Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 9 July 2020 Draft

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 9 July to Carol Backhouse, Euan Dickson-Earle, Rebekah Gardiner, Alyson Harvey, Uriel Hirsch, Zharnel Hughes, Gerald Matthew, Nengi Ossai, David Smith and Haydn Taylor

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.

TRAINING VIDEOS PRODUCED BY JADE LALLY – JADE has recently produced two videos relating to the basic fundamentals for Discus, this is the link to JADE’S first video on How To Hold A Discus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA9jyS4Wung&t=6s the second video is on Discus Basics: Foot Placement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8ahzDmrldk

YOU CAN JOIN TY HOLDEN’S CIRCUIT SESSION ON ZOOM – TY will be holding a circuit session on Zoom, which is a conferencing platform, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm. If you wish to join, please email TY at dtyholden@yahoo.co.uk and he will email you an ID number for you to join in. Zoom can accommodate up to 100 users at a time.

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

ENGLAND ATHLETICS DRAFT COMPETITION PROGRAMME – England Athletics have just published  May 2020 version 9 of The Draft Competition Programme for the period w/e 19 July to w/e 27 September. This sets the structure for joint men/women meetings which SBH hopes to follow. Fixtures below updated 24 June 2020 with Venue Confirmations and Dete Changes (these are shown in Red).

All the promotions listed below are subject to: –
1. Government lifting the present lockdown by 1 July so as to allow group gatherings
2. UKA issuing specific instructions to allow compliance with Government requirements
3. Obtaining a sufficient number of appropriately qualified officials from the participating clubs
4. Facility availability
5. Securing a suitable First Aid provision
6. Receipt of the appropriate licences from UKA

Saturday 25 July – LICC (1) – Venue Lee Valley – all age groups, Sunday 26 July – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (1) – Venue Lee Valley – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Sunday 2 August – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (1) – Venue Lee Valley – U20 / Senior, Saturday 8 August – LICC (2) – Venue Lee Valley – all age groups, Sunday 9 August – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (2) –  Venue Lee Valley – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Saturday 15 August – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (2) – Venue Lee Valley – U20 / Senior, Saturday 22 August – LICC (3) – Venue Lee Valley – all age groups, Sunday 23 August – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (3) –  Bromley – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Saturday 5 September – U15/U17 Southern Area Championships – Venue TBA, Saturday 5 September – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (3) – Venue Chelmsford – U20 / Senior, Saturday 12 September – U20/Senior Southern Area Championships – Venue TBA, Saturday 19 September – U15/U17 England Championships – Venue TBA, Saturday 26 September – U20/Senior England Championships – Venue TBA

The British Championships are now being held in Manchester on 4/5 September, see report further down.

30 YEARS AGO – SBH CENTENARY YEAR 1990 was the year when our old and new members celebrated 100 years of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers. From that day in 1890 when a group of young men met at the Old Jubilee Hall at Hornsey and decided to form a running club Shaftesbury Harriers was born.

This report highlights the many events and achievements that took place in 1990, the year highlight was the club’s ‘Centenary Dinner and Dance’ which took place on the 17 March at the Civic Centre, Borehamwood.
The event started to be planned in 1988 and predominately DAVE BEDFORD organised the Dinner with numerous members helping him. Also, club stalwart and President HAROLD ASHTON was planner for 1990 which included him writing and producing the ‘Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Centenary Year Book’.
Firstly, I will elaborate on the ‘Centenary Dinner and Dance’, following this the ‘Centenary Year Highlights’. Which features the many successes the club had throughout the year, also another major event we hosted was the ‘European Junior Clubs Championships’ at Copthall, with 14 clubs, 12 from overseas.

Centenary Dinner and Dance 300 members and guests assembled at the Civic Centre. And it was well and truly worthy of such a great occasion. All sections and age-groups were well represented, from those who were competing long, long ago, to some of our youngest boys and girls. For many it was indeed a reunion, with some who now live well away from our area making a special effort to come, and stay overnight with friends.
DAVE BEDFORD proposed the toast of the guests, getting in many names at breakneck speed. SIR ARTHUR GOLD, CBE, Chairman of the British Olympic Association, Life President of the European Athletic Association, but better known to most of us as a Middlesex man and good friend of Shaftesbury, replied to the toast, and went on to propose the toast of the Club.
It was the turn of the Club President HAROLD ASHTON to reply, and to emphasise that though we were one of the strongest all-round clubs in the country, our ideal was still the Olympic ideal: “The important thing is not winning, but taking part.” Councillor MRS DOT BENSON, Mayor of the London Borough of Barnet, was thanked for all the work that has been done to bring Copthall Stadium to such a high standard, and was assured the Shaftesbury would make excellent use of the facilities.
The Mayor then presented the awards to athletes and wished the club success. There were a number of presentations, including one to the President and to our most senior member CHARLES HARRISON. There were flowers for the Ladies; there were special editions of the Centenary Book, subtitles “The Story of an Athletic Club.”
The remainder of the evening was given over to dancing for some, but to many it was renewals of friendships and memories and recollections. This was especially so when gathered around the photo display that went back to before any of those present were members and continued right up to the present day. For such a splendid and memorable function, the club’s thanks must go to DAVE BEDFORD as organise, to ERIC BURTON as toastmaster as well as for assembling the phot display, to EVE KEMP for gathering together all the trophies among those things, and to the social committee.
A last thought. What would the group of lads who founded the club have thought of it all? What would ERNEST REAVELL and ATHUR KENDALL have thought? For the two gentlemen, more than any others in the history of the club, were responsible for Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers reaching its Centenary.

CENTENARY YEAR HIGHLIGHTS – The following gives highlight details of SBH events and achievements throughout 1990. In next week’s newsletter, I will include full details of some of the highlights shown below.

1 January Inauguration of the Centenary Year of SBH at Barnet Copthall Stadium. Over 200 members and friends attended, with 100 taking part in cross-country races, many in fancy dress.
6 January Ladies win Beryl Davies Trophy.
13 January Men’s Southern CC Championships at Parliament Hill. Junior win 2nd place team medals.
27 January Women’s Southern CC Championships at Coulsdon. Senior and Intermediate teams both finished in 2nd place, with KERRY MACKAY 2nd in the Intermediates. 

10 February Southern Veterans CC Championships at Havering. Ladies 1st team, with four Individual age-group champions.
10 February Senior Men finish top of the Metropolitan League.
10/11 February At the AAA/WAAA Under 20 Indoor Championships. CATHERINE MURPHY wins Girls 60m and 200m titles, and ONOCHIE ONUORAH Youths Long Jump, his (7.07) a UK Youth Record.
17 February Women’s National CC Championships at Rickmansworth. Intermediate win 2nd place team medals, with KERRY MACKAY in 4th place.
17 February At the Omron Games NEIL WINTER clears (4.85m) in the Pole Vault for a UK Youth Indoor Record.
24 February English National CC Championships at Leeds. JOHN SHERBAN 7th in Senior race.
25 February – ANNE RIDLEY wins Scottish CC Championships.
25 February 35th Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers YA CC Meeting at Copthall. Shaftesbury win one Individual and three team titles.

3/4 March – JACKIE AGYEPONG, 60m Hurdles, and EVETTE FINIKIN, Triple Jump, represent Great Britain in the European Indoor championships in Glasgow.
9/10 March At the AAA/WAAA Indoor Championships. FRANCIS AGYEPONG wins the Triple Jump and JACKIE AGYEPONG the 60m Hurdles. Silver Medal for FRED SALLE in the Long Jump.
17 March Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Centenary Dinner.
24 March In the World CC Championships at Aix-Les-Baines, KERRY MACKAY runs for Great Britain in the Junior Women’s race.
24 March ECCU National CC Relays at Mansfield. Senior Men finish 3rd, with JOHN SHERBAN fastest of the day.

1 April AAA Young Athletes Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park. Boys team finish 3rd.
7 April Southern 12 Stage Road Relay Championships at Wimbledon. Senior Men finish 3rd.
16 April Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Open Throws Meeting at Copthall.
28 April In the London Marathon, MIKE O’REILLY finishes 5th in a new Club Record (2:11.05).
28 April National 12 Stage Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park. Senior Men finish 4th.
28 April to 12 May Shaftesbury stage five home league fixtures at Copthall Stadium in the space of 15 days, including BAL Division One fixture with the top eight clubs in the UK.

19/20 May Middlesex Championships held at Copthall. SBH have 23 County Champions.
27 May – MARY BERKELEY, EVETTE FINIKIN, FRANCIS AGYEPONG and MIKE JONES competed for Great Britain in a Field Events International at Portsmouth.
27/28 May Southern Under 20 Championships held at Copthall. SBH have 5 County Champions and two 2nd places.

2/3 June UK Championships held at Cardiff. Gold Medals for FRANCIS AGYEPONG (Triple Jump) and MARY BERKELEY (Long Jump), and Silver Medals for MIKE JONES (Hammer) and EVETTE FINIKIN (Triple Jump).
7 June – MARY BERKELEY, COURTNEY RUMBOLT and MIKE JONES competed for Great Britain v Finland in Helsinki.
30 June-1 July AAA/WAAA Under 20 Championships at Stoke. Gold Medals for NEIL WINTER (Junior and Youth Pole Vault), NICK NIELAND (Junior Javelin), ONOCHIE ONUORAH (Youth Long Jump), KERRY MACKAY (Junior 3000m) and CATHERINE MURPHY (Junior 200m). Silver Medals for MARK STERN (Junior 110m Hurdles) and CATHERINE MURPHY (Junior 100m).

7 July Official reopening of Barnet Copthall Stadium by SIR ARTHUR GOLD CBE, on the occasion of the Schools Cup Final. Reconstruction included re-laying of track, updating of field events facilities, bringing stand up to Home Office safety regulations, and re-decorating.
7 July AAA/WAAA Championships at Stoke. Gold Medal from EVETTE FINIKIN (Triple Jump).
8 July Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers stage UK Women’s League Division 2 fixture at Copthall, and with a convincing win practically ensure promotion to Division 1.
13/14 July English Schools Championships at Derby. There were Gold Medals from ONOCHIE ONUORAH (Intermediate Long Jump), KERRY MACKAY (Senior 3000m) and CATHERINE MURPHY (Junior 200m) and MARK STERN (Senior 110m Hurdles).
15 July Gold Gup and Jubilee Cup Semi-Finals. Shaftesbury organised the meeting at Copthall. The Men at Birmingham and the Women at Copthall, finished first to qualify for the Cup Finals at Gateshead.
15 July Centenary Family Day held following the Cup Semi-Final, with over 250 attended the Family evening, including Cllr ROY SHULTZ Mayor of Barnet 1990-91. A fine warm evening was enlivened by children’s races, fun and games, raffle, barbecue and disco.
22 July Young Athletes League Southern Premier Division. SBH finish 3rd, to qualify for the League Finals Meeting at Birmingham for the 13th consecutive year.

3/4 August At Stoke. MIKE JONES is 2nd in the Hammer, MARY BERKELEY is 2nd in the Long Jump and JACKIE AGYEPONG is 3rd in the 110m Hurdles.
11 August British Athletic League Division 1, final fixture SBH finish 4th, in top half of the table.
12-16 August – NEIL WINTER (Pole Vault) competes for Great Britain in the World Junior Championships at Plovdiv.
18 August Gold Gup and Jubilee Cup Finals at Gateshead. An outstanding achievement that both sections of the club should be in the Final. In the Gold Cup the Men finished 5th, and in the Jubilee Cup the Ladies finished 6th.
26 August UK Women’s League Division 2, final fixture at Coatbridge. LUCY ELLIOTT is ‘Athlete of the Meeting’, SBH finished 3rd and gain promotion to Division 1.
27 August-1 September – MARY BERKELEY (Long Jump) and JACKIE AGYEPONG (110m Hurdles) compete for Great Britain in the European Championships at Split.

1 September Southern WAAA Clubs Trophy (KIMBERLY-CLARK) for Girls and Intermediates is held at Copthall. SBH win the trophy for the first time.
2 September Young Athletes Final at Birmingham. SBH finish 2nd. NEIL WINTER ‘Man of the Match’, his (5.20m) Pole Vault a UK Youth Record and Welsh Senior Record.
9 September 37th Shaftesbury 10m Road Race and Southern 10m Championships at Copthall. SBH 3rd team in both.
29 September European Junior Clubs Meeting. The athletic high spot of our Centenary Year, held at Copthall, with 14 clubs, 12 from overseas. SBH finished 3rd, and we were responsible for staging the meeting, and the transport, accommodation and feeding of all the teams.

20 October Southern Women’s Road Relays Championships held at Aldershot. Seniors 3rd team.

10 November National Women’s Road Relays Championships held at Sutton Park. In the Senior race LUCY ELLIOTT hands over a winning lead on Leg 1. Two weeks previously LUCY ran for Great Britain in the Ekiden Road Relay in Paris.
17 November North of the Thames Championships at Hainault. Youth team finished 1st.
24 November London CC Championships at Parliament Hill. Ladies finish 2nd team, with FREIDA BROWN 3rd.

December NEIL WINTER awarded the ‘JACK CRUMP’ Memorial Trophy by AAA as the outstanding Youth athlete for 1990.
1 December Women’s Southern CC League final fixture held at Copthall. 500 runners from 35 clubs take part, SBH Seniors are 2nd at the end of the league season.
9 December Women’s Middlesex CC Championships held at Copthall. SBH athletes win 7 Individual and 4 team titles.
13 December Centenary Christmas Party with seasonal fare, fun and festivities.
26 December The Curtain comes down with the Boxing Day races at Copthall. Cross country races, reunion of members and friends, prize winners announced for our Grand Centenary Draw. By every stand our Centenary Year must be rated a great success. Farewell 1990 with happy memories!

PROFILE ON GRAHAM GETTY – GRAHAM contacted me recently offering to produce an article of his career with the club, which I was only too pleased to publish. He has been a member of two clubs in Scotland and SBH – Bellahouston Harriers 1975 – 1989, Cambuslang Harriers 1989 – 1995, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 1985 to present. Graham is third from the left 0112.

GRAHAM joined SBH in 1985 following qualification as a Scottish Chartered Accountant and relocated from Glasgow to London. He now lives in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
The main reason he joined SBH was because of the “big name” members at that time e.g. JULIAN GOATER, DAVE BEDFORD and STEVE HARRIS. Turned down offers from Thames Valley Harriers, Ealing & Southall and GEC Invicta!
Prior to joining SBH in 1985, I had gone under (2.20) in the marathon for the first time, on 2 occasions in 1984; firstly in London (2.19.34) and then a few months later in Glasgow (2.19.24). Within weeks of joining SBH, I finished 3rd in the SAAA 1985 Marathon in (2.23), thereby earning a Scotland vest for the International Marathon in Glasgow later that year. As it turned out this Glasgow international Marathon was to be my penultimate marathon, with my last one being London 1986. In hindsight, my running career was “back to front” with me running my first marathon at the age of 20 and my last marathon at 25, before turning to the shorter distances primarily on the country and road and, to a lesser extent, on the track. In total I ran 10 marathons over a 6 year period from 1980 to 1986, running under (2.26) on 8 occasions, with a PW of (2.33). If there was one thing I would change about my running career it is that I would now have concentrated on shorter distances (and hence speed) early on in my career before moving up to the marathon. But I got caught up in the marathon boom of the early 80’s so it was logical to jump on the bandwagon!
When I joined SBH in 1985, I was surprised that there wasn’t a group of runners who were focussing on marathon – on the contrary everybody seemed to be focussing on the 12 stages! Of course, being the competitive person that I am, I wanted to make the SBH team, even though I realised that if the “big names” turned out it would be difficult for me with my marathon background.
My first 12 stage appearance for the club was in 1986 when we won the Southern, and when I made the team only when STEVE LOWE pulled out shortly before the event. A good winning start to my SBH 12 stage career!
Over the next 7 years (until 1992), I ran in every Southern 12 stage (the only person to do so!) and several National 12 stages. My last Southern 12 stage in 1992 was another win for SBH – so out of 7 Southern road relays, I finished with 2 golds – from my 1st and my last 12 stages; a good way to finish!
Highlight of the National 12 stages was undoubtedly 1991 when SBH won its first ever medal in the event, finishing 2nd. I surprised myself by running one of the fastest short stage times that day (not bad for an ex marathon runner!).
Other highlights of my SBH career were winning the Southern XC team championships in 1991 when SBH packed 6 in the first 28 (I finished 28th, being the 6th and last counter for SBH, not far in front of KIRK DUMPLETON: fortunately, JULIAN GOATER did not finish that day, as otherwise I would have missed out!) and the 1991 National XC Championships when we finished 4th team. SBH won the award for the best club over all age groups, I was very proud to step up and receive the award on behalf of SBH!
In between 12 stages, I participated in many other events including Metropolitan Leagues, Cross Country Relays, not to mention the various Middlesex/London/National Championships. I represented Middlesex at the Inter Counties XC championships in 4 successive years (1988-1991). I also participated for SBH on the track in the Southern and British Leagues (at 5,000m).
I also regularly participated in the Scottish XC Championships, being a member of the winning teams in 1979 (with Strathclyde University in the Junior Men’s Event) and in 1989 and 1992 in the Senior Men’s Event (with Cambuslang Harriers).
My last race for SBH was in 1995 by which time I was beginning to suffer from persistent injuries. In 1999 I relocated through work to the Netherlands, where I was based for 8 years. While in the NL, I of course, had to buy a bicycle (everyone in the NL has a bike, if not 2!). Cycling then became my means of keeping fit!
I returned with my employer to the UK in 2007 and took early retirement in 2017, with the aim of seeing a bit more of the world and to improve my cycling! I currently cycle on average about 200 miles per week – not too bad for a Golden Oldie?! Last year, I participated in the Ride London 100-mile event and was pleased to record a new PB for the event – in a time of hours 4 hours 36 minutes an improvement of about 34 minutes. Hopefully with some more focussed training I can improve further upon that, notwithstanding that I am now 60 two weeks ago – age needn’t be a barrier if you look after yourself and work hard!
As for my years as a member of SBH, they were great years – SBH is a great club with a lot of great members! Up the Stripes!

Best moment in sport – Personal –The first time I went under (2.20) for a marathon- London Marathon 1984. General – Andy Murray winning Wimbledon in 2013.First Brit to win in 77 years!
Also, golden Saturday at the 2012 Olympics (I was there!) When JESSICA ENNIS, MO FARAH and GREG RUTHERFORD all won gold medals, as a distance runner, clearly I particularly enjoyed MO winning the 10k.
Worst moment in sport – Personal – Failing to win the Edinburgh to Glasgow road relay in 1984 when we were clear favourites. Our 8 man team had a real off day (One of our runner on one of the closing stages went off far too fast and blew up!). General –  Any time Glasgow Rangers get beaten by Glasgow Celtic (and that’s been happening a lot in recent years!).
Favourite Country –  Portugal – have spent quite a few holidays there!
Favourite City – Barcelona: it has everything. Weather/ beach/ culture/ shopping/ football/ good food (I love the garlic bread there!)
Favourite Food/Snack –  Nothing beats a good steak!
Music/Artist –  Abba/ Elton John / Status Quo
Favourite Film –  Chariots of Fire (I was offered the chance of a place in this film, as one of the runners, but had to turn in down due to University exams!).
Hobbies –  Cycling / overseas travel. Have visited China/ India/ South Africa/ Kenya/ Israel /USA in recent years, some on business. Australia/ New Zealand and Canada are on the list of next countries to visit!
Dislikes – Being in lockdown! Poor food.
Likes – Good food! Quiet nights out with my wife

Scottish Distance Running History website included an article on GRAHAM in 2015, which was written by GRAHAM’S ex-coach BRIAN MCAUSLAND, this is the link to the website article http://www.scottishdistancerunninghistory.scot/graham-getty/#:~:text=In%20summer%201980%20Graham%20ran,a%20very%20creditable%20outing%20indeed.

GRAHAM had sent me 4 reports/results from either Athletics Weekly or Athletics Today, there are the details from them.

1986 Southern 12 Stage Road Relays – Took place at Wimbledon on the 6 April. The team proved far too strong for the opposition, recording a time of (4:04.05) over 4 minutes ahead of Luton AC (4:09.02) and 3rd was Aldershot, Farnham & District (4:12.19).
SBH result KINGSTON MILLS (24.30), GARY HARMER (16.29), JOHN SHERBAN (24.34), STEVE HARRIS (14.48), MIKE PUDDIFOOT (25.28), GRAHAM GETTY (16.32), KIRK DUMPLETON (24.53), ANDY KING (16.15), JULIAN GOATER (24.17), BOB MALLOWS (16.15), GARY HUCKWELL (24.56), JAMES ESPIR (15.48).
Link to reports/results – A Southern 12 Stage Road Relays1986

1991 Southern Cross Country Championships – Took place at Parliament Hill on the 12 January. It was published  before the race that it was going to be a North London battle between SBH and Highgate Harriers. This turned out to be the case with Shaftesbury finishing 46 points ahead of Highgate, in which our 6th scorer was 28th.

Results 1st ANDY BRISTOW Brighton & Hove (44.09), 2nd JOHN DOWNES London Irish (44.25), 3rd JOHN SHERBAN (44.31), 11th DOMINIC BANNISTER (45.40), 15th IAN CORNFORD (45.47), 16th MIKE WILLIAMS (46.06), 27th MARK MOUGHTON (46.41), 28th GRAHAM GETTY (46.44), 29th TONY JACKSON was with Hillingdon (46.50), 34th KIRK DUMPLETON (47.02), 78th NICK SMITH (48.09), 94th NEIL WALKER (48.36), 193rd BOB MALLOWS (50.40).
Team Results 1st SBH (100 points), 2nd Highgate Harriers (146), 3rd Boxhill (253).
Link to reports/results – C Southern XC Championships 1991

1991 National 12 Stage Road Relays – Took place at Sutton Park, Birmingham on the 21 April. Tipton Harriers made it 3 wins in a row (4:04.13), The humbugs finished in 2nd place (4:05.57) which was our first top 3 finish since the relays started in 1967, this was a pre-cursor to our outstanding win in 1993. In 3rd place was Swansea Harriers (4:06.17).
SBH result MARK MOUGHTON (26.26), STEPHEN MCHUGH (15.12), KIRK DUMPLETON (26.34), MIKE WILLIAMS (15.05), DOMINIC BANNISTER (26.43), JAMIE GODDEN (14.41), IAN CORNFORD (25.28), GRAHAM GETTY (14.32), JOHN SHERBAN (25.14), ANDY KELLEHER (14.40), JULIAN GOATER (26.40), NICK SMITH (14.33).
Link to reports/results – B National 12 Stage Road Relays1991

1992 Southern 12 Stage Road Relays – Took place at Wimbledon on the 4 April. This was the final time the relays were held at Wimbledon, I was there on previous and this occasion. The course compared to nowadays was nowhere near traffic free, but the atmosphere especially outside the Pub close to the changeover was electric, plus there were numerous viewing points you could move too during each leg.
Justifying their tag as favourites, SBH won with a time of (4:07.58), 2nd were London Irish (4:09.00) and 3rd Brighton & Hove (4:09.08).
SBH result MARK MOUGHTON (24.52), JOE DUNBAR (15.49), PAUL SIMONS (26.14), DAVE THOMSON (16.19), ANDY BEATTIE (25.04), ALISTER MUNROE (16.29), KIRK DUMPLETON (26.12). BOB MALLOWS (16.18). JOHN SHERBAN (24.08), GRAHAM GETTY (16.17). IAN CORNFORD (24.16), STEVE GOSS (16.20).
Link to reports/results – D Southern 12 Stage Road Relays 1992

ALLIANZ PARK THROWS CAGE RETURNS TO USE –  ANGUS MCKENZIE has been leading a team with STEVE MARSHALL and KEITH DAVIES for most of the week repairing and upgrading the throws cage ready for the “THROWSFEST” on Saturday 11 July.  In addition to the 3 people, we had a contractor building the tower and had to purchase several new parts.

OLYMPIC QUALIFYING PROCESS An updated Olympic qualifying process which can be found here.

BRITISH ATHLETICS LEAGUE 50TH YEAR BOOK We are delighted to announce that a publication celebrating 50 years of British Athletics League history is now available to purchase.
Copies can be bought for £5, or £8 for two, and £10 for three, which is the maximum order. The cost includes postage and packing, with all money raised going to help young athletes through the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund, which has also supported many BAL athletes on their journey along the athletics pathway.
To order, simply email geoffrey.morphitis@capeandd.com with the details of your order and make an online payment of the appropriate amount to;
ACCOUNT NAME : SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS, BANK : HSBC, ACCOUNT NUMBER : 41308378, SORT CODE : 400426
The publication itself features a range of nostalgic contributions from athletes, committee members, team managers and officials. Olympic champion and President of World Athletics, SEBASTIAN COE said: “The competition has been of constant high standard and I remember fondly my own competitions as a member of the Haringey team that were not only important for the club and its status but were important stepping stones to championships later in the season.”
There are great stories of feats that will impress, surprise and amuse you, from exhausted athletes doubling-up to score points, to guitar sing-alongs on team buses. Liverpool Harriers’ MIKE HOLMES has provided a fascinating series of archive reports that bring the piece to life, as do images by MARK SHEARMAN and MELISSA GRESSWELL. Statistical information has also been compiled by PETER MATTHEWS, with a club-by-club directory of every team to compete over the last five decades put together by MIKE HEATH.
Please note that orders will be satisfied on a first come first served basis. No booklets will be sent until payments have cleared so allow please allow seven working days between order and delivery.

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

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Front Sheet Summer 2020 Fixture Card Front Sheet Final Issue 12-02-20
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Fixtures, Updated 24-06-20 Showing Proposed Fixtures From 25 July 2020 – Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 24-06-20 Showing Proposed Fixtures From 25 July 2020
Track and Field Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/track-field/team-managers/
Road Running Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

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

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended. POLE VAULTERS REQUIRED FOR 2020 Currently Suspended. STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

UPCOMING SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS FIXTURES AND OTHER FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS – Due to the Coronavirus situation, all fixtures further notice. All fixtures have been Cancelled until the Tuesday 30 June, this is the link to the SBH Fixture Card updated on the 30 AprilSummer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 30-04-20 Showing Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

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

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

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 2 July 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 2 July to Mohammad Ahmadzai, Brenda Atkinson, James Aulis, Columba Blango, Martina Dvorakova, Jack Fitzpatrick, James Jenks, Conor O’Keeffe, Louann Lamy, Avi Miller, Esther Olatunde, Thomas Patrick, Ray Tucker, Geoff Williams and John Wright

RECENT NEW MEMBER We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to RUBY VINTON.
RUBY will be 14-years-old on the 7 August, and has had an outstanding career to date. In 2019 she won the Inter County, Southern, English Schools Cup Final and Suffolk Cross Country Championships, also winning the Virgin London Mini Marathon. In 2020 RUBY retained her Suffolk title, finished 6th in the English National and in her final race was 4th in the English Schools XC Championships.

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.

TRAINING VIDEOS PRODUCED BY JADE LALLY – JADE has recently produced two videos relating to the basic fundamentals for Discus, this is the link to JADE’S first video on How To Hold A Discus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA9jyS4Wung&t=6s the second video is on Discus Basics: Foot Placement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8ahzDmrldk

YOU CAN JOIN TY HOLDEN’S CIRCUIT SESSION ON ZOOM – TY will be holding a circuit session on Zoom, which is a conferencing platform, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm. If you wish to join, please email TY at dtyholden@yahoo.co.uk and he will email you an ID number for you to join in. Zoom can accommodate up to 100 users at a time.

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

ENGLAND ATHLETICS DRAFT COMPETITION PROGRAMME – England Athletics have just published  May 2020 version 9 of The Draft Competition Programme for the period w/e 19 July to w/e 27 September. This sets the structure for joint men/women meetings which SBH hopes to follow. Fixtures below updated 24 June 2020 with Venue Confirmations and Dete Changes (these are shown in Red).

All the promotions listed below are subject to: –
1. Government lifting the present lockdown by 1 July so as to allow group gatherings
2. UKA issuing specific instructions to allow compliance with Government requirements
3. Obtaining a sufficient number of appropriately qualified officials from the participating clubs
4. Facility availability
5. Securing a suitable First Aid provision
6. Receipt of the appropriate licences from UKA

Saturday 25 July – LICC (1) – Venue Lee Valley – all age groups, Sunday 26 July – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (1) – Venue Lee Valley – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Sunday 2 August – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (1) – Venue Lee Valley – U20 / Senior, Saturday 8 August – LICC (2) – Venue Lee Valley – all age groups, Sunday 9 August – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (2) –  Venue Lee Valley – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Saturday 15 August – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (2) – Venue Lee Valley – U20 / Senior, Saturday 22 August – LICC (3) – Venue Lee Valley – all age groups, Sunday 23 August – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (3) –  Bromley – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Saturday 5 September – U15/U17 Southern Area Championships – Venue TBA, Saturday 5 September – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (3) – Venue Chelmsford – U20 / Senior, Saturday 12 September – U20/Senior Southern Area Championships – Venue TBA, Saturday 19 September – U15/U17 England Championships – Venue TBA, Saturday 26 September – U20/Senior England Championships – Venue TBA

The British Championships are now being held in Manchester on 4/5 September, see report further down.

BRENDAN GALLAGHER RECALLS SHAFTESBURY’S LONGEST DAY –  The following report was published in the Shaftesbury Harriers Quarterly Magazine for December 1983, and was written by BRENDAN who was the Team Manager and runner in the SLH/Nescafe 24-hour relay which took place at Barnet Copthall Stadium on 8/9 October 1983.
BRENDAN who passed away in May 2011 aged 60 – tragic, was for many years was the inspiration in getting  athletes to compete especially in the Metropolitan League. On speaking to BRENDAN, came over as a gentle giant, but his technique in getting you to run was truly masterful and this showed in the success the club had during those years. He worked for Janes’s Defence Review Magazine, and was the correspondent on the Corporate Air affairs division, which included reporting on the numerous Worldwide Air Shows.

It all started one evening last January. I was slumped at the back of the Copthall Hilton Conference Centre – sorry the clubhouse committee room – pondering solutions to an urgent problem. Indoor shot-put training facilities were in short supply.it seemed. How to stop the 16-pound spheres splintering the precious parquet? Fit them with ostrich feathers and turn them into giant shuttlecocks? Or retro-rockets like Russian space capsules? We Homebrew Harriers are resourceful lads who relish an intellectual challenge, and I was confident of cracking the problem before the end of the meeting.
It was not to be, and my creative reverie was shattered by a crisp command from our Chairman, “Achilles MORPHITIS”. “you at the back there! Yes you, the Rasputin look-alike, pay attention” by now my curiosity was thoroughly piqued. “You and your home-brewing mates are none too bright, barked Achilles. “I’ve got just the job for you.”
And so the nightmare began. The job in question was to assemble a team for the inaugural SLH/Nescafe 24-hour relay at Copthall on 8/9 October. Naturally enough, faced with the prospect all day and all night scuttling around Copthall like a squirrel in a drum, Shaftesbury’s bravest and best all found pressing reasons to be out of the country that weekend. So where to find nine other mugs to participate in the Lunacy? In a flash, it came to me; So I put into place a plan to convince the Homebrew Harriers, “Right!” chorused the Harriers dubiously.
“Well then, we can settle down comfortably at the back of the pack and party the night away. I’ll lay on the ale and barbeque, and there’s sure to be lots of autograph-hunters from Parkside and Barnet Ladies, know what I mean.” “We’ll have a bit of that!” replied the Harriers as one man.
And so it came about we assembled ready to wear their mint Humbug vests to uphold the honour of the club. In wee JOHN BROE and JOHN LAMONT we had two genuine speedsters. There were two valiant new Vets DAVE MASHITER and DAVE ALLEN (who can throw the Hammer further than any other marathon runner in the world). The remaining six ordinary chaps who run their miles, drink their pints and don’t bother anyone: CHRIS IRELAND, JOHN KELLY, RAY POWELL, DAVE MACDIARMID, RUSSELL DEVITT (a late sub for CHRIS WELCH with a respiratory problem) and myself.
The rules were simple and merciless: running order to be declared and stuck to throughout the 24 hours, each runner to cover exactly one mile at a time, if you fail to complete your mile, you’re out and the team has to carry on without you.
Come the morning of the 8 October, the squad assembled in the clubhouse and it was time to size up the opposition. To my utter dismay it quickly became clear that the field was not made up of North Country super-clubs who would zip off in pursuit of world records, leaving us to funster on in peace. “Stap me, we could win this,” said the Flying Dwarf (JOHN BROE), his pink little pot-hunter’s eyes glinting with greed.
Needless to say, JOHN took not a blind bit of notice, blazing through the very first mile in (4.37), which turned out to be the fastest of the event. Then came JOHN LAMONT, who isn’t completely impervious to reason but on this occasion seemed fatally infected with the gong-fever. He cracked through his opening mile in (5.03), just one second over his average for the entire race. Now we were truly in stuck, leading the field and all thoughts of a good whoop-up firmly out of the window.
For a while Burnham Joggers led by admirable JIM MOUT took over the lead, until JOHN LAMONT regained the lead on his next leg and we never subsequently lost it. Burnham pushed us every step of the way though, occasionally regained ground and end up less than five miles short of our 262 miles 230 yards, which is a photo-finish by 24-hour standards.
The technical details of pace, diet, physical and mental reactions are worth recording. Organiser JOHN WATKINS pre-race publicity referred to the “beneficial effects” of 24-hour relays. Certainly if you look at it as one huge interval session – 28 x 1 mile in (5-5.30) with 40 interval – then it’s feasible that the race might have some subsequent good effects. Anyway, here are a few of my observations. Photograph’s of DAVE MASHITER, DAVE ALLEN, CHRIS IRELANDJOHN BROE handing over to RUSSELL DEVITT, RAY POWELL handing over to DAVE MACDIARMID.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PACEJOHN BROE and JOHN LAMONT averages (4.58) and (5.02) respectively. Most of the rest of us hit (5.20-5.30), with the exception of DAVE ALLEN who has been concentrating on his Hammer throwing lately, and did well to average to just inside (6.30) for the 28 miles. Most of us did our fastest times between the first and fifth miles, levelled out for the next half-dozen, declined gently until the last hour, and then put in a big effort on the final mile. JOHN LAMONT, as befits someone with a monster mileage background, was the most consistent, with times varying by just 25 seconds from (4.49 to 5.14).
DIET – As soon as it became obvious that we had a race on our hands all thoughts of swilling homebrew and swallowing hamburgers were forgotten. Most of us settled on sticky bars, biscuits, coffee, tea and fruit juice. However, CHRIS IRELAND, dubbed the “The Golden Wonder” by the Burnham camp, stuck to his cheese-and-pickle sarnies and was later to regret his conservatism, while the Galloping Pipsqueak seemed to set great store by an outsize Spanish onion.
PHYSICAL EFFECTS – First of all, I don’t think any of us suffered the glycogen depletion that makes the last few miles of a marathon such a tiresome business. We were tired all right, but nothing like a few extra hours sleep couldn’t fix. JOHN BROE after going home, bolted his dinner and slept for a straight 15 hours. JOHN KELLY nodded off twice in the pub, walking with a start each time and demanding hysterically “Have I missed my turn to run?”.
Aches and pains seemed to be concentrated in the Achilles area, though DAVE ALLEN and I suffered an inexplorable tightening of all muscles in the back of the legs from calf to upper thigh. In DAVE’S case it was so bad that for the first lap of his last few miles looked more like a slightly suspect walker than a runner, which makes his achievement in finishing the course all the more remarkable. The fact that JOHN LAMONT had run a (2.25) marathon the weekend before seemed to have no effect at all on his performance. Some of us appeared to thrive on it though: DAVE MACDIARMID ran a (54.50) PB in the Walton 10 the following weekend, and I was only 27 seconds off my best in the same race. And in my case that came after a week of trying to shake off that muscular tightness, which persisted for four or five days.
MENTAL EFFECTS – Probably the most interesting area of inquiry. In answer to the most obvious question, boredom wasn’t a problem. Having done your mile, wound down, visited the ablutions, changed kit and taken on any necessary fuel, you were left with just 10 or 15 minutes before you were out again. Your quiet quarter-hour was generally spent watching Rocky 1, 2 and 3, Mad Max on DAVE ALLEN’S giant sense-surround video machine. In general, the dominating sensation in between runs was one of increasing numbness and wobbliness, which was at its worst at about five of six in the morning. Photographs – Team Photo left to right JOHN KELLY, PHIL CUNNINGHAM, BRIAN CAKEBREAD, DAVE MACDIARMID, RAY POWELL, BRENDAN GALLAGHER, VIC GILLICK, DAVE MASHITER, DAVE CHALFEN and CHRIS IRELAND. Next BRENDAN after receiving the winner’s trophy. Finally RAY POWELL handing over to JOHN KELLY.


There was also the loneliness that afflicted me regularly as I found myself the only runner on the back straight, engulfed in the clouds of fine drizzle sweeping in out of the darkness.
The setting of a world best by the Hillingdon Ladies Vets team revealed another of the effects of sleeplessness and physical effort combined. The record finally went after a struggle that was sometimes painful to watch. We applauded the ladies with real warmth and there was scarcely a dry eye in the house – not even among the big butch Harriers.
I seem to have broken new ground in sports journalism by writing an account of a 24-hour race that will actually take 24 hours to read, so I better bring these memoirs to a close. But first I would like to thank five unsung members of squad, the officials who carefully recorded our every lap, mile, lap time and mile time throughout the race. If you hunger to know what it feels like to do non-stop mental arithmetic for eight hours at a stretch in the middle of the night, just ask MADELEINE ALLEN, LEIGH LAMONT, MARY POWELL, BRIAN CAKEBREAD and CHRIS WELCH.

NEW DATE FOR BEHIND-CLOSED-DOORS BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPSThe following was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. Photograph taken by MARK SHEARMAN.

Event now scheduled for 4-5 September at the Manchester Regional Arena, while the Müller Grand Prix Gateshead will no longer take place on 16 August.
With those August dates now not feasible, British Athletics said: “The format and shape of the competition and guidelines that will be adhered to for competitors and those helping to stage the championship will be subject to the government guidelines in place and will be communicated in due course.”
UK Athletics CEO JOANNA COATES said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our athletes an opportunity to compete and still become British champions at the end of the summer in what has been the most unprecedented of circumstances for all sport.
“People will be aware of my passion for women’s sport and I am grateful that the gender mix in athletics means everyone gets to return to the field of play. However, for those sports where men and women compete in separate structures, I urge those organisations to ensure efforts getting women’s sports back up and running are championed with the same passion and sense of urgency.”
The championships will be broadcast live on the Friday night on BBC Two from 18:30 and the Saturday afternoon on BBC One from 13:15.
“Thanks to the BBC for supporting us to showcase our sport under the Friday evening lights, and also to Manchester City Council for their investment into the facility and working with us to confirm we could stage this event in such challenging times,” added Coates.
“We are sorry that we cannot host our brilliant athletics supporters this year but hope for a healthy return for fans at sports events next year and to welcoming spectators to next year’s Olympic trials scheduled for 26-27 June.”
British Athletics also confirmed that the Müller Grand Prix Gateshead will no longer take place on 16 August. The event forms part of the Wanda Diamond League series and on Friday there was also confirmation that the Meeting de Paris an Eugene’s Prefontaine Classic meetings have been cancelled.
12 September has been marked as a possible alternative date for the Gateshead event, which would also be held behind closed doors, and British Athletics says that discussions are ongoing.

TOM MCNAB’S HUSPLEX TO STARTING BLOCKS –  I recently posed a good friend of mine, a fine sprints coach, a few questions on his event. When, I asked him, was the crouch start invented? My friend was about twenty years out, and no wiser about the date of the invention of the starting block.
Before answering either of these pressing questions, let me say that I believe that any coach with a passion for his event should immerse himself in it. That interest should surely travel far beyond the most recent Powerpoint presentation or the latest drills, and involve at least a passing interest in the history of his event. Perhaps that is just the opinion of an old fogey, but that’s the way I feel.
The crouch start was invented in 1887 by the Irish-American coach Mike Murphy (father of the film star GEORGE MURPHY), and presented a year later on 12 May at the Rockaway track to a bewildered starter by the sprinter CHARLES SHERRILL, who was advised to adopt a proper position. I have the 1888 photograph to hand as I write. There are three other sprinters, all adopting various versions of the standing start. These were the ”lunge”, (a half-twist), a basic standing start, and the “dab” start, which meant that the front foot came down first. And then there is our man SHERRILL, knuckles on the ground, toe on the line and wearing a woollen hat, with left knee way out of line.
By the first Olympics of 1896, the crouch start had begun to establish itself, but even in the 100m. final only one runner adopted it. Another had a semi-crouch, supported on high pegs, the rest simply stood.
There was little in the way of technical development of the crouch start in the next forty years, when the starting block was invented. But hold on, I am getting ahead of myself. For the Ancient Greeks had invented a starting-sill, probably before the birth of Christ, with grooves set a few inches apart in the stone sill. And they also invented a starting-gate, the husplex. This was a right -angled gate, with the runner crouched on the starting sill behind a horizontal wooden slat, held up by a string which passed down the vertical post into grooves on the sill, back to the starter, who held the strings for each husplex. When he dropped the strings, the horizontal slats fell, allowing the runners to surge forward.
Alas, there is no visual representation of the husplex in Greek pottery or sculpture, only verbal description and, of course we have the starting- sill and grooves.
What happened before the husplex? Simple. False starters were summarily whipped. I have put this idea to the Technical Committee of the IAAF, but perhaps not surprisingly have so far received no reply.
The modern starting block was invented by the American GEORGE T. BRESNAHAN in 1927, was called “the G.T. BRESNAHAN Foot Support”, and given Patent Number 1701026 on 29 April 1927. Within a year, GEORGE SIMPSON had run (9.4) for 100 yards using it, a time which was not accepted as a world record.
By the 1948 London Olympics starting – blocks were accepted. I remember them well, heavy cumbersome things, with coconut matting to cover the block- surfaces. The 1980 Games saw the introduction of pressure-sensitive starting- blocks.
So there we are, from husplex to starting- blocks, but that isn’t all. For what happened before the starting gun? In rural sports, starts were made using a drum or even a trumpet. In professional betting-based two man match-races, starts were “by consent”. This meant that they were rather like a Western gunfight, the only difference being that if one runner was unhappy, then the whole process had to be repeated. This led by the middle of the 19th century in contracts insisting on a gun-start if consent was not secured within a given time, and soon consent had virtually vanished. By the 1860s match-races had, in any case, begun to fall out of favour, and handicap-based “Pedestrian Carnivals” began to dominate, making consent redundant.
So we are now at end of this particular story, from husplex to starting- blocks, from “consent” to gun, from the “dab” start to the crouch. Perhaps it doesn’t matter, what happened way back in the distant past, though there is a saying that those who know nothing of the past are lost in the present.
And this article would not be complete without some mention of timing. Here things are a little less certain. The first use of the word “stopwatch” is surprisingly early, 1737. By 1790, precision had reached ½ second, fine for distances, but useless for sprints. It was ¼ sec. by 1844, 1/5 by1865, 1/10 by 1924, 1/100 by 1932. A crude form of electrical timing was deployed as early as 1874, at Lillie Bridge, as an experiment at the Oxford- Cambridge Sports.
But hold on. The Australian professional sprinter JACK DONALDSON ran (9.3/8) for 100 yards and (21.1) 220 yards at least ten years prior to 1924, so how was he timed? The last performance was remarkable, in that it was run in Scotland in 1913, on grass, in a handicap race, at Shawfield Stadium, on a track which must have been less than 300m. I say this because I ran at Shawfield, the home of Clyde F.C, back in 1955, and the greyhound track around the pitch was about that distance. I doubt if many of our present crop could run as fast as that under such conditions.
All of the above may seem to many of you as the ramblings of an ancient nerd, and perhaps they are. But our leaders clearly think that the past is of some importance, for in a recent high jump instructional poster it states in the historical section that the Greeks “probably” practiced high jump. No, they did not. And that women first competed in Olympic athletics in Paris in 1924. No, that was 1928, in Amsterdam. But that was all a long time ago, so what does it really matter?

FOOTBALL TRANSFER PAYS OFF FOR FORMER SBH MEMBER KIRSTY LAWThe following was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. Photograph taken by MARK SHEARMAN.

The Scottish athlete switched goalkeeping for athletics and has rediscovered her love for discus after teaming up with SBH member and coach ZANE DUQUEMIN. KIRSTY LAW admits nothing can top running out to the Hampden Roar, even though she feels ditching football for athletics was her best free transfer.
The 33-year-old claimed two caps at under-18 level for Scotland as a goalkeeper before throwing all her energies into launching the discus.
It has won the Highlander a record 12 Scottish titles but turning out at Glasgow 2014 on Mount Florida did make her think what might have been, she reveals.
“I do miss football. At 18, I made the decision to go to athletics and I stopped completely. A couple of years ago, I joined a team in Loughborough, the Foxes, because I missed it so much. But I went back to athletics and had to give it up again,” she says, speaking on a Scottish Athletics webinar.
“I go to Hampden a lot to watch the football team so to get on that field (at the Commonwealths) and compete was phenomenal. I was competing at the time when EILIDH DOYLE won her silver medal so they were playing The Proclaimers when I went into that circle. It gave me that buzz and it couldn’t have happened at a better time. It gave me my love and excitement back for the sport.”
The GB & NI international, who won her only outing of 2020 before the sport shut down, has edged back to full training after her Loughborough base reopened.
Working as a nurse, she has her ambitions firmly set on reaching the Olympics next summer after stepping back from the brink of retiring in 2017 when she dropped US-based coach JOHN GODINA and persuaded current thrower ZANE DUQUEMIN to guide her career.
“I was getting so frustrated with my throwing that I started crying,” she says. “That’s not me at all. But I was getting myself into a lull and a bad place that I didn’t want to do it anymore. I took a couple of weeks off.
ZANE lived in Loughborough and I thought I was going to retire but I said to him: ‘can I come work with you?’ He said no bother and I started to enjoy it again.
“I didn’t know if it was because JOHN was so far away but ZANE found my love for discus again. We started working together in the January of 2017 but I got the love back and I knew that’s what I wanted to do and I’ve had it ever since.”
Although ZANE has relocated to train in Qatar, he has the practicing nurse itching to make her mark once competition restarts.
“I’m in the best shape of my life,” she adds. “I was ready to compete at the start of this year. But me and ZANE and SBH member JADE LALLY, we Skype and we’ve been doing that since he moved to Doha last year. Everyone else has been doing all these online sessions but it’s not new to us.”

HOW TO CALL A RACEThe following was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. Photograph’s taken by MARK SHEARMAN.
TV coverage legend STUART STOREY gives budding broadcasters some tips on how to commentate.

What follows is a process of coverage when in the stadium. Waiting for the race to begin. Let’s start at the top as an example: “The Olympic men’s or women’s 100 metres final”. Remember that you as the commentator will say what the picture does not say.
What follows assumes that you have done your homework and have researched the work presented by the appointed statistician.
MARK BUTLER is the best statistician and has been a part of many major athletics championships over the years for the BBC and others and can be trusted to give you valuable backup.
Once you have taken on board the most relevant information in addition to what has been learned from your own experience including chats with athletes over the years, then you are ready to begin.
Here is a 10-step guide to calling a major event such as an Olympic 100m final.
1 – Study the race line up and know your athletes. At a major international event it is important that you have practised the correct name pronunciations. There were 11 million BBC viewers watching the men’s Olympic 100m final from Sydney in 2000. No pressure then!
In the case of the 100m final the start list must be learned. Both men’s and women’s finals are over so quickly there is no time to look down at the information in front of you. The heats, quarter-finals and semi-finals will have given you a good idea of what is likely to happen but assume nothing and the outcome may not come from the seeded centre lanes.
2 – The studio will lead to you as commentator. Use voice intonation and intensity along with a pace of delivery to create a pre-race atmosphere in both the race introduction and beyond because an Olympic final is special. Use words in a way that there is no doubt that this is a moment of Olympic history in the making. Many times the picture alone will create a special moment, don’t ruin it with too many words … good pictures have a great atmosphere of their own so no words is sometimes good commentary.
3 – The production team can talk to you and you can talk to them. Listen carefully to instructions from the producer of the event as they are an integral part of creating the moment with pictures. You will have to be able to cope with listening to instructions from time to time when commentating.
4 – There are several parts to the pre-race build-up for you as the race commentator.
(a) General introduction – paint the pictures with words commenting on your thoughts on the probable race outcome taking account of performances in the previous rounds but don’t go too heavy on the outcome because surprises do happen. Comment on individual athlete preparations. Some athletes will display nerves and some will appear cool and in total control. It is said that some races are won before the gun goes.
(b) The 100m final’s athlete line-up caption will appear on screen and is usually on screen for 10 seconds but in an Olympic final it may be a bit longer. There is time to give information in the next part so just read through the names within the 10 seconds offered.
(c) You will then be guided through the lane-by-lane athlete introduction. You will have about eight seconds in which to give a background to each athlete. The fewer words the better but once again use intonation and emphasis where appropriate as part of the race build up.
(d) The next part of the race introduction after the lane by lane introduction is just to go through the line up once again and then silence.
Remember to give just a couple of seconds between each of these parts which will not be noticed by the viewer but it will give the editors an opportunity to electronically cut clean for the highlights of the event for either on the news channels or on the follow up highlights packages. To talk continuously over the parts will make the editors job very difficult.
5 – There’s silence before the gun goes, but before the race gets underway let me emphasise that despite the technical underpinning of all athletics events, technical terminology should be avoided and you should use language that the general viewer can understand throughout the live part of the race.
Pick up commentary at about 10-15 metres after the point at which the start can be assessed. The start can be so important and make a real difference to the outcome but not always. In the big finals the margins of error are so small.

6 – Keep an eye on all lanes throughout the race. The middle four lanes are the seeded lanes, that is to say those athletes with the fastest qualifying in addition to race finish position.
Never assume that the winner will come from the seeded lanes, keep an eye on all lanes as sometimes the Olympic champion has come from an outside lane. Sometimes the athlete in lane eight will appear to be down but this can be an illusion with the athlete in that lane well in contention.
Add to the atmosphere with your voice increasing intensity as the finish line approaches. Sometimes the athletes will be within one hundredth of a second of each other (unless Usain Bolt is in the race!) so try to identify the gold medal winner because you are identifying the Olympic champion and catch up with silver and bronze when the replay is on screen later.
If it is so close then don’t take a chance on crowning the Olympic champion – wait for the photo finish to come up on the screen. That doesn’t stop you speculating on a possible outcome. The computer in the commentary box should be watched carefully for the formal result to appear.
7 – There will be a period of celebration post-race with live commentary with reference to the big names and how they performed but once again this is a part where pictures without words can be so powerful so don’t overdo the words.
8 – The next stage of coverage will be to assess the race with slow motion footage. Normally there will be a backup commentator who will take on the job of evaluating the race. It’s important that once the slow motion line up is on screen he or she should give it a couple of seconds before beginning to talk over the pictures. Remember the editor at all times.
The good commentator will put himself in the position of the viewer at home answering the sort of questions that the viewer would want to ask. There is always a danger that too much technical jargon is used in the slow motion phase. If a technical term is used then it should be explained.
9 – Finally run through the formal result caption on the screen. The studio will then take the coverage back for more assessment from the studio panel.
10 – Get ready for the next event on the programme.

From 1976 to 2012 STUART STOREY covered 10 summer and winter Olympics, nine with the BBC and one for the Olympic Broadcasting Service. He retired formally in 2017 but has since made appearances as a commentator at the Diamond League and events like the Berlin Marathon.

THE ATHLETICS MUSEUM A AAA LEGACY PROJECT In summer 2018, AAA formally identified the project of creating a museum of athletics as part of their legacy to the sport. Since then, a small team has been working to put this plan into action. Thank you for your interest in and support for the project; this is the link to the current newsletter TAM Newsletter Winter 2019 2020

OLYMPIC QUALIFYING PROCESS An updated Olympic qualifying process which can be found here.

BRITISH ATHLETICS LEAGUE 50TH YEAR BOOK We are delighted to announce that a publication celebrating 50 years of British Athletics League history is now available to purchase.
Copies can be bought for £5, or £8 for two, and £10 for three, which is the maximum order. The cost includes postage and packing, with all money raised going to help young athletes through the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund, which has also supported many BAL athletes on their journey along the athletics pathway.
To order, simply email geoffrey.morphitis@capeandd.com with the details of your order and make an online payment of the appropriate amount to;
ACCOUNT NAME : SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS, BANK : HSBC, ACCOUNT NUMBER : 41308378, SORT CODE : 400426
The publication itself features a range of nostalgic contributions from athletes, committee members, team managers and officials. Olympic champion and President of World Athletics, SEBASTIAN COE said: “The competition has been of constant high standard and I remember fondly my own competitions as a member of the Haringey team that were not only important for the club and its status but were important stepping stones to championships later in the season.”
There are great stories of feats that will impress, surprise and amuse you, from exhausted athletes doubling-up to score points, to guitar sing-alongs on team buses. Liverpool Harriers’ MIKE HOLMES has provided a fascinating series of archive reports that bring the piece to life, as do images by MARK SHEARMAN and MELISSA GRESSWELL. Statistical information has also been compiled by PETER MATTHEWS, with a club-by-club directory of every team to compete over the last five decades put together by MIKE HEATH.
Please note that orders will be satisfied on a first come first served basis. No booklets will be sent until payments have cleared so allow please allow seven working days between order and delivery.

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

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Front Sheet Summer 2020 Fixture Card Front Sheet Final Issue 12-02-20
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Fixtures, Updated 24-06-20 Showing Proposed Fixtures From 25 July 2020 – Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 24-06-20 Showing Proposed Fixtures From 25 July 2020
Track and Field Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/track-field/team-managers/
Road Running Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

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

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended. POLE VAULTERS REQUIRED FOR 2020 Currently Suspended. STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

UPCOMING SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS FIXTURES AND OTHER FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS – Due to the Coronavirus situation, all fixtures further notice. All fixtures have been Cancelled until the Tuesday 30 June, this is the link to the SBH Fixture Card updated on the 30 AprilSummer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 30-04-20 Showing Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

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

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

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 25 June 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 25 June to Maria Eduarda Araujo, Poppy Fenwick-Moore, Chay Jiboye, Orlando Edwards, James Hamblin, Marli Jessop, Gavin Marcus, Kayla Michel, Joanne Miranda, Ella Nash, Emma Rae, Eavion Richardson, Phillip Richardson, Hannah Ridley, Sarah Ridley, Annina Rive, Seb Roger and Nadeem Shaikh

RECENT NEW MEMBERS We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to GILLIAN GOLDIN and  OGOCHUKWU ANOCHIRIONYE (25-06-20 Newsletter)

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.

TRAINING VIDEOS PRODUCED BY JADE LALLY – JADE has recently produced two videos relating to the basic fundamentals for Discus, this is the link to JADE’S first video on How To Hold A Discus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA9jyS4Wung&t=6s the second video is on Discus Basics: Foot Placement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8ahzDmrldk

YOU CAN JOIN TY HOLDEN’S CIRCUIT SESSION ON ZOOM – TY will be holding a circuit session on Zoom, which is a conferencing platform, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm. If you wish to join, please email TY at dtyholden@yahoo.co.uk and he will email you an ID number for you to join in. Zoom can accommodate up to 100 users at a time.

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

ENGLAND ATHLETICS DRAFT COMPETITION PROGRAMME – England Athletics have just published  May 2020 version 9 of The Draft Competition Programme for the period w/e 19 July to w/e 27 September. This sets the structure for joint men/women meetings which SBH hopes to follow. Fixtures below updated 24 June 2020 with Venue Confirmations and Dete Changes (these are shown in Red).

All the promotions listed below are subject to: –
1. Government lifting the present lockdown by 1 July so as to allow group gatherings
2. UKA issuing specific instructions to allow compliance with Government requirements
3. Obtaining a sufficient number of appropriately qualified officials from the participating clubs
4. Facility availability
5. Securing a suitable First Aid provision
6. Receipt of the appropriate licences from UKA

Saturday 25 July – LICC (1) – Venue Lee Valley – all age groups, Sunday 26 July – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (1) – Venue Lee Valley – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Sunday 2 August – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (1) – Venue Lee Valley – U20 / Senior, Saturday 8 August – LICC (2) – Venue Lee Valley – all age groups, Sunday 9 August – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (2) –  Venue Lee Valley – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Saturday 15 August – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (2) – Venue Lee Valley – U20 / Senior, Saturday 22 August – LICC (3) – Venue Lee Valley – all age groups, Sunday 23 August – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (3) –  Bromley – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Saturday 5 September – U15/U17 Southern Area Championships – Venue TBA, Saturday 5 September – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (3) – Venue Chelmsford – U20 / Senior, Saturday 12 September – U20/Senior Southern Area Championships – Venue TBA, Saturday 19 September – U15/U17 England Championships – Venue TBA, Saturday 26 September – U20/Senior England Championships – Venue TBA

The British Championships are due to be held in Manchester on 8/9 August, however, they have not yet been confirmed.

BACK IN THE DAY BY CLIFF GOLDING –  CLIFF mentioned below that in 2007 to dust off the memories and run and race again. From 2010 to 2013 he competed as a V55 runner, completing marathons and half marathons and his personal bests are (2:57.00) in Kiel, Germany in 1986, and (96.45) Jersey in 2012. In 2015, after moving up to the V60 age-group he started the first of 84 Parkruns to date, of these 44 were at his hometown of Maidstone, and 32 on the island of Jersey. His personal best is (22.56) at Maidstone on the 2 March 2019. Photograph taked during the Kiel Marathon.

In life, we make decisions every day. Sometimes these decisions turn out to be good ones.  Sometimes they turn out not to be so good. And then there are those, which turn out to be amongst the best we ever made. In around 1969 I made one which has had a profound affect on my life ever since. I joined Shaftesbury Harriers.
It was a Tuesday evening when, as a nervous, skinny and quite timid 14-year-old, pedalled from home in Burnt Oak to Copthall to have a track session with Shaftesbury Harriers (a very long time before the club merged with Barnet Ladies). Such was my naivety I thought I was going for a trial and that, an hour or so later, I would be told whether I had made the cut and could wear the striped vest.
BRYAN SMITH, who was taking the session, met me. He was very friendly and welcoming and explained what the session was going to be and introduced me to the other runners.  And that was when my nervousness heightened about tenfold. Until that time I had just enjoyed running and doing school cross-country or athletics on sports day And I played football incessantly. Unfortunately, I played with far more enthusiasm than talent and it continues to be a great disappointment that ALF RAMSEY didn’t knock on my front door to tell my parents that CLIFFORD had a rare talent and would one day captain the England team!!
So, I concentrated on just running everywhere and nailing my sporting colours to athletics, which I followed avidly through the pages of Athletics Weekly.
When BRYAN introduced his wife, JOYCE, MARGARET BEACHAM, both internationals and members of Barnet Ladies, and Shaftesbury members, JULIAN GOATER, HUGH RICHARDS and DAVE BEDFORD, I was pretty much in awe and star struck. I knew about these people. I read about them every week. They were superstars and me and the other boys and youths were running with them, or near them, as they were all a lot quicker than us.
After that session, I waited nervously for the verdict, still thinking that I was on a trial. BRYAN came up to me and said these exact words, which I will never forget: “Well done CLIFF. See you on Thursday?” I passed! Ha-ha. I didn’t realise that everybody was welcome regardless of ability.
BRYAN then gave me a piece of advice, which I have never forgotten and have passed on many times. He said, “CLIFF you are not a sprinter. You will be a middle distance and long distance runner. So, you run with your arms too high. Drop them down like this. Now run with me with your arms by your side. Lift them up. Lift them up. Stop. That’s where your arms should be, nice and natural and relaxed.”
And so, began my proper running career. I remember VAUGHAN VOLLER and GEOFF THOMSON in my age group and DICK BOBER, MARTIN GREY, GERRY ELMORE, ANGIE TOMS, TONY SUNDERLAND and GEOFF MORPHITIS and others who were just a few years older than me. Those older runners probably never knew it but I looked up to them and wanted to run like them (well, not GEOFF, maybe, as he was a field eventer!).
I especially remember MARTIN GREY and how he ran. He had an absolutely brilliant forefoot running style. They always said that FRED ASTAIRE didn’t walk into a room, he glided in. I always thought that when I saw MARTIN run. He seemed to just glide across the ground.  Heavy praise indeed and I also remember him as a 50 to 51 minute ten miler, which was pretty swift by any standard.
I was never more than a decent club runner. I crept under three hours for the marathon a few times in my twenties, which was OK and got back down to three and half hours several years ago approaching 60, which I was very happy about.  I think I might have run 60 minutes on one of the Shaftesbury 10s in the 80s and 1 hour 20 on a half. Wouldn’t mind doing that today!!
But, the point is, I still run today and enjoy a resting pulse in the low 40s because of that first track session with BRYAN. In the three years leading up to when I joined the army, I spent every waking moment looking forward to the next training session at Copthall and the races at the weekend. In the fourth year at senior school I won the 1500 metres at school sports day beating the star athlete and nobody knew, or could believe, that the skinny kid could run.
I remember being given lifts to meetings by HAROLD ASHTON and meeting FRED HENNING at Hendon Central when three of us youngsters would pile into his Morris Minor to be taken to a cross country event. On these journeys, and at track sessions or on pack runs, all you had to do was listen and have an enquiring mind. I didn’t realise then but I learnt so much from these times and it gave me such a good grounding for when I took the Queen’s shilling at Finchley Central Army recruiting office on my 17th birthday.
I was about 9 stone soaking wet back then and couldn’t do a single press up or pull up. But, because of my Shaftesbury pedigree, I could run all day long in boots and with kit on my back.
I never told him this but, during basic training in Surrey in 1971, DAVE BEDFORD once saved me from a severe duffing up!  We had a 16-man room and, one night, a fellow recruit (a large, menacing individual) came into the room having enjoyed several ‘lemonades’ in the NAAFI. He honed in on the skinniest in the room – me – and loudly announced that I was in for some damage. But, before he could lay a finger on me, another recruit, Dinger Bell, said, “Leave it, he knows DAVE BEDFORD!” Drunk man stops and slurred, “You know DAVE BEDFORD? Fair play.” He shook my hand, collapsed on his bed and didn’t wake up until morning with no memory of the night before!  Thanks DAVE!  (I’ve still got a copy of the DAVE BEDFORD story from around that time). Image of the book cover of the ‘The Dave Badford Story’ published in 1971.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent the next 14 years in various postings around the world. But I ran everywhere I served and I kept on running and keep on running because of Shaftesbury Harriers and people like BRYAN SMITH and all the others I have mentioned and many more I haven’t.
Around 1991, I decided I would become a Channel swimmer. Bit of a departure for someone who only had a Bronze Certificate to his name (so, if any of you have a pool and need a drowning rubber brick rescued by a man dressed in striped pyjamas, I am that man).
Seven Channel attempts over five years later, I finally achieved that dream. Today I give presentations on overcoming the fear of failure. I talk about those failed attempts and then about the successful swims and what I learnt in the process. But everything always comes back to that momentous decision I made aged 14.
In the years that followed me deciding to become a swimmer I still ran but not too often.  Then, in 2007, I decided to dust off the memories and run and race again. I live in Kent now and there are a lot of good clubs around here but there was only one club for me and I contacted GEOFF and signed up.
When I re-joined the club, I was 53. I dug out all my old stats and remembered a piece of advice MARTIN GREY gave me in the 80s. He said that, once he had reached vet status, every few years he recalibrated his expectations and set new targets. So, I came up with PB2s – personal bests second time around. It was great fun to chase times and wear the Shaftesbury vest again, to buy a red hoody and put the window sticker on my car.
So, during these very challenging times, I have a message to all the young athletes in the club who proudly wear the Stripes. Decades separate us but some things don’t change. Look to your coaches and senior athletes for inspiration and leadership. Soak up their knowledge and make it yours. Be the very best you can be and make fitness your life-long lifestyle choice. Running has been by best ever friend and has seen me through lots of challenges and life and stuff. I will always owe so much to this club and I treasure those early memories. Current Photograph taken in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay safe and take care – Up the Stripes CLIFF.

HISTORY OF THE LONDON TO BRIGHTON ROAD RACE The popularity of Brighton as a spa town began in 1754 when took residence there and made sea bathing popular. The Prince of Wales frequently visited the town in the 1780s. In July 1803, a Captain ROBERTSON walked from London to Brighton and back in 45 hours, and repeated the feat in November of that year, covering the first 53 miles from Brighton to Westminster Bridge in 14 hours.
The following year another pedestrian JOHN BELL went from Hammersmith in London to Brighton by a somewhat longer route in (13:00:45) to become the first recorded person to contest the London to Brighton.
Improvement in the road meant that on 30 January 1837, two professional runners, JOHN TOWNSEND and JACK BERRY set off from the Elephant & Castle in London, about a mile from the present start. TOWNSEND was 45 and entered Brighton in triumph in 8 hours 37 minutes, but BERRY was forced to retire four miles from Brighton.
The first amateur running event was organised by South London Harriers in 1899, which started from Big Ben soon after 7a.m on 6 May. The winner was F.D.RANDALL of Finchley Harriers in 6 hours 58:18, SAWARD 2nd in (7:17:50) and POOL 3rd in (7:31:53). On the strength of this run, the three runners were selected to compete for GB in the 1900 Olympic Marathon.

“The Evening News” promoted a similar event in 1903, this time open to professionals. The field of 90 sped away at 5 am, and LEN HURST the leading professional distance runners of the period won in (6:32:34). In 1937 the “News of the World” sponsored an international London to Brighton race, and the leading South African ultrarunner HARDY BALLINGTON was invited to compete. He won and just succeeded in clipping ARTHUR NEWTON record of (5:53:43).
The first open amateur race was held in 1951, and proved and outstanding success. The winner was LEWIS PIPER of Blackheath Harriers, who took the lead four miles from Brighton. 32 of the 47 starters completed the race having to run into driving rain and wind for the majority of the race.
The course distance in 1951 was 52 miles 566 yards, and varied until 1991 and was then modified to allow for the A23 road conditions and measured 55 miles/88.514km. Although due to the different course distances, course records are varied. Therefore, the best way of measuring performance is an average of miles per minute.
Currently two runners have maintained and average of 5.81 minutes per mile, DON RITCHIE of Forres Harriers in 1978 and IAN THOMPSON of Luton United Harriers in 1980. Current course record since 1991 is (5:50:30) by JOHANNES OOSTHUIZEN of South Africa in 2005.
The current race from 1991 to 2005 started at Westminster then proceeds along the A23 to Brixton, Croydon and Purley, past Gatwick Airport, Crawley and then into the beautiful countryside of the Weald, crossing the North and South Downs. Ditchling Beacon on the South Downs (near but not part of the A23) is a steep climb followed by a gentle descent for five miles into the seaside resort of Brighton, where finish is on the promenade by the Kings Road Arches.
The future of this particular race is in doubt following a decision by the Road Runners Club not to hold the race in 2006. Since 2009 “Extreme Running” now hold a version of the London to Brighton. This starts from Blackheath, then through Kent, Surrey and on to Brighton.

SHAFTESBURY HARRIERS IN THE LONDON TO BRIGHTON ROAD RELAY Shaftesbury had been ever present since 1951, and on 10 October 1964 the team were ready. We had a Shaftesbury coach carrying our supporters, which followed the race to Brighton, stopping at various points to cheer on the runners.

Stage 1 Started from the Old Palace Yard, Westminster at 10.00am then on to Clapham Common, a distance of 4 miles 436 yards. ALAN PATTEN ran 21 minutes 12 seconds.
Stage 2 Went through Tooting Bec to Mitcham Common, a distance of 5 miles 249 yards. BRIAN CAKEBREAD ran 27 minutes 18 seconds.
Stage 3 Went through Hackbridge to Wallington, a distance of 4 miles. BOB PARKER ran 21 minutes 53 minutes.
Stage 4 Went onto the main Brighton Road to Merstham, a distance of 6 miles. GERRY ELMORE ran 31 minutes 3 seconds.
Stage 5 Went to Redhill, a distance of 4 miles 821 yards. DAVE HOWE ran 22 minutes 56 seconds.
Stage 6 Went through Horley to Povey Cross, a distance of 2 miles 1396 yards. KEN TOLLADY ran 15 minutes 15 seconds.
Stage 7 Went passed Gatwick Station Lowfield Heath, a distance of 3 miles 1248 yards. ROLF CLAYTON ran 20 minutes 10 seconds.
Stage 8 Went through Crawley to Handcross, a distance of 5 miles 1744 yards. TONY SUNDERLAND ran 31 minutes 48 seconds.
Stage 9 Went through Bolney to Hickstead, a distance of 6 miles 52 yards. KEITH MACKAY ran 31 minutes 31 seconds.
Stage 10 Went through Aldbourne Green to Newtimber, a distance of 4 miles 61 yards. KEN PEASNELL ran 21 minutes 30 seconds.
Stage 11 Went up Pine Hill to Pycombe, a distance of 4 miles 238 yards. TED NOLAN ran 22 minutes 07 seconds.
Stage 12 Went past Preston Park to the Aquarium, finishing along Madiera Drive, Brighton, a distance of 3 miles 1008 yards. DAVE HUXLEY ran 18 minutes 24 seconds.

The team ran a total time of 4 hours 45 minutes 7 seconds, for the 54 miles 208 yards.
There were 21 teams who competed, and the winners were Portsmouth who time was 4 hours 27 minutes 5 seconds.
Following the race competitors with tea tickets, went to the Regent Ballroom where high tea was served at 3.30pm.
Since 1951 to 1964 Shaftesbury had competed in 18 races, of which 4 were National, and 14 Southern. TONY SUNDERLAND and SID BEALES have competed in 9 races, RON COLLINS, JIM CUNNINGHAM, COLIN FRENCH, DAVE HUXLEY and ALAN PATTEN ran 8, BILL STEVEN, HAROLD ASHTON, ERIC FORD, DAVE HOWE and JIM STOUTE 7, BOB PARKER, TED PEARCE and JOHN JALES 6.
The Club record is 4 hours 42 minutes 56 seconds in 1958 (National).

ENGLAND ATHLETICS LAUNCH WEEKLY30 RUN CHALLENGE The following was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.

Participants will be able to compete virtually against other runners as well as other sports. England Athletics has launched the Weekly30 Run Challenge, a free weekly virtual running challenge starting June 20-21, encouraging everyone to run for 30 minutes a week and compete against each other. With group running and mass participation events currently restricted, the aim of the Weekly30 Run Challenge is to help keep people fit while giving them a performance benchmark through inclusive, friendly competition.

From this weekend, participants will be challenged to run as far as they can in 30 minutes on Saturday or Sunday each week, while following government guidelines. Runners can register for free via the OpenTrack virtual running events website at data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2020/GBR/weekly30/ Once registered, participants complete their weekly run and then upload evidence to OpenTrack through a platform such as Strava, which is integrated into the Weekly30 Run Challenge. Every runner will see their results added to the scoring tables. Both total distance and average distance contribute to overall league tables showing results for all individuals, sport versus sport and England Athletics club/RunTogether group versus England Athletics club/RunTogether group. “Our Weekly30 Run Challenge gives individuals a perfect incentive to run safely on a weekly basis, adhering to government guidance, and in doing so proudly representing their sport, club or group,” says England Athletics CEO Chris Jones. “Participants will be competing against an online community of other runners not only from other England Athletics’ member clubs and RunTogether groups but from other sporting disciplines – the competition across the country we expect to be fierce and the pride of our clubs, running groups and the sport as a whole is at stake: I say let the rivalry begin!”

He adds: “We know that alongside the c.6 million regular monthly runners in England, there are c.6 million people who are more occasional runners, c.8 million people who are lapsed and c.4 million people who have an interest in running but not yet started so we’re expecting our Weekly30 Run Challenge to get more people lacing up their trainers and going for a run.” Some of the other sporting associations involved include Badminton England, RFU, RFL, British Rowing, England Netball, Archery GB, Table Tennis England and British Wrestling. Click here to register.

INTERVIEW WITH JOANNA COATES The following was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.

UKA CEO JOANNA COATES tells STUART WEIR about her background and focus for the future.
JOANNA COATES began her role as UK Athletics (UKA) chief executive in March, during a time of great uncertainty.

Last month, in her first interview with the wider media following her appointment, COATES gave strong views on a range of topics, addressing ‘ethical success’, the need for a ‘culture of collaboration’, organisation changes, reviews and more. READ MORE: New UKA CEO seeks ‘ethical success’ and a united sport

The national governing body has come under repeated fire in recent years and has faced multiple reviews, including of its performance system and relationship with ALBERTO SALAZAR, plus numerous leadership changes. Here, in an interview with STUART WEIR, COATES shares further insight into her background and focus for the future. STUART WEIR: What attracted you to the job as CEO of UKA? JOANNA COATES: I had been at England Netball for 10 years, I was made an offer to go to the London Legacy Development Corporation and I stepped out of the true running of sport, I suppose. I missed it terribly. I missed the chaos of running a national governing body – the stress and the pressure, getting calls in the middle of the night, “there’s a hole in the netball court”, and things like that. I just missed it. I was approached for the UKA role – I think head-hunters approached a few people – and when they did, I thought: “yes, that would just be a dream”. I had worked in football, in truly commercial sport, but never in an Olympic sport. I had worked for netball which is grassroots through to the elite and Commonwealth, but for a sports administrator, this is the dream job.

SW: What do regard as your best achievements in netball? JC: Everyone points to the Commonwealth Games gold medal, which was the first time we’d ever done it, and that was amazing. But for me, I still believe it was the growth in grassroots and that people are now proud of their sport. That is what I think my greatest achievement was. Now I work for a sport where delivery at the elite level is really important. My heart is in trying to join up that pathway from grassroots to elite so that everyone has an amazing experience in sport. For me, seeing netballers who were truly proud of their sport – grass roots up to elite – was the achievement. SW: You’re not an athletics person. Is that a weakness or a strength?  JC: I think it’s a huge strength. I had never played netball and they never got me on a netball court! And I still don’t play netball.  But I was able to go in there with a fresh pair of eyes and make quite tough decisions because you don’t have the emotional connection. You can look at it more as a business and ask: “where do I need to make change?” And I don’t think I did a bad job there. I want to take all the learnings that I’ve had from sport over the years and apply it to athletics. I think you can look at it with a really fair pair of eyes, because you don’t have the emotion, you can be very critical of things. But don’t get me wrong, you do then fall in love with it! Of course, you need people around you who have the knowledge of the sport – that’s the key thing. Surround yourself with great people who understand the sport. Learn from them and consult them. But I think that coming in fresh is a good thing. SW: How do you restore public confidence in UKA? JC: I think we restore confidence by having a really good plan. I’m always talking about this and I think I’m boring people to death. Unless an organisation has a really good plan that everyone buys into, you can’t restore confidence – because nobody knows what their part of the plan is. So it’s writing a very clear plan which has some very strong themes in it. A few of the themes I’m talking about, which will restore confidence, are coaching, competition, communication, culture and behaviour. Things like that need to be a big part of that plan. Once people start to see that we are delivering against the things that they – as our customers – think are really important, then we start to see people have confidence in the sport they love. We are in a privileged position that we have an opportunity to make decisions on their behalf. Once they see a plan – that they believe in – working, I think then they will have the confidence to give us, once again, the ability to make decisions on their behalf. SW: You also said “there definitely is an issue around trust”. JC: I think people have lost their trust in athletics because of all the negative stories they’ve read over the last few years. There’s a lack of trust that what they see is real. And absolutely what they see people do in track and field is real. We need to have processes in place that we can prove that it is real and regain the people’s trust. We can do that through good clinical governance and more transparency around those issues, and that’s certainly what I’m looking for. It’s something the chief medical officer and I are discussing. It’s about how we make it all more transparent. I think once we do that, we will regain people’s trust. SW: What lessons has UKA learned from the SALAZAR incident? JC: That’s a really interesting question which has never been posed to me like that before. I think it has learned to have exceptionally good processes for decision making. I think that’s one of the biggest lessons, that you have to have very sturdy processes in place. I think it may also be a lesson learned that when something like this happens your sport can really suffer because it can take hours and hours of executive time and resource away from growing the sport. Remember I wasn’t there when it happened and so I’m only seeing the results of it. SW: How would you like to see coaching develop? JC: I would like to see coaching develop in the way that many sports have it; you have the right coach with the right athlete at the right stage of their development. I would like to see a coaching strategy that matches the number of athletes we have in this country. If we can map the numbers then we can say there are so many athletes, then we need so many coaches.

What TONI MINICHELLO and MALCOLM BROWN have done so far on coaching strategy is a really good piece of work and we need to take that on now. We will be developing a coaching steering group to drive that work forward. I’m also a great believer that if an athlete really loves their coach and doesn’t want to change coaches, we shouldn’t force them to. We should enable them to stay with that coach and put all the support around them if they choose to have it. I think there are two important things. We need to make sure that we can educate coaches at all levels so that we have suitable coaches for athletes at each stage of their career. But if an athlete loves their coach and is developing with that coach, you don’t remove them from that environment, you add to that environment. We know that a lot of the time, what coaches offer is a lot more than technical support; they offer emotional support and a connection which is really important to an athlete.   don’t think you should take that away. It’s about building a structure which gives coaches opportunities to develop and also ensures that we have enough coaches at each level to service the organisation. SW: How do you see 2020 developing? JC: I would love to be optimistic that there’s going to be a season with some events. At the moment, all we can do is follow government guidance. We all want everyone competing again but we don’t want to see a spike in the virus. With regard to the competition season, we will keep optimistic until the point where we are told we have to cancel. That’s what we did with the Müller Anniversary Games. We were later than most in cancelling because we wanted to hold on to the thought that potentially we might have something this year. Commercially we need to put on those events. SW: Is it viable to run the Gateshead Diamond League with no spectators? JC: No, it is not. Economically it makes no sense. We are not football, we don’t have those massive broadcast rights. SW: It is a huge legacy that you must continue, with the success of UK athletics. Can you give us three key goals? JC: I’m going to go medals first, because I think I’d be criticised if I don’t! I need to put elite success first. In 2024 I would like to see us deliver more finalists in the Olympics and Paralympics. I think making a final at the Olympics or Paralympics is unbelievable. So, I am stressing our goal of finals rather than medal tally. My performance director and UK Sport will probably be very cross with me for saying that. My second one would be that we have change the perception of the sport, that people believe what they see is real. That’s really important to me – that we have left all of that behind. Thirdly, that there’s a real and joined up system between grassroots and elite success and that the grassroots is thriving.

SARACENS SPORTS FOUNDATION The following was in the ‘The Rugby Paper’ on 14 June, and gives an insight into their works within the community.

THE ATHLETICS MUSEUM A AAA LEGACY PROJECT In summer 2018, AAA formally identified the project of creating a museum of athletics as part of their legacy to the sport. Since then, a small team has been working to put this plan into action. Thank you for your interest in and support for the project; this is the link to the current newsletter TAM Newsletter Winter 2019 2020

OLYMPIC QUALIFYING PROCESS An updated Olympic qualifying process which can be found here.

BRITISH ATHLETICS LEAGUE 50TH YEAR BOOK We are delighted to announce that a publication celebrating 50 years of British Athletics League history is now available to purchase.
Copies can be bought for £5, or £8 for two, and £10 for three, which is the maximum order. The cost includes postage and packing, with all money raised going to help young athletes through the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund, which has also supported many BAL athletes on their journey along the athletics pathway.
To order, simply email geoffrey.morphitis@capeandd.com with the details of your order and make an online payment of the appropriate amount to;
ACCOUNT NAME : SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS, BANK : HSBC, ACCOUNT NUMBER : 41308378, SORT CODE : 400426
The publication itself features a range of nostalgic contributions from athletes, committee members, team managers and officials. Olympic champion and President of World Athletics, SEBASTIAN COE said: “The competition has been of constant high standard and I remember fondly my own competitions as a member of the Haringey team that were not only important for the club and its status but were important stepping stones to championships later in the season.”
There are great stories of feats that will impress, surprise and amuse you, from exhausted athletes doubling-up to score points, to guitar sing-alongs on team buses. Liverpool Harriers’ MIKE HOLMES has provided a fascinating series of archive reports that bring the piece to life, as do images by MARK SHEARMAN and MELISSA GRESSWELL. Statistical information has also been compiled by PETER MATTHEWS, with a club-by-club directory of every team to compete over the last five decades put together by MIKE HEATH.
Please note that orders will be satisfied on a first come first served basis. No booklets will be sent until payments have cleared so allow please allow seven working days between order and delivery.

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

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Front Sheet Summer 2020 Fixture Card Front Sheet Final Issue 12-02-20
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Fixtures, Updated 24-06-20 Showing Proposed Fixtures From 25 July 2020 – Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 24-06-20 Showing Proposed Fixtures From 25 July 2020
Track and Field Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/track-field/team-managers/
Road Running Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

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

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended. POLE VAULTERS REQUIRED FOR 2020 Currently Suspended. STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

UPCOMING SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS FIXTURES AND OTHER FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS – Due to the Coronavirus situation, all fixtures further notice. All fixtures have been Cancelled until the Tuesday 30 June, this is the link to the SBH Fixture Card updated on the 30 AprilSummer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 30-04-20 Showing Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

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

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

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 18 June 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 18 June to Angus Chisolm, Olivia Da Cruz, Aaron Ellington, Charlie Etami, Amelia Haffner, Rayyan Kaderbhoy, Charles Livingston, Ceake Maddix, Archie Nash, Sara Rourke, Freddie Shiret, Nathan Tadesse, Natasha Tanner and Asher Weissbart

RECENT NEW MEMBERS We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to AMY HOLDER and CLAUDIA KERRY-ROGER

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.

TRAINING VIDEOS PRODUCED BY JADE LALLY – JADE has recently produced two videos relating to the basic fundamentals for Discus, this is the link to JADE’S first video on How To Hold A Discus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA9jyS4Wung&t=6s the second video is on Discus Basics: Foot Placement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8ahzDmrldk

YOU CAN JOIN TY HOLDEN’S CIRCUIT SESSION ON ZOOM – TY will be holding a circuit session on Zoom, which is a conferencing platform, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm. If you wish to join, please email TY at dtyholden@yahoo.co.uk and he will email you an ID number for you to join in. Zoom can accommodate up to 100 users at a time.

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

ENGLAND ATHLETICS DRAFT COMPETITION PROGRAMME – England Athletics have just published  May 2020 version 9 of The Draft Competition Programme for the period w/e 19 July to w/e 27 September. This sets the structure for joint men/women meetings which SBH hopes to follow.

All the promotions listed below are subject to: –
1. Government lifting the present lockdown by 1 July so as to allow group gatherings
2. UKA issuing specific instructions to allow compliance with Government requirements
3. Obtaining a sufficient number of appropriately qualified officials from the participating clubs
4. Facility availability
5. Securing a suitable First Aid provision
6. Receipt of the appropriate licences from UKA

Saturday 25 July – LICC (1) – Allianz Park – all age groups, Sunday 26 July – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (1) – Allianz Park – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Sunday 2 August – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (1) – Bedford – U20 / Senior, Saturday 8 August – LICC (2) – Allianz Park – all age groups, Sunday 9 August – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (2) –  Venue TBA – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Sunday 16 August – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (2) – Venue TBA – U20 / Senior, Saturday 22 August – LICC (3) – Allianz Park – all age groups, Sunday 23 August – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (3) –  Bromley – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Saturday 5 September – U15/U17 Southern Area Championships – Venue TBA, Sunday 6 September – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (3) – Venue TBA – U20 / Senior, Saturday 12 September – U20/Senior Southern Area Championships – Venue TBA, Saturday 19 September – U15/U17 England Championships – Venue TBA, Saturday 26 September – U20/Senior England Championships – Venue TBA

The British Championships are due to be held in Manchester on 8/9 August, however, they have not yet been confirmed.

MANY THANKS TO GEOFF WILLIAMS FOR HIS NOSTALGIC LOOK AT HUMBUG SUCCESSES IN THE NINETIES AND NOUGHTIES Part 3: Relays a truly whole club experience.

For me, Club athletics is still the backbone of our sport. Club success hugely depends on the willingness of individual athletes and their coaches to buy into the concept that running for the team is important. For endurance coaches and their runners, building your season around key fixtures is very important. It is not possible to race every weekend but with effective communication and realistic goal targets strong groups of athletes should come together for the major fixtures.
Reminiscing last week about the double victory in the 2009 National Cross Country Relays brought back some great memories of trips up to Berry Park in Mansfield in early November each year and of the positive value of every age group in a club supporting the big National events. Most of the bigger endurance based clubs have exceptional individuals/groups and intermittently duly win single titles but few clubs have the ability and organisation to be regularly successful in most age groups across the board in the same season.
On the 21 February 1998 saw the Relays transferred to February and Shaftesbury’s team managers and coaches had worked hard to encourage a very large contingent of ‘Humbugs’ to make the journey up the M1. They were rewarded with no less than five ‘Top Ten’ finishes. My key memory of that day was that Shaftesbury were represented in almost every age group race; not necessarily at full strength and not without some disappointment when arguably our best chance of success, the Under 15 Boys team, was incomplete at the very last moment. The Berry Park course is ideal for relays and a superb spectator course, winding its way in and out of woodlands and very visible across the meadows to the lake so the noise from supporters can be a huge encouragement for athletes to squeeze that extra bit of energy into your performance.

Shaftesbury’s Senior Men were looking to medal. While KEITH ANDERSON ran away from the field on Leg 1 to give Bingley a superb start in what was to prove a comfortable win with 2nd fastest time of the day, COLIN JOHNSTONE (16.01) ran a very sensible opening leg and duly brought us home in 8th handing over to DAVID BULLOCK who showed his 3m45 1500m pace to bring us up to 6th with an impressive (15.59). The ever consistent DOMONIC BANNISTER (15.25) flew around the lake and by the time he had finished his first lap was just few seconds off second place before powering away on the second lap to give ANDY ULVIN a 17 second advantage over third placed Salford. His (16.07) was a solid effort but with Bingley’s RICHARD NERURKAR in such impressive form out in front the battle was on for the silver and bronze medals. Morpeth’s IAN HUDSPITH had yet another great run to just hold off both Loughborough Students in 3rd and Shaftesbury with just 11 seconds separating these three teams – fourth was difficult to swallow but it was a great effort from the Shaftesbury quartet. Our ‘B’ team led the unofficial 2nd team honours in 13th position with CHARLIE LOW (16.42), JOHN SHERBAN (16.11), JONATHAN KILSBY (16.57) and ANDY MAGNALL (16.33) showing our depth of talent. GLYNN TROMANS imperiously ran fastest lap 24secs quicker than everyone else!
Final Order: 1st Bingley Harriers (1:03.00), 2nd Morpeth Harriers (1:03.21), 3rd Loughborough Students (1:03.25), 4th Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers (1:03.32), 5th Coventry Godiva AC (1:03.33), 6th Southampton RC (1:03.38)

The Senior Women’s team of HAZEL SUTHERLAND (10.46), RITA QUILL (11.08) and ANGELA JOINER (10.34) ran brilliantly to secure Bronze medals in a race run very much in the same fashion as the mens’. With Birchfield way out in front it was left to ANGELA to hold on to 3rd as LIZZIE TALBOT ran fastest time of the day for Bedford to pull them up to Silver medal position.  Interestingly, when the National Cross Country Relays returned to their normal November slot in the following autumn the Shaftesbury women clamed a resounding victory!
Final Order:  1st Birchfield Harriers (31.54), 2nd Bedford & County (32.22), 3rd Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers (32.28), 4th Charnwood AC (32.32), 5th.Sale Harriers (33.10), 6th Hallamshire Harriers (33.12)

The Under 17 Mens’ race included real drama – to quote Athletics Weekly, Shaftesbury Barnet were the surprise leaders of a South of England clean sweep of the medals – after a fabulous chase by Sale Harriers Manchester blew up near the end. Second place involved more drama when the results computer, refusing to believe two Bakers could clock (8.19) – because nobody had told it JOHN and DAVID are twins – decided Blackheath had an incomplete team, rather than the quartet that held off Aldershot’s English Schools’ 3000metres champion CHRIS THOMPSON.
Shaftesbury’s ‘surprise Gold’ was in fact a triumph for the underdog, sensible use of each runner’s individual strengths and huge support from Humbug faithfull around the course. First leg runner PAUL MURPHY brought us back in 3rd (8.06) holding STEVE VERNON of Stockport to 18 secs on the first leg.  PATRICK PEARCE (8.24) ran a very sensible second leg to consolidate our position. First year Youth RICHARD WILLIAMS, with an impressive (8.06) effort had reduced the 16 second deficit by the top of the long drag up to the top of the hill and then relentlessly built a 12 second lead by the end of the lap despite a scorching chasing run of (7.40) by ROB MAYCOCK of Sale. That JOE COLLINS (8.16), our final leg runner, and another first year Youth, maintained his concentration to produce a perfectly paced run was a triumph in itself. DAN AYTON of pre-race favourites Blackheath relentlessly wore him down while CHRIS THOMPSON, in typical barn storming fashion and encouraged by a baying group of MIKE WOODS inspired athletes ran (7.33), fastest time of the day, to pressurise the leaders. That long undulating finishing straight must have felt like ‘Hill 60’ in Leeds but JOE didn’t panic and a surge over last 50 metres ensured a well deserved win as just 6 seconds separated all of the medalists – exciting stuff and once again Veteran team manager TONY SMITH got his team order spot on!
Again, the SBH strength in depth saw the ‘B’ team take second team honours with MATT COLLINS (9.07), STEVEN EFTAKARI (8.51), ROSS ANDERSON (8.22) and NICK PHILLIPS (9.00) to finish 18th.
Final Order: 1st Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers (32.52), 2nd Blackheath & Bromley AC (32.56), 3rd Aldershot & Farnham AC (32.58), 4th Sale Harriers (33.18), 5th Sunderland Harriers (33.22), 6th OWLS (33.32)

Photograph left to right – PATRICK PEARCE, PAUL MURPHY, JOE COLLINS and RICHARD WILLIAMS

Shaftesbury’s combined U17/20 Women were not to be outdone as they placed 5th in their race. CHARLOTTE FERNE (10.16) brought us home in 23rd on first leg as she battled with a stitch and was followed by a terrific effort of (9.37) by SOPHIE KOEHNE which elevated us to 9th before EMMA BROOKER secured 5th place with a storming effort of (9.16). The ‘B’ team finished 14th with JO ANKIER (9.39), SARA DAREVE (10.24) and DONNA CONWAY (10.22). Our best three from these two teams would have medalled!
Final Order: 1st Loughborough Students (28.09), 2nd Charnwood AC (28.12), 3rd Morpeth (29.00), 4th Aldershot & Farnham AC (29.09), 5th Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers (29.09), 6th Coventry Godiva Harriers (29.28)

The Under 15 Girls team had high hopes of medalling and they duly produced the goods in a very exciting race which saw the lead changing hands several times. Bristol and Mansfield had a 10 second cushion at the end of the first leg with our JADE WRIGHT 7th in (7.46). The consistent SARAH STANMORE with (7.48) produced her usual solid performance as the order changed dramatically to improve Shaftesbury to 5th handing to LAYLA HALL who was in the middle of a rich vein of form. Her impressive (7.36) appeared to be claiming Silver but LOIS WHITTAKER of Sale just pipped her on the line producing fastest time of the day with (7.14) – 13 seconds faster than anyone else on the day as a very determined LAYLA brilliantly held off Havering Mayesbrooks’ fast finishing FIONA FULLERTON to secure the Bronze medal.
Final Order: 1st Peterborough AC (22.58), 2nd Sale Harriers (23.07), 3rd Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers (23.10), 4th Havering Mayesbrook (23.10), 5th. Bristol AC (23.150, 6th Aldershot (23.21)

MARTIN GREY CONTACTED ME RECENTLY Good Afternoon ALAN, very interesting piece by KINGSTON MILLS, although really a lot of common sense. The sort of running we do must carry very little risk indeed, but big mass events are obviously going to be hugely affected, and some creative thinking will be needed by the governing bodies for all parts of our sport.  Interesting that one of his ideas is to hold what we used to call Yacht Handicaps – slower runners starting first with the faster ones following at intervals. I think we used to hold these at Headstone Manor, Harrow and then at Cophalll for a while (1950s/60s).  KINGSTON was a key member of our relay and cross country races in the 80’s. For me the most memorable was our Dream Team which won the National 6 stage Road Relay in 1983 from the likes of Gateshead, Birchfield and Aldershot etc. The team consisted of NEIL LEACH, JIM ESPIR, RICHARD SAMUEL, JULIAN GOATER, STEVE LOWE and STEVE HARRIS.

Therefore, I have taken the baton up MARTIN, by consulting the December 1983 issue of the Shaftesbury Harriers Magazine. First there was a report from TONY SUNDERLAND who was a former Club President, Champion and Team Manager, and until 2019 was Chairman of Shaftesbury. Following this is the race report from MARTIN who at the time was the Team Manager.

TONY had the privilege to be present at Melton Mowbray on Saturday 22 October 1983 to witness Shaftesbury Harriers winning a National Senior team title, the first in the 93-year history of the club, and finally fulfilling the promise which we all felt was there.
The occasion was the National 6 Stage Road Relay Championships in which we had finished 2nd in 1975 and 1978, and finally this year we pulled together a dream team, and with tremendous efforts all round, won one of the most fiercely competitive relays for many years.
The possibility that we could win this relay dawned on all concerned when two weeks prior to the event the team which we finally on the starting line was drawn up, and although there were the problems, which we overcome by gentle persuasion and in certain cases not too gentle, all arrived at Melton Mowbray raring to go.
Before the day and on the way to Melton Mowbray confidence was riding high that a National title could possibly be obtained. On arrival, when the many stars from other teams were spotted and the line-up of Tipton, Gateshead and Aldershot became known, it was realised that the task in hand was formidable.
I have been to many National road relays, including the old London to Brighton, and it is a long time since I have experienced such tremendous atmosphere before even the first leg commenced. All the top teams were there, all fielding their strongest possible runners, and everyone seemed to be making the same comment that this was going to be some race and the outcome was impossible to foresee. This was the year to win and to leave in no doubt who was the true National 6 Stage Champion club was.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all members of the team for their tremendous performance, and MARTIN for his splendid efforts in being able to bring together this winning team. Also, a special thanks to DAVE SWEENEY who travelled as reserve, for being on the spot, should there be any mishaps with any of the selected runners.

MARTIN reported, a superb victory against the toughest competition – in no was a hollow win. Athletics Weekly published an excellent report, with photographs of JULIAN and STEVE. The Telegraph and Guardian stressed the high standard of our win but was more concerned about the lack of AAA officials from London and the fact that the race was held at a derelict-looking ironworks in the middle of nowhere.
NEIL (17.35) was 30 seconds down on ANDY HOLDEN on Leg 1 in 14th place – sufficiently in touch for JIM to produce an inspired run (17.15) taking us up to 5th place. RICHARD has a solid run (17.29) taking us up 1 place to 4th, JULIAN produced the third fastest leg ever run on the course (16.37) apart from MICK MCLEOD (16.31) today, and NICK ROSE ran (16.33) some years ago. Now in 1st place STEVE LOWE’S experience came in handy as Gateshead’s GARY NAGEL took off ridiculous fast on Leg 5 and led STEVE all the way round to the hill not far from the finish (17.22) – then died. Great excitement therefore when STEVE appeared in view STEVE HARRIS, despite some injury doubts, finished off excellently (16.53) and we beat a 100% strength Aldershot team (same as the winning National cross country team) by recording a new course record.

Result1st Shaftesbury Harriers (1:43.11), 2nd Aldershot, Farnham & District (1:43.21), 3rd Gateshead Harriers (1:44.28), 4th Tipton Harriers (1:44.45), 5th Staffordshire Moorlands (1:45.01), 6th Derby & County (1:45.17)

NEW MEMBERS IN 1983 Since Shaftesbury was founded 130 years ago in 1890, we have developed an abundance of athletes from a young age through to International standard. Also, many athletes have joined Shaftesbury based on improving themselves with one of the most successful clubs in the UK. In early 1983 we had four athletes join Shaftesbury, of which three were this country’s top Juniors, as well as a proven Senior International.

Strictly alphabetical – COLIN BOREHAM who is a GB Senior International in both High Jump and Decathlon. His all-round talent (number two to DALEY THOMPSON) will prove invaluable, particularly his expertise in the High Jump, Pole Vault and Shot. He has joined us in order to obtain top class club competition which we hope will provide the extra stimulus to push COLIN over the 8,000 barriers and truly into world class.
BILLY DAVEY is, of course, known as the GB Junior Pole Vault record-holder, but in addition he is an excellent athlete with all-round sporting ability – as indicated in the televised 1982 Junior Superstars Competition Final.
MICHAEL JONES is the AAA Junior Hammer Champion and has been aware of the club for some time, as he is coached by ALAN BERTRAM who has been a long time provider of Hammer throwers in Shaftesbury colours. MICHAEL competed in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur competing for England and came away with a Silver Medal.
PAUL MORGAN who was the top ranked Youth Javelin thrower in the UK in 1982. PAUL who is coached by his Mother, a former GB International ROSEMARY MORGAN.

DETECTIVE WORK FROM TIM PARKIN Hi Alan, thanks for maintaining the weekly newsletter at this moment in time. I’ve enjoyed reading the extra detail included on past events. In the newsletter 2 weeks you included a piece about the 1987 National Cross Country Relays which I read with interest and discussed with my dad. Whilst neither of us were there on the day but Dad looked out the copy of Athletics Weekly from his collection. The front page below featured MIKE WILLIAMS on the final leg

 

Photograph of MIKE WILLIAMS, JOHN SHERBAN, Team Manager CHRIS IRELAND, KINGSTON MILLS and JULIAN GOATER

THE ATHLETICS MUSEUM A AAA LEGACY PROJECT In summer 2018, AAA formally identified the project of creating a museum of athletics as part of their legacy to the sport. Since then, a small team has been working to put this plan into action. Thank you for your interest in and support for the project; this is the link to the current newsletter TAM Newsletter Winter 2019 2020

OLYMPIC QUALIFYING PROCESS An updated Olympic qualifying process which can be found here.

BRITISH ATHLETICS LEAGUE 50TH YEAR BOOK We are delighted to announce that a publication celebrating 50 years of British Athletics League history is now available to purchase.
Copies can be bought for £5, or £8 for two, and £10 for three, which is the maximum order. The cost includes postage and packing, with all money raised going to help young athletes through the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund, which has also supported many BAL athletes on their journey along the athletics pathway.
To order, simply email geoffrey.morphitis@capeandd.com with the details of your order and make an online payment of the appropriate amount to;
ACCOUNT NAME : SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS, BANK : HSBC, ACCOUNT NUMBER : 41308378, SORT CODE : 400426
The publication itself features a range of nostalgic contributions from athletes, committee members, team managers and officials. Olympic champion and President of World Athletics, SEBASTIAN COE said: “The competition has been of constant high standard and I remember fondly my own competitions as a member of the Haringey team that were not only important for the club and its status but were important stepping stones to championships later in the season.”
There are great stories of feats that will impress, surprise and amuse you, from exhausted athletes doubling-up to score points, to guitar sing-alongs on team buses. Liverpool Harriers’ MIKE HOLMES has provided a fascinating series of archive reports that bring the piece to life, as do images by MARK SHEARMAN and MELISSA GRESSWELL. Statistical information has also been compiled by PETER MATTHEWS, with a club-by-club directory of every team to compete over the last five decades put together by MIKE HEATH.
Please note that orders will be satisfied on a first come first served basis. No booklets will be sent until payments have cleared so allow please allow seven working days between order and delivery.

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

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Front Sheet Summer 2020 Fixture Card Front Sheet Final Issue 12-02-20
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Fixtures, Updated 30-04-20 Showing Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures – Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 30-04-20 Showing Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures
Track and Field Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/track-field/team-managers/
Road Running Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

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

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended. POLE VAULTERS REQUIRED FOR 2020 Currently Suspended. STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

UPCOMING SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS FIXTURES AND OTHER FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS – Due to the Coronavirus situation, all fixtures further notice. All fixtures have been Cancelled until the Tuesday 30 June, this is the link to the SBH Fixture Card updated on the 30 AprilSummer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 30-04-20 Showing Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

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

CHARGES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK – Currently the stadium is closed for athletics until the 31 May.

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 11 June 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 11 June to Jubril Adeniji, Yasmin Ahmed, Dominic Ashwell, Alina Cofi, Tolu Elesin, Anjali Fowkes-Gajan, Tony Henry, Uriel Hirsch, Charlie Knott, Yiannis Kourpas, Joshua Kumar, Rafael Kruskal, Claire McGarvey, Omar Parsons, Kayanna Reid and Ethan Walsh

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.

TRAINING VIDEOS PRODUCED BY JADE LALLY – JADE has recently produced two videos relating to the basic fundamentals for Discus, this is the link to JADE’S first video on How To Hold A Discus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA9jyS4Wung&t=6s the second video is on Discus Basics: Foot Placement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8ahzDmrldk

YOU CAN JOIN TY HOLDEN’S CIRCUIT SESSION ON ZOOM – TY will be holding a circuit session on Zoom, which is a conferencing platform, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm. If you wish to join, please email TY at dtyholden@yahoo.co.uk and he will email you an ID number for you to join in. Zoom can accommodate up to 100 users at a time.

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

MANY THANKS TO GEOFF WILLIAMS FOR HIS NOSTALGIC LOOK AT HUMBUG SUCCESSES IN THE NINETIES AND NOUGHTIES Part 2: National Cross Country Championships in 1957. Very few folk will be old enough to remember the Shaftesbury Harriers team who placed 21st in the National Cross Country Championships held at Parliament Hill Fields.
The National was held at the now famous course at Parliament Hill, over a 12k course, consisting of two large laps, that twisted around Hampstead Heath, with deep mud, streams, ditches and hills, making it a very testing course. Fortunately, the weather was dry, vloudy-bright and cool, but heavy rain over the previous two weeks had made the course very wet and difficult for runners – and officials and spectators; someting like the courses at Milton Kernes, and more recently, Alton Towers and Sunderland.

A quick look at the SBH website History page gives an excellent insight into the club’s origins as a true Harriers Club with training based at Parliament Hill and Headstone Lane, Harrow at the time. The Athletics Weekly report of the 1957 National Cross Country (see below) threw up some interesting facts.
Shaftesbury finished 21st team and were pleasingly in front of traditional adversaries Highgate Harriers, Woodford Green, North London, Essex Beagles, Enfield and Ealing.
The scoring team that day was DON MARTIN (103), ERIC FORD (133), ERNIE CHAPLIN (192), RON COLLINS (202), SID BEALE (210), BILL STEVENS (281).
Aylesford Paper Mill AC from Kent placed 6th overall led by individual winner FRANK SANDO (photographed) who was a GB International and Olympian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TVH, led by 3rd placed individual KEN NORRIS who was the 1956 and 1959 champion bagged Bronze team medals to claim the honour of ‘best in London’
A certain GEORGE HARRISON (surely only in his early twenties) placed 94th for Highgate Harriers.
HARRY HICKS, finishing in 16th led Hampstead Harriers to the ‘best in Barnet title’
Queens Park Harriers placed 12th including P. O’CONNOR (156th) who appeared in the National results 31 times!
Finchley Harriers, Polytechnic Harriers, Hampstead Harriers, Southgate Harriers and Wigmore Harriers were well represented but are, sadly, now defunct clubs.

Link to the Athletics Weekly results National XC Relays 1957 AW Result

Earlier in the day our YOUTHS team had become National Champions. The course was saturated and a thorough test of stamina. At the start ALAN PATTEN had the misfortune to lose one of his shoes and get spiked into the bargain, and youth captain TONY SUNDERLAND was fearing that the team’s chances of success were rapidly diminishing. He need not have worried as JOHN JALES and DAVE HUXLEY were right at the head of the field with BARRY ROSENBERG and BRIAN CAKEBREAD well placed, and ALAN was no means finished.
As the race progressed JOHN, TONY and DAVE were well placed, and with just over a half a mile to go we had 3 in 25, but there was an agonised wait before ALAN chugged by, closely followed by BRIAN and BARRY. So, to the finish with little change, JOHN past the post in 7th place, TONY was 11 seconds behind in 11th place, DAVE a further 22 seconds away in 23rd place. ALAN who had run a plucky to finish 69th, BRIAN and BARRY were close up, 78th and 86th respectively.
Had they managed it? Was the gap between third and fourth man too much? Our fears were answered a few minutes later when the loudspeakers boomed: 1st Shaftesbury (100 points), 2nd Halifax (209), 3rd Birchfield (234). A letter appeared in Athletics Weekly a few weeks later which ended: “Shaftesbury were winners with almost 100 points to spare – surely this team must be one of the strongest ever to run in the National?”

ROSALIND ZEFFERTT REACHING NEW HEIGHTS ROSALIND is squarely putting the blame on GERALD ALTERMAN’S shoulders, has signed up to do a fundraising abseil in aid of London’s Air Ambulance charity.
On Sunday September 13th, circumstances permitting I’ll be abseiling from the Royal London Hospital’s helipad to the ground 17 floors down, in aid of London’s Air Ambulance. And with my vast experience as a novice pole vaulter, abseiling seems the logical next step – doesn’t it?
If you are able to make a donation, no matter how small, you will be helping London’s Air Ambulance to save more lives by keeping the helicopter in the air and the rapid response cars on the road. By providing intervention as quickly as possible after injury, London’s Air Ambulance Charity aims to give patients the best chance of survival, and best quality of life, after trauma.
I have admired the work they do for a long time, plus the abseil will be a real challenge for me (17 floors), which I think it ought to be if people are being asked to make a donation.

Here is the link to my fundraising page: https://fundraising.londonsairambulance.org.uk/fundraisers/rosalindzeffertt/londons-air-ambulance-helipad-abseil-2020
Many thanks and Best wishes ROSALIND

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WILLIAM WILSON BY TOM MCNABIt was just over seventy years a go that I made contact with the man who was to bring me into athletics. He was WILLIAM WILSON, a 150-year-old athlete who featured in the pages of the comic paper “The Wizard”. I therefore make no apology for bringing him now to your attention.

Wilson was the construct of GILBERT DALTON, who had been prompted to create him by someone from my own club, Shettleston Harriers, the editor of the “Wizard”, by name WILLIAM BLAINSIR ROGER BANNISTER expressed dismay when I informed him that the four-minute mile had in fact been achieved in 1815, but less concerned when I said that it had been WILSON who had done so. Wilson could do anything. Having been given the elixir of life by a hermit called MATTHEW in 1812, he spent the rest of his life attacking every athletics record known to man. In the process, he cleared over seven feet in high jump, over nine metres in leaping The Pit of Fire in the Sahara, and over seventy feet in shot put. In the process, he quelled a Zulu rising in Africa, defeated a lost contingent of Ancient Romans, trained a disabled soldier to beat four minutes for the mile, and destroyed fleets of German planes as a Battle of Britain pilot. My imagination feasted on the feats of WILLIAM WILSON. In providing these illustrations I hope that I will have given you some idea of the source of an enthusiasm for athletics which has never dimmed.

WORLD ATHLETICS UNVEILS NEW STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE SPORT The following was published recently on the Athletics Weekly website on 3 June.
World Athletics has unveiled a new four-year strategic plan for the sport, with a vision of using “the power and accessibility of athletics and its athletes” to create “a healthier and fitter world”.
On Wednesday three online meetings were held between the sport’s global governing body and its 214 member federations as they discussed the direction athletics will take over the next four years and the short-term challenges and opportunities the sport has as the world begins to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. “Our head office may have been closed for 11 weeks but we have not been idle,” said World Athletics president SEBASTIAN COE, who chaired the meetings.

“We have used that time to continue to develop our strategy to grow athletics. A huge amount of work has been put into developing our four-year strategic plan, led by our CEO JON RIDGEON, and with input and involvement from all at HQ, our executive board, our area presidents, commission chairs and commissions. “This is an exceptional body of work that brings together all the great things we do as a global sport body with a laser sharp focus on doing it better, and includes some innovative and creative ideas to drive growth in our sport,” he added. “It is exactly the type of roadmap our sport needs to bring together all our stakeholders with a single vision, mission and clear priorities. “Over the next few months we have an unprecedented opportunity on the back of the increased physical activity of people in lockdown. The latest research from runrepeat.com shows that exercise has increased 88% during lockdown and running and walking has topped the tables. We need to inspire these people to continue the habits they have learned and we will with our own campaigns but also by embracing campaigns that many others in our sport are driving.”

World Athletics says its mission is to: Grow the sport and make it relevant in people’s lives and the lives of their communities.
Inspire by creating globally appealing and accessible competitions, events, and activities so our talented athletes can entertain and inspire the world.
Lead by being the best example of a well-governed sports federation taking brave leadership decisions and valuing partnerships that deliver athletics around the world.

The governing body also outlined aims relating to participation and events, partnerships, people and fans. “By 2024 our aim is to grow our broadcast reach, double our digital following and create a database of 1 million known fans who actively choose to connect and engage with us and our sport,” said World Athletics. The full strategic plan is set to be available by the end of June. Click here to read more.

OLYMPIC QUALIFYING PROCESS At the above meeting they released an updated Olympic qualifying process which can be found here.

GUERNSEY FIRST T&F COMPETITION IN BRITISHISLESThe following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website.
The Channel Island will host a meeting featuring short sprints and throws, plus an 800m run completely in lanes, on June 14. Guernsey’s Footes Lane stadium is set to welcome athletes for the British Isles’ first track & field competition of the 2020 summer season next Sunday 14 June.

The Channel Island of Guernsey – a British Crown Dependency based off the west coast of France – has seemingly eliminated Covid-19 from its shores and is in Phase 4 of the island’s exit strategy. As a result, within certain parameters – including strict social distancing and hygiene practices – competitive sport can recommence. However, Guernsey’s borders are essentially closed, with anyone entering the island required by law to self- isolate for 14 days from arrival. Therefore, no athletes from outside of the island will be able to compete.

Current regulations rule out certain disciplines, such as long distance races, and athletes under the age of 18 are not able to take part, but Guernsey Athletics say they will “softly launch” the track & field season with the meeting which will feature short sprints and throws as well as an 800m which will require athletes to remain in their own lanes for the full duration of the race. Two rounds of the women’s 100m will be the main attraction for the locals, as former Commonwealth Youth Games semi-finalist ABI GALPIN looks to translate her strong indoor form into summer performances. The 19-year-old University of Bath student became Guernsey’s second fastest ever 60m sprinter back in January as she clocked (7.74) in Cardiff. “I’m really excited to get out there and start my season,” she said. “Things have been going very well in training despite the lockdown, and particularly now we can train on the track properly. “I think we are extremely fortunate to be in this situation – being in the first meet in Britain and perhaps even in Europe.” The NatWest International Island Games 200m bronze medallist will be joined by fellow Games sprinters VICKY MANN and AMELIA LEES. In the throws, island record-holder SIA BANBURY will headline the hammer, while JAMES BOUGOURD contests the javelin and TOM BRIERLEY the discus. The top international names on the island’s athlete roster, brothers CAMERON and ALASTAIR CHALMERS, are not set to compete.

Guernsey Athletics development officer and meet organiser TOM DRUCE expects Sunday to be a significant event for local athletics. “Not only will it be the first event to take place in the British Isles, but it is also the first meet to take place on the newly refurbished track. So, there is a lot of significance surrounding it,” he said. “A lot of work has gone in at various levels to get to this point and I’m excited to see some live athletics both on the track and in the field. “Because we are unable to host endurance or under-18 events, the meet will be quite small with regards to participants, but the quality is going to be there.”

BRITISH ATHLETICS LEAGUE 50TH YEAR BOOK We are delighted to announce that a publication celebrating 50 years of British Athletics League history is now available to purchase.
Copies can be bought for £5, or £8 for two, and £10 for three, which is the maximum order. The cost includes postage and packing, with all money raised going to help young athletes through the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund, which has also supported many BAL athletes on their journey along the athletics pathway.
To order, simply email geoffrey.morphitis@capeandd.com with the details of your order and make an online payment of the appropriate amount to;
ACCOUNT NAME : SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS, BANK : HSBC, ACCOUNT NUMBER : 41308378, SORT CODE : 400426
The publication itself features a range of nostalgic contributions from athletes, committee members, team managers and officials. Olympic champion and President of World Athletics, SEBASTIAN COE said: “The competition has been of constant high standard and I remember fondly my own competitions as a member of the Haringey team that were not only important for the club and its status but were important stepping stones to championships later in the season.”
There are great stories of feats that will impress, surprise and amuse you, from exhausted athletes doubling-up to score points, to guitar sing-alongs on team buses. Liverpool Harriers’ MIKE HOLMES has provided a fascinating series of archive reports that bring the piece to life, as do images by MARK SHEARMAN and MELISSA GRESSWELL. Statistical information has also been compiled by PETER MATTHEWS, with a club-by-club directory of every team to compete over the last five decades put together by MIKE HEATH.
Please note that orders will be satisfied on a first come first served basis. No booklets will be sent until payments have cleared so allow please allow seven working days between order and delivery.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS DRAFT COMPETITION PROGRAMME – England Athletics have just published  May 2020 version 9 of The Draft Competition Programme for the period w/e 19 July to w/e 27 September. This sets the structure for joint men/women meetings which SBH hopes to follow.

All the promotions listed below are subject to: –
1. Government lifting the present lockdown by 1 July so as to allow group gatherings
2. UKA issuing specific instructions to allow compliance with Government requirements
3. Obtaining a sufficient number of appropriately qualified officials from the participating clubs
4. Facility availability
5. Securing a suitable First Aid provision
6. Receipt of the appropriate licences from UKA

Saturday 25 July – LICC (1) – Allianz Park – all age groups, Sunday 26 July – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (1) – Allianz Park – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Sunday 2 August – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (1) – Bedford – U20 / Senior, Saturday 8 August – LICC (2) – Allianz Park – all age groups, Sunday 9 August – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (2) –  Venue TBA – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Sunday 16 August – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (2) – Venue TBA – U20 / Senior, Saturday 22 August – LICC (3) – Allianz Park – all age groups, Sunday 23 August – U17/U20 Southern Premier Division (3) –  Bromley – (Inter-Club competition featuring the 6 clubs which would have been the now cancelled YDL), Saturday 5 September – U15/U17 Southern Area Championships – Venue TBA, Sunday 6 September – National Athletics League – Premiership Division (3) – Venue TBA – U20 / Senior, Saturday 12 September – U20/Senior Southern Area Championships – Venue TBA, Saturday 19 September – U15/U17 England Championships – Venue TBA, Saturday 26 September – U20/Senior England Championships – Venue TBA

The British Championships are due to be held in Manchester on 8/9 August, however, they have not yet been confirmed.

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

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Front Sheet Summer 2020 Fixture Card Front Sheet Final Issue 12-02-20
SBH 2020 Summer Fixture Card Fixtures, Updated 30-04-20 Showing Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures – Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 30-04-20 Showing Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures
Track and Field Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/track-field/team-managers/
Road Running Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

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

SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended. POLE VAULTERS REQUIRED FOR 2020 Currently Suspended. STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

UPCOMING SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS FIXTURES AND OTHER FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS – Due to the Coronavirus situation, all fixtures further notice. All fixtures have been Cancelled until the Tuesday 30 June, this is the link to the SBH Fixture Card updated on the 30 AprilSummer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 30-04-20 Showing Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

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

CHARGES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK – Currently the stadium is closed for athletics until the 31 May.

ALAN