Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 8 April 2021

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 8 April to Ben Bellisario, Charlie Cutler, Bradley Goater, Charlotte Johnston, Julian Lamy, Alessa Lewis, Phoebe Music, Dereece O’Callaghan, Amelia Onyems and Ray Powell

RECENT NEW MEMBER We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to AIDAN GAFFEY and LOUISE LOCKWOOD

EASTERN YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE, CHANGE OF VENUE  The first fixture on Sunday 4 July will now take place at Hemel Hempstead, and not Watford as previously published.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY TRACK AND FIELD DATES  Have just been published, and are as follows – Saturday 24 July for Under 13 and Under 15 at Lee Valley – Monday 30 August for Under 17, Under 20 and Seniors at Lee Valley.

UPDATE FROM RAY POWELL  RAY has been informed by London Marathon, that the Westminster mile on Sunday 30 May and the Vitality 10k on Monday 31 May are no longer taking place. They are hoping that the events can be re-scheduled for later in the year, but as yet no new dates have been fixed. I thank you for your patience, and if and when the new dates are released. I will let you know straight away RAY.

UPDATED ON 4 APRIL, ON VOLUNTEERS FROM RAY POWELL  Hope that you are all keeping well, and are slowly getting your jabs.
Standard Chartered Great City Race Tuesday 20 July 25 volunteers required 19 at present 6 more required.
Big Half Marathon Sunday 22 August 30 volunteers required 13 at present 17 more required.
London Mini Marathon Sunday 3 October 62 volunteers needed 40 at present 22 more required.
I know that some of the races are a way off, but if you feel that you can help, please let me know now, as it makes the planning a lot easier. Please contact CLARE & RAY at ray571m@btopenworld.com

SOUTHERN TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 These are the dates and information for the Southern Track and Field fixtures for June to September, as issued on 23 March.

SOUTHERN U20 AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Takes place on Saturday 12 June and Sunday 13 June, venue to be confirmed. Also includes the Under 15/17 Men and Women 3000m Championships on Saturday 12 June.
Please Note: For all information including entering yourself online please use this link – http://seaa.org.uk/index.php/events/track-and-field
Closing Date Tuesday 1 June 

SOUTHERN COMBINED EVENTS U15, U17, U20 AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Takes place on Saturday 3 July and Sunday 4 July at the Horspath Athletics Track, Horspath Road, Oxford (Satnav OX4 2RR).
Events: U15 Girls Pentathlon (Saturday), U15 Boys Pentathlon (Sunday), U17, U20 & Senior Women Heptathlon, U17 Men Octathlon, U20 & Senior Men Decathlon. Guests are welcome.
Please Note: For all information including entering yourself online please use this linkhttp://seaa.org.uk/index.php/events/track-and-field
Closing Date Tuesday 22 June

SOUTHERN U13, U15 AND U17 CHAMPIONSHIPS – Takes place on Saturday 21 August and Sunday 22 August at the Weir Archer Athletics Centre, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey (Satnav KT1 3PB).
Please Note: For all information including entering yourself online please use this linkhttp://seaa.org.uk/index.php/events/track-and-field
Closing Date Tuesday 10 August 

SOUTHERN U15 AND U20 INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS – Takes place on Saturday 11 September at the Horspath Athletics Track, Horspath Road, Oxford (Satnav OX4 2RR).
Please Note: You will be selected by your respective County Team Manager.
Closing Date Tuesday 31 August

Link to the full Southern Track and Field Prospectus dated 23 March 2021 – 2021 Southern Outdoor Track & Field Prospectus 23.3.21 (1) (1)

BETH POTTER “SHELL-SHOCKED” BY PODIUM 5K WONDER RUN – The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.
After running faster than BEATRICE CHEPKEOCH’S women’s world record, 29-year-old Brit says she thought the timing clock had broken at Barrowford event. After slicing 43 seconds off her 5km PB with a (14:41) clocking that beat BEATRICE CHEPKEOCH’S world record time by two seconds, BETH’S mobile phone has not surprisingly been going crazy this weekend. To clear her head, the morning after her race she escaped for an easy three-and-a-half hour bike ride with a coffee stop halfway. Then she chatted to AW about her stunning performance at the Podium 5km in Barrowford, Lancashire, on Saturday (3 April) before tackling a short run in the evening.
For those saying her fabulous run was due to super shoes, they should consider the amount of training she does. Sandwiching an AW interview between two training sessions on a so-called easy day is nothing unusual for the hard-working Scot. In total, each week she typically completes five bike rides, five swims, four runs, a couple of gym sessions and some yoga – totalling 25-30 hours.
The Glasgow-born endurance athlete’s talent is unquestionable too. In 2016 she ran in the 10,000m at the Olympics and 12 months later she won the women’s race at the Night of the 10,000m PBs during a transition to becoming a full-time triathlete based in Leeds. She is in great form as well with a big triathlon victory at the London Aquatics Centre a few days before the Podium 5km.
Still, BETH was as surprised as anybody by her time on Saturday. She entered the race on a relative whim and had asked organiser CHRIS BARNES if she could move into the sub-15:30 race. She would have been satisfied to break her PB of (15:24) and never expected (14:41).
It is not only faster than PAULA RADCLIFFE’S UK record of (14:51) but a couple of seconds quicker than CHEPKEOCH’S world record set in Monaco in February. However due to stringent World Athletics criteria necessary to approve a record, it is unlikely – but not impossible – that it will be ratified.
“I thought it was a joke,” Potter told AW on the moment she saw her finishing time. “I needed someone to confirm to me what it was that I’d run.
“I thought the clock was out! I was shell shocked to be honest.”
When did it dawn on her that the result was real? “Everyone who was there watching was saying ‘you did it, it’s true’ so then I began to believe it a bit,” she says. “I thought (15:15) would be a really good run for me because I’ve been focusing on other parts of my training this year. And so I asked to run in the (15:30) race because I wanted to be pushed all the way.”
Potter settled into a group of male runners and was swept along around the 1km laps. “I was at the back of the boys at the start and it went off fast and I knew I had to commit otherwise I was going to be in no man’s land. I got into a bit of a rhythm and I was in a bit of a daze.
“I couldn’t believe the times that were being read out at the kilometre marks. I only broke three minutes for a kilometre the other night for the first time this year.
“Even when I went through with one lap to go I thought the clock was wrong as I worked out I was due to run 14-something but could hardly believe it.”

FULL RESULT – 5000m – A KIERAN CLEMENTS 8th (SB 13.57) and is ranked UK No.8 in 2021, B BETH POTTER 16th (PB 14.41) taking 43 seconds off her 2020 time, and is ranked UK No.1 in 2021, C LIZZIE BIRD 18th (SB 16.07) and is ranked UK No.8 in 2021

PURE ATHLETICS SPRING INVITATIONAL OUTDOOR MEETING Took place in Clermont, Florida, USA on 4 April.
100m – SM 1.3 ANTONIO INFANTINO 2nd (10.36 w2.4), 2.1 ANTONIO finished 4th (SB 10.31 w1.0) taking .01 of a second off his 27 March time
200m – SM 1 ANTONIO INFANTINO 2nd (20.48 w1.6)

TRAFFORD OPEN OUTDOOR MEETING Took place in Stretford on 3 April.
Discus 2kg – SM A NICK PERCY 2nd (60.13m)

PARKRUN 5K Took place in Perry Lakes, Perth, Australia on 3 April.
5K –  STUART MOORE V60 92nd (30.33)

STANFORD INVITATIONAL OUTDOOR MEETING Took place in Palo Alto, California, USA on 2-3 April.
5000m – SM JAMIE DEE (Iona College) 6th (PB 13:46.78) taking 5.16 seconds off his 2020 time, and is ranked UK No.4 in 2021
10000m – SM CHARLIE HICKS U23 (Stanford University) 1st (PB 28:25.29) and is ranked UK No.1 U23 in 2021

BIG NORTHFLORIDA INVITATIONAL OUTDOOR MEETING Took place in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on 2-3 April.
Long Jump – SW B EAVION RICHARDSON (University of Iowa) 9th (5.69m w3.0)
Triple Jump – SW EAVION RICHARDSON (University of Iowa) 3rd (12.52m w1.3)

ST ALBANS 10K ROAD RACE Took place in St Albans on 2 April.
10KKEVIN WALDEN V35 69th (SB 38.09), TIM PARKIN V40 120th (SB 41.42) 541 runners finished

COMEBACK 5000m OUTDOOR MEETING Took place in Battersea Park on 31 March.
5000m – SX 6 JEREMY DEMPSEY U23 1st (PB 14:18.81) taking 25.27 seconds off his 2017 time, and is ranked UK No.5 U23 in 2021, DYLAN EVANS 4th (PB 14:23.87), TOM BUTLER 7th (PB 14:29.65) taking .84 of a second off his 2019 time, SX 7 HENRY MCLUCKIE U20 4th (PB 13:56.20) taking 53.97 seconds off his 2019 time, and is ranked UK No.1 U20 and UK No.7 in 2021

JAKE SHELLEY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE Hi ALAN, I hope you are well. I just wanted to send a quick update on our men’s distance squad in case you wanted to include it in your newsletter. Within 1 week of races in the UK recommencing, there were six Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers who ran under 14:30 for 5000m/5km, including three under 14:00.

Those were: JAMIE DEE, 13:46 at Stanford – HENRY MCLUCKIE, 13:56 at Battersea – KIERAN CLEMENTS, 13:57 at Podium 5k – JEREMY DEMPSEY, 14:18 at Battersea – DYLAN EVANS, 14:23 at Battersea TOM BUTLER, 14:29, also at Battersea.
We are all very excited with this progress and what it could mean for our squad’s chances once team events like the National XC, and the relays start up again, and when you factor in all of the other talented young distance runners who have also improved over the past 18 months. I am personally inspired by how well all the guys are running and how they have stuck at their training through a tough winter with very little in the way of races to aim for/be motivated by – Up the stripes JAKE

JAKE joined Shaftesbury in October 2003, aged 12, and was a student at Mill Hill County High School until 2009. Following this he qualified to take up a placement at Oxford University, where he studied for a MBiochem degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from 2009-2013. During this time JAKE competed regularly in our cross country and track and field teams, and in 2011 he finished 11th in the Southern and National Cross Country Championships, and 5th In the 1500m at the England U23 Championships. He then decided to further his athletic and academic career, by crossing the pond to the USA, and settled on the University of New Mexico, taking a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from 2013 to 2015. From 2017 to present JAKE has undertaken a Doctor of Philosophy PhD in Anti-Doping at Kingston University, he is also employed by England Rugby as Anti-Doping Programme Officer.

Since returning in 2016 JAKE has been a regular member of our Road Relay squad, and latterly in 2020, ran a personal best (13.46) at the Armagh 5k and (29.40) at the Chichester 10k.

MARTIN GREY REMEMBERS ‘KEN’ – MARTIN contacted me recently regarding his early memories of ARTHUR KENDALL.
Just before I left school in 1959, shortly before my 16th birthday, my father phoned the AAA office to find a local athletics club near to where we lived in Stanmore, so that I could continue with my passion for running. By chance it was KEN who answered the phone during his lunchtime spell away from his proper job to help out the AAA. He knew just the right club for me — Shaftesbury Harriers!!
I travelled to Headstone Manor, Harrow on my bike and was made very welcome by TONY SUNDERAND, VIC GILLICK, KEN TOLLADY, KEITH MACKAY, IAN LANDLESS, and many others. Sadly, my father never knew about this as he died that day whilst I was at Headstone. KEN himself was also there with a small magazine in his hand which he gave me to keep — Athletics Weekly. I think he also gave me one or two more without asking for any payment — 6d (2 1/2 pence). It is important to know that before KEN arrived at Headstone, after he had already been to Shaftesbury’s other tracks at Parliament Hill Fields, and Maccabi, Hendon and did all the travelling on public transport — on Sundays!
We will never forget moments and people like this. Best Regards, MARTIN

INTERNATIONAL RUNNING CHALLENGE AT CLUB LA SANTA, LANZAROTE Takes place at the end of November, at Club La Santa, Lanzarote. The challenge in 2021 is the 31st edition, which consists of 4 races on consecutive days, with different distances and terrain. The event attracts some 500 to 600 competitors, of which at least 50% normally are from the UK. There are many groups from clubs all over England, and for some years, EAMON MARTIN has taken a group of athletes from his Basildon club.
Club La Santa is located on the north of the island, and is surrounded by the rugged coastline. The complex has some 400 apartments, with many sports facilities. These include an 8-lane track, Olympic and leisure pools, tennis courts, lagoon with free surf boarding lessons and mountain bikes. There is also an on-site Scuba Diving school. The restaurant is extremely good and inexpensive, also a large nightclub with evening entertainment.

In 2001, NEELAM KADERBHOY, DEREK SURREY and Myself, embarked on our first challenge. It was late November on a very cold Friday morning, the flight was from Luton Airport and after a 4-hour flight we arrived at Arricefe airport, with sunshine and 70 degrees. The transfer to the North of the Island was just over 1 Hour to reach Club La Santa.

Saturday was the day before the races commenced, so DEREK had the bright idea of seeing the area on Mountain Bikes. I believe we were out for some 4 hours, although we stopped for a beer in the village of La Santa. Following this we then cycled up to the village of La Gomera which was about a 2 mile climb uphill, then turned onto a dirt track to head back home. I would say it was not the worst experience I had, but hurtling downhill on a very rough track was not good fun, we eventually arrived back safely.
Sunday was the start of the 4-day challenge;
Day 1 – 10K Vince Regan Memorial Classic Road Run, on a 2-loop course around the lagoon, on asphalt roads toward the villages of La Santa and Caleta de Caballo.
Day 2 – 13K Ridge Run, taking you on both dirt trails and asphalt roads around one of the big volcanoes near to Club La Santa.
Day 3- 5K Beach Race, buses take you to the beach in Puerto del Carmen on the South side of the island, where you run 2 laps on very soft sand.
Day 4 – 21K La Vuelta de Tinajo, in which you start at Los Dolores Church in Mancha Blanca, also on the South side of the island. The start takes you 2k uphill, then around the volcanic “Montaña de Tinache”, through Tinajo and back to Club La Santa on both asphalt and dirt tracks, finishing with 300m of the track in the Stadium. Photograph of the Beach Race.

The races went quite well, with DEREK leading the way, finishing 5th in the 60-64 age-group. NEELAM I believe finished in the top 20 in the 30-34 age-group. I managed to finish Day 4, although my knee was hurting with probably 5 miles to go.
We went on a further 3 occasions, 2002, 2004 and 2005. In 2002 DEREK, had now moved up to the 65-69 age-group, and had an almighty tussle with a German athlete KARL. He had beaten DEREK in the first 2 races, DEREK pulled back some 20 seconds on the beach run. On the final day KARL just got the better of DEREK, to take the title by just over 20 seconds. In 2004 and 2005 I was now a spectator, and DEREK had been suffering with an injury over those 2 years.
In 2004, prior to going, the news had had reported an estimated 100 million locusts have forced tourists and locals to abandon beaches in the Canary Islands. The insects have swarmed into the island of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote after devastating crops across regions of Africa and the Mediterranean. The ground in the Canaries, was blanketed in the pink, 7cm (3in)-long creatures.
When we arrived, the roads were covered in dead locusts, and apparently, the majority of them had died, although at Club La Santa there were still a few of them on the balcony of our apartment.

A SHORT STORY ON RAY POWELL If you have seen RAY run over the past years, he will have the black & white vest on, plus a pair of yellow patterned shorts (his trademark). You will see by the photograph, that he wishes to change his image. If you have any suggestions on what he should wear, I will pass it on.

HAYWARD FIELD READY FOR ACTION The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.

Track and field competition is back in Oregon this weekend with athletes enjoying the experience of a newly-built state-of-the-art stadium ahead of next year’s World Championships. Hayward Field makes a much-anticipated return to staging top-class athletics events this weekend and the famous venue in Oregon now boasts an impressive new design ahead of hosting next year’s World Athletics Championships. Construction began in 2018 to renovate the stadium and, after the grand opening was delayed by the pandemic, the action will begin with the Hayward Premiere meeting today (2 April). The impressive new arena has 12,650 permanent seats – which are expandable to nearly 25,000 – and it is designed with athletes in mind, but also for the spectator experience. There are no restricted views, for instance, whereas a large proportion of the seats are deliberately and uniquely packed around the finish line area. Crucially, it has been built with only one sport in mind too – track and field athletics – and unlike most other stadia it is not a multi-sport venue.

This means that in addition to the main outdoor synthetic track running surface and seating, the underbelly of the arena is dedicated to training areas with an indoor six-lane 140m long straight track and areas to jump and throw, plus of course strength and conditioning rooms. Even the spectator concourse is marked out with lines and can be used for running. It is estimated to have cost around $270m and was largely funded by Nike founder PHIL KNIGHT. Some fans have not enjoyed the idea of the historic Hayward Field grandstands being bulldozed to make way for a new stand. But the new venue certainly looks impressive and after this weekend’s Hayward Premiere meeting it stages the West Coast Classic (17 April), Oregon Relays (23-24 April), and Oregon Twilight (7 May). After this there is the NCAA Championships (9-12 June), the US Olympic Trials (18-27 June) and Prefontaine Classic (21 August) followed of course next year by the World Athletics Championships on 15-24 July.

LATEST UPDATE ON 2021 TRACK AND FIELD FIXTURES 1 APRIL – Subject to DCMS, Sport England, UKA and EA guidance. Changes from last week’s Newsletter are as follows, MYAL dates updated and the LICC 4 fixtures now confirmed.
National Athletic League (Senior Men/Women) dates are as follows – Sunday 6 June at Lee Valley (host SBH), Sunday 4 July at StoneX Stadium (host Harrow), Sunday 8 August at Woodford (host WGEL), Saturday 28 August at StoneX Stadium (host SBH) – 4 club divisions – we are in Premier London North with Harrow, Newham and Woodford. 

UK Youth Development League (Under 17 and 20 Men/Women) dates are as follows Sunday 30 May at Bannister Stadium, Harrow, Sunday 27 June at Perivale Park, Greenford, Sunday 25 July at Ridlins Athletic Track, Stevenage, Sunday 5 September at StoneX Stadium – 5 club divisions – we are in London West with Harrow, Dacorum and Tring, Hillingdon, Stevenage and Team West London (TVH + ESM).

Middlesex Young Athletes League (Under 11, 13, 15 Boys/Girls and 17 Men/Women) confirmed dates are as follows Saturday 22 May (Finsbury Park) field events, Sunday 23 May (Perivale) track events, Saturday 5 June (Finsbury Park) track events, Sunday 6 June (Perivale) field events, Sunday 27 June (Parliament Hill TBC).

Eastern Young Athletes League (Under 13, 15 Boys/Girls and 17 Men/Women) Sunday 4 July at Hemel Hempstead, Sunday 15 August at StoneX Stadium, Sunday 12 September at Watford – 6 club divisions – we are with Dacorum and Tring, HAWCS, Herts Phoenix, St Albans and Watford.

London Inter Club Challenge (All age-groups Men/Women including Under 11 Boys/Girls) dates for Round 1 will be held on Saturday 12 June and Sunday 13 June at Lee Valley Athletics Centre for U15, U17 and U20 age-groups. This open meeting will form the basis for selection for the Middlesex Schools team to compete at the English Schools Championships in Manchester on 9, 10 and 11 July. Rounds 2,3 and 4 are as follows, Saturday 10 July, Saturday 31 July, Saturday 21 August all at StoneX Stadium.

SCVAC Veterans League (35+ and above Men/Women) dates are still to be announced.

ATW CROSS COUNTRY SERIES NEXT RACE The race scheduled for Saturday 27 March at Merchant Taylor’s School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood HA6 2HT, did not take place. The race has been rescheduled for Saturday 10 April, and are for Under 11, 13, 15 & 17s. This is the link for all details including entries https://activetrainingworld.co.uk/event/atw-cross-country-series-round-2-3-10th-april-2021/

GB QUALIFICATION STANDARDS FOR TOKYO OLYMPICS 2021 These are the following World Athletics qualification standards for all GB athletes:
Men – 100m (10.05), 200m (20.24), 400m (44.90), 800m (1:45.20), 1500m (3:35.00), 5000m (13:13.50), 10000m (27:28.00), 3000m Steeplechase (8:22.0), 110m Hurdles (13.32), 400m Hurdles (48.90), High Jump (2.33), Pole Vault (5.80), Long Jump (8.22), Triple Jump (17.14), Shot Put (21.10), Discus (66.00), Hammer (77.50), Decathlon (8350), Marathon (2:11.30).
Women – 100m (11.15), 200m (22.80), 400m (51.35), 800m (1:59.50), 1500m (3:35.00), 5000m (15:10.00), 10000m (31:25.00), 3000m Steeplechase (9:30.00), 100m Hurdles (12.84), 400m Hurdles (55.40), High Jump (1.96), Pole Vault (4.70), Long Jump (6.82), Triple Jump (14.32), Shot Put (18.50), Discus (63.50), Hammer (72.50), Heptathlon (6420), Marathon (2:29.30).

The final date that all standards are to be achieved is Sunday 27 June, the Marathon date is Monday 29 March. Team selection for all events is on Monday 28 June, and the Marathon on Tuesday 30 March.

Link for the full GB selection policy document 2020-2021-Olympic-Games-Selection-Policy-October-2020

BIRMINGHAM 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMESWell there is just 531 days to the Opening Ceremony, you may wish to sign up to receive their Newsletter. Link – https://www.birmingham2022.com/register-your-interest/. Tickets will be on sale later this year, and can only be purchased through the official Commonwealth Games website, this is the link to register – https://www.birmingham2022.com/the-games/tickets/. This is the link to the current schedule for the 25 events https://images.birmingham2022.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/11441664_CWGs_Daily_Competition_Schedule_FINAL.pdf.

ATHLETICS take place at the Alexander Stadium 2-7 August, with the Marathons on 30 July. There will be 59 medal events including a fully integrated Para Sport programme. TRIATHLON and PARA TRIATHLON take place at Sutton Park 29 and 31 July. The Individual races contest a 750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run, and the Team races contest a 250m swim, 7km cycle, 1.5km run. Link to all events https://www.birmingham2022.com/the-games/sports/?utm_source=workflow&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=popup_work_flow_send_welcome_autoresponder_pop_up_footer_form&utm_content=2021-02-05

Shaftesbury’s ANGUS MCKENZIE was appointed as Competition Manager (Athletics) last year, and the article on him can be found in the 26 November SBH Newsletter.

REDEVELOPMENT OF THE EXISTING WEST STAND  SARACENS have appointed RAYNER ROWEN CONSTRUCTION to carry out the demolition and rebuild of the old West Stand. Work commenced on Monday 22 February and completion is planned for 6 May 2022.
Demolition commenced on 22 February with completion due on 23 April. This is a Link to the first Monthly Newsletter for the redevelopment, which shows site access and the initial site activities C-0045 – West Stand Monthly Newsletter – February 2021 Rev A

PROCEDURES FOR USING STONEX STADIUM FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTT The Stadium is now subject to the lockdown guidelines recently set by the Government. It re-opened on Monday 29 March under strict conditions. Check with your Coach for details.

SBH SUBSCRIPTIONS 2020-2021 SBH Treasurer GEOFF MORPHITIS has sent me the following regarding subscriptions.
The Club AGM took place virtually at 19.30 on Tuesday 24 November. One of the resolutions which was passed dealt with Club Subscriptions 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 payment is made. Thanks GEOFF

UPDATE ON SBH FIXTURE CARD  We are in the process of finalising the 2021 Summer Fixture Card

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.

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2021 Summer Fixture Card, and we will be publishing a draft  in the coming weeks.
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/
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Club Hoody, information on how to purchase one, please go to the bottom of this Newsletter.

STONEX STADIUM EAST STAND INDOOR AREA Currently closed.

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM)  Contact CLYDE GORDON on 07753 985525.

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) 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 published. 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

STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) – Main Switchboard telephone number is 020 3675 7250.

CHARGES FOR USING STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) – Currently the Stadium is closed.

ALAN WELLER – SBH NEWSLETTER EDITOR AND WEBMASTER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 1 April 2021

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 1 April to Ena Akpata, Dominic Bannister, Grant Brown, Phillip Crout, Abigail Edwards, Richard Goodman, Phillipa Lowe, Alfredo Melao, Paul Simons, Claire Spurway, Tim Underhill and Amelia Wills

RECENT NEW MEMBERS We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to RAPHAEL AARON, EMILY DUNNE, ALANNAH FASHANU, JOSHUA FISHER, ABDIRAHIM HAMUD, NICOLE MCGOVERN, EFE UWAIFO and EVE WRIGHT

MIDDLESEX YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE – Just clarifying why there are consecutive dates for the first two fixtures. On Saturday 22 May (Finsbury Park) the events are field events only, Sunday 23 May (Perivale) the events are track events only. On Saturday 5 June (Finsbury Park) the events are track events only, and Sunday 6 June (Perivale) the events are field events only. This will enable ‘social distancing’ to be achieved far easier.

LATEST UPDATE ON 2021 TRACK AND FIELD FIXTURES 1 APRIL – Subject to DCMS, Sport England, UKA and EA guidance. Changes from last week’s Newsletter are as follows, MYAL dates updated and the LICC 4 fixtures now confirmed.
National Athletic League (Senior Men/Women) dates are as follows – Sunday 6 June at Lee Valley (host SBH), Sunday 4 July at StoneX Stadium (host Harrow), Sunday 8 August at Woodford (host WGEL), Saturday 28 August at StoneX Stadium (host SBH) – 4 club divisions – we are in Premier London North with Harrow, Newham and Woodford. 

UK Youth Development League (Under 17 and 20 Men/Women) dates are as follows Sunday 30 May at Bannister Stadium, Harrow, Sunday 27 June at Perivale Park, Greenford, Sunday 25 July at Ridlins Athletic Track, Stevenage, Sunday 5 September at StoneX Stadium – 5 club divisions – we are in London West with Harrow, Dacorum and Tring, Hillingdon, Stevenage and Team West London (TVH + ESM).

Middlesex Young Athletes League (Under 11, 13, 15 Boys/Girls and 17 Men/Women) confirmed dates are as follows Saturday 22 May (Finsbury Park) field events, Sunday 23 May (Perivale) track events, Saturday 5 June (Finsbury Park) track events, Sunday 6 June (Perivale) field events, Sunday 27 June (Parliament Hill TBC).

Eastern Young Athletes League (Under 13, 15 Boys/Girls and 17 Men/Women) Sunday 4 July at Watford, Sunday 15 August at StoneX Stadium, Sunday 12 September at Watford – 6 club divisions – we are with Dacorum and Tring, HAWCS, Herts Phoenix, St Albans and Watford.

London Inter Club Challenge (All age-groups Men/Women including Under 11 Boys/Girls) dates for Round 1 will be held on Saturday 12 June and Sunday 13 June at Lee Valley Athletics Centre for U15, U17 and U20 age-groups. This open meeting will form the basis for selection for the Middlesex Schools team to compete at the English Schools Championships in Manchester on 9, 10 and 11 July. Rounds 2,3 and 4 are as follows, Saturday 10 July, Saturday 31 July, Saturday 21 August all at StoneX Stadium.

SCVAC Veterans League (35+ and above Men/Women) dates are still to be announced.

UPDATED ON 29 MARCH, ON VOLUNTEERS FROM RAY POWELL  Hope that you are all keeping well, and are slowly getting your jabs.
The date for the Standard Chartered Great City Race was incorrectly sent by London Marathon, it is Tuesday 20 July. The response so far,  has been very good but we still require more volunteers please.

Westminster Mile Sunday 30 May 20 volunteers required 16 at present 4 more required.
Vitality 10k Monday 31 May 20 volunteers required we have a full team, thank you.
Standard Chartered Great City Race Tuesday 20 July 25 volunteers required  6 more required.
Big Half Marathon Sunday 22 August 30 volunteers required 13 at present 17 more required.
London Mini Marathon Sunday 3 October 62 volunteers needed 40 at present 22 more required.

I know that some of the races are a way off, but if you feel that you can help, please let me know now, as it makes the planning a lot easier. Please contact CLARE & RAY at ray571m@btopenworld.com

ATW CROSS COUNTRY SERIES NEXT RACE The race scheduled for Saturday 27 March at Merchant Taylor’s School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood HA6 2HT, did not take place. The race has been rescheduled for Saturday 10 April, and are for Under 11, 13, 15 & 17s. This is the link for all details including entries https://activetrainingworld.co.uk/event/atw-cross-country-series-round-2-3-10th-april-2021/

QUEENSLAND TRACK CLASSIC OUTDOOR MEETING Took place in Brisbane, Australia on 27 March.
Discus 1kg – SW JADE LALLY 2nd (58.24m)

THE FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL OUTDOOR MEETING Took place in Miramar, Florida, USA on 27 March.
100m – SM 1 ANTONIO INFANTINO 2nd (SB 10.32 w2.7)
100m – SW 1 LINA NIELSEN 1st (PB 11.56 w3.4) taking .41 of a second off her 2018 time
200m – SM 1 ANTONIO INFANTINO 3rd (SB 20.38 w2.5)
200m – SW 1 LINA NIELSEN 2nd (PB 23.13 w1.3) taking .90 of a second off her 2016 time, and is ranked UK No.1 in 2021

BIG TEN INVITATIONAL OUTDOOR MEETING Took place in Bloomington, Indiana, USA on 26-27 March.
Long Jump – SW B EAVION RICHARDSON (University of Iowa) 6th (SB 5.86m w2.4)

ORU INVITATIONAL OUTDOOR MEETING Took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA on 26-27 March.
Discus 2kg – SM GEORGE EVANS (Kansas University) 1st (50.77m)
Hammer 7.26kg – SM GEORGE EVANS (Kansas University) 3rd (PB 53.92m) and is ranked UK No.9 in 2021

MELBOURNE CLASSIC OUTDOOR MEETING Took place in Melbourne, Australia on 25 March.
Discus 1kg – SW JADE LALLY 2nd (55.67m)

JO NEWALL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR 2018 I have been a volunteer in one form or another since my early twenties, originally as a Tawney Owl with a Brownie pack in Finchley until I started a family. Once my daughter was old enough to start Brownies, I joined with her as a pack helper in Edgware. After about 18 months the presiding ‘Brown Owl’ decided to retire and I was persuaded to take on the role, which I did for the next 12 years. I also decided that as the pack leader it would be a good idea to learn some first aid (back then it wasn’t mandatory). I took a course with the local St John Ambulance and soon after joined them but continued as Brown Owl. A few years later, I started running the SJA Badger Sett (children from 6- 11).

Unfortunately, in 1997 my husband, SID, suffered a stroke and something had to give. I had to choose between Brownies, Badgers and St John. Badgers won as going out on First Aid duties was something Sid and I could still do together; we spent a lot of time at Copthall Stadium assisting with events being held there – mainly athletics.
Towards the end of the 2015 I decided for various reasons that It was time to step back from St John and at the last athletics meeting of the season in the officials’ room, I let DAVE BRADLEY know that I would not be around the following year and jokingly said “perhaps I’ll become an official because I’d miss the biscuits”. GERALD came to hear of my remark and the next thing I knew I was enrolled on officiating courses – Health & Safety and, as GERALD is a Starter/ Marksman, he suggested I might like to try these disciplines rather than track or field. Little did I know what I was getting myself into!
I went to the Tri-Counties meeting at Lee Valley intending to shadow the marking team, but when I arrived, I was asked to fill in as one team member had had to withdraw – nothing like being thrown in at the deep end! But it was a fantastic learning experience having to remember what to check, who to signal and when, where to find athlete information I needed. It made, what sounded so daunting during the course, come to life and although I made some mistakes it was the best way to learn and to try not to make them again. Since that day in 2016 I have officiated at many meetings, not only at Copthall but all over the country at club, league and county level. Since I qualified at level 3, I am now able to work at national meetings, but not always in discipline.

One of the more enjoyable non-discipline jobs I have done is working in a call room as there you get to meet officials and athletes from all disciplines, joining in with the banter while checking kit etcetera.
As a novice starter, I had to use the orange, blocked barrelled guns which, if taken care of, will last about two years but are temperamental. I always felt more confident when using the guns of a senior starter (thanks GERALD). Having worked through the levels and held level 3 for over a year I am now entitled to use open barrelled guns at all meetings where I am selected to start.
I still think it very strange that some misguided person thought it ok to let me loose with a firearm. I’ve not shot any one yet, but……
Endurance events didn’t figure high in my mindset as I prefer working on solid ground and not squelching around in mud, snow and rain but I was persuaded to give it a go and found I quite enjoyed it. It’s an amazing sight watching several hundred runners charging up the hill at Parliament Hill Fields – and managing not to get trampled to death in the stampede.

I was honoured to receive the SBH Official of the Year award in 2018 just weeks after obtaining my level 3 as a starter.
All in all, I think becoming a technical official has certainly been one of my best decisions and one that I would recommend any one to try.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ARTHUR J.C. KENDALL B.E.M 1906-1984 Was Held on Thursday 27 September 1984 at St Mary-at-Finchley Parish Church N3 at 3pm. The address was presented on behalf of Shaftesbury Harriers by HUGH STARKEY.

When I last met KEN, it was just like the other times. Copthall. A Southern League track fixture in mid-June this year. He was standing against the sort of bar in the pavilion with a clip-board. He wasn’t in charge. But I was sure he knew what was going on. You could rely on that. KEN always knew what was going on. He looked diffident. He always looked diffident – You, whoever you were, were always the important person. KEN made you feel important. Valued. “Ah, hello HUGH ” “Hello KEN. Good to see you. How are you, better I hope?” “Uh yes, thank you.” Not talkative, KEN. Kept to the point, the minimum of conversation really. Even when you worked really closely with him, I gather. “Uh DAVE’S got the numbers. He’s out there. Are you entering the Southern this year? I’ve got a form.” That was KEN. Any of my team mates would have dismissed my chances of making the Southern with a wry laugh. KEN wasn’t like that. KEN had faith. KEN wanted athletes to aim high, to achieve their best. KEN not only suggested a goal, he made it possible; seem natural even. He had the form ready. For years, come to think of it, I received a Middlesex entry form, a Southern entry form and some years a AAA entry form through the post. When I moved house, I still got the forms. Talking to other people.

I now realize this was not just a special favour for me. It was a special favour but not just for me. Think of the work – all those envelopes to all those athletes, addressed by hand. Yes, but think of thinking of doing it, what that means. Thinking that this individual, and that one and the other would find it easier to enter the championships if they received a form direct without having to ask for it. And that was KEN. The anonymous, helpful, thoughtful gesture. No not gesture. This was no token. Nothing half-hearted. This was a way of thinking of athletics administration. You start with the athlete; you see what he needs and you enable it to happen. Enabling things to happen was perhaps KEN’S special gift and it was done by unstinting hard work, careful and skilful administration and personal contact with individuals. This is an occasion when, amongst other things, members of Shaftesbury Harriers can remember and reflect on the legacy that KEN has left us.

For a start, there is the club itself. Shaftesbury Harriers is a name now known throughout Britain and on the continent where this very weekend our Young Athletes, KEN’S special concern of recent years, are competing in the European club championship in Belgium. Shaftesbury Harriers. We carry the name with pride. But it is no doubt in large measure due to KEN that the name and the club still survive because in the early thirties the club was not strong and there was talk of an amalgamation. But KEN took things as ever by the scruff of the neck. Within two years of joining the club he was its secretary and on taking over he entered the club in the Middlesex and Southern track leagues for its first ever inter -club track matches. HAROLD ASHTON wrote in his history of the club: “In 1933 ARTHUR KENDALL became Hon Secretary and the club extended its activities and successes began to come; it is no exaggeration to say that the club that we know today is based on the groundwork and inspiration of KEN.” We are here today to remember and give thanks for that.

Communication with individuals was the basis of KEN’S approach, as I have said. For those of you who are not aware of the fact it will come as no surprise to learn that it was KEN who in 1939 had the idea of producing a Shaftesbury Harriers Quarterly and who did most of the initial work of preparing it for duplication. His first editorial expresses vividly his idea of what are our sport is and should be all about. “We feel that we are making a distinctly progressive move…” (Yes, that was KEN, never standing still, not a traditionalist) “a distinctly progressive move in producing Shaftesbury Harriers Quarterly as we anticipate that it will assist in maintaining the spirit of comradeship that exists among our members and that it will help old members and our many friends to keep in touch with the club”. What a testimony to that far- sighted vision that so many of us, members and friends of the club are gathered here today. And KEN took further, practical steps to maintain that contact and that spirit of friendship. He personally wrote to all those members dispersed on active service in the last war and kept track of them, until he too was mobilised and sent to West Africa. In the same spirit he undertook to write to many former members in all parts of the world to invite contributions to the club house appeal. He had a prodigious and tidy memory. He never seemed to need to write himself notes of the tasks he promised or set himself to do. But his word was enough. A promise from KEN to write to the Borough or send someone an entry form was enough. The task was invariably done.

KEN was himself no mean athlete, of course. He was the first Shaftesbury Harrier to run for Middlesex. The various club trophies that have passed through my hands over the years are all notable for the number of AJC KENDALL’S inscribed on them. “Dogged” is a word used to describe his running. A dogged runner” determined and persistent. For many people ARTHUR KENDALL was the epitome of Shaftesbury Harriers. Generations of athletes have been introduced to the club, helped and encouraged through the various stages of their athletic careers by KEN. Sometimes his unseen hand caused cheques to be discreetly written for a youngster to go on a coaching course or be enabled to have the right equipment. No fuss, just the generous gesture, the thoughtful, encouraging action, the concern with the young, the ordinary athlete, the grass roots. Some were encouraged to play a part in the administration of the club and KEN trusted people to do a job. He never thrust himself forward but he was always there prepared to step in to fill a gap. Thus in the seventies after his retirement he was club treasurer. Even this year he was taking entries for the club ‘10’. At committee meetings, he was, as you would expect, quiet, letting others talk out issues but then he would intervene. He would summarize the discussion and his words carried the weight of experience and the philosophy of one whose main concern is for the athlete, the grass roots of the sport. KEN was always worth listening to.

KEN was somehow always there. He never took a holiday, not one that would make him miss a weekend fixture, until 1972. His words then are revealing “I was away from home for nearly six months and covered about 32000 miles … The boat trips I found distinctly boring, largely I suppose because I am not used to so much idleness.” The astonishing thing is that this phenomenal worker chose to use his energies not for his own aggrandisement, not for empire building or personal glory but for the benefit of young people mostly of modest sporting achievement. It there was a clash of fixtures on a Saturday, he would choose to support the Young Athletes by preference, otherwise the Southern League team would have his support, last of all he would choose the more glamorous British League or International fixture where likely as not he would take on an essential but almost unnoticed task. It is faxinating to read KEN’S obituaries of two former members written in 1967. Of ERNIE REAVELL:  “He was an unassuming official who was always ready to help and made many friends in athletics.” of FRANK SWALLOW: “After his retirement he was in great demand as an Official at various school meetings as he was popular with young people”. We may be forgiven a smile at the appropriateness of those words to this occasion today. And as a tribute the Club is naming its boys race after Arthur Kendall.

And so, as a club, we celebrate today the life and the example of someone to whom all of us here have reason to be immensely grateful. And we can picture KEN at his most typical, on his beloved Hampstead Heath, exposed to all the elements, surrounded by young people in black & white striped vests giving out the safety pins.

Link to the Order of Service – Order Of Service Arthur Kendall Memorial and a brief history including KEN’s memorial fund by GEOFF MORHITIS Arthur Kendall Memorial Service Address also early photograph’s of KEN, apologies for the quality SBH Arthur Kendall BEM 22.03.21

MUSEUM OF WORLD ATHLETICS LAUNCHED ONLINE The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. Photograph taken by MUSEUM OF WORLD ATHLETICS

Over the years there have been various attempts to keep the history of the sport alive. Athletics has a strong presence, of course, in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, whereas the Olympic Museum in Barcelona was a temporary home to an IAAF centenary exhibition in 2012.
Similarly, a shopping centre in Doha housed a World Athletics collection of memorabilia for six months in the run-up to the 2019 World Championships in the Qatari city. Then there is the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in New York, which was founded almost half a century ago.
In Britain, a group of enthusiasts have worked hard in recent years to maintain a collection of primarily written material such as old programmes, books and of course magazines like AW. There have been temporary exhibitions, too, such as at Alexander Stadium during the Diamond League in Birmingham. But plans to build a bricks and mortar museum at the Olympic Park in London in 2012 did not materialise, which means of course that much of the historical material is currently inaccessible to fans.
During the past year, of course, museums have been largely inaccessible anyway due to the pandemic. Given this, World Athletics has created an online museum to allow fans to immerse themselves in the history of the sport without stepping outside their own homes.

The Museum of World Athletics – or MOWA for short – features 3D images of shoes, clothing and equipment, plus medals and more. It has evolved following the creation of the World Athletics heritage initiative in 2018 “to honour, preserve and promote the sport’s history” and includes attractive computer-generated images combined with actual high-quality photographs of various items and artefacts.
It’s goal? To excite, educate and entertain.
“It has been born out of necessity,” CHRIS TURNER from World Athletics heritage department admits. “Covid-19 caused the cancellation of our plans for public events in 2020 and so the answer was simple: to go online.”
World Athletics president SEB COE adds: “We’re not only the first international sports federation to launch a 3D sports museum online but MOWA is the first virtual sports museum of any kind in the world.”
The museum includes items such as GRETE WALTZ’S racing shoes from her heyday in the early 1980s and the singlet and number that HERB ELLIOTT wore when winning the Olympic 1500m title in a world record in 1960, Photograph of HERB ELLIOTT singlet 1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A World Championships collection room is a focal point of the museum as it opens this week, but World Athletics plan to unveil an Olympic Games section in July followed by a section for road running, race walking, indoor athletics and cross-country in the autumn.
AW enjoyed an exclusive and extensive tour around the museum several days ago in advance of the official launch. Afterwards, World Athletics president COE spoke with enthusiasm about the initiative and he enjoyed a short chat with middle-distance legend ELLIOTT via video from Australia plus WAITZ’S husband and coach JACK in Norway. As part of the launch today (March 15) a heritage plaque has also been awarded in honour of ELLIOTT’S coach, PERCY CERUTTY.
So, what is the MOWA experience like? Pretty good, I have to say. A bit like reading this article online in comparison to flicking through the pages of a printed magazine, some people will inevitably prefer the idea of visiting a museum in person rather than viewing items digitally. But during the pandemic we have little option and World Athletics has made a fine job.
There is a section focusing on the ancient history of athletics and how it has developed in the past 3000 years. Iconic artefacts from every continent are on display too. However, the focal point so far is, not surprisingly, the World Championships area where everything from CARL LEWIS’S singlet through to MO FARAH’S racing spikes are on view. Read More: Our 5 favourite artefacts in MOWA

There are a few sound effects but instead of the shrill and arguably irritating music that visitors to the Diamond League website have found in recent years, it is the quiet rumble of footsteps and light chatter that you would find ordinarily in a museum.
The sound effects aren’t intrusive and make it feel very authentic. Add to this the general design – which includes images of make-belief visitors and even the same style of toilets that you would find in a real-life museum – and at times it really does feel like you are there.
If you grew up playing Space Invaders and Pacman, you will be blown away with the graphics. If you are part of the Fortnite generation, you will feel right at home.
Much of the technology involved in the MOWA is down to a company called dcSPORT, which is headed up by JASON GARDENER, the former world and European indoor 60m champion.
GARDENER’S team took 36 photos of each artefact at successive 10-degree angles to create the 3D element. The pictures were high quality, too, so that if you zoom in you can see every scratch or mark on the footwear or apparel.
GARDENER says: “We wanted it to be a stunning visual, immersive, engaging and enjoyable place to visit. To be part of this big project where anyone with internet access can tap into this rich history is amazing.”
Many athletics moments last only a few minutes or even seconds, but their memory endures forever. Consider the blur of a 60m sprint, for example, or a shot putter spinning or sliding across a throws circle, or a triple jumper bounding into a pit. These feats of athleticism are over in a flash but the MOWA will allow them to endure for years to come.
Not only is MOWA impressive but it will inevitably grow in coming months and years if it can continue to get hold of interesting material. “MOWA is a myriad of marvellous memories and moments which few other sports can match,” says TURNER. “But we are entirely dependent on the generous donations from athletes.”
To check out the museum, CLICK HERE

MEN AND WOMEN WANT DIFFERENT CROSS-COUNTRY DISTANCES The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. Photograph by MARK SHEARMAN.

Early findings from UK Athletics survey shows women generally prefer to race 8km and men like 10km – and in separate races too. Female cross-country runners want to race over 8km and men prefer the 10km distance. Individual races for men and women are better than a mixed race. And when it comes to organising cross-country events, grassroots competition providers probably know best. Those are the findings so far from the cross-country questionnaire which was released by UK Athletics at the start of this year.

After more than 10,000 responses the governing body says the reaction has been so overwhelming and detailed that “cross country would benefit from a wider strategy to be produced that recognises the event’s unique characteristics and requirements”.

So, no immediate decisions will be made when it comes to racing distances and gender equality over the country. Instead, Welsh endurance coach CHRIS JONES will work with interim head of endurance ROB DENMARK to create a new “endurance sub-group of competition working group” with a goal of making “enhancements, greater investment in cross country, and in turn a more cohesive community that believes equity is important and can be addressed in the most practical way without impacting the integrity of the event”.

On the early findings from the survey, UKA listed three key points in a statement:

» A majority of respondents showed preference for separate male and female races to maintain value and exposure and quality of racing and although some respondents felt that equity could be achieved through one mixed race, this was not a majority preference.

» There was a difference in preference of distance between men and women though, with the majority of women preferring 8km and men seeing 10km as the optimum racing distance.

» And while more than half of respondents think guidance from national governing bodies is important, there was an even greater preference for competition providers at a local level to determine how best to deliver cross country competition most effectively.

Read More: Thousands respond to gender equality survey

UKA said their survey also gave them insight into finding improved courses in future, raising the profile of cross country and “creating a product that is welcoming to all”.

GB QUALIFICATION STANDARDS FOR TOKYO OLYMPICS 2021 These are the following World Athletics qualification standards for all GB athletes:
Men – 100m (10.05), 200m (20.24), 400m (44.90), 800m (1:45.20), 1500m (3:35.00), 5000m (13:13.50), 10000m (27:28.00), 3000m Steeplechase (8:22.0), 110m Hurdles (13.32), 400m Hurdles (48.90), High Jump (2.33), Pole Vault (5.80), Long Jump (8.22), Triple Jump (17.14), Shot Put (21.10), Discus (66.00), Hammer (77.50), Decathlon (8350), Marathon (2:11.30).
Women – 100m (11.15), 200m (22.80), 400m (51.35), 800m (1:59.50), 1500m (3:35.00), 5000m (15:10.00), 10000m (31:25.00), 3000m Steeplechase (9:30.00), 100m Hurdles (12.84), 400m Hurdles (55.40), High Jump (1.96), Pole Vault (4.70), Long Jump (6.82), Triple Jump (14.32), Shot Put (18.50), Discus (63.50), Hammer (72.50), Heptathlon (6420), Marathon (2:29.30).

The final date that all standards are to be achieved is Sunday 27 June, the Marathon date is Monday 29 March. Team selection for all events is on Monday 28 June, and the Marathon on Tuesday 30 March.

Link for the full GB selection policy document 2020-2021-Olympic-Games-Selection-Policy-October-2020

BIRMINGHAM 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMESWell there is just 531 days to the Opening Ceremony, you may wish to sign up to receive their Newsletter. Link – https://www.birmingham2022.com/register-your-interest/. Tickets will be on sale later this year, and can only be purchased through the official Commonwealth Games website, this is the link to register – https://www.birmingham2022.com/the-games/tickets/. This is the link to the current schedule for the 25 events https://images.birmingham2022.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/11441664_CWGs_Daily_Competition_Schedule_FINAL.pdf.

ATHLETICS take place at the Alexander Stadium 2-7 August, with the Marathons on 30 July. There will be 59 medal events including a fully integrated Para Sport programme. TRIATHLON and PARA TRIATHLON take place at Sutton Park 29 and 31 July. The Individual races contest a 750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run, and the Team races contest a 250m swim, 7km cycle, 1.5km run. Link to all events https://www.birmingham2022.com/the-games/sports/?utm_source=workflow&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=popup_work_flow_send_welcome_autoresponder_pop_up_footer_form&utm_content=2021-02-05

Shaftesbury’s ANGUS MCKENZIE was appointed as Competition Manager (Athletics) last year, and the article on him can be found in the 26 November SBH Newsletter.

REDEVELOPMENT OF THE EXISTING WEST STAND  SARACENS have appointed RAYNER ROWEN CONSTRUCTION to carry out the demolition and rebuild of the old West Stand. Work commenced on Monday 22 February and completion is planned for 6 May 2022.
Demolition commenced on 22 February with completion due on 23 April. This is a Link to the first Monthly Newsletter for the redevelopment, which shows site access and the initial site activities C-0045 – West Stand Monthly Newsletter – February 2021 Rev A

The day has come, the West Stand has now been reduced to a pile of rubble. JEREMY SOTHCOTT sent me these pictures after it’s final demise.

PROCEDURES FOR USING STONEX STADIUM FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTT The Stadium is now subject to the lockdown guidelines recently set by the Government. It re-opened on Monday 29 March under strict conditions. Check with your Coach for details.

SBH SUBSCRIPTIONS 2020-2021 SBH Treasurer GEOFF MORPHITIS has sent me the following regarding subscriptions.
The Club AGM took place virtually at 19.30 on Tuesday 24 November. One of the resolutions which was passed dealt with Club Subscriptions 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 payment is made. Thanks GEOFF

UPDATE ON SBH FIXTURE CARD  We are in the process of finalising the 2021 Summer Fixture Card

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.

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2021 Summer Fixture Card, and we will be publishing a draft  in the coming weeks.
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/
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Club Hoody, information on how to purchase one, please go to the bottom of this Newsletter.

STONEX STADIUM EAST STAND INDOOR AREA Currently closed.

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM)  Contact CLYDE GORDON on 07753 985525.

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) 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 published. 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

STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) – Main Switchboard telephone number is 020 3675 7250.

CHARGES FOR USING STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) – Currently the Stadium is closed.

ALAN WELLER – SBH NEWSLETTER EDITOR AND WEBMASTER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 25 March 2021

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 25 March Douglas Curwen-Reed, James Isaacs, Sharon Jackson, Patrick Pearce, Zanson Plummer, Ben Rochford, Luisa Rojas, Roger Simons, Jeremy Sothcott and Neville Thompson

EYAL FIXTURESThe following dates/venues were announced, following their AGM on 22 March.
Eastern Young Athletes League (Under 13, 15 Boys/Girls and 17 Men/Women) Sunday 4 July at Watford – Sunday 15 August at StoneX Stadium – Sunday 12 September at Watford.

LONDON INTER CLUB CHALLENGE(All age-groups Men/Women including Under 11 Boys/Girls) dates for Rounds 2,3 and 4 are as follows Saturday 10 July, Saturday 31 July and Saturday 21 August all at StoneX Stadium. Round 1 will be held on Saturday 12 June and Sunday 13 June at Lee Valley Athletics Centre for U15, U17 and U20 age-groups. This open meeting will form the basis for selection for the Middlesex Schools team to compete at the English Schools Championships in Manchester on 9, 10 and 11 July.

LATEST UPDATE ON 2021 TRACK AND FIELD FIXTURESSubject to DCMS, Sport England, UKA and EA guidance. Changes from last week’s Newsletter are as follows, MYAL dates updated and the LICC 4 fixtures now confirmed.
National Athletic League (Senior Men/Women) dates are as follows – Sunday 6 June at Lee Valley (host SBH), Sunday 4 July at StoneX Stadium (host Harrow), Sunday 8 August at Woodford (host WGEL), Saturday 28 August at StoneX Stadium (host SBH) – 4 club divisions – we are in Premier London North with Harrow, Newham and Woodford. 

UK Youth Development League (Under 17 and 20 Men/Women) dates are as follows Sunday 30 May at Bannister Stadium, Harrow – Sunday 27 June at Perivale Park, Greenford – Sunday 25 July at Ridlins Athletic Track, Stevenage – Sunday 5 September at StoneX Stadium – 5 club divisions – we are in London West with Harrow, Dacorum and Tring, Hillingdon, Stevenage and Team West London (TVH + ESM).

Middlesex Young Athletes League (Under 11, 13, 15 Boys/Girls and 17 Men/Women) confirmed dates are as follows Saturday 22 May (Finsbury Park) plus Sunday 23 May (Perivale). Provisional dates are as follows Saturday 5 June (Finsbury Park) plus Sunday 6 June (Perivale), Sunday 27 June (Parliament Hill TBC).

Eastern Young Athletes League (Under 13, 15 Boys/Girls and 17 Men/Women) Sunday 4 July at Watford – Sunday 15 August at StoneX Stadium – Sunday 12 September at Watford – 6 club divisions – we are with Dacorum and Tring, HAWCS, Herts Phoenix, St Albans and Watford.

London Inter Club Challenge (All age-groups Men/Women including Under 11 Boys/Girls) dates for Round 1 will be held on Saturday 12 June and Sunday 13 June at Lee Valley Athletics Centre for U15, U17 and U20 age-groups. This open meeting will form the basis for selection for the Middlesex Schools team to compete at the English Schools Championships in Manchester on 9, 10 and 11 July. Rounds 2,3 and 4 are as follows Saturday 10 July, Saturday 31 July and Saturday 21 August all at StoneX Stadium.

SCVAC Veterans League (35+ and above Men/Women) dates are still to be announced.

UPDATE ON VOLUNTEERS FROM RAY POWELL  Hope that you are all keeping well, and are slowly getting your jabs.
The original list that I sent out for races did not include the Westminster miles on Sunday 30 May, which is the same Bank Holiday weekend as the Vitality 10k which is the next day Monday 31 May.
This is normally one of the races we cover, and London Marathon have now confirmed that they would like us to cover our normal duties.
It is the same meeting place, Green Park volunteer hub, time 8am, Lunch and kit will be supplied and finish time is usually around 3.30-4pm. It is probably the most hectic of all the events, in which we cover 34 – 1 mile races, but also the most enjoyable.

Thank you to all the reply’s I have had to date, this is the current situation of volunteers required.
Westminster Mile Sunday 30 May 20 volunteers required 2 at present (Clare and myself)
Vitality 10k Monday 31 May 20 volunteers required 17 at present
Standard Chartered City Race  Monday 19 July 25 volunteers required 16 at present
Big Half Marathon Sunday 22 August (new date) 30 volunteers required 7 at present
London Mini Marathon Sunday 3 October 62 volunteers needed 34 at present

I know that some of the races are a way off, but if you feel that you can help, please let me know now, as it makes the planning a lot easier. Please contact CLARE & RAY at ray571m@btopenworld.com

MIZZOU SPRING OUTDOOR MEETING Took place in Columbia, Montana, USA on 19-20 March.
Shot 7.26kg – SM GEORGE EVANS (Kansas University) 3rd (17.21m)
Discus 2kg – SM GEORGE EVANS (Kansas University) 2nd (SB 51.70m) and is ranked UK No.4 in 2021

NCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS DIVISION 1 Took place in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA on 15 March.
10000m – SM CHARLIE HICKS U20 (Stanford University) 14th (30.21), JAMIE DEE U23 (Iona College) 56th (31.04), with 7 to score, the team result was as follows – 1st North Arizona (60 points), 2nd Notre Dame (87), 3rd Oklahoma State (142), 5th Stanford (194), 10th Iona (311)

ALAN WELLER FROM JOGGER TO 37 YEARS WITH SBH Since the club was formed in 1890, the past 130 years seen many challenges and successes. And now in 2021, we are in a position that we have a membership containing a large number of talented Men and Women athletes.
Also, we have a team of excellent Coaches covering all disciplines, our team of Officials has increased over the past few years, although we would only be too pleased, if any member wishes to join the team. Finally, our Team Managers who spend an astonishing amount of time and effort, in talking and entering athletes for their events. A big thank you, to all of you, for making Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers one of the most successful Track and Field, Cross Country and Road clubs in the country.

I joined Shaftesbury on 6 February 1984, aged 37. Prior to joining I had no athletics background, and was in fact a 6-handicap golfer. Back in 1978 I developed Asthma quite seriously, my doctor referred me to Guys Hospital in London, and after some 12 months of treatment they had brought my mode of life was almost back to normal.

I was living in Harrow at the time, and in late 1981, I decided to start jogging. Bought a pair of shoes, kit and with Headstone Lane park just 2 minutes away, the challenge was on. I was pleasantly surprised, not only was I enjoying it, but my Asthma was still fully under control.
Around late spring of 1983, I decided to visit Bannister Stadium, as I had been told there were groups of runners that train there, and were of all standards. The following Tuesday evening I arrived around 6pm, to find a group of some 12 runners (turned out to be all Shaftesbury athletes) warming up for their 10k run. I stopped and made myself known, and in fact the first to introduce himself was MARTIN GREY who gave me a quick insight on training nights. Other members of the group were JOHN BROE, DAVE THOMSON and ANDY BEATTIE. The time came and off they went in 2 groups, the” Good Un’s” and what turned out to be later my group. 

I started to train on a regular basis, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and to start with I would start at the back of the second group, and after 5 minutes or so the gap started to open between me and them, until they became small dots on the horizon. Towards the end of 1983 I succeeded in becoming an integral member of the second group, which not only included MARTIN, but also MICHAEL FOX, VIC GILLICK, WALLY SACKS and GERRY BERNSTEIN.

THE 1980s I become a proud owner of the Black and White Vest. Generally, I considered myself as an average club runner (although many of you would say I was exaggerating – RAY maybe would not), mainly on the road, attempted the odd open track meetings and cross country, which I was not suited to whatsoever.With the winter approaching, I had foolishly purchased a pair of spikes, with 2mm and 6mm for cross country. During the 1980s the Metropolitan League was supported by an average of 30 Shaftesbury Senior Men, and reached a peak, with of an all-time record of 41 runners at Horsenden Hill on 31 October 1987. These are the current SBH members who competed on that day – CLIFF BARLEY, GRAHAM GETTY, JOHN KELLY, JOHN LAMONT, KINGSTON MILLS, RAY POWELL, ANDREW SMITH, DEREK SURREY and DAVE THOMSON. The race was won by SBH man MIKE WILLIAMS, with our 12th team scorer finishing in 43rd place STEVE WIRTH.The success of the Metropolitan League can largely be attributed to BRENDAN GALLAGHER, a member of the Homebrew Harriers. He was large in statue, but had that quite knack of getting you to run at the next race. Towards the end of the 80’s I made the decision to hang up my spikes, as I was getting too many injuries, especially after cross country races. Following the 1987/1998 season BRENDAN stood down, mainly due to an ever-increasing work commitments with JANES aircraft magazine, and to spend more time with his young family.

THE 1990s As the injury niggles were almost behind me, I started to enjoy training again and gradually started running road races on a regular basis. In 1988 I had moved house to just outside Luton, and around the same time, my company office had moved to Hangar Lane. This enabled me to resume training at Bannister, and it was noticeable that BOB and SYLVIA PARKER now had a very large group of Senior and Young Women training there, which I will expand on later.
After numerous chats with BOB, he suggested that I go to his house in North Harrow to take part in his road repetition session. Following the first session, BOB and I had a chat over a cup of tea, to review and he gave me an outline training schedule. After about a month, I realised that the 30-minute chat with BOB, had improved me no end, and I had become more confident in training and racing, which was also reflected in my work and life generally.
BOB and SYLVIA were the mainstay of Britain’s most successful Women’s club in the 1990’s, PARKSIDE HARROW. The club was formed by SYLVIA and MARGARET CLIFFE, two members of the County Netball team, in 1972. They produced 4 individual National Cross Country winners, ANDREA WHITCOMBE 1990, 1991 and 1997, KATY MCCANDLESS 1995, ALISON WYETH 1996 and MARA MYERS (YAMAUCHI) in 1978. They also won the National Cross Country team title from 1989 to 1996 – 8 consecutive years. Their success on the road was less spectacular winning the National Road Relay in 1992 and 1994.
One of my memorable moments during the 90s, was when ALISON won the 1996 National, following finishing 2nd in 91, 93, 94 & 95 and 3rd in 87 and 90. She said to me two weeks before the 96 National, that this is the fittest she had ever been, who knows what NEWARK may bring.

From 1993, I agreed to become the Men’s Veterans Team Manager, which I did for a period of 4 years. Unfortunately, my work commitments were increasing, which meant I would be living in Scotland permanently for the following 3 years.
We had an unbelievable number of Veteran athletes during my time as Team Manager, and generally managed to put out teams for County, Southern and National Championships. We also entered the Monday night Veterans Track and  Field League with limited success. Those current members who competed then – DAVE ALLEN, SIMON KEENE, GEOFF MORPHITIS, DEREK SURREY, NEVILLE THOMPSON, RAY TUCKER and yours truly.

The two Veterans that stood out to me was JULIAN GOATER and MIKE WILLIAMS.
JULIAN GOATER, joined SBH in 1966 aged 13, and holds the clubs 5000m record (13:15.59) set in 1981. He competed at the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki, finishing 14th in the 5000m (13:48.13). The previous year had 2 Major Championships, firstly in September the European Championships were held in Athens, JULIAN finished 5th in the 10000m (28:10.98). Some 4 weeks later, the Commonwealth Games were held in Brisbane, running for England, JULIAN ran a fantastic race to win the bronze medals (28:16.20), 6 seconds the 2 Tanzanian medal winners.
One of best races JULIAN ran as a Veteran, was in the Southern Road Relays at Aldershot in September 1997. The Over 40’s team finished in 7th place, only 23 seconds from the bronze medal. Leg 1 MIKE PUDDIFOOT (20.25), LEG 2 JULIAN (19.08) 3rd fastest time of the race, Leg 3 KIERAN FENNELLY (21.39) and Leg 4 BOB MALLOWS (20.23).
MIKE WILLIAMS, whose talent was outstanding, and his running action was so smooth, that on the country, he just glided over the surface. MIKE was a member of our Senior Men’s winning English Cross Country Relay Championship team in 1987. But during the early 1990s he had persistent ankle problems, and made limited appearances. On him becoming a Veteran, I kept in regular touch with MIKE and just before Christmas 1996 he told me that he had been doing limited training for the past 2 months. So, in the New Year he rang me and said he would be interested in a race, and jokingly I said how about the National Veterans Cross Country Championships in March, and without a pause he said Yes.
On Saturday 22 March 1997, along with his coach RAY APPLEBY, we drove to a wet and windy Sunderland. The Over 40s race had a field of over 300 runners, but after 800m, MIKE went up the first hill and pulled away from the field, and eventually crossed the line winning by 25 seconds.

2000 TO PRESENT DAY Running was affecting my knees, and took the decision to join my local gym, and currently I go most days and have become very efficient on the rowing machine.

SBH CLUB MAGAZINE HAROLD ASHTON’S retired as magazine editor in June 1992, following some 30 years of producing the magazine, 4 times a year. For the next 18 Months GEOFF MORPHITIS and BRYAN SMITH carried on the good work. From 1994 to 1997 I took up the reins, then from 1998 the magazine was issued intermittently, mainly as a newsletter.
Being on the SBH Committee, it had been a struggle to get someone to produce the magazine on a regular basis. During 2011, I agreed to restart our magazine. The first issue was on the 5 September, and this is the link to that issue – SBH WC 05-09-11
10 Year’s on I am still tapping out the newsletter on my laptop. I would like to thank those members who have contributed articles etc. over the past few years. Therefore, if anyone wants to send me something, feel free. It does not have to be athletics related, but it could be an impending wedding, birth of your son or daughter, or another sport you participated in recently.

SBH WEBSITE – In 2011 the Club’s Council agreed that the next step in Shaftesbury’s progression, was to have a website. As NADEEM SHAIKH was in the IT industry, he recommended to the Club Council a website development company ‘Code Me Velvet’. The initial meeting was set up in late 2011, the meeting concluded with a template of our requirements. To develop the website from the initial meeting, to actually going live, it was agreed that I was the best person to work with CMV. The website went live in late 2012, and since then my role has been the SBH Webmaster.

SBH PRESIDENT – It was a great honour to be asked to become the Club’s 30th President in 2017. And to follow in the footsteps of Shaftesbury greatest athlete DAVE BEDFORD, was indeed inspiring. The 3 years just flew by, and during that time, our successes Individually and Team wise, were unbelievable. Wishing our 31st President GEOFF WILLIAMS happiness and success for the next 3 years.

One of my highlights for each year, was attending the SBH Annual General Meeting, in which I presented trophies to all our Track and Field, Cross Country and Road winners, also awards to Coaches and Officials. This gave me the opportunity of meeting in person the various winners, which I report on in the SBH Newsletter.

Two photographs taken at the 2019 SBH AGM taken by KENNY GROOM – Firstly, NIAH AKINTOKUN who is the Club’s Under 15 Girls Record holder for 60m (7.55) and 200m (24.68) Indoors, and 100m (12,1, 12.01 w-2.3, 12.13 w0.4) Outdoors. Next, MALACHI AMADI who is the Club’s Under 13 Boys Record holder for 100m (25.05 w1.8) Outdoors.

OLYMPIC HOPES READY TO BLOOM AT KEW GARDENSThe following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. Photograph by MARK SHEARMAN, when TOM BEDFORD recently discovered at Kew Gardens ‘Eric the peacock’ who is a Richmond resident although runners will be hoping he doesn’t stray onto the course on race day.

Marathon runners and race walkers are poised for thrilling and richly symbolic races on 26 March in Kew Gardens. If athletes taking part in the Müller British Athletics Olympic Marathon and 20km Walks Trials in Kew Gardens this month need to focus their minds on what is at stake, they merely need to glance to the side of the course during their race.
The event on 26 March coincides with ‘Sakura season’ – the time of year when cherry blossom trees come into bloom. Not only will it provide a picturesque back-drop but it is the national flower of Japan and a timely reminder to the runners that their efforts on the roads of south-west London could see them win a ticket to Tokyo.
TOM BEDFORD, the race director, describes it as an amusing twist of fate. It certainly was not in anyone’s mind when the Borough of Richmond venue was chosen ahead of Manchester, Dorney Lake and various horse and motor-racing courses to host the Olympic trials.
Instead, the main requirements were a fast, flat and sheltered course that can help athletes nail Olympic qualifying standards, plus the reliability factor of a venue during such an uncertain pandemic-hit period.
Marathon runners will tackle one small lap followed by 12 big laps, therefore passing the cherry blossom trees and Japanese gardens a dozen times. Organisers have worked in recent months with course measurer HUGH JONES to iron out some of the mild corners on the route, which means the course is not just aesthetically pleasing but fast too.
BEDFORD is certainly happy with the progress made and points to one particular straight that is almost an entire metric mile in distance.

Read More: British Olympic marathon and race walks trials: Who, what and when?

Contenders like STEPH DAVIS have already checked out the course and BEDFORD describes it as “more of a flat road relays kind of course” such as the well-known circuit used at Sutton Coldfield for road relays “as opposed to the kind of course you get in big city marathons”.
This is partly because the path is only about four metres wide in places. However, with small fields and multiple pacemakers to ensure the going is quick through the first 30km in order to achieve qualifying times of (2:11:30) and (2:29:30), this should not be an issue. Plus, the course includes none of the inclines that the well-known Sutton Coldfield course contains.
“Our intention has been to make it as fast as possible,” says BEDFORD. “My advice to athletes is that they just switch off and go to sleep for an hour and follow ‘the train’ and then get ready to go when the pacemakers drop out.”
BEDFORD has been helped by his father, DAVE, the former London Marathon race director with organising the event. Among other things BEDFORD Jnr was based in Portugal during the winter and fell ill with coronavirus in January, so his dad stepped into help primarily with technical areas.
The duo have also worked closely with staff at UK Athletics such as competitions and events director KATIE BRAZIER during what has inevitably been a tricky few months due to the pandemic. Was there a particularly bad moment when the race was in doubt?
BEDFORD says shortly after Christmas when the virus began to surge and hospitals were in danger of being over-run was a worrying time. The Richmond Runfest, which was due to be held at the same venue on the Saturday and Sunday following the trials events on Friday, was postponed until mid-May. Apart from this, the organisers have been keen to give the Olympic hopefuls a near-definite goal to work toward.
“It’s been tough for athletes and they have my utmost respect for how they’ve managed to get themselves through this with everything from problems seeing physios to not even having a national endurance coach in charge during the winter,” says BEDFORD.

Spectators will not be allowed on race day, but each runner will be permitted one Tour de France-style ‘soigneur’ to help with their drinks. After the mild controversy relating to the British trials for the European Indoor Championships not being streamed, British Athletics are this time showing the action from Kew Gardens while there is still the possibility BBC may show the races too.
This will be the first time for 40 years that a British Olympic marathon trial has been staged as a standalone race in a similar style to the US Olympic trials. In 1980 the AAA Championships and trial for the Moscow Olympics took place in Milton Keynes. It was won by IAN THOMPSON in (2:14:00) from DAVE BLACK and ANDY HOLDEN as 195 men finished. Yet from 1983 onwards the national championships and trials have been part of the London Marathon and the battle for selection is often a ‘race within a race’ with television struggling to capture the action.
There are also obvious comparisons with the standalone US Olympic marathon trials that have taken place in recent years in Atlanta (2020), Los Angeles (2016), Houston (2012) and New York (2011) with the latter, in the city’s Central Park, on a similar multi-lap course to the one we will see in Kew Gardens.
“There is such an appetite for this event,” BEDFORD enthuses. “I’ve always been a fan of the American trials system. The men’s race will be great on March 26 but the women’s race is going to be an absolute cracker as there are so many top runners in it. And if the athletes can make it as competitive as I think it’s going to be then this kind of trials race could become the norm.”
The venue has great history, too, with the Borough of Richmond being something of a home to British distance running. Not only does the area feature popular training areas of Bushy Park, Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common but it was birthplace of the London Marathon and parkrun.
In the race for Olympic selection, runners and race walkers will finish in front of Kew Gardens’ iconic Palm House glass building. The most symbolic feature, though, will surely be the cherry blossom trees that they will pass on a long winding road that will end, for some, on the streets of Tokyo.

NO OVERSEAS SPECTATORS AT TOKYO GAMES The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.

Organisers of the Olympics and Paralympics promise to refund tickets bought by fans from outside Japan who intended to watch the biggest show on earth. The news that many athletics fans have been dreading was announced today (20 March) when it was confirmed that overseas spectators will not be allowed at the Olympics and Paralympics this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was announced after a joint meeting between the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Government.
IOC president THOMAS BACH said it is “a great sacrifice” and that re-funds will be made to those who have bought tickets. A bigger problem, though, is perhaps the many hotel rooms that have already been booked and the possibility of them refusing to give refunds or only partial refunds.
The news comes less than 48 hours after SEB COE, the World Athletics president, said he hoped a decision on spectators at the Games would not be made too soon. However, it will come as no surprise to many as it was becoming increasingly likely to happen given the continuing global presence of the coronavirus.
“During the meeting, the IOC and IPC were informed about the conclusion of the Japanese parties not to allow entry into Japan for overseas spectators for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 due to the prevailing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic,” a statement read.

“Olympic and Paralympic tickets purchased by overseas residents from the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will be refunded. “Currently, the COVID-19 situation in Japan and many other countries around the world is still very challenging and a number of variant strains have emerged, whilst international travel remains severely restricted globally.
“Based on the present situation of the pandemic, it is highly unlikely that entry into Japan will be guaranteed this summer for people from overseas.
“In order to give clarity to ticket holders living overseas and to enable them to adjust their travel plans at this stage, the parties on the Japanese side have come to the conclusion that they will not be able to enter into Japan at the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“This conclusion will further contribute to ensure safe and secure Games for all participants and the Japanese public.”
The Olympic Games are due to take place from 23 July to 8 August with the Paralympics from 24 August to 5 September.
“In many ways the Tokyo 2020 Games will be completely different to any previous Games,” Tokyo 2020 President SEIKO HASHIMOTO said. “However, the essence of the Games will remain unchanged, as athletes give their utmost and inspire the world with transcendent performances.

NEELAM KADERBHOY – Hi  GEOFF,  Hope you and family are all keeping well. I’m stable.
I’ve got use to the Home. It takes me a while to settle into a new environment. It is a nice Home to be in and the bonus is that it’s in Borehamwood.
It sounds like a very time- consuming process that you have to deal with regarding the club. It was a nice bonus to see that I scraped in to the top ten for number of years at the club.
Are you free tomorrow afternoon or evening or Tuesday onwards. I can call you. I still talk slowly and stammer a lot and words I think I can say, I can’t say. I miss everyone and everything.
Hi to all.
Yours in sports,
NEELAM 🏃‍♀️👟🌻

Good evening NEELAM and really sorry that it has taken me so long to reply. It has been difficult to try and organise a Track & Field season due to the Covid restrictions but at long last we have just agreed dates and venues for the NAL, YDL and MYAL where Jacqui is now team managing until you fully recover.
Work has started on the demolition of the West Stand at the Stadium. All the youngsters went back to school on Monday and we’re planning to return to training and coaching at the Stadium from Monday 29 March. We would then have nearly 2 months before our first meeting.
I look forward to hearing from you at your convenience.
Take care and stay safe.
GEOFFSBH

GB QUALIFICATION STANDARDS FOR TOKYO OLYMPICS 2021 These are the following World Athletics qualification standards for all GB athletes:
Men – 100m (10.05), 200m (20.24), 400m (44.90), 800m (1:45.20), 1500m (3:35.00), 5000m (13:13.50), 10000m (27:28.00), 3000m Steeplechase (8:22.0), 110m Hurdles (13.32), 400m Hurdles (48.90), High Jump (2.33), Pole Vault (5.80), Long Jump (8.22), Triple Jump (17.14), Shot Put (21.10), Discus (66.00), Hammer (77.50), Decathlon (8350), Marathon (2:11.30).
Women – 100m (11.15), 200m (22.80), 400m (51.35), 800m (1:59.50), 1500m (3:35.00), 5000m (15:10.00), 10000m (31:25.00), 3000m Steeplechase (9:30.00), 100m Hurdles (12.84), 400m Hurdles (55.40), High Jump (1.96), Pole Vault (4.70), Long Jump (6.82), Triple Jump (14.32), Shot Put (18.50), Discus (63.50), Hammer (72.50), Heptathlon (6420), Marathon (2:29.30).

The final date that all standards are to be achieved is Sunday 27 June, the Marathon date is Monday 29 March. Team selection for all events is on Monday 28 June, and the Marathon on Tuesday 30 March.

Link for the full GB selection policy document 2020-2021-Olympic-Games-Selection-Policy-October-2020

ATW CROSS COUNTRY SERIES NEXT RACE The next race is on Saturday 27 March at Merchant Taylor’s School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood HA6 2HT. The races are for Under 11, 13, 15 & 17s. This is the link for all details including entries https://activetrainingworld.co.uk/events/atw-cross-country-series-round-3-21st-feb/

2021 LEE VALLEY INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEETINGS Currently Lee Valley is only open for elite athletes.

BIRMINGHAM 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMESWell there is just 531 days to the Opening Ceremony, you may wish to sign up to receive their Newsletter. Link – https://www.birmingham2022.com/register-your-interest/. Tickets will be on sale later this year, and can only be purchased through the official Commonwealth Games website, this is the link to register – https://www.birmingham2022.com/the-games/tickets/. This is the link to the current schedule for the 25 events https://images.birmingham2022.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/11441664_CWGs_Daily_Competition_Schedule_FINAL.pdf.

ATHLETICS take place at the Alexander Stadium 2-7 August, with the Marathons on 30 July. There will be 59 medal events including a fully integrated Para Sport programme. TRIATHLON and PARA TRIATHLON take place at Sutton Park 29 and 31 July. The Individual races contest a 750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run, and the Team races contest a 250m swim, 7km cycle, 1.5km run. Link to all events https://www.birmingham2022.com/the-games/sports/?utm_source=workflow&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=popup_work_flow_send_welcome_autoresponder_pop_up_footer_form&utm_content=2021-02-05

Shaftesbury’s ANGUS MCKENZIE was appointed as Competition Manager (Athletics) last year, and the article on him can be found in the 26 November SBH Newsletter.

REDEVELOPMENT OF THE EXISTING WEST STAND  SARACENS have appointed RAYNER ROWEN CONSTRUCTION to carry out the demolition and rebuild of the old West Stand. Work commenced on Monday 22 February and completion is planned for 6 May 2022.
Demolition commenced on 22 February with completion due on 23 April. This is a Link to the first Monthly Newsletter for the redevelopment, which shows site access and the initial site activities C-0045 – West Stand Monthly Newsletter – February 2021 Rev A

PROCEDURES FOR USING STONEX STADIUM FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTT The Stadium is now subject to the lockdown guidelines recently set by the Government and is therefore closed to all athletes except “Elite” athletes as certified by UKA/EA. However, it is due to re-open to Club members only from Monday 29 March under strict conditions. Check with your Coach for details.

SBH SUBSCRIPTIONS 2020-2021 SBH Treasurer GEOFF MORPHITIS has sent me the following regarding subscriptions.
The Club AGM took place virtually at 19.30 on Tuesday 24 November. One of the resolutions which was passed dealt with Club Subscriptions 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 payment is made. Thanks GEOFF

UPDATE ON SBH FIXTURE CARD  We are in the process of finalising the 2021 Summer Fixture Card

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.

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2021 Summer Fixture Card, and we will be publishing a draft  in the coming weeks.
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/
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Club Hoody, information on how to purchase one, please go to the bottom of this Newsletter.

STONEX STADIUM EAST STAND INDOOR AREA Currently closed.

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM)  Currently Suspended.

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) 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 published. 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

STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) – Main Switchboard telephone number is 020 3675 7250.

CHARGES FOR USING STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) – Currently the Stadium is closed.

ALAN WELLER – SBH NEWSLETTER EDITOR AND WEBMASTER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 18 March 2021

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 18 March Sydney Allen, Zoe Davis, Antonio Infantino, Abi Jeffery, Jade Lally, Finn MaccArthy, William Ryle-Hodges, Sam Scheer and Louis Ubaka

WEBINAR ON SBH TRIPLE JUMPERS ALL COACHED BY FRANK ATTOH This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from the 3 best ever triple jumpers who were all members of SBH, who were all Olympians and who were all coached by our very own FRANK ATTOH. 

The webinar is next Saturday 20 March at 14.00. Click on the link below and register ASAP – https://englandathletics-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vo-I8-8pSny6Ifgijo_0qQ 

In this feature webinar we have the privilege of three world-class female triple jumpers, all of which recorded lifetime bests over 15m. In this webinar, we will be accompanied by YAMILE ALDAMA, ASHIA HANSEN and DR TRECIA-KAYE SMITH.
The webinar will be hosted by England Athletics Event Group Lead for Jumps and Combined Events, DARREN RITCHIE. Joining us in the session are the athletes’ coaches FRANK ATTOH and ASTON MOORE.

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Athletes careers;
• Where did it all start / summary of the journey / highlights
• What were your main strengths and weaknesses in three domains; technical, physical, behavioural
• Lessons learned / messages to young athletes
• Video reviews
• Questions from the audience 

YAMILE ALDAMA started competing in high jump and heptathlon events, but in 1994 she tried triple jump and two years later qualified for the Olympic team for 1996 Summer Olympics.

Two years later she won silver medal at the 1999 World Championships in Seville. The next year at the 2000 Summer Olympics she finished in 4th position, thus cementing her place as an elite triple jumper. In 2004, YAMILE came 5th at the 2004 Summer Olympics. That year, she also broke the Sudanese triple jump record achieving (15.28m). After taking 4th place at the 2005 World Championships, YAMILE went on to compete at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships, and the 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2011, YAMILE represented Great Britain at the World Championships where she finished 5th place. The following year, YAMILE became the IAAF World Indoor Champion in Triple Jump, in Istanbul. In 2012, YAMILE competed in the 2012 Olympics, less than a month short of 40 years old, finishing 5th.

ASHIA HANSEN started in sports at around the age of 9 taking part in most sports from football, cricket to Netball, swimming, and athletics, where she originally started out as a sprinter/long jumper before becoming a triple jumper.

ASHIA started triple jumping in 1993 and got her first senior GB vest in Helsinki 1994, the same year she broke the British Record by 1cm (14.09m). ASHIA went on to represent GB&NI at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where she came 4th. In 1998, she broke the world indoor record with a jump of (15.16m), and went on to win gold medals at the World Indoor Championships, Maebashi 1999 and 2003 in Birmingham. Although many of her wins came from the indoor season, she still had a successful outdoor career with championship titles at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur 1998 and Manchester 2002, and the European Championships in Munich 2002. 

TRECIA-KAYE SMITH competed for the University of Pittsburgh from 1996–1999 and was a seven-time NCAA national champion (two outdoor and three indoor long jump titles and one outdoor and one indoor triple jump title), 15-time All-American, a 14-time Big East Conference champion, and a 15-time Eastern College Athletic Conference champion. TRECIA was named to the NCAA Division 1 Silver Anniversary Indoor Team and a “NCAA Division 1 Most Outstanding Student-Athlete”.

Her personal best is (15.16M), and she almost equalled that result at the 2005 World Championships where she won the gold medal with (15.11m). TRECIA won triple jump at the 2009 Jamaican Championship with (14.43 m), qualifying for her fifth World Championships in Athletics. She retained her Commonwealth triple jump title at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and she was given the DAVID DIXON AWARD for her performance. 

This will be an excellent opportunity for all coaches and athletes to get an insight into how to become a world class jumper. Don’t miss it. Take care and stay safe.

UPDATE ON VOLUNTEERS FROM RAY POWELL  Hope that you are all keeping well, and are slowly getting your jabs.

The original list that I sent out for races did not include the Westminster miles on Sunday 30 May, which is the same Bank Holiday weekend as the Vitality 10k which is the next day Monday 31 May.
This is normally one of the races we cover, and London Marathon have now confirmed that they would like us to cover our normal duties.
It is the same meeting place, Green Park volunteer hub, time 8am, Lunch and kit will be supplied and finish time is usually around 3.30-4pm. It is probably the most hectic of all the events, in which we cover 34 – 1 mile races, but also the most enjoyable.

Thank you to all the reply’s I have had to date, this is the current situation of volunteers required.
Westminster Mile Sunday 30 May 20 volunteers required 2 at present (Clare and myself)
Vitality 10k Monday 31 May 20 volunteers required 17 at present
Standard Chartered City Race  Monday 19 July 25 volunteers required 16 at present
Big Half Marathon Sunday 22 August (new date) 30 volunteers required 7 at present
London Mini Marathon Sunday 3 October 62 volunteers needed 34 at present

I know that some of the races are a way off, but if you feel that you can help, please let me know now, as it makes the planning a lot easier. Please contact CLARE & RAY at ray571m@btopenworld.com

DEMOLITION OF STONEX STADIUM WEST STAND The Demolition element is well under way, and is due for completion on the 23 April. Many of you will have happy memories of all those events and meetings that have taken place since the stand was built in 1964. So hold back those tears, as the 2 photographs will probably be the last time you will see the West Stand standing.

SYDNEY TRACK CLASSIC OPEN OUTDOOR MEETING Took place in Sydney, Australia on 13 March.
Discus 1kg – SW JADE LALLY 3rd (SB 59.36m) adding 16cm to her 3 March throw, and is ranked UK No.1 in 2021

JAAA QUALIFICATION OUTDOOR TRIALS Took place at Kingston, Jamaica on 13 March.
100m – SM 7 ZHARNEL HUGHES 1st (SB 10.14 w-0.1) taking .21 of a second off his 27 February time, and is ranked UK No.1 in 2021

UPDATE ON PROPOSED TRACK AND FIELD FIXTURESSubject to DCMS, Sport England, UKA and EA guidance.
UK Youth Development League (Under 17 and 20 Men/Women) dates are as follows Sunday 30 May at Bannister Stadium, Harrow – Sunday 27 June at Perivale Park, Greenford – Sunday 25 July at Ridlins Athletic Track, Stevenage – Sunday 5 September at StoneX Stadium.

National Athletic League (Senior Men/Women) dates are as follows – Sunday 6 June at Lee Valley (host SBH), Sunday 4 July at StoneX Stadium (host Harrow), Sunday 8 August at Woodford (host WGEL), Saturday 28 August at StoneX Stadium (host SBH) – 4 club divisions – we are in Premier London North with Harrow, Newham and Woodford.

The Middlesex Young Athletes League (Under 11, 13, 15 Boys/Girls and 17 Men/Women) provisional dates are as follows Saturday 22 May (Finsbury Park) plus Sunday 23 May (Perivale), Saturday 5 June (Finsbury Park) plus Sunday 6 June (Perivale or Parliament Hill), Saturday 3 July (Perivale or Parliament Hill), Sunday 18 July (StoneX Stadium).

Eastern Young Athletes League (Under 13, 15 Boys/Girls and 17 Men/Women) dates are still to be announced.

London Inter Club Challenge (All age-groups Men/Women including Under 11 Boys/Girls) dates are as follows Saturday 31 July and Saturday 21 August both at StoneX Stadium. Further dates to be added soon.

SCVAC Veterans League (35+ and above Men/Women) dates are still to be announced.

GERALD ALTERMAN SHOOTS TO THE TOP It all started in 1981. My daughters, LISA and VIKKI, pupils at Moat Mount School in Mill Hill were competing for the school at Copthall when they were spotted by GERRY ELMORE who invited them to train with Shaftesbury. So twice a week my then wife, ROSALIND, and I took the girls to Copthall and whilst they trained, we sat in the cafeteria drinking gallons of coffee and eating countless bars of chocolate.

One evening someone approached us and introduced himself as JOHN WRIGHT, timekeeper, and asked if we would consider becoming club helpers/officials. We asked what was involved and what the Club needed. He replied that “we could do with field judges and a starter”. ROSALIND went on the field and as I liked the idea of playing with guns, I opted for the starter role. Guns were readily available back then, so I spoke with someone in a gun shop in Totteridge Lane, chose a couple of weapons and applied for a Firearms Certificate.
Unlike today when you can become an official on Monday and be level 4 by Friday (not really, it just seems like it), back then you had to sit an examination and eventually be invited to the lofty heights of Grade 1, often by sitting a further exam. So, I sat the starter/marksman exam and awaited my fate. Whilst waiting for the results, I started some races for the Club with my new guns and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was working with a Grade 1 starter whose name I cannot now recall – BILL something I think – and during our third meeting together he asked what grade I was. I told him I was still waiting for the results of the examination and that was the last race I started for the rest of the meeting! I eventually got my results; I had passed with sufficiently high marks so that I didn’t have to sit the advanced test.
After a few years at Club level, I was invited to the County Championships and after several years became a Grade 1 starter. I should add that over the years the Grades (4 to 1) became Levels, then back to Grades from 1 to 4 and are now again Levels 1 to 4, to be in line with World Athletics (formerly IAAF). As I progressed through the Grades, I was invited to South of England meetings and I still recall my first visit to Crystal Palace. It was the largest athletics stadium that I had been to and I likened coming out of the officials’ room onto the field of play to what I imagined it would be like coming out of the tunnel at Wembley. What a sorry state that stadium is in now!

I continued to officiate for the Club as a starter and whatever else was needed on the day, both at Copthall and away at other venues. In the early days, to get experience I took my guns with me and asked the host club if it was possible to do some starting. The answer was often in the affirmative. I remember one meeting at Bournemouth when having asked if I could start, I was introduced to a rather elderly gentleman who a few minutes before the first race asked if I could manage on my own as he was not feeling too well and wanted to go home. So much for learning my craft from an experienced starter!
ROGER SIMONS was our meeting organiser who organised the British Athletics League final and the UK Women’s League Plate final at Copthall. Back then these were prestigious events with international athletes competing for their clubs and was even televised. My job was to be the liaison between the team managers, results and TV by running changes in declarations around. I recall DALEY THOMPSON being hounded by spectators (yes, we had them back in the day) and to get away from them he ‘hid’ behind ROSALIND who was a mere 5’2”! When ROGER decided to retire from organising our meetings, I was asked to take over which I did for several years.

TERRY BROWN was our official’s secretary so he and I worked closely together, not just for our home meetings but for away ones too. After something like 12 years TERRY decided he’d had enough and somehow, I took over his role as well; so now I was organising our home meetings and finding officials for home and away meetings. I did these jobs for some 10 or 12 years until I decided that I didn’t want to sit on the telephone every night leading up to a meeting checking that our officials were still available and, where necessary, calling in favours or otherwise coercing officials to come out and play.
My officiating for the Club dwindled over the years as being level 4 I was invited to National meetings the dates for which often clashed with Club dates, but I still turned out when I could. At some stage, many years ago, NIGEL BAILEY who organised the England meetings decided that there should be a seeding policy to ensure consistency at their meetings. For some reason, I was invited to a meeting in Birmingham to discuss the policy. I knew absolutely nothing about seeding but not only helped formulate the policy, which I now update from time to time, but I also was involved with the writing of the computer program with Simon Fennell.

For a short time, JOHN WRIGHT and I served on the Middlesex County Committee but due to lack of time I retired from that role. When the Tri-Region Groups were set up, I joined the starting and marking team as the representative for London. I’m still there as there isn’t a level 4 starter to take over from me.
Over the years, I have officiated in various capacities at many meetings but the ones that will always stand out in my mind are the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Athletics World Cup and being the chief starter at the inaugural Invictus Games when I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Prince HARRY.
They say that things come around in a circle and they do. I am still involved at County, Regional and National levels but I am again back as the Club’s Officials Secretary working alongside ROSALIND ZEFFERTT, the Officials Co-ordinator. This time though, DAVE BRADLEY is looking after the meeting organising.

BRITISH OLYMPIC 10,000m TRIALS HEAD TO BIRMINGHAM The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. Photograph by MARK SHEARMAN.

University of Birmingham could see athletes like MO FARAH racing for Olympic selection on June 5 following cancellation of Highgate event. After the cancellation of the Night of the 10,000m PBs at Highgate in north London this year, the British Olympic trials and European 10,000m Cup will now be held at the University of Birmingham track on the same date of 5 June. However, despite coronavirus restrictions gradually lifting, entries will be invitation only and there are unlikely to be spectators. Key contenders are likely to include US-based Brits MARC SCOTT and SAM ATKIN, while among the women STEPH TWELL is missing the marathon trials this month to focus on 10,000m. Another intriguing possible entrant would be MO FARAH, too, as the 10-time global track champion wants to run this distance in Tokyo but needs to post a qualifying time as he has not raced 10,000m since winning the world title in London in 2017.

“We are delighted to have reached an agreement with the University of Birmingham to bring the Müller British Athletics 10,000m Championships and the European 10,000m Cup to Birmingham,” said KATIE BRAZIER, competitions and events director at British Athletics. “Following consultation with athletes and coaches, as well as other key stakeholders, it is fantastic news tha European Athletics interim president DOBROMIR KARAMARINOV said: “We are pleased we have been able to work with British Athletics to find an alternative venue for the 2021 European 10,000m Cup and we want to thank the University of Birmingham for stepping forward at this late stage. “The European 10,000m Cup is one of the most prestigious and long-running fixtures on the European calendar. This year’s event will have an even greater significance as it also serves as an excellent opportunity for athletes aiming to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics later this summer.”

DARREN CAMPBELL AND TIM BENJAMIN OVERSEE BRITISH SPRINTS AND RELAYS The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.
Sprints and relays role to be shared but the search continues for a new British Athletics head of endurance. CHRISTIAN MALCOLM, the head coach of British Athletics, will be joined in the national squad in coming months by two former sprints team-mates from South Wales – DARREN CAMPBELL and TIM BENJAMIN.
CAMPBELL has been appointed head of short sprints and relays whereas BENJAMIN has been named head of long sprints and relays.

The job of head of sprints and relays has traditionally been done by one person – most recently STEPHEN MAGUIRE – but the governing body says: “The decision to split the role into long and short sprints was taken recognising the specialist expertise both candidates bring to this event group. Both roles are part time but offer full time coverage.”
Both MALCOLM and BENJAMIN represented Cardiff and Wales during their careers and were coached by JOCK ANDERSON and LINFORD CHRISTIE. With a 400m best of 44.56 from 2005, Benjamin sits No.9 on the UK all-time rankings and he retired about 12 years ago. Photograph of DARREN by MARK SHEARMAN

CAMPBELL, meanwhile, has strong South Wales links too and won the European 100m title and Olympic 4x100m gold and 200m silver during his career.
However, the search for a successor to BARRY FUDGE as head of endurance has not been successful and British Athletics say that ROB DENMARK (below) will continue to do the role on an interim basis until after the Tokyo Olympics.
A statement read: “A wider and longer term strategy for endurance will be driven via a wide consultation across a range of stakeholders. CHRIS JONES will be seconded with the agreement of Welsh Athletics on a two-day a week basis to lead on this project in conjunction with CHRISTIAN MALCOLM and (performance director) SARA SYMINGTON.” Photograph of TIM by MARK SHEARMAN

On the sprints and relays news, MALCOLM said: “These are great appointments for the sport. DARREN and TIM bring a wealth of experience to the roles following their successful careers in and out of the sport. I am pleased to bring them into the team as we continue to support athletes and coaches to achieve their goals during 2021 and beyond.”
BENJAMIN said: “I am delighted to be offered this role alongside DARREN. I’ve remained a big fan of athletics throughout my retirement and had always wanted an opportunity to give back to my sport. I’ve had 11 years in the commercial world yet my heart has always been here.
“I had a great competitive career and have worked with world-class coaches such as JOCK ANDERSON, TONY LESTER, COLIN JACKSON and LINFORD CHRISTIE. I’ve been exposed to so many differing approaches and I’ve also made my fair share of errors as an athlete which means I can bring this insight and experience to help support the athletes and coaches I work with in this role.”
CAMPBELL said: “I’m really pleased to accept this role and work with TIM, CHRISTIAN and SARA. I felt like it was the right time to get involved with the sport again. I’m excited by the new leadership and the new direction it’s headed in by putting the athlete first.
“I’ve had experience across the board competing, coaching, mentoring and mediating and understand what the athletes and their coaches will be looking for. When I was competing, I don’t feel we always got what we needed, and support wasn’t offered properly. I know I can bring that experience and help to ensure athletes have what they need to be successful.
“I’m looking forward to putting my energy into this, giving encouragement to the athletes so they can perform when they need to.”

GB QUALIFICATION STANDARDS FOR TOKYO OLYMPICS 2021 These are the following World Athletics qualification standards for al GB athletes:

Men – 100m (10.05), 200m (20.24), 400m (44.90), 800m (1:45.20), 1500m (3:35.00), 5000m (13:13.50), 10000m (27:28.00), 3000m Steeplechase (8:22.0), 110m Hurdles (13.32), 400m Hurdles (48.90), High Jump (2.33), Pole Vault (5.80), Long Jump (8.22), Triple Jump (17.14), Shot Put (21.10), Discus (66.00), Hammer (77.50), Decathlon (8350), Marathon (2:11.30).
Women – 100m (11.15), 200m (22.80), 400m (51.35), 800m (1:59.50), 1500m (3:35.00), 5000m (15:10.00), 10000m (31:25.00), 3000m Steeplechase (9:30.00), 100m Hurdles (12.84), 400m Hurdles (55.40), High Jump (1.96), Pole Vault (4.70), Long Jump (6.82), Triple Jump (14.32), Shot Put (18.50), Discus (63.50), Hammer (72.50), Heptathlon (6420), Marathon (2:29.30).

The final date that all standards are to be achieved is Sunday 27 June, the Marathon date is Monday 29 March. Team selection for all events is on Monday 28 June, and the Marathon on Tuesday 30 March.

Link for the full GB selection policy document 2020-2021-Olympic-Games-Selection-Policy-October-2020

NEELAM KADERBHOY – Hi  GEOFF,  Hope you and family are all keeping well. I’m stable.
I’ve got use to the Home. It takes me a while to settle into a new environment. It is a nice Home to be in and the bonus is that it’s in Borehamwood.
It sounds like a very time- consuming process that you have to deal with regarding the club. It was a nice bonus to see that I scraped in to the top ten for number of years at the club.
Are you free tomorrow afternoon or evening or Tuesday onwards. I can call you. I still talk slowly and stammer a lot and words I think I can say, I can’t say. I miss everyone and everything.
Hi to all.
Yours in sports,
NEELAM 🏃‍♀️👟🌻

Good evening NEELAM and really sorry that it has taken me so long to reply. It has been difficult to try and organise a Track & Field season due to the Covid restrictions but at long last we have just agreed dates and venues for the NAL, YDL and MYAL where Jacqui is now team managing until you fully recover.
Work has started on the demolition of the West Stand at the Stadium. All the youngsters went back to school on Monday and we’re planning to return to training and coaching at the Stadium from Monday 29 March. We would then have nearly 2 months before our first meeting.
I look forward to hearing from you at your convenience.
Take care and stay safe.
GEOFFSBH

ATW CROSS COUNTRY SERIES NEXT RACE The next race is on Saturday 27 March at Merchant Taylor’s School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood HA6 2HT. The races are for Under 11, 13, 15 & 17s. This is the link for all details including entries https://activetrainingworld.co.uk/events/atw-cross-country-series-round-3-21st-feb/

2021 LEE VALLEY INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEETINGS Currently Lee Valley is only open for elite athletes.

BIRMINGHAM 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMESWell there is just 531 days to the Opening Ceremony, you may wish to sign up to receive their Newsletter. Link – https://www.birmingham2022.com/register-your-interest/. Tickets will be on sale later this year, and can only be purchased through the official Commonwealth Games website, this is the link to register – https://www.birmingham2022.com/the-games/tickets/. This is the link to the current schedule for the 25 events https://images.birmingham2022.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/11441664_CWGs_Daily_Competition_Schedule_FINAL.pdf.

ATHLETICS take place at the Alexander Stadium 2-7 August, with the Marathons on 30 July. There will be 59 medal events including a fully integrated Para Sport programme. TRIATHLON and PARA TRIATHLON take place at Sutton Park 29 and 31 July. The Individual races contest a 750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run, and the Team races contest a 250m swim, 7km cycle, 1.5km run. Link to all events https://www.birmingham2022.com/the-games/sports/?utm_source=workflow&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=popup_work_flow_send_welcome_autoresponder_pop_up_footer_form&utm_content=2021-02-05

Shaftesbury’s ANGUS MCKENZIE was appointed as Competition Manager (Athletics) last year, and the article on him can be found in the 26 November SBH Newsletter.

REDEVELOPMENT OF THE EXISTING WEST STAND  SARACENS have appointed RAYNER ROWEN CONSTRUCTION to carry out the demolition and rebuild of the old West Stand. The demolition element commenced on Monday 22 February and completion is planned for 6 May 2022.
Demolition is planned to commence on 22 February with completion due on 23 April. This is a Link to the first Monthly Newsletter for the redevelopment, which shows site access and the initial site activities C-0045 – West Stand Monthly Newsletter – February 2021 Rev A

PROCEDURES FOR USING STONEX STADIUM FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTT The Stadium is now subject to the lockdown guidelines recently set by the Government and is therefore closed to all athletes except “Elite” athletes as certified by UKA/EA. However, it is due to re-open to Club members only from Monday 29 March under strict conditions. Check with your Coach for details.

SBH SUBSCRIPTIONS 2020-2021 SBH Treasurer GEOFF MORPHITIS has sent me the following regarding subscriptions.
The Club AGM took place virtually at 19.30 on Tuesday 24 November. One of the resolutions which was passed dealt with Club Subscriptions 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 payment is made. Thanks GEOFF

UPDATE ON SBH FIXTURE CARD  We are in the process of finalising the 2021 Summer Fixture Card

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.

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2021 Summer Fixture Card, and we will be publishing a draft  in the coming weeks.
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/
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Club Hoody, information on how to purchase one, please go to the bottom of this Newsletter.

STONEX STADIUM EAST STAND INDOOR AREA Currently closed.

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM)  Currently Suspended.

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) Currently Suspended.

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Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 11 March 2021

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 11 March Carole Brown, Hannah Foster, Ashwin Fowkes-Gajan, Amy Goddard, Robert Lightowler, Oliver Massingham, Fellan McGuigan, Naias Morgan, Line Nielsen and Daniel Nichols

LONDON MARATHON EVENTS FUNDING 2021 Congratulations to LIZZIE BIRD who as 1 of Britain’s leading 29 endurance athletes, will receive funding this year, as part of its ongoing commitment to support distance running.
This is the third-year London Marathon Events has offered direct support to athletes who sit just outside British Athletics’ World Class programmes and Futures programme, but who still have the potential to star at major competitions.

EUROPEAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Took place at Torun, Poland from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 March
Day 1 Thursday included the 6 Heats of the Women’s 800m, Shaftesbury’s ELLIE BAKER was in Heat 4 and produced a controlled race to cruise home in 1st place (2:06.15).

Day 2 Friday was 800m Women’s Semi-Final day, in the first Semi-Final KEELY HODGKINSON who turned 19 this week, ran her 800m semi-final like a wily veteran. The Briton posted the fastest time, too, of (2:03.11) as team-mates ELLIE BAKER finished 2nd in Semi-Final 2 (2:03.29) and ISSY BOFFEY finished 2nd (2:03.34) also made the final on Sunday after finishing runners up in their races.
“It’s amazing. It’s really exciting,” said HODGKINSON on the British success. “The girls really deserve it ISSY came through strongly and ELLIE held on at the end. To get three out of three through to the final when most people weren’t expecting it, is really good.” ELLIE added: “It just shows how dominant our GB middle distance girls are. I’m so proud of them as well as myself. I can’t wait for us to put on a show for everyone in the final.”

Day 4 Sunday featured the Final of the Women’s 800m. After ELLIE BAKER made the early running Leigh Harrier KEELY HODGKINSON had moved to the head of affairs, reaching the halfway point in (65.31) before making her move with around 300m to go. She then demonstrated not just her physical prowess but also her mental strength to reach the line first.

The Final was a tactical race, in which they reached the halfway point in (65.31) and KEELY’S winning time was (2:03.88) as she held off the attentions of Polish duo JOANNA JOZWIK (2:04.00) and ANGELIKA CICHOKA (2:04.15). Her fellow Britons, ELLIE BAKER and ISABELLE BOFFEY ran (2:04:40) and (2:07.26) for fourth and sixth respectively. Photograph by GETTY IMAGES.

MARGARET BEACHAM 50TH ANNIVERSARY – On the 13-14 March 1971, MARGARET competed in the 2nd European Indoor Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Running in the 1500m MARGARET produced an outstanding performance, taking the Gold Medal in a new Indoor World Record (4:17.2), incidentally her time was faster than last weekend’s winning 1500m time in Torun. MARGARET relegated the Russian LYUDMILA BRAGINA to the Silver Medal, who went on to win the 1500m Gold Medal at the 1972 Olympic Games, with a World Record (4:01.38).

MARGARET also won the 800m Title at the 1972 AAA Indoor Championships (2:09.04) at Cosford. MARGARET also won the 1500m Silver Medal at the 1970 AAA Indoor Championships (4:33.1), and at the 1971 Championships (4:20.5) won the 1500m Gold Medal, both at Cosford.

In the Southern Outdoor Championships, Shaftesbury had a 4-year purple patch from 1970 to 1973, 1969 was the first year all Championships distances changed to Metric.

In 1970 the Championships were held at Crystal Palace, in which MARGARET won the 800m (2:08.0). In 1971 the Championships moved to Watford, in which JOYCE SMITH won the first of her two 1500m Titles (4:25.2). 1972 the Championships moved back to Crystal Palace and it was the turn of MARGARET to win the 1500m (4:23.5). Then in 1973 JOYCE took the 1500m title back from MARGARET, winning in a time of (4:19.1).

MARGARET is the Granddaughter of GUNNER MOIR, British Heavyweight Boxing Champion, who fought for the World title against Canadian TOMMY BURNS in 1907.

NSW OPEN, U23 AND PARA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Took place at Sydney, Australia on 5-7 March.
Discus 1kg – SW JADE LALLY 2nd (54.09m)

PAC-12 CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Took place at University Place, Washington, USA on 5 March.
8000m – SM CHARLES HICKS U20 (Stanford University) 2nd (22.42), Stanford University won the title with a total of (28 points – 7 to score), Colorado 2nd (60), Washington 3rd (66)

MAAC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Took place at Galloway, New Jersey, USA on 5 March.
8000m – SM JAMIE DEE U23 (Iona College) 2nd (24.29), Iona College won the title with a total of (15 points – 7 to score), Monmouth 2nd (77), Rider 3rd (94)

HUMP DAY MEET 4 OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Took place at Brisbane, Australia on 3 March.
Discus 1kg – SW JADE LALLY 1st (SB 59.10m) adding 67cm to her 20 February throw, and is ranked UK No.1 in 2021

UPDATE ON PROPOSED TRACK AND FIELD FIXTURESSubject to DCMS, Sport England, UKA and EA guidance.
UK Youth Development League (Under 17 and 20 Men/Women) dates are as follows Sunday 30 May at Bannister Stadium, Harrow – Sunday 27 June at Perivale Park, Greenford – Sunday 25 July at Ridlins Athletic Track, Stevenage – Sunday 5 September at StoneX Stadium.

National Athletic League (Senior Men/Women) dates are as follows – Sunday 6 June at Lee Valley (host SBH), Sunday 4 July at StoneX Stadium (host Harrow), Sunday 8 August at Woodford (host WGEL), Saturday 28 August at StoneX Stadium (host SBH) – 4 club divisions – we are in Premier London North with Harrow, Newham and Woodford.

The Middlesex Young Athletes League (Under 11, 13, 15 Boys/Girls and 17 Men/Women) dates are as follows Saturday 22 May (Finsbury Park) plus Sunday 23 May (Perivale), Saturday 5 June (Finsbury Park) plus Sunday 6 June (Perivale or Parliament Hill), Saturday 3 July (Perivale or Parliament Hill), Sunday 18 July (StoneX Stadium).

Eastern Young Athletes League (Under 13, 15 Boys/Girls and 17 Men/Women) dates are still to be announced.

London Inter Club Challenge (All age-groups Men/Women including Under 11 Boys/Girls) dates are as follows Saturday 31 July and Saturday 21 August both at StoneX Stadium. Further dates to be added soon.

SCVAC Veterans League (35+ and above Men/Women) dates are still to be announced.

UPDATE ON VOLUNTEERS FROM RAY POWELL  Hope that you are all keeping well, and are slowly getting your jabs.

The original list that I sent out for races did not include the Westminster miles on Sunday 30th May, which is the same weekend as the Vitality 10k which is the next day Monday 31 May.
This is normally one of the races we cover, and London Marathon have now confirmed that they would like us to cover our normal duties.
It is the same meeting place, green park volunteer hub, time 8am, Lunch and kit will be supplied and finish time is usually around 3.30-4pm. It is probably the most hectic of all the events, in which we cover 34 – 1 mile races, but also the most enjoyable.

Thank you to all the reply’s I have had to date, this is the current situation of volunteers required.
Westminster Mile Sunday 30th May 20 volunteers required 2 at present (Clare and myself)
Vitality 10k Monday 31 May 20 volunteers required 17 at present
Standard Charted  Monday 19 July 25 volunteers required 16 at present
Big Half Marathon Sunday 22 August (new date) 30 volunteers required 7 at present
London Mini Marathon Sunday 3 October 62 volunteers needed 34 at present

I know that some of the races are a way off, but if you feel that you can help, please let me know now, as it makes the planning a lot easier. Please contact CLARE & RAY at ray571m@btopenworld.com

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE FOR THE BIG HALF MARATHON  RAY POWELL has advised me that the Big Half has been re-scheduled from Sunday 25 April to Sunday 22 August.
The new date has meant that i have lost a few more volunteers due to holidays that have been booked, ideally, I am hopefully looking for at least 10 more people who could help.
Meeting time is 6.30am and finish at 11am, kit and lunch supplied. Nearest station is Tower Hill / Tower Gateway.
Please contact CLARE & RAY at ray571m@btopenworld.com

DAVE BEDFORD’S TOP 20 RACES PART 2 OF 2 The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.
Before the final 15 races, I am sure, like me, you,found Part 1 last week very interesting, especially the intensity of DAVE’S training schedule. I know DAVE had so much to thank BOB PARKER from his progression as a young athlete through to being a world record holder. Following his athletic career, his friendship with BOB was second to none, until BOB passed away on 20 January 2018. 

6 Southern 12-Stage Road Relay 5M, Wimbledon, March 27 1971
(22:20) Course record
He took 54 seconds off BOB HOLT’S course record with a stunning run – surely one of the greatest road-relay runs in history though his Shaftesbury team could only finish 10th.
He set off 69 seconds behind former National winner GERRY NORTH and 5 miles later finished 49 seconds ahead. DICK NEWBIE (23:12) did actually briefly hold HOLT’S record for a few minutes before BEDFORD finished. NEWBIE ran (13:48) for 5000m early in the summer but probably ran better here but was almost a minute slower than BEDFORD.
It was reported as a totally implausible 5.25M at the time in AW (4:15 miling on a far from flat course!) and then this leg was referred to as a more plausible 5M 125 yards when the lap was remeasured when it was extended in 1973.
Even CLARKE in his then unapproachable world 10,000m track record went through five miles in a similar overall time to what BEDFORD ran (CLARKE went through 8km, which was 40m short of 5M in 22:13.0) but the Briton probably went further and therefore faster and it was a staggering run which was not truly appreciated at the time. 

7 British International Games 5000m, Edinburgh, June 12 1971
(13:22.2) European record
In very windy conditions – the 100m wind reading was -6.3m/sec – he produced an astonishing solo run which but for the conditions might well have been a world record.
At 3000m in 7:58.8 he was within a few seconds of CLARKE’S world record pace and though he slowed a little, he still did enough to break IAN STEWART’S European (and track) record set in winning Commonwealth gold and he went second all-time.
MIKE BAXTER followed him home over 100 metres behind in (13:40.2) with DANE KORICA third in (13:43.6).
His lap times were 62.1, 64.0, 63.3, 63.9, 64.3, 63.4, 64.2, 65.4, 65.2, 66.0, 64.3, 64.3 and 31.8 (into wind!). 

8 Southern Championships 10,000m, Crystal Palace, April 19 1969
1st (28:24.4) UK 10,000m record
To say this was a major shock was a major understatement. A teenage athlete only 11th in the senior Inter-Counties cross country a few months earlier and fourth in the later Inter-Counties junior race became Britain’s fastest ever senior at 10,000m.
He blasted through 5km in a PB 14:14.4 and everyone expected him to wilt but he actually run a faster second half of 14:10.0 and took a few seconds off MIKE FREARY’S UK record (28:26.0) and run a time that only 12 men in the world had ever beaten and it was four minutes quicker than his previous 10,000m race.
JOHN BEDNARSKI (second to him in the International Junior race a few weeks earlier) was a distant second in (28:51.8) but moved to sixth all-time in the UK rankings.
BEDFORD’S lap times were astonishingly even: 69.4, 66.2, 67.0, 66.8, 68.4, 69.0, 69.2, 68.8, 69.2, 68.4, 68.4, 69.2, 68.4, 68.6, 68.0, 69.2, 68.6, 67.8, 68.2, 69.0, 67.8, 68.0, 68.0, 68.0 and 64.8. 

9 AAA 10,000m, White City, August 7 1970
1st (28:26.4)
After a quiet summer with injury causing modest results, he suddenly burst back to form with a run that considering the cinders was a better run than his 1969 British record.
He led at a good, fast pace with (14:14.0) at halfway but still had TREVOR WRIGHT, TIM JOHNSTON, International champion MIKE TAGG and BOB HOLT following. Gradually his surging and some 67 laps jettisoned all bar National champion WRIGHT and then a 66.2 gave him a solo run to the end and he set a championship record.
Lap times: 65.6, 66.4, 67.2, 67.6, 68.8, 69.0, 69.0, 69.0, 69.4, 69.0, 69.4, 70.2, 69.0, 70.4, 69.0, 68.6, 69.6, 67.4, 67.6, 66.2, 67.8, 68.0, 68.4, 68.4 and 65.4. 

10 UK v Poland 10,000m, Warsaw, September 12 1970
1st (28:06.2) UK record
Running pretty much the same pace for 25 laps as he managed for eight in a recent two miles at Crystal Palace, he edged DICK TAYLOR’S UK record with a magnificent solo run. It was against just three opponents in a match that otherwise Britain were thrashed by the Poles.
Through halfway in (13:59.8) – the third man in history to go sub-14 on the first half, he held his form well and just missed JURGEN HAASE’S European mark (28:04.4) but did go third all-time with his time supplanting LACHIE STEWART’S Commonwealth win (28:11.8) as the world’s leading mark of the year.
ROGER MATTHEWS (fourth in Edinburgh) finished half a lap behind in (28:35.4). Bedford injured himself in the race and had to be helped off the track. 

11 European Championships 10,000m Helsinki, Finland, August 10 1971
6th (28:04.4)
BEDFORD felt he was 40 seconds less fitter than in Portsmouth after injury meant he dropped out of the AAA race but after a steady first lap he kicked in laps of 63.6 and then three 65s and he was on (27:30) world record pace at 3000m (8:15.0) but seven athletes were able to hold on and the pace slowed at 5000m (13:54.4) – nine seconds down on Portsmouth but significantly faster than anyone else in the race had ever run.
Much to the crowd’s delight JUHA VAATAINEN threw in a 63.4 lap at 6km which initially dropped BEDFORD but he caught up and regained the lead and still tried to grind out a sub-28 pace and despite a 65.2 penultimate lap, five runners held on and then 350m out, they all sprinted past. The Finn who covered his last lap in a then unprecedented 53.9 won in (27:52.8) to go third all-time while the next four moved to fifth to eighth all-time in what thanks to BEDFORD was the greatest mass 10,000m race in history.
BEDFORD ran a disillusioned 65.5 last lap but his time would have been a European record a month earlier. 

12 Coca-Cola Invitation Meeting 3000m Steeplechase, Crystal Palace, September 10 1971
1st (8:28.6) UK record
Again he attracted a capacity crowd as he aimed to break the British record (8:30.8). He actually set off well inside world record pace with a 61.2 first lap and 66.4 second though gradually he paid for his start and dropped to 68s and 70s and ANDY HOLDEN caught him just before the bell.
BEDFORD followed him until the last hurdle and then with the whole stadium roaring, ‘sprinted’ past though BEDFORD insisted that he was just jogging faster than his rival (8:28.8) who also broke the old UK mark.
At the end of the year BEDFORD won the British Athletics Writers athlete of the year award, the AAA gave him the CN Jackson Cup for outstanding athlete of the year, the Harvey Memorial Cup for the best champion of the year and the Carborundum Golden Jubilee Trophy for the best track performance at the Championships.
Additionally, BEDFORD won the AW British athlete of the year with 370 votes to European 400m champion DAVID JENKINS’ 291 while he was second in the world male with 90 votes to VAATAINEN’S 262. Photograph by MARK SHEARMAN.

13 Olympic 10,000m Final, Munich, September 3 1972
6th (28:05.4) 2nd heat (27:53.6)
The period between the glorious AAA double and the Olympics were actually a nightmare for BEDFORD. Apart from mystery stomach pains, Fleet Street’s non athletics press were watching his every move as then as possibly the best known sportsman in Britain. Additionally, the IOC were looking into whether he had broken the amateur rules with his newspaper column and he had also upset team members by allegedly taking shots at them with an air rifle.
Thinking he needed a race and to escape the training he ran a 2 miles in Stockholm on August 4 but after leading much of the race he fell away (6th 8:28.2) as LASSE VIREN shocked with a world record (8:14.0) with IAN STEWART setting a British record in fourth (8:22.0).
A few days after this disastrous race for his confidence, he joined in a 300m rep session with FOSTER who was preparing for the 1500m and at a different level of sharpness and after half the session and trailing FOSTER a disillusioned BEDFORD stopped and by the evening was back in London while the rest of the team stayed in Switzerland.
Despite the pressures he looked back in form in the Olympic heats as he blasted through 3000m in sub 27:30 pace in (8:14.2) and was through halfway in (13:48.6), a time that only he and CLARKE had ever run. He spent the last few laps chatting with EMIEL PUTTEMANS who eased ahead to win in an Olympic record (27:53.4).
In the final there were hopes from the likes of CLARKE that BEDFORD might try a different tactic and attempt a (13:30) second half but instead he ran his most aggressive race from the off. He opened with laps of 60.6, 64.0, 64.4, 64.4 and 65.4 which had he continued would have taken almost a minute off CLARKE’S world record. The pace slowed slightly but 3000m in (8:06.4) – easily the fastest ever split but not surprising as it was still (26:50) pace.
Despite this unprecedented pace, he still had eight followers and though the pace slowed to 68s, BEDFORD started surging every 200 metres but he would stretch the group out but they would close up each time he slowed.
At 4400m, VIREN and 1968 5000m champion MOHAMMED GAMMOUDI fell with VIREN losing a few seconds but still getting back into contact as BEDFORD led through history’s quickest halfway time of (13:44.0) though GAMMOUDI pulled out.
At 6km VIREN went ahead as BEDFORD laboured and the latter dropped back at 7km, seemingly paying for his fast heat and excessively fast front-running and surging.
VIREN went on to produce a (1:56.6) final 800m and despite his fall and very slow 5-8km, he took a second off CLARKE’S world record with his (27:38.4) with PUTTEMANS (27:39.6) challenging until the last 100 metres. BEDFORD finished almost 200 metres back.
A few days later (September 7) he was second in his 5000m heat in (13:49.8) after a sub-60 lap seven out gave him a surprisingly easy qualification and he ambled home alongside GAMMOUDI (13:49.8).
With just two to qualify and the heat being slow, Olympic steeplechase runner-up BEN JIPCHO (13:56.8), 1976 chasing champion ANDERS GARDERUD (13:57.2) and 1976 10,000m medallist CARLOS LOPES (14:29.6) all missed out.
In the final of September 10, he briefly led at halfway but made no real contribution to the race and faded away in the last kilometre which VIREN (13:26.4) covered in a vicious (2:26.4) with GAMMOUDI (13:27.4) and STEWART (13:27.6) taking the other medals and he finished 12th in 13:43.2. Photograph by MARK SHEARMAN.

14 Commonwealth Games 10,000m, Christchurch, January 25 1974
4th (28:14.8)
Well adjusted to the New Zealand summer and in good form – having run a 15x400m session in 59 seconds, BEDFORD thought he was fitter than in his world record run and he set off again with the intention of running world record pace.
SIMMONS led the opening three laps at a fast pace before BEDFORD took over and his first 1600m of (4:14.8) and 3000m time of (8:06.0) was up on his record run though half a dozen athletes were still in contention but by 4km it was down to just BLACK and three Kenyans with the Africans crowding BEDFORD and trying to slow the Englishman who was spiked, tripped and lost his balance at their intimidating tactics which involved holding his shorts and pushing him.
The pace slowed though a (13:47.0) 5000m time was still territory that only BEDFORD had past experience of among the leaders but BEDFORD admitted the jostling had destroyed his concentration and he had lost his cool.
Home favourite DICK TAYLOR who had been running evenly up to 50 metres back at one stage caught the leaders on the 16th lap. BEDFORD was still up the front three laps out but when English team-mate DAVE BLACK threw in laps of 62.9 and 62.1 up to the bell only TAYLOR could respond. It was the Kiwi much to the delight of the huge crowd, who proved the strongest in the last 200m and his (27:46.4) – a 42 second PB – moved him to sixth all-time in a run that he had never previously matched or would ever again come close to again.
BLACK was second in (27:48.6) which moved him to world eighth all-time with BEDFORD just edging fourth spot, 100 metres back on the medallists.
Two days later he eased through his heat in (13:59.2) and then another two days later set off with intent in the final with a 61.8 opening lap but at 1600m (4:20) he was well down on his time in the 10,000m and when BLACK went ahead shortly after, he started drifting down the field.
Ultimately he ended up almost a minute behind (11th 14:18.8) in a cracking race which saw JIPCHO (Commonwealth record 13:14.4) narrowly edging FOSTER (UK record 13:14.6) as the pair went second and third all-time. Photograph by MARK SHEARMAN.

15 AAA Championships 10,000, Crystal Palace, July 12 1974
1st (28:14.8)
Having stopped running for four months in the winter and still nine pounds overweight and with no quality results, he almost did not compete but he said he enjoyed this race more than any other in the previous five years.
The first half was a slow 14:23.2 and then BERNIE FORD began to string the field out with some 67 second laps and by 8km it was down to seven runners.
FORD covered the 20th lap in 66.4 which was surprisingly too much for DAVE BLACK and then another 66.4 got rid of the rest other than BEDFORD which as TONY SIMMONS and GASTON ROELANTS dropped back.
FORD tried all he could to drop BEDFORD with two laps of 66.6 up to the bell but just short of 300m out, BEDFORD kicked by and completing the last lap in 61.0 (similar to his record finale) he opened up on a second on Ford (28:16.0) with SIMMONS, who would go on to gain European silver third (28:19.4). It meant in unusual circumstances, BEDFORD had won his fifth successive AAA title but his only major race in a sprint finish.
The run did qualify him for the European Championships but he was not interested in selection (the selectors picked FORD, SIMMONS and BLACK) and the Palace race would prove to be his last track race at this level. 

16 National Cross-Country Championships, Norwich, March 6 1971
1st (47:04)
Taking the lead after half a mile, he destroyed a top-quality field winning from 1972 champion MALCOLM THOMAS (who had beaten him as a junior) by 40 seconds with defending champion TREVOR WRIGHT, who was the favourite after his Inter Counties and Northern wins a well beaten third (47:58). Photograph by MARK SHEARMAN.

17 International Junior Cross-Country Race, Clydebank, March 22 1969
1st (19:38)
While superbly consistent he had not been able to win any major junior races all season but with some of the older UK juniors barred, he dominated on a very tough switchback course and took gold winning easily by 21 seconds with team-mates BEDNARSKI (the reigning champion) and JOHN HARRISON following him home as England scored a perfect six points. Non-scorer Standing finished seventh (20:51). 

18 Southern 5000m Championships, West London Stadium, April 27 1977
1st (13:46.0)
This was wrongly reported in AW that this was his first track race since his AAA title and his first 5000m since the 1974 Commonwealth Games, but it was his fastest 5000m for well over four years and his last top quality track win. KEVIN STEERE led most of the way with 66 second laps but it went down to just four at the bell and most expected Loughborough student MALCOLM PRINCE or renowned kicker KEITH PENNY to be favourites but BEDFORD executing a double kick, blasted two consecutive 29.0 splits for a 58.0 final circuit. PRINCE (13:46.6) and PENNY (13:49.4) won the other medals.

19 AAA Junior 2M, White City, July 13 1968
1st (8:59.8)
In front of a 19,000 crowd there to watch the senior championship (including the Olympic trials) with the Queen attending the event for the first time since 1952, he enjoyed his biggest track win to date. Leading early on, only KING could stay with his (4:27.0) first mile and KING (9:03.2) finally crumbled with 660 yards to go.
It’s worth noting though that fellow junior STEWART was competing in the senior 5000m at the same meeting and ran a European junior record (14:02.2) in finishing fourth Briton. 

20 English Youth Cross-Country Championships, Sutton Coldfield, March 2 1968
1st (15:07)
A huge favourite, he proved too strong for his rivals winning from Northern champion DAVE WRIGHT while Northern and Southern runners-up JOHN HARRISON and CHRIS REED were third and fourth.

» To read a list of his top 100 races in chronological order (including British records and major wins not included above) please click here/em>
Bedford’s early days – 1964-65 – CLICK HERE
Bedford’s junior promise to British record from 1965-69 – CLICK HERE
Bedford’s International title and Euro records 1970-71 – CLICK HERE
Bedford’s 1972-74 period plus later highlights – CLICK HERE

WORLD ATHLETICS FOOTWEAR RULES TO APPLY ACROSS ALL UKA EVENTS The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. Photograph taken by DAN VERNON.

British governing body announces that any competitions under their rules must comply to global guidance. UK Athletics has announced today (March 9) that the World Athletics rules concerning footwear are to be implemented across all competitions which are held under UKA rules. Guidance from athletics’ global governing body, amended in December, which provides criteria to be met for results and performances to be deemed legal, indicated the measures would only apply to “Senior or Junior National Championships”. However, UKA has insisted that any competition held under their rules will be treated in the same fashion, outlining that though footwear will be policed by officials, the responsibility for complying will lie first and foremost with the athletes.

A statement from UK Athletics read, in part: “While World Athletics require that the amendments apply to all ‘Senior or Junior National Championships’ and are not mandated to be applied below this level, after consultation with the Technical Advisory Group and others, the UKA Rules Group has determined that it is appropriate that the amendments to the Rule should apply to all competitions held under UKA rules both as a matter of fairness and also due to the range of events within the UK where qualifying mark, selections standards and records can be set.” The statement added: “Adhering to these rules is therefore a sport-wide responsibility that starts primarily with the athlete. Whilst the excellent officials working within our sport will be part of this process, athletes will need to take responsibility to ensure that their shoes conform to the rules and understand that event officials will have the right to check shoes and take appropriate action.”

Read More – How to choose the right running shoes

Footwear has been a huge and controversial topic in athletics following the technological advances which have shown to improve performance, first in road events but also now on the track. The latest list of approved competition shoes can be found here You can find the full details of World Athletics’ amended Rule 5.2 of their Technical Rules here

NEELAM KADERBHOY – Hi  GEOFF,  Hope you and family are all keeping well. I’m stable.
I’ve got use to the Home. It takes me a while to settle into a new environment. It is a nice Home to be in and the bonus is that it’s in Borehamwood.
It sounds like a very time- consuming process that you have to deal with regarding the club. It was a nice bonus to see that I scraped in to the top ten for number of years at the club.
Are you free tomorrow afternoon or evening or Tuesday onwards. I can call you. I still talk slowly and stammer a lot and words I think I can say, I can’t say. I miss everyone and everything.
Hi to all.
Yours in sports,
NEELAM 🏃‍♀️👟🌻

Good evening NEELAM and really sorry that it has taken me so long to reply. It has been difficult to try and organise a Track & Field season due to the Covid restrictions but at long last we have just agreed dates and venues for the NAL, YDL and MYAL where Jacqui is now team managing until you fully recover.
Work has started on the demolition of the West Stand at the Stadium. All the youngsters went back to school on Monday and we’re planning to return to training and coaching at the Stadium from Monday 29 March. We would then have nearly 2 months before our first meeting.
I look forward to hearing from you at your convenience.
Take care and stay safe.
GEOFFSBH

ATW CROSS COUNTRY SERIES NEXT RACE The next race is on Saturday 27 March at Merchant Taylor’s School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood HA6 2HT. The races are for Under 11, 13, 15 & 17s. This is the link for all details including entries https://activetrainingworld.co.uk/events/atw-cross-country-series-round-3-21st-feb/

2021 LEE VALLEY INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEETINGS Currently Lee Valley is closed.

BIRMINGHAM 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMESWell there is just 531 days to the Opening Ceremony, you may wish to sign up to receive their Newsletter. Link – https://www.birmingham2022.com/register-your-interest/. Tickets will be on sale later this year, and can only be purchased through the official Commonwealth Games website, this is the link to register – https://www.birmingham2022.com/the-games/tickets/. This is the link to the current schedule for the 25 events https://images.birmingham2022.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/11441664_CWGs_Daily_Competition_Schedule_FINAL.pdf.

ATHLETICS take place at the Alexander Stadium 2-7 August, with the Marathons on 30 July. There will be 59 medal events including a fully integrated Para Sport programme. TRIATHLON and PARA TRIATHLON take place at Sutton Park 29 and 31 July. The Individual races contest a 750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run, and the Team races contest a 250m swim, 7km cycle, 1.5km run. Link to all events https://www.birmingham2022.com/the-games/sports/?utm_source=workflow&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=popup_work_flow_send_welcome_autoresponder_pop_up_footer_form&utm_content=2021-02-05

Shaftesbury’s ANGUS MCKENZIE was appointed as Competition Manager (Athletics) last year, and the article on him can be found in the 26 November SBH Newsletter.

REDEVELOPMENT OF THE EXISTING WEST STAND  SARACENS have appointed RAYNER ROWEN CONSTRUCTION to carry out the demolition and rebuild of the old West Stand. The works commenced on Monday 15 February and completion is planned for 6 May 2022.
Demolition is planned to commence on 22 February with completion on 23 April. This is a Link to the first Monthly Newsletter for the redevelopment, which shows site access and the initial site activities C-0045 – West Stand Monthly Newsletter – February 2021 Rev A

PROCEDURES FOR USING STONEX STADIUM FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTT The Stadium is now subject to the lockdown guidelines recently set by the Government and is therefore closed to all athletes except “Elite” athletes as certified by UKA/EA.

SBH SUBSCRIPTIONS 2020-2021 SBH Treasurer GEOFF MORPHITIS has sent me the following regarding subscriptions.
The Club AGM took place virtually at 19.30 on Tuesday 24 November. One of the resolutions which was passed dealt with Club Subscriptions 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 payment is made. Thanks GEOFF

UPDATE ON SBH FIXTURE CARD  We are in the process of finalising the 2021 Summer Fixture Card

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.

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2021 Summer Fixture Card, and will be publishing a draft  in the coming weeks.
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/
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Club Hoody, information on how to purchase one, please go to the bottom of this Newsletter.

STONEX STADIUM EAST STAND INDOOR AREA Currently closed.

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM)  Currently Suspended.

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) 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 published. 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

STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) – Main Switchboard telephone number is 020 3675 7250.

CHARGES FOR USING STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) – Currently the Stadium is closed.

ALAN WELLER – SBH NEWSLETTER EDITOR AND WEBMASTER