and can become unusable quickly if frequently thrown into the cage. Stiffer and heavier wires tend to last longer, cost less and they have less impact on shorter throws so these are often preferred for novice throwers. So remember to choose what’s comfortable for you but always be mindful that, for any given length, hammers with smaller heads and longer wires do go further but also usually cost more.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT JAVELIN The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. 

Coach DAVID TURNER talks through some of the key points in javelin selection Choosing the right implement in the throws disciplines can be a nightmare. Let’s be honest, we’re all initially attracted by the paintwork, and surely paying more will get you better equipment, right?. Wrong. Throwing the wrong discus, shot, hammer or javelin can knock metres off your result, and at worst can result in injury. So how are you supposed to know the difference between the many choices, especially when the product descriptions all say ‘this is a precision engineered implement and when thrown correctly can add x% to your distance’. Of course, the answer is complex, personal and largely down to experience. Equipment supplier Neuff Athletic has been working with some of the top UK coaches to shed some light on the conundrum. In the final article of a four-part series, here DAVID TURNER, who is Loughborough University’s head throws coach and England Athletics talent event lead for javelin, talks all things javelin. It is very tempting to choose a javelin by the colour of the paint, but the differences between the types are substantial and will make a real difference to your development. Turner sees far too many promising throwers’ careers cut short by elbow or shoulder injuries caused by throwing inappropriate javelins at an early stage. His advice on questions to consider include:

HOW FAR ARE YOU THROWING Javelins tend to be distance or flexibility rated, indicating how far they need to be thrown in order for their natural correction to land tip-down. If you try to throw a 70m javelin 30m, it will not be in the air long enough to auto-correct, so even if you manage to beat your PB, it will almost certainly be a no-throw as it lands flat or on its tail.

HOW DEVELOPED IS YOUR TECHNIQUE Top end javelins can be very unforgiving of underdeveloped technique, so beginners are better off with beginner implements which enable them to really learn the skills and technique for optimum throwing without injury or disappointment in competition.

WHAT HAND FEEL DO YOU LIKE While there is a lot of standardisation in the construction of javelins, there are still differences in the grip thickness, paint texture and balance. This is very personal, so really trying out a few different javelins in your hand, or better find one to try out, is the best way forward.

MORE EXPENSIVE ISN’T NECESSARILY BETTER Aluminium javelins are usually more affordable because they can be produced more easily than steel javelins. Carbon or composite javelins tend to be the least flexible and are designed with elite throwers in mind and can often lead to injuries with developing throwers. Don’t assume the more expensive a javelin is, the further the distance for every thrower. It is crucial for throwers’ long-term development that we resist choosing a javelin based on the cost or paintwork.

ENGLISH CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS 31 OCTOBER CANCELLED This was posted on the ECCA website.
We very much regret that after significant consultation, planning and discussion, circumstances outside our control have lead us to conclude that the English National Cross Country Relays cannot happen as we hoped at the end of October.
Understandably with the current restrictions and rising occurrence of Covid-19 Mansfield District Council have very reluctantly decided that they cannot hold events in their parks and open spaces. They are keen to find another date when circumstances allow.
We know that many people will be disappointed to hear this news, and that it is likely to add further to existing anxieties and frustrations.

METROPOLITAN LEAGUE 2020/2021 UPDATE – JAN BOWMAN the league administrator issued the following statement on 25 September. With regret, we have now decided to cancel the whole of the 2020/21 season. This has been a very tough decision but after receiving the latest guidelines and joining an EA zoom meeting last night the league cannot comply with the regulations as we cannot provide a Covid secure environment. The link is here should you wish to look at Guidance rules http://bit.ly/EAXC18Sep

Along with this we have now also lost Alexandra Palace as a cross country fixture. They have contacted us with the following statement – I am afraid that I have decided not to permit any cross country running events in the Park.  Partly because of the negative impact that the races had on the grass areas last year, and secondly due to the challenges placed on us by staff reductions during the pandemic. The Park is a historic, designed landscape and its general visitor numbers are increasing every year.  The impact of the churned grass areas and mud on the paths has become too great, and affects other people’s enjoyment.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS CROSS COUNTRY GUIDANCE FOR A RETURN TO LIMITED COMPETITION A collaboration of England Athletics, the English Cross Country Association and other competition providers were pleased to publish (on Friday 18 September) the return to limited competition guidance for cross country. We want to encourage all competitors and organisers to enjoy and compete in cross country this winter while we are also aware that we have to keep the cross country and wider community safe. We will continue to update guidance in light of the pilot events we are working on with competition providers and any change to government guidance. Click the link below to view the guidance documents and to read an update from MARTIN RUSH, Head of Coaching and Athlete Development at England Athletics.
A collaboration of England Athletics, the English Cross Country Association and other competition providers are pleased to publish the return to limited competition guidance for Cross Country. We know athletes, clubs, schools and coaches want a return to cross country competition. It has been the bedrock of endurance in Britain for well over a century. We want to encourage all competitors and organisers to enjoy and compete in cross country this winter while we are also aware that we have to keep the cross country and wider community safe.
The guidance document provides a framework for getting cross country competition back but this is in a limited way at this current point in time. The need to maintain social distancing (2m) or only spend a very limited amount of time closer together is at the heart of every sports’ guidance from road running, to football, to netball and triathlon. We have worked with Sport England and DCMS and other sports to ensure that our guidance recognises the current limitations imposed by the government restrictions with a return to activity which is so important to the sport, and wider community.
Our aim is that school children, club runners, international athletes and all who love the sport of cross country will be able to get back to limited racing and, if government guidance shifts, to the iconic scenes of the English National. We will continue to update guidance in light of the pilot events we are working on with competition providers and any change to government guidance.

Timelines Late September to Mid-October – Pilot cross country events, 3rd October – Cross Country Licensing opens, 17th October – Licensed Cross Country events.
Click here to access the cross country return to limited competition guidance document and associated cross country Covid-secure environment guidance document.

LATEST UPDATE ON PARKRUN – An update on our planned restart in England from parkrun Global Chief Executive Officer NICK PEARSON. Sadly, after significant consultation and discussion, circumstances outside of our control have dictated that parkrun cannot return in England by the end of October, as we had hoped.

CAN YOU HELP PLEASE During the period when all competitions are suspended, I will do my upmost in keeping the Newsletter information and other content going.
I would welcome any contributions From Yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents, also past warm weather training/holidays (No Club 24 please). Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me.

PROCEDURES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTTWhich is now open to SBH members subject to the conditions below.
We have now negotiated the use of some Track & Field facilities with Saracens compliant with current guidance issued by the UK Government and England Athletics.
At the present time, the track & field groups will be limited to a maximum of five ‘Competing Club Athletes’ and one coach for each session e.g. 5 athletes on track and 5 athletes at the throws area.
Throws
Athletes should have their own implements. However, one implement of each weight will be left in the SBH store beside the sanitising equipment. Arrangements will have to be made in advance with TY HOLDEN.
Jumps
Following Government Guidelines up to 5 athletes with a suitably qualified coach can now undertake Jumps training utilising jump beds and sand pits. We have updated our guidance documents, based on information and advice from our partners and government, to include guidance specific to Jumps areas (such as Cleaning requirements before, during and after sessions). Athletes, coaches, clubs and venues must follow the latest guidance – please read our updated guidance documents at: 👉 https://bit.ly/2ATiU7R
The indoor track and the clubhouse gymnasium cannot be used.
Athletes invited to train by their coach must be sent the attached Allianz Park Track & Field Agreement in advance of starting training at Allianz Park. The athlete and parent (if under 16) to sign and return to me and TY before they can train.  Athletes should meet their coach promptly at their booking time outside the SBH Clubhouse where they will be asked to confirm that they do not have, and that no one in their household has, (or has had within the last 14 days) any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
The athletes will then be escorted using social distancing (2 metres) into the SBH Clubhouse to sign the attendance record with times in and out of the stadium (black A4 folder on photocopier).  There is also some hand sanitiser on the table for use. Athletes must follow the instructions of the coach and observe social distancing during warm-up, the session and cool down.
Stadium Booking details
Please let me and TY know the names of the athletes and your preferred time slots for the following week (Monday to Sunday) before 6pm on the Saturday. We will confirm the availability and distribute the schedule to Saracens and to all coaches.
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
All 1 hour 35 minute slots (Saturday & Sunday – last slot finishes at 7.20)
9.00 – 10.35, 10.45 – 12.20, 12.30 – 2.05, 2.15 – 3.50, 4.00 – 5.35, 5.45 – 7.20, 7.30 – 9.00
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
There are 3 x 1 hour 35 minute slots and 7 x shorter 50 minute slots
9.15 – 10.50, 11.00 – 11.50, 12.00 – 12.50, 1.00 – 1.50, 2.00 – 2.50, 3.00 – 3.50, 4.00 – 4.50, 5.00 – 5.50, 6.00 – 7.25, 7.35 – 9.00
There is a 10 minute gap between each session for transitioning.
If you haven’t got a key fob for gaining access through the clubhouse, then please contact GEOFF MORPHITIS Mobile: 07976 994302 who will arrange to issue one to you. Please do not enter the clubhouse until the coach/athletes from the previous session exit.  No parents will be permitted to enter the stadium unless there is a child protection issue i.e. one coach and one athlete aged under 18.
There is a single disabled toilet (unisex) that can be used within the indoor area.
When going in and out of the Clubhouse from the carpark please make sure the door handle is left in the upward locked position at all times.
Link to the SBH Athlete and Coach Track & Field Training Agreement, which will sent to all participating athletes, and then to be returned signed by the athlete and parent – SBH – Allianz Park Track & Field Areement During Lockdown Period
Please let me know if you have any questions – JEREMY SOTHCOTT Mobile: 07764 621424 email jeremy.sothcott@btinternet.com

ENGLAND ATHLETICS CORONAVIRUS HELP FOR ATHLETES Many thanks to TUNJI who as reported on the 19 March newsletter is the father of NIAH AKINTOKUN. 
In these unprecedented times, I wanted to draw the club’s attention to some of the great resources available online. England Athletics is expanding its campaign to support Athletics and Running for everyone @home, with a focus on ‘Running @home’ support and advice. The homepage can be accessed here
There are many webinars, interviews and tips from top coaches and athletes on how to stay conditioned and focused.
In addition, there are some fantastic videos for 4-11yr olds on the Funetics webpage put together in conjunction with England Athletics.  The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.  You can access the videos here   TUNJI AKINTOKUN MBE – Non Executive Director, England Athletics

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Front Sheet Summer 2020 Fixture Card Front Sheet Final Issue 12-02-20
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Fixtures, Updated 08-08-20 Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 08-08-20 With Current Information
Track and Field Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/track-field/team-managers/
Road Running Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OF INTEREST CAN BE FOUND ON THE SBH HOME PAGE BY USING THIS LINK, THEN SELECT THE LEFT OR RIGHT ARROWhttp://sbharriers.co.uk/
Allianz Park Membership, which gives SBH members 10% discount on entry to the Allianz Park stadium – Membership details and Form can be either printed or downloaded
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Club Hoody, information on how to purchase one, please go to the bottom of this Newsletter

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT ALLIANZ PARK  Please contact CLYDE GORDON on 07753 985525/clyde67@hotmail.co.uk for futher information on High Jump and Pole Vault days and times.

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

PARKRUN – Can you make sure that you are registered as ‘Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers’, as the link I use to select all results only shows SBH athletes. If anyone is also officiating can you please contact me, and advise me where and when.

PHOTOGRAPH’S – From time to time we have photographs of our members taken at meetings or presentations which we would like to use both on the website or incorporated within our report to our local newspaper. Can you please let me know if you do NOT want your photograph to be used. Also, I would appreciate if you could send me any photographs, which I can then publish on the website and newsletter.

CLUB EMBROIDERED RED HOODIES Currently there are now over 750 Hoodies in circulation, this is the link giving details on how you can order your Club Hoody for £35, which includes having your name embroidered on the front Club Hoodies Updated 01-07-19

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

CURRENT DISTRIBUTION OF SHAFTESBURY INFORMATION Currently I notify members (by email) using “MailChimp”. The reason I changed, was in November 2017 “Gmail” put a limit of 100 addresses that users could send to in a 24-hour period, and currently I send to approximately 850 members each issue.

On seeking technical advice “MailChimp” was recommended as the best way for SBH to go forward. There is one thing you should be aware off is that when you receive an email from me, the footer at the bottom has 4 options, of which one is “Unsubscribe Me From List”. Could I ask you not to select this as if you do you will be automatically removed from my distribution list.

SBH PRIVACY STATEMENT – In becoming a member, SBH will collect certain information about you. Can you please read the attached ‘Privacy Statement’ which contains Information on General Data Protection Regulations  SBH Privacy Statement Final April 2018

ALLIANZ PARK – Main Switchboard telephone number is 0203 675 7250.

CHARGES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK – Currently the stadium is open for limited use.

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 8 October 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 8 October to Dan Bramble, Mitchel Cox, Esther Fatuade, Emelia Greenfield, Anu Jaiyeola, Jude Kanor, Yasmin Lakin, Jo Newell, Lee McConnell, Lenard Michel, Jude Miranda, Ryan Moseley, Atiba Oluwasemilo, Kofi Owusu, Ted Parker, Elena Roncarati, Nicholas Shaw and Lisa Webb

RECENT NEW MEMBER We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to ANNALUCIA HARTLEY and EMILY NEWNHAM

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS 130TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020 Is to be held on Tuesday 24 November at 7.30pm. This is the link to the Agenda – AGM Notice 2020 (1)
Any proposals for a change of rule or notice of any business as per rule 22 must be submitted in writing to the General Secretary – PHILIP CUNNINGHAM, 147 Billy Lows Lane, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 1UY by 27 October 2020. This is the link to the SBH Constitution and Rules as of the 26 November 2019 – SBH Current Rules as of the 26 November 2019

Due to the need for social distancing and the current government restrictions, it is intended to hold the meeting via ‘Zoom’.

This year’s Track & Field Best Performance Awards have been cancelled. The 2019-2020 Cross Country Points and Club Championships Winners Awards will be presented to the winners by our various Coaches.

EMMANUEL DURUIHEOMA AND REMI JOKOSENUMI ADDED TO THE YOUTH TALENT PROGRAMME Congratulations, we are delighted to be able to offer EMMANUEL and REMI a place on the 2020-22 Youth Talent Programme (YTP). There has once again been a lot of interest and applications for the programme and the level of athletes on the programme is very high. Your selection is testament to the great work you are clearly doing and the relationship you have built with TY HOLDEN as an athlete-coach.
The YTP is the first step on the England Talent pathway designed to add value to the athlete and coach plan and help understand self, developing a broad range of skills, abilities and behaviours needed for senior success.
We hope you are all looking forward to an exciting, eventful and successful season and look forward to helping you achieve this qualification.
Many thanks, DON WAGNER Performance Pathway Manager, British Athletics.

EMMANUEL currently holds the Under 17 60m Indoor Club Record (6.89) set in February this year, as well as being a member of the 4x100m Relay team whose (42.01) was set at the Connect Relays in July 2019. This year he ran a personal best in the 100m (10.94 w0.4) which ranks him UK No.2 U17. REMI has had an outstanding 2020, starting with the Indoor season by taking a Silver Medal in the Southern Under 17 Championships 200m (22.55), and a Bronze Medal in the England Under 17 Championships 200m (22.17), in the Semi-Final he ran a personal best (21.98) ranking him UK No.1 U17. Outdoors he ran a personal best in the LICC meeting (22.12) also ranking him UK No.1 U17. He was also a member of the 4x100m Under 17 Club Record Relay team as mentioned above.

ENGLISH CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS 31 OCTOBER CANCELLED This was posted on the ECCA website.
We very much regret that after significant consultation, planning and discussion, circumstances outside our control have lead us to conclude that the English National Cross Country Relays cannot happen as we hoped at the end of October.
Understandably with the current restrictions and rising occurrence of Covid-19 Mansfield District Council have very reluctantly decided that they cannot hold events in their parks and open spaces. They are keen to find another date when circumstances allow.
We know that many people will be disappointed to hear this news, and that it is likely to add further to existing anxieties and frustrations.

FAST 5K ROAD RACE Took place at Ashton- In-Makerfield on 5 October
HENRY MCLUCKIE U20 10th (14.24 1st U20)

NUNEATON HARRIERS OPEN MEETING Took place at Nuneaton on 4 October
200mSX 5 OBINNA NWOKEJI U15 6th (PB 27.06 w-1.8) taking .13 of a second off his 30 August time, and is ranked UK No.9 U13 in 2020, 6 EBUKA NWOKEJI U15 6th (PB 25.34 w-0.6) taking .19 of a second off his 30 August time

SUSSEX MARTIN ETCHELLS MEMORIAL OPEN MEETING Took place at Lewes on 4 October
Shot 5kgSX D GABRIEL LAMB U17 1st (PB 11.30m) adding 10cm to his 13 September put
Discus 1.5kgSX D GABRIEL LAMB U17 3rd (41.58m)

BE FIT TODAY TRACK ACADEMY OPEN MEETING Took place at Dagenham on 3 October
600m – SX 2 ZICO JONES U15 3rd (PB 1:32.36) taking 9.83 seconds off his 2018 time, and is ranked UK No.1 U15 in 2020
1500m – SM 1 TOMMY NARVAEZ-WHITE U15 7th (PB 5:36.62), 2 DANIEL BANYARD U17 4th (PB 4:55.93) taking 4.17 seconds off his 2019 time, ARTHUR PHILLIPS U13 6th (PB 5:08.23) taking 18.57 seconds off his 2019 time, SW 1 PHOEBE MUSIC U15 9th (PB 5:42.71) taking 1.79 seconds off her 2019 time

HERNE HILL HARRIERS OPEN MEETING Took place at Tooting Bec on 3 October
Long Jump – SX KEELAN FARRELL U17 1st (6.00m nwr)
Shot 4kg – SX A NENE HARRISON V40 2nd (10.40m)

NIGHT OF THE 5K MEETING Took place at Jersey City, New Jersey, USA on 2 October
5000m – A JAMIE DEE 2nd (SB 14:05.84)

VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON In the Men’s race the winning time of (2:05:41), achieved by Ethiopia’s SHURA KITATA as he won a three-way sprint finish to the line, did not come even close to threatening KIPCHOGE’S world record (2:01:39) but this was more a beautifully unscripted piece of sporting theatre rather than an all-out battle against the clock.
The defending champion did not even feature in that closing fight down The Mall, appearing to be out of sorts and drifting curiously off the pace with just over two miles to go. He finished 8th in (2:06:49), his second-slowest marathon ever. His slowest, (2:08:44), came during the Rio Olympics four years ago. He was first across the line on that occasion but, while there was a major championships marathon feel to proceedings in London given the small elite field and the lapped course, there was to be no victory this time.
KATATA – second in London two years ago and fourth in 2019 – had led the initial six-strong breakaway and, when entering the closing metres, it looked like Kenya’s VINCENT KIPCHUMBA might break clear. The Ethiopian had one final burst, however, which was enough to give him a one-second victory as KIPCHUMBA had to settle for second in (2:05:42), with Ethiopian SISAY LEMMA third in (2:05:45). Though the 2.15km loop around St James’s Park, which had been considered as a potential venue for Kipchoge’s (1:59) event last year, had looked like providing the perfect platform for a fast race, the cold and wet conditions did not marry up and, when the men’s leading group went through 10km in (29:45), there was a very evident request from the four-time winner that the pacemakers should up their speed. Still, however, the large group hit halfway in (62:54) and it was clear there would be no record-breaking exploits from the head of the field. Instead, the tension built, with no-one willing to make a major move right until the latter stages. KIPCHOGE did not look quite right and his usual trademark smile appeared to be more like a grimace as the miles ticked by. A split of (5:01) at mile 22 underlined that a waiting game was most definitely being played.

JONNY MELLOR won the race to the British title in London. Behind the leaders, there were other fascinating battles and impressive performances taking place. STEPHEN SCULLION, who very nearly quit the sport not so long ago, cut over two minutes from his personal best to break the Northern Irish record and become the fastest of Ireland’s Olympic qualifiers with (2:09:49).
The race for the British title was particularly fierce, JONNY MELLOR (2:10:38), one of the few athletes to have raced over 26.2 miles already this year when clocking (2:10:05) in Seville in March, and marathon debutant BEN CONNOR had the Olympic qualifying mark of (2:11:30) in mind and they were paced perfectly until the final 10km by MO FARAH. Third Briton home was JOSH GRIFFITHS in (2:13:11).

VIRGIN MONEY VIRTUAL LONDON MARATHON In the Men’s r

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONDON MARATHON BY NUMBERS 10 – The number of men who have run every single London Marathon. The oldest member of that exclusive “Ever Presents” club is 87-year-old KEN JONES, with the youngest being 62-year-old CHRIS FINNILL. All 10 are to take part in the virtual Marathon.
21 – The number of times DAVID WEIR will have raced the elite event, includes 2020. The six-time Paralympic gold medallist has won the wheelchair race eight times and also achieved  a number of mini marathon victories before that.
40 – Is the 40th London Marathon this year, but 40 was also the number of Guinness world records broken during the 2019 event from 79 attempts. These ranged from fastest marathon in a wedding dress to fastest marathon in a six-person costume.
93 – The age of the oldest person ever to complete the London Marathon – FAUJA SINGH in 2004.
5 Days 8 Hours – Wearing a deep-sea diving suit. LLOYD SCOTT completed the slowest ever London Marathon in 2002.
45,000 – A sold out field of over 45,000 runners have signed up to take part in the Virtual London Marathon.
66,400,000 – The amount of money (GBP) raised for charity during last year’s London Marathon. The event has raised a total of over £1billion for charitable causes since 1981.
Course Records – The Men’s record set by ELIUD KIPCHOGE (2:02.37) in 2019, Women’s record set by PAULA RADCLIFFE (2:15.25) in 2003.

METROPOLITAN LEAGUE 2020/2021 UPDATE – JAN BOWMAN the league administrator issued the following statement on 25 September. With regret, we have now decided to cancel the whole of the 2020/21 season. This has been a very tough decision but after receiving the latest guidelines and joining an EA zoom meeting last night the league cannot comply with the regulations as we cannot provide a Covid secure environment. The link is here should you wish to look at Guidance rules http://bit.ly/EAXC18Sep

Along with this we have now also lost Alexandra Palace as a cross country fixture. They have contacted us with the following statement – I am afraid that I have decided not to permit any cross country running events in the Park.  Partly because of the negative impact that the races had on the grass areas last year, and secondly due to the challenges placed on us by staff reductions during the pandemic. The Park is a historic, designed landscape and its general visitor numbers are increasing every year.  The impact of the churned grass areas and mud on the paths has become too great, and affects other people’s enjoyment.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS CROSS COUNTRY GUIDANCE FOR A RETURN TO LIMITED COMPETITION A collaboration of England Athletics, the English Cross Country Association and other competition providers were pleased to publish (on Friday 18 September) the return to limited competition guidance for cross country. We want to encourage all competitors and organisers to enjoy and compete in cross country this winter while we are also aware that we have to keep the cross country and wider community safe. We will continue to update guidance in light of the pilot events we are working on with competition providers and any change to government guidance. Click the link below to view the guidance documents and to read an update from MARTIN RUSH, Head of Coaching and Athlete Development at England Athletics.
A collaboration of England Athletics, the English Cross Country Association and other competition providers are pleased to publish the return to limited competition guidance for Cross Country. We know athletes, clubs, schools and coaches want a return to cross country competition. It has been the bedrock of endurance in Britain for well over a century. We want to encourage all competitors and organisers to enjoy and compete in cross country this winter while we are also aware that we have to keep the cross country and wider community safe.
The guidance document provides a framework for getting cross country competition back but this is in a limited way at this current point in time. The need to maintain social distancing (2m) or only spend a very limited amount of time closer together is at the heart of every sports’ guidance from road running, to football, to netball and triathlon. We have worked with Sport England and DCMS and other sports to ensure that our guidance recognises the current limitations imposed by the government restrictions with a return to activity which is so important to the sport, and wider community.
Our aim is that school children, club runners, international athletes and all who love the sport of cross country will be able to get back to limited racing and, if government guidance shifts, to the iconic scenes of the English National. We will continue to update guidance in light of the pilot events we are working on with competition providers and any change to government guidance.

Timelines Late September to Mid-October – Pilot cross country events, 3rd October – Cross Country Licensing opens, 17th October – Licensed Cross Country events.
Click here to access the cross country return to limited competition guidance document and associated cross country Covid-secure environment guidance document.

LATEST UPDATE ON PARKRUN – An update on our planned restart in England from parkrun Global Chief Executive Officer NICK PEARSON. Sadly, after significant consultation and discussion, circumstances outside of our control have dictated that parkrun cannot return in England by the end of October, as we had hoped.

CAN YOU HELP PLEASE During the period when all competitions are suspended, I will do my upmost in keeping the Newsletter information and other content going.
I would welcome any contributions From Yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents, also past warm weather training/holidays (No Club 24 please). Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS/ECCA/AREA LEAGUE CROSS COUNTRY UPDATE The following was published by England Athletics on 28 August 2020.
England Athletics is pleased to announce that we have begun making steps towards a restricted return to Cross Country competition. On the 27 August 2020 we held a meeting with the Cross Country community, including the ECCA, the areas, and some league organisers to agree on the following proposed timeline for a return to Cross Country Competition:
Mid-September to mid-October – Pilot XC Competitions
5 October – Licence application process opens
17 October – Licensed Cross Country competition can resume
These dates are provisional and will be adapted if necessary, with any additional Government guidance that is issued.
Cross Country competition will be unable to resume in the traditional format, adaptations will have to be made based on the current circumstances regarding the virus. However, England Athletics believe this is an exciting step forward for the Cross-Country community and we are currently working on guidance with the named organisations to support competition providers in providing a safe return to adapted cross country competition.
We are aiming for a version of the guidance to be published for competition organisers on W/C 14 September 2020. It will be the decision of the competition provider whether they will host competitions given the restrictions within the guidance. The 2020/21 XC fixture dates are below. All cross-country dates will remain ring fenced until further notice. Due to the licensing timeline above all have agreed the first league fixture date in October will be cancelled. All licensed competitions will be published on the England Athletics website when licensing opens.

Cross Country fixture lists subject to change and race formats to be confirmed subject to guidance.
10 October League 1 Cancelled, 17 October Area XC Relays tbc, 31 October ECCA XC Relays, 7 November League 2, 28 November UK Cross Challenge & European Trials, 5 December League 3, 13 December European XC, Ireland, 9 January County XC Champs, 6 January League 4, 13 February League 5, 20 February CAU IC XC & World Trials, 6 March ECCA National XC, 13 March League 6, 20 March World XC Champs, Australia, 20 March English Schools XC Champs, 27 March SIAB Schools International.
All fixtures are subject to confirmation by event organisers and subject to government guidance updates.

SOUTHERN ROAD RELAYS CANCELLED The following was posted on the SEAA website on 8 August. Unfortunately, the SEAA Road Relays scheduled for Sunday 20 September at Crystal Palace have now been cancelled. It was hoped that with the guidelines changing daily it would have been possible to hold a Road Relay event but regretfully this was not possible under the present Government and UKA guidelines. SEAA are still planning to hold Cross Country Championships, starting with the Relays on 17 October, as well as Indoor Track & Field Championships.  All dependent of course on the guidelines to be issued by England Athletics shortly.
John Gandee SEAA Competition Chairman

PROCEDURES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTTWhich is now open to SBH members subject to the conditions below.
We have now negotiated the use of some Track & Field facilities with Saracens compliant with current guidance issued by the UK Government and England Athletics.
At the present time, the track & field groups will be limited to a maximum of five ‘Competing Club Athletes’ and one coach for each session e.g. 5 athletes on track and 5 athletes at the throws area.
Throws
Athletes should have their own implements. However, one implement of each weight will be left in the SBH store beside the sanitising equipment. Arrangements will have to be made in advance with TY HOLDEN.
Jumps
Following Government Guidelines up to 5 athletes with a suitably qualified coach can now undertake Jumps training utilising jump beds and sand pits. We have updated our guidance documents, based on information and advice from our partners and government, to include guidance specific to Jumps areas (such as Cleaning requirements before, during and after sessions). Athletes, coaches, clubs and venues must follow the latest guidance – please read our updated guidance documents at: 👉 https://bit.ly/2ATiU7R
The indoor track and the clubhouse gymnasium cannot be used.
Athletes invited to train by their coach must be sent the attached Allianz Park Track & Field Agreement in advance of starting training at Allianz Park. The athlete and parent (if under 16) to sign and return to me and TY before they can train.  Athletes should meet their coach promptly at their booking time outside the SBH Clubhouse where they will be asked to confirm that they do not have, and that no one in their household has, (or has had within the last 14 days) any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
The athletes will then be escorted using social distancing (2 metres) into the SBH Clubhouse to sign the attendance record with times in and out of the stadium (black A4 folder on photocopier).  There is also some hand sanitiser on the table for use. Athletes must follow the instructions of the coach and observe social distancing during warm-up, the session and cool down.
Stadium Booking details
Please let me and TY know the names of the athletes and your preferred time slots for the following week (Monday to Sunday) before 6pm on the Saturday. We will confirm the availability and distribute the schedule to Saracens and to all coaches.
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
All 1 hour 35 minute slots (Saturday & Sunday – last slot finishes at 7.20)
9.00 – 10.35, 10.45 – 12.20, 12.30 – 2.05, 2.15 – 3.50, 4.00 – 5.35, 5.45 – 7.20, 7.30 – 9.00
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
There are 3 x 1 hour 35 minute slots and 7 x shorter 50 minute slots
9.15 – 10.50, 11.00 – 11.50, 12.00 – 12.50, 1.00 – 1.50, 2.00 – 2.50, 3.00 – 3.50, 4.00 – 4.50, 5.00 – 5.50, 6.00 – 7.25, 7.35 – 9.00
There is a 10 minute gap between each session for transitioning.
If you haven’t got a key fob for gaining access through the clubhouse, then please contact GEOFF MORPHITIS Mobile: 07976 994302 who will arrange to issue one to you. Please do not enter the clubhouse until the coach/athletes from the previous session exit.  No parents will be permitted to enter the stadium unless there is a child protection issue i.e. one coach and one athlete aged under 18.
There is a single disabled toilet (unisex) that can be used within the indoor area.
When going in and out of the Clubhouse from the carpark please make sure the door handle is left in the upward locked position at all times.
Link to the SBH Athlete and Coach Track & Field Training Agreement, which will sent to all participating athletes, and then to be returned signed by the athlete and parent – SBH – Allianz Park Track & Field Areement During Lockdown Period
Please let me know if you have any questions – JEREMY SOTHCOTT Mobile: 07764 621424 email jeremy.sothcott@btinternet.com

ENGLAND ATHLETICS CORONAVIRUS HELP FOR ATHLETES Many thanks to TUNJI who as reported on the 19 March newsletter is the father of NIAH AKINTOKUN. 
In these unprecedented times, I wanted to draw the club’s attention to some of the great resources available online. England Athletics is expanding its campaign to support Athletics and Running for everyone @home, with a focus on ‘Running @home’ support and advice. The homepage can be accessed here
There are many webinars, interviews and tips from top coaches and athletes on how to stay conditioned and focused.
In addition, there are some fantastic videos for 4-11yr olds on the Funetics webpage put together in conjunction with England Athletics.  The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.  You can access the videos here   TUNJI AKINTOKUN MBE – Non Executive Director, England Athletics

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Front Sheet Summer 2020 Fixture Card Front Sheet Final Issue 12-02-20
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Fixtures, Updated 08-08-20 Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 08-08-20 With Current Information
Track and Field Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/track-field/team-managers/
Road Running Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OF INTEREST CAN BE FOUND ON THE SBH HOME PAGE BY USING THIS LINK, THEN SELECT THE LEFT OR RIGHT ARROWhttp://sbharriers.co.uk/
Allianz Park Membership, which gives SBH members 10% discount on entry to the Allianz Park stadium – Membership details and Form can be either printed or downloaded
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Club Hoody, information on how to purchase one, please go to the bottom of this Newsletter

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT ALLIANZ PARK  Please contact CLYDE GORDON on 07753 985525/clyde67@hotmail.co.uk for futher information on High Jump and Pole Vault days and times.

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

PARKRUN – Can you make sure that you are registered as ‘Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers’, as the link I use to select all results only shows SBH athletes. If anyone is also officiating can you please contact me, and advise me where and when.

PHOTOGRAPH’S – From time to time we have photographs of our members taken at meetings or presentations which we would like to use both on the website or incorporated within our report to our local newspaper. Can you please let me know if you do NOT want your photograph to be used. Also, I would appreciate if you could send me any photographs, which I can then publish on the website and newsletter.

CLUB EMBROIDERED RED HOODIES Currently there are now over 750 Hoodies in circulation, this is the link giving details on how you can order your Club Hoody for £35, which includes having your name embroidered on the front Club Hoodies Updated 01-07-19

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

CURRENT DISTRIBUTION OF SHAFTESBURY INFORMATION Currently I notify members (by email) using “MailChimp”. The reason I changed, was in November 2017 “Gmail” put a limit of 100 addresses that users could send to in a 24-hour period, and currently I send to approximately 850 members each issue.

On seeking technical advice “MailChimp” was recommended as the best way for SBH to go forward. There is one thing you should be aware off is that when you receive an email from me, the footer at the bottom has 4 options, of which one is “Unsubscribe Me From List”. Could I ask you not to select this as if you do you will be automatically removed from my distribution list.

SBH PRIVACY STATEMENT – In becoming a member, SBH will collect certain information about you. Can you please read the attached ‘Privacy Statement’ which contains Information on General Data Protection Regulations  SBH Privacy Statement Final April 2018

ALLIANZ PARK – Main Switchboard telephone number is 0203 675 7250.

CHARGES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK – Currently the stadium is open for limited use.

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 1 October 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 1 October to Emma Andersson, Najibi Arbi, Lizzie Bird, Elliot Burcher, Christiaan Cavalli-Warby, Isaac Chandler, Shereen Charles, Victoria Godfrey, Ross Hajipanayi, Louis Hazell, Sam Hazell, April Hill, Gabriel Lamb, Jon Lennard, Saule Mickaityte, Irene Peaty Miller, Cristina Potter, Lia Radus, Anthony Soalla-Bell, Bryan Smith and Tony Smith

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS 130TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020 Is to be held on Tuesday 24 November at 7.30pm. This is the link to the Agenda – AGM Notice 2020 (1)
Any proposals for a change of rule or notice of any business as per rule 22 must be submitted in writing to the General Secretary – PHILIP CUNNINGHAM, 147 Billy Lows Lane, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 1UY by 27 October 2020. This is the link to the SBH Constitution and Rules as of the 26 November 2019 – SBH Current Rules as of the 26 November 2019

Due to the need for social distancing and the current government restrictions, it is intended to hold the meeting via ‘Zoom’.

This year’s Track & Field Best Performance Awards have been cancelled. The 2019-2020 Cross Country Points and Club Championships Winners Awards will be presented to the winners by our various Coaches.

KIMANI JACK SECURES A PLACE ON THE YOUTH TALENT PROGRAMME Congratulations, we are delighted to be able to offer KIMANI a place on the 2020-22 Youth Talent Programme (YTP). There has once again been a lot of interest and applications for the programme and the level of athletes on the programme is very high. Your selection is testament to the great work you are clearly doing and the relationship you have built with SHAKA BUNSIE as an athlete-coach pair
The YTP is the first step on the England Talent pathway designed to add value to the athlete and coach plan and help understand self, developing a broad range of skills, abilities and behaviours needed for senior success.
We hope you are all looking forward to an exciting, eventful and successful season and look forward to helping you achieve this qualification.
Many thanks, DON WAGNER Performance Pathway Manager, British Athletics.

It is 2 years since KIMANI started his High Jump career as an Under 15 year old, and finished the season after clearing (1.84m) ranking him UK No. 3. In 2019 as an Under 17 added 11cm to his personal best by winning the Southern Under 17 Championships (1.95m). In 2020 in his first competition of the year cleared a personal best (1.99m) ranking him UK No.3.

BIGISH HIGH JUMP MINI SERIES MEETING Took place at Chelmsford on 27 September
High Jump – SM A CHARLIE KNOTT U20 4th (1.98m), KIMANI JACK U17 5th (1.95m), B OR SEGAL U17 4th (1.79m), C SEBASTIANO CORBO U20 2nd (PB 1.65m) equalling his 2019 height
High Jump – SW B KACEY WALTERS U17 1st (SB 1.69m) adding 1cm to her 30 August height, and is ranked UK No.5 U17 in 2020, C EVELYNE FONTEYNE U17 4th (1.59m), D REBECCA WHEELER-HENRY U17 2nd Equal (1.55m)

COLCHESTER HARRIERS THROWS DEVELOPMENT MEETING Took place at Colchester on 27 September
Hammer 5kg – SX PHILIPPA DAVENALL U23 2nd (54.59m)
Hammer 6kg – SM OLIVER GRAHAM U20 1st (PB 66.47m) adding 58cm to his 13 September throw, and is ranked UK No.2 U20 in 2020
Hammer 7.26kg – SM OLIVER GRAHAM U20 1st (PB 62.03m) adding 4.09m to his 13 September throw, and is ranked UK No.12 in 2020 and No.1 U20 in 2020

CITY OF PORTSMOUTH FIELD EVENT MEETING Took place at Portsmouth on 27 September
Discus 1kg – U20W A KATIE WEBB U17 2nd (SB 34.62m) adding 26cm to her 30 August throw, and is ranked UK No.10 U17 in 2020

MEETING CITTA DI CONEGLIANO – TROFEO ‘TONI FALLAI’ Took place at Vittorio Veneto, Italy on 27 September
3000m Steeplechase – SM MARK PEARCE 2nd (8:34.38)

CAMBRIDGE AND COLERIDGE INTRA CLUB MEETING Took place at Cambridge on 27 September
100m – SX 1 DITA JAJA U23 1st (11.6 nwr)

SOUTH LONDON FINAL CHANCE OPEN MEETING Took place at Tooting Bec on 26 September
400m – SX 3 BEN ROCHFORD 1st (SB 49.37)

HARROW 800M, 1500m AND LONG JUMP MEETING Took place at Harrow on 24 September
800m – SX 8 SCARLETT KENT U20 10th (2:22.86)
1500m – SX 3 LISA WEBB V50 9th (5:33.79), 11 JOSH EDWARDS U20 4th (PB 4:05.98) taking 26.33 seconds off his 2019 time, THEO MACHIN-PALEY U17 5th (PB 4:06.00) taking 17.70 seconds off his 2018 time, 12 MUKHTAR MUSA U17 1st (PB 3:53.53) taking 4.76 seconds off his 2019 time, and is ranked UK No.3 U17 in 2020, Photograph of MUKHTAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

METROPOLITAN LEAGUE 2020/2021 UPDATE – JAN BOWMAN the league administrator issued the following statement on 25 September. With regret, we have now decided to cancel the whole of the 2020/21 season. This has been a very tough decision but after receiving the latest guidelines and joining an EA zoom meeting last night the league cannot comply with the regulations as we cannot provide a Covid secure environment. The link is here should you wish to look at Guidance rules http://bit.ly/EAXC18Sep

Along with this we have now also lost Alexandra Palace as a cross country fixture. They have contacted us with the following statement – I am afraid that I have decided not to permit any cross country running events in the Park.  Partly because of the negative impact that the races had on the grass areas last year, and secondly due to the challenges placed on us by staff reductions during the pandemic. The Park is a historic, designed landscape and its general visitor numbers are increasing every year.  The impact of the churned grass areas and mud on the paths has become too great, and affects other people’s enjoyment.

ANGEL MCLEOD – ANGEL having joined the club in August, had her first race at our LICC meeting at Lee Valley, recording (13.87) in the 100m. Earlier this week ANGEL celebrated had her 12th Birthday and is currently being guided by our sprints coach TY HOLDEN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGLAND ATHLETICS CROSS COUNTRY GUIDANCE FOR A RETURN TO LIMITED COMPETITION A collaboration of England Athletics, the English Cross Country Association and other competition providers were pleased to publish (on Friday 18 September) the return to limited competition guidance for cross country. We want to encourage all competitors and organisers to enjoy and compete in cross country this winter while we are also aware that we have to keep the cross country and wider community safe. We will continue to update guidance in light of the pilot events we are working on with competition providers and any change to government guidance. Click the link below to view the guidance documents and to read an update from MARTIN RUSH, Head of Coaching and Athlete Development at England Athletics.
A collaboration of England Athletics, the English Cross Country Association and other competition providers are pleased to publish the return to limited competition guidance for Cross Country. We know athletes, clubs, schools and coaches want a return to cross country competition. It has been the bedrock of endurance in Britain for well over a century. We want to encourage all competitors and organisers to enjoy and compete in cross country this winter while we are also aware that we have to keep the cross country and wider community safe.
The guidance document provides a framework for getting cross country competition back but this is in a limited way at this current point in time. The need to maintain social distancing (2m) or only spend a very limited amount of time closer together is at the heart of every sports’ guidance from road running, to football, to netball and triathlon. We have worked with Sport England and DCMS and other sports to ensure that our guidance recognises the current limitations imposed by the government restrictions with a return to activity which is so important to the sport, and wider community.
Our aim is that school children, club runners, international athletes and all who love the sport of cross country will be able to get back to limited racing and, if government guidance shifts, to the iconic scenes of the English National. We will continue to update guidance in light of the pilot events we are working on with competition providers and any change to government guidance.

Timelines Late September to Mid-October – Pilot cross country events, 3rd October – Cross Country Licensing opens, 17th October – Licensed Cross Country events.
Click here to access the cross country return to limited competition guidance document and associated cross country Covid-secure environment guidance document.

LATEST UPDATE ON PARKRUN – An update on our planned restart in England from parkrun Global Chief Executive Officer NICK PEARSON. Sadly, after significant consultation and discussion, circumstances outside of our control have dictated that parkrun cannot return in England by the end of October, as we had hoped.

ATHLETICS WEEKLY RELAUNCHES UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP AW relaunches under new ownership.

After a COVID-induced hiatus, AW relaunches just before the London Marathon, bringing out the first issue of what will now be a monthly magazine. As well as receiving a significantly bigger, newly branded and freshly designed magazine, members and subscribers will benefit from a digital version of AW, exclusive podcasts, e-newsletters, access to back issues and a members’ area on athleticsweekly.com, which will contain plenty of member-only content. The ownership of AW has switched from The Great Run Company to 21six, which owns a number of companies with a great track record and pedigree in sports publications, having interests in titles and brands such as Wisden Cricket MonthlyThe Blizzard, England Netball’s 5th Qtr and the rugby podcast The Good, the Bad and the Rugby. 21six group CEO RICK ANKERS says: “We are delighted to bring AW into our stable. It is a brand with a great history, a brilliant team and, we firmly believe, a very bright future. I’d like to put on record our thanks to The Great Run Company for having managed AW for so long – they have been nurturing owners and we look forward to enjoying a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with them for a long time to come.” ANKERS continues: “We are passionate about sport and about communication, and we believe we will give AW members, fans and followers the very best in-depth coverage, focusing not only on the major championships, such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships, but also the best in schools and grassroots club athletics.”

To illustrate its breadth of ambition and widespread support from the athletics community, AW has set up an editorial board consisting of TIM HUTCHINS, HANNAH ENGLAND, ELLIOT GILES, MELISSA COURTNEY-BRYANT, DAVE MOORCROFT, STEPH TWELL, HOLLY BRADSHAW, COLIN JACKSON and SALLY GUNNELL. Olympic and world 400m hurdles gold medallist GUNNELL says: “I’m so glad AW is returning and delighted to be on the athlete editorial board as we look forward to working with the AW team in an exciting new era for the brand. “My mum will be pleased, too. She has got a house full of issues going way back!”

The first issue of the revamped magazine will be with subscribers before the start of the London Marathon on October 4, while other member and subscriber benefits will be available from October 1. To buy a copy of the historic relaunch issue, go to athleticsweekly.com from October 1, and for further information about AW or 21six, email wendy.sly@athleticsweekly.com and rick.ankers@21six.com

CAN YOU HELP PLEASE During the period when all competitions are suspended, I will do my upmost in keeping the Newsletter information and other content going.
I would welcome any contributions From Yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents, also past warm weather training/holidays (No Club 24 please). Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS/ECCA/AREA LEAGUE CROSS COUNTRY UPDATE The following was published by England Athletics on 28 August 2020.
England Athletics is pleased to announce that we have begun making steps towards a restricted return to Cross Country competition. On the 27 August 2020 we held a meeting with the Cross Country community, including the ECCA, the areas, and some league organisers to agree on the following proposed timeline for a return to Cross Country Competition:
Mid-September to mid-October – Pilot XC Competitions
5 October – Licence application process opens
17 October – Licensed Cross Country competition can resume
These dates are provisional and will be adapted if necessary, with any additional Government guidance that is issued.
Cross Country competition will be unable to resume in the traditional format, adaptations will have to be made based on the current circumstances regarding the virus. However, England Athletics believe this is an exciting step forward for the Cross-Country community and we are currently working on guidance with the named organisations to support competition providers in providing a safe return to adapted cross country competition.
We are aiming for a version of the guidance to be published for competition organisers on W/C 14 September 2020. It will be the decision of the competition provider whether they will host competitions given the restrictions within the guidance. The 2020/21 XC fixture dates are below. All cross-country dates will remain ring fenced until further notice. Due to the licensing timeline above all have agreed the first league fixture date in October will be cancelled. All licensed competitions will be published on the England Athletics website when licensing opens.

Cross Country fixture lists subject to change and race formats to be confirmed subject to guidance.
10 October League 1 Cancelled, 17 October Area XC Relays tbc, 31 October ECCA XC Relays, 7 November League 2, 28 November UK Cross Challenge & European Trials, 5 December League 3, 13 December European XC, Ireland, 9 January County XC Champs, 6 January League 4, 13 February League 5, 20 February CAU IC XC & World Trials, 6 March ECCA National XC, 13 March League 6, 20 March World XC Champs, Australia, 20 March English Schools XC Champs, 27 March SIAB Schools International.
All fixtures are subject to confirmation by event organisers and subject to government guidance updates.

SOUTHERN ROAD RELAYS CANCELLED The following was posted on the SEAA website on 8 August. Unfortunately, the SEAA Road Relays scheduled for Sunday 20 September at Crystal Palace have now been cancelled. It was hoped that with the guidelines changing daily it would have been possible to hold a Road Relay event but regretfully this was not possible under the present Government and UKA guidelines. SEAA are still planning to hold Cross Country Championships, starting with the Relays on 17 October, as well as Indoor Track & Field Championships.  All dependent of course on the guidelines to be issued by England Athletics shortly.
John Gandee SEAA Competition Chairman

PROCEDURES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTTWhich is now open to SBH members subject to the conditions below.
We have now negotiated the use of some Track & Field facilities with Saracens compliant with current guidance issued by the UK Government and England Athletics.
At the present time, the track & field groups will be limited to a maximum of five ‘Competing Club Athletes’ and one coach for each session e.g. 5 athletes on track and 5 athletes at the throws area.
Throws
Athletes should have their own implements. However, one implement of each weight will be left in the SBH store beside the sanitising equipment. Arrangements will have to be made in advance with TY HOLDEN.
Jumps
Following Government Guidelines up to 5 athletes with a suitably qualified coach can now undertake Jumps training utilising jump beds and sand pits. We have updated our guidance documents, based on information and advice from our partners and government, to include guidance specific to Jumps areas (such as Cleaning requirements before, during and after sessions). Athletes, coaches, clubs and venues must follow the latest guidance – please read our updated guidance documents at: 👉 https://bit.ly/2ATiU7R
The indoor track and the clubhouse gymnasium cannot be used.
Athletes invited to train by their coach must be sent the attached Allianz Park Track & Field Agreement in advance of starting training at Allianz Park. The athlete and parent (if under 16) to sign and return to me and TY before they can train.  Athletes should meet their coach promptly at their booking time outside the SBH Clubhouse where they will be asked to confirm that they do not have, and that no one in their household has, (or has had within the last 14 days) any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
The athletes will then be escorted using social distancing (2 metres) into the SBH Clubhouse to sign the attendance record with times in and out of the stadium (black A4 folder on photocopier).  There is also some hand sanitiser on the table for use. Athletes must follow the instructions of the coach and observe social distancing during warm-up, the session and cool down.
Stadium Booking details
Please let me and TY know the names of the athletes and your preferred time slots for the following week (Monday to Sunday) before 6pm on the Saturday. We will confirm the availability and distribute the schedule to Saracens and to all coaches.
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
All 1 hour 35 minute slots (Saturday & Sunday – last slot finishes at 7.20)
9.00 – 10.35, 10.45 – 12.20, 12.30 – 2.05, 2.15 – 3.50, 4.00 – 5.35, 5.45 – 7.20, 7.30 – 9.00
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
There are 3 x 1 hour 35 minute slots and 7 x shorter 50 minute slots
9.15 – 10.50, 11.00 – 11.50, 12.00 – 12.50, 1.00 – 1.50, 2.00 – 2.50, 3.00 – 3.50, 4.00 – 4.50, 5.00 – 5.50, 6.00 – 7.25, 7.35 – 9.00
There is a 10 minute gap between each session for transitioning.
If you haven’t got a key fob for gaining access through the clubhouse, then please contact GEOFF MORPHITIS Mobile: 07976 994302 who will arrange to issue one to you. Please do not enter the clubhouse until the coach/athletes from the previous session exit.  No parents will be permitted to enter the stadium unless there is a child protection issue i.e. one coach and one athlete aged under 18.
There is a single disabled toilet (unisex) that can be used within the indoor area.
When going in and out of the Clubhouse from the carpark please make sure the door handle is left in the upward locked position at all times.
Link to the SBH Athlete and Coach Track & Field Training Agreement, which will sent to all participating athletes, and then to be returned signed by the athlete and parent – SBH – Allianz Park Track & Field Areement During Lockdown Period
Please let me know if you have any questions – JEREMY SOTHCOTT Mobile: 07764 621424 email jeremy.sothcott@btinternet.com

ENGLAND ATHLETICS CORONAVIRUS HELP FOR ATHLETES Many thanks to TUNJI who as reported on the 19 March newsletter is the father of NIAH AKINTOKUN. 
In these unprecedented times, I wanted to draw the club’s attention to some of the great resources available online. England Athletics is expanding its campaign to support Athletics and Running for everyone @home, with a focus on ‘Running @home’ support and advice. The homepage can be accessed here
There are many webinars, interviews and tips from top coaches and athletes on how to stay conditioned and focused.
In addition, there are some fantastic videos for 4-11yr olds on the Funetics webpage put together in conjunction with England Athletics.  The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.  You can access the videos here   TUNJI AKINTOKUN MBE – Non Executive Director, England Athletics

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Front Sheet Summer 2020 Fixture Card Front Sheet Final Issue 12-02-20
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Fixtures, Updated 08-08-20 Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 08-08-20 With Current Information
Track and Field Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/track-field/team-managers/
Road Running Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OF INTEREST CAN BE FOUND ON THE SBH HOME PAGE BY USING THIS LINK, THEN SELECT THE LEFT OR RIGHT ARROWhttp://sbharriers.co.uk/
Allianz Park Membership, which gives SBH members 10% discount on entry to the Allianz Park stadium – Membership details and Form can be either printed or downloaded
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Club Hoody, information on how to purchase one, please go to the bottom of this Newsletter

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT ALLIANZ PARK  Please contact CLYDE GORDON on 07753 985525/clyde67@hotmail.co.uk for futher information on High Jump and Pole Vault days and times.

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

PARKRUN – Can you make sure that you are registered as ‘Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers’, as the link I use to select all results only shows SBH athletes. If anyone is also officiating can you please contact me, and advise me where and when.

PHOTOGRAPH’S – From time to time we have photographs of our members taken at meetings or presentations which we would like to use both on the website or incorporated within our report to our local newspaper. Can you please let me know if you do NOT want your photograph to be used. Also, I would appreciate if you could send me any photographs, which I can then publish on the website and newsletter.

CLUB EMBROIDERED RED HOODIES Currently there are now over 750 Hoodies in circulation, this is the link giving details on how you can order your Club Hoody for £35, which includes having your name embroidered on the front Club Hoodies Updated 01-07-19

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

CURRENT DISTRIBUTION OF SHAFTESBURY INFORMATION Currently I notify members (by email) using “MailChimp”. The reason I changed, was in November 2017 “Gmail” put a limit of 100 addresses that users could send to in a 24-hour period, and currently I send to approximately 850 members each issue.

On seeking technical advice “MailChimp” was recommended as the best way for SBH to go forward. There is one thing you should be aware off is that when you receive an email from me, the footer at the bottom has 4 options, of which one is “Unsubscribe Me From List”. Could I ask you not to select this as if you do you will be automatically removed from my distribution list.

SBH PRIVACY STATEMENT – In becoming a member, SBH will collect certain information about you. Can you please read the attached ‘Privacy Statement’ which contains Information on General Data Protection Regulations  SBH Privacy Statement Final April 2018

ALLIANZ PARK – Main Switchboard telephone number is 0203 675 7250.

CHARGES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK – Currently the stadium is open for limited use.

ALAN WELLER