Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 9 April 2020

Happy Birthday this week to Ena Akpata, Ben Bellisario, Phillip Crout, Charlotte Johnston, Alessa Lewis, Phillipa Lowe, Phoebe Music, Amelia Onyems and Ray Powell

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT, UPDATED 24 MARCHThe following is a joint statement by SBH and Saracens SBH Coronavirus Statement 24.03.20 Rev A

CURRENT UPDATE ON UPCOMING FIXTURES – The following fixtures have now been Cancelled
London Inter Club Challenge due to take place on Saturday 18 April 
Middlesex Young Athletes League due to take place on Saturday 18 April and Saturday 23 May
UK Youth Development League due to take place on Sunday 19 April, Sunday 24 May, Sunday 21 June, Sunday 26 July and Sunday 6 September
National Athletic League due to take place on Sunday 3 May and 14 June
Eastern Young Athletics League due to take place on Sunday 3 May and Sunday 31 May
Veterans League due to take place on Monday 4 May  
BUCS due to take place on Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May
Hertfordshire County Championships due to take place on Saturday 9 May and Sunday 10 May 
Loughborough International due to take place on Sunday 17 May
Middlesex County Championships due to take place on Saturday 30 May and Sunday 31 May 
World U20 Championships due to take place from Tuesday 7 July to Sunday 12 July
English Schools Championships due to take place on Friday 10 July and Saturday 11 July 
European U18 Championships due to take place from Thursday 16 July to Sunday 19 July
Olympic Games due to take place from Friday 31 July to Sunday 9 August

Virgin London Marathon and Mini Marathon due to take place on Sunday 26 April has been Postponed, and is rescheduled to take place on Sunday 4 October

MULLER BRITISH ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS – Since the current pandemic resulted in significant changes to the competition calendar, British Athletics have been in constant communication with our partners at European Athletics, World Athletics and the Wanda Diamond League to coordinate the remaining schedule of athletics events in 2020, prioritising the safety and health of our sport and spectators at all times.

At this moment in time, we are still working on the basis that all British Athletics events – Müller British Athletics Championships Manchester, Müller Anniversary Games London & Müller Grand Prix Gateshead – will be going ahead although we will continue to adhere to all government advice and guidelines to ensure the safety of those involved.

In coordination with the World Athletics Global Calendar Unit, we have now finalised discussions for a new National Championships weekend alongside other federations. As a result, should there be an opportunity to recommence competition during this outdoor season, the Muller British Athletics Championships will be rescheduled from its original date of 20/21st June to 8/9th August 2020, with the venue remaining as the Manchester Regional Arena.

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 17-03-20 Showing Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures – Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 17-03-20 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.

WHAT A BIRTHDAY SURPRISE  It was PHOEBE MUSIC 12th birthday on Wednesday and CARL told me that we didn’t have many ingredients in, but we did find some fondant icing in the back of a cupboard so made an SBH Cake to celebrate (not my best, but popping to Tesco no longer an option so it was a bit make do and mend!) We are all looking forward to a time when training and competing can resume and send our best to everyone at the club.

MANY THANKS TO  SIMON KEENE and TOM MCNAB for their contribution to this week’s Newsletter.

SBH SENIOR WOMEN 1998 TO 2002  Last week there were some typing errors, also I have been talking to SIMON and we found some of the missing results. This is link which shows the full Senior Women  SBH results updated from last week for the 1998 to 2002 Cross Country and Road Relays  

In those years the team competed in 32 Southern or National Championships, of those they won 17 Championships, were 2nd in 5 and 3rd in 5 others, 4 others outside the top 3, finally 1 result to be found. Of those LUCY ELIOTT competed in 17 of the 26 Championships, amazing, there are still 3 results to find which will show each runner (They are the Southen 4 Stage 1998, 2000 and 2001).

BOB BROWN ULTRA DISTANCE RUNNER – Born in Bushey, Herts, and during the early 1990’s he joined Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers. At that time, I remember running with him in the Metropolitan League and as far as I can remember was a good club athlete. Also at the same his identical twin sisters Susan and Allison were also members, they progressed up through the younger age-groups to become reasonably good runners. It was around 1993-94 that the family moved to Australia.
Apparently, BOB came back and settled in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall, to become a primary school teacher. He had started to run marathon’s, and found his niche as an Ultra Distance runner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1995, running as a complete unknown, BOB finished second in the World Triple Ironman Championships in France, which consisted of a 7.2-mile swim, 336-mile cycle and 78-mile run. He has also competed in the world’s longest and toughest triathlon – the World Deca-Ironman Championships in Monterrey, Mexico. Competitors had to swim 24 miles, cycle 1,120 miles and run 262 miles.

BOB at the age of 35, competed and won the “Run Across America” which is a 3100-mile race, the race started on 12 June 2004 to 21 August 2004 (71 Days) average daily mileage of 43.4 miles (69.8km). Prior to this he finished 7th in the 2001 Trans-Australia Footrace in which he ran 50 miles per day for 65 days in the middle of the Australian summer (The heat was 50c at times).

The race started from Huntingdon Beach, just south of Los Angeles, after leaving LA they were battling temperatures of 43.5C as they crossed the Mojave Desert, then on to Las Vegas, up through the Rockies to 10,000 feet, down to Denver, Colorado then through the Great Plains, Indianapolis, and then finishing in New York.

After day 46. It has taken BOB just over 318 hours to run 1,917 miles (3,086 kilometres), giving him a lead of nearly 34 hours over Frenchman LUC DUMONT ST PRIEST in second place. After day 58 BOB the lone UK runner in the international field, is 47 hours ahead of second place Frenchman ST PRIEST. But the best moment has to be when on day 68 he was running along in the middle of nowhere when I heard a barking noise. I turned around to see 2 familiar people with dog masks on. It was my sister SUSAN and bro-in-law ROSS. After flying home to Australia, a month previously they had decided to surprise me by flying out again for the finish. And they did!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob sponsor Cornish firm GINSTERS were shipping supplies to him on a regular basis. Weight-wise “I am down to 8st 10lb – I haven’t been that weight since I was 14,” and was consuming 10,000 calories a day. He went through five pairs of trainers, and towards the finish his toes were clearly visible through his training shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOM MCNAB – Last week I published TOM’S article on the ‘1906 Intercalated Olympics Games’ follows. TOM, a physical educationist, was National Athletics Coach from 1963 to 1978. His 5 Star Award Scheme reached 60 million children.

This week features his 5 Star Award Scheme which is a unique program to help children, regardless of ability to achieve competence in athletics, improve sports performance and increase general fitness to promote a healthy lifestyle. The Coach for the five star award scheme is our own CLAIRE SPURWAY who in 2019 became the World, European and British Masters 60m Champion.

Link to TOM’S feature – Tom Mcnab PE Five Star article. April 2019 published also link to the 5 Star Award Scheme website – https://www.fivestarathletics.co.uk/

ATHLETES WITH TOKYO 2020 STANDARDS TO REMAIN QUALIFIED FOR 2021 – The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. All athletes to have already achieved the entry standard for their event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will remain qualified for the postponed Games now taking place in 2021, World Athletics president SEB COE has confirmed.

In a letter to the athletics community, COE added that the world governing body’s review of the Olympic qualification system would be expedited, with any changes to the process to be announced as soon as possible “so athletes know where they stand”. This includes the development of “a clear and fair process” for remaining athletes to qualify for the Games, which had been due to take place from July 24 to August 9 but are now scheduled to be held before the end of the summer next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Last week all sports agreed to the International Olympic Committee’s proposal that all athletes currently qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will remain qualified for next year’s event,” COE wrote. “In athletics the primary qualification avenue is by meeting the entry standards set out in March 2019. “Once those places are allocated, the remaining athletes are drawn from the world ranking list. “As of today, all athletes who have met the entry standards for their event will remain qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. This is approximately 50% of the places. What is important now is that we develop a clear and fair process for the remaining athletes to qualify, given many events have been postponed. “We will work with our Athletes’ Commission, our Council and the IOC to do this. We are also looking at how we can preserve an outdoor competition season this year with a series of one-day meetings on each continent that may begin as late as August and run to early October, so our athletes can get back in to competition as quickly as possible when it is safe to do so.”

On Friday it was confirmed that further to the postponement of the first three meetings of the 2020 Diamond League season, scheduled for Qatar and China, the May meetings in Stockholm (May 24), Naples/Rome (May 28) and Rabat (May 31) will also be rescheduled. In his letter, Coe added that the current time can now be used to innovate and consider things such as “weekend festivals of running, jumping and throwing” and for reorganising the global calendar of events. “In sport we have a unique opportunity not to tip toe around things and tweak at the edges,” he wrote. “We have the chance to think bigger, to rip up the blueprints and banish the ‘that’s the way we’ve always done it’ mentality. “Ironically, I believe social distancing will actually bring us closer together as a community and sport can sit right at the centre. The situation the world finds itself in today is a huge wake up call for all of us – as human beings, as businesses and as sport. We should capitalise on this and work out new ways of delivering events, create and plan new events that embrace the many as well as the few. “We can use this time to innovate and extend our sport across the year. Rather than just focusing on one-day meetings and one-day road races at one end of the spectrum and 10-day extravaganzas at the other end, we should look at weekend festivals of running, jumping and throwing that take advantage of the Southern and Northern Hemisphere seasons. We should work with governments to re-establish sport in schools, rebuild club structures, incentivise people to exercise and get fit (I rather fancy more people are exercising this week – doing 15-minute exercise routines in their homes or going out for a daily walk – than they have probably done in the last month). This should and could be the new normal. We don’t have to do things the same way.” He continued: “The world will not be the same after this pandemic. It will be different and that could be a good thing. Going back to core human values, back to basics of what is important, redefining our purpose, is something we can all do on a human, business and sporting scale. “We have heard a lot in the past week from governments, health care professionals, Prime Ministers and Presidents about social distancing and we are all practising it. But as I said at the beginning, although we may be separated physically during this period, my instinct is that ultimately this will draw us closer together, not further apart.”

The full letter can be found here.

TOKYO 2020 KNOCK-ON EFFECTS – The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently, written by JASON HENDERSON.
How will moving the Olympics to next year affect athletics? AW’s editor looks at some of the repercussions

Most agree postponing the Tokyo Games to 2021 is the right move. With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the planet, many feel it is the only move and the only surprise is that the IOC did not act sooner.
As drastic as it is, it has happened before. The 1916 Olympics were due to take place in Berlin before being cancelled after World War I broke out. Tokyo, coincidentally, was set to stage the 1940 Olympics, too, before World War II led to firstly Helsinki being awarded those 1940 Games followed by London as host city for a 1944 Games that was eventually held in 1948.
Tokyo right now is hardly alone either when it comes to being cancelled or postponed this spring and summer. The ever-growing athletics casualty list currently includes world championships for indoor athletics (in Nanjing)half-marathon (Gydnia)under-20 athletes (Nairobi) and masters (Toronto), plus London and Boston marathons.
The Tokyo Games is the biggest domino of all, though. So, what are the consequences of the event being delayed by a year?
Scaled down Games
There have been attempts to streamline the Olympics in recent years with fewer costs involved and moving the event to 2021 could help accelerate this trend. Everything from the lavish opening and closing ceremonies through to the number of athletes who are able to take part could be throttled back in size to make it more manageable and cheaper.
Finding a date in the calendar
There has been talk of holding the Olympics next spring although athletes might struggle to find events to qualify. Also, can you imagine the World Indoor Championships in Nanjing and World Cross Country Championships in Bathurst effectively acting as warm-up meetings?
The Commonwealth Games has been held in recent years in Australia in March 2006 and April 2018 but the Olympics is a different proposition entirely.
What about the Worlds?
Oregon is set to stage the World Athletics Championships on August 6-15 next year but looks poised to move to 2022. After this, the next edition of the event is due to be in Budapest in 2023, but shifting Oregon to 2022 will knock the biennial championships out of sync.
The Olympics, too, will be knocked out of its usual four-yearly rhythm. IOC president THOMAS BACH described the situation as “a huge jigsaw puzzle” and this is putting it mildly.
Don’t forget the Commonwealths
If the World Athletics Championships in Oregon are bumped on to 2022 it will potentially clash with the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which is set to take place from July 27 to August 7 that year.
Top athletes could be torn between doing the Commonwealth Games or World Athletics Championships. Not surprisingly, the Birmingham 2022 organisers have already voiced concerns about a possible clash.
One of World Athletics’ priority areas during SEB COE’S presidency is to try to sort out the messy and, at times, illogical fixtures calendar. The global governing body seemed to be getting somewhere lately but the postponement of Tokyo and the huge ripple effects means they have a whole new problem to wrestle with. To add to the problems, the Olympics and Commonwealth Games involve a number of other sports too such as swimming, cycling and gymnastics.
European Champs 2020
Paris is tentatively set to stage the European Athletics Championships from August 26-30. Until a few days ago this looked like being a post-Tokyo bonus event for Olympians and a good target for athletes who did not qualify for the Olympics.
Now, however, it could be the focal point of the athletics summer for many of the world’s leading athletes. This is assuming it goes ahead, of course.
Athletes affected
If the Olympics are only delayed by one year, then maybe it will not be a big deal for many. But what about athletes who might be in the form of their life in 2020 but who lose form next winter, maybe due to injury, and are never the same again? They will be the ‘Olympic medallists who never were’.
Ever heard of HAROLD DAVIS, for example? Nicknamed the California Comet, he equalled JESSE OWEN’S world 100m record in 1941 and was the world’s No.1 sprinter in the 1940s. Yet he did not have a global stage to perform on due to World War II.
Hopefully the class of 2020 will be luckier and the Tokyo Games will “only” be delayed by a year.

OLYMPIC ROAD EVENTS STILL SET FOR SAPPORO – The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. IOC confirms competition schedule remains in place for the delayed Games, including holding the marathons and race walks outside of Tokyo

Next year’s Olympic marathon and race walk events are still set to take place in Sapporo, with the 2020 competition schedule due to remain in place for the delayed Games. It was announced in October that the athletics road races would not be held in the host city of Tokyo and would instead be moved 800km north to Sapporo, the host city of the 1972 Winter Olympics, due to heat concerns. At the time, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said the move would mean “significantly lower temperatures for the athletes”. During a media teleconference held on Thursday, IOC sports director Kit McConnell confirmed that the intention was still to hold the marathon and race walk events outside of Tokyo as originally planned.

The postponed Tokyo 2020 Games will take place a year later than the original dates, with the Olympics set for July 23 to August 8 and the Paralympics now due to be held from August 24 to September 5 in 2021. Olympic athletics action, which had been planned for July 31 to August 9 in 2020, now looks set to take place from July 30 to August 8 in 2021, with the road events likely to still be held on the final four days. “We have really got a fantastic base for the Games planning that obviously was developed around the Games taking place in Tokyo this summer, but remains valid and in place for the Games moving into next summer, in 2021,” said MCCONNELL. “The session schedule and competition schedule across the Games remains in place. Obviously, there may have to ultimately be some adaptations to that, as we work through all of the necessary adjustments. But the competition schedule remains in place and that includes Sapporo.”

He added: “At the moment, the schedule for Sapporo remains the same, including the events to take place there, and the competition schedule.” The Sapporo marathon course published in December (pictured, top) features one loop of roughly half-marathon length and a second smaller loop of approximately 10km that will be run twice. The race walk courses feature 1km and 2km loops for the 20km and 50km distances respectively, along Sapporo Ekimae-dori Avenue. More on the road event courses can be found here.

WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER It has just been announced that as the World Cross Country Chamionships is in Australia are on 20 March 2021, the Inter Counties in Loughborough will be on 20 February and the National Cross Country Championships will be at Parliament Hill on 6 March. Elsewhere the National Cross Country Relay Championships in Mansfield are on 31 Ocober 2020, European Trials are on 28 November and the European Championships in Dublin on 13 December.

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).

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 until the end of April and part May have been cancelled. We have also been advised that the Lee Valley Athletic Centre fixtures have been cancelled until the End of May

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 500 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




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 2 April 2020

Happy Birthday this week to Dominic Bannister, Douglas Curwen-Reed, Richard Goodman, Jade Lally, Alfredo Melao, Patrick Pearce, Luisa Rojas, Paul Simons, Claire Spurway and Amelia Wills

BAD NEWS – NEVILLE THOMPSON diagnosed with Coronavirus, GOOD NEWS – He’s now out of hospital on his 65th birthday.
As most of you know, NEVILLE is our senior throws coach based at Allianz Park. A former GB Discus International and our top points scorer in the BAL. He’s had 48 years of uninterrupted Club membership. He reported in unwell on Wednesday 11 March and said he was unable to cover his Thursday night session. He told us not to worry and that he would be back the next week. Unfortunately, this was not the case, as during the following 10 days his condition deteriorated substantially to the point where he was showing virtually all the symptoms of Covid-19.
He eventually managed to get a home visit on Sunday 22 March from 2 Paramedics who instantly arranged an appointment for Neville to attend a local hospital at 20.30 that evening. He was taken to hospital by his youngest son, Dominic, where he was tested and was told that he had Covid-19. He spent the next 6 days in intensive care using a constant oxygen supply. He was in a ward of 6 fellow Covid-19 patients with various levels of the disease. NEVILLE said the staff were very good but were worked off their feet.
By Saturday 28 March, he had improved and was able to breathe without the use of the oxygen supply. The pressure on IC beds was such that he was taken home and now faces 14 days of self-isolation.

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT, UPDATED 24 MARCHThe following is a joint statement by SBH and Saracens SBH Coronavirus Statement 24.03.20 Rev A

CURRENT UPDATE ON UPCOMING FIXTURES – The following fixtures have now been Cancelled
National Road Relays due to take place on Saturday 4 April 
London Inter Club Challenge due to take place on Saturday 18 April 
Middlesex Young Athletes League due to take place on Saturday 18 April and Saturday 23 May
UK Youth Development League due to take place on Sunday 19 April, Sunday 24 May, Sunday 21 June, Sunday 26 July and Sunday 6 September
National Athletic League due to take place on Sunday 3 May and 14 June
Eastern Young Athletics League due to take place on Sunday 3 May and Sunday 31 May
Veterans League due to take place on Monday 4 May  
BUCS due to take place on Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May
Hertfordshire County Championships due to take place on Saturday 9 May and Sunday 10 May 
Loughborough International due to take place on Sunday 17 May
Middlesex County Championships due to take place on Saturday 30 May and Sunday 31 May 
World U20 Championships due to take place from Tuesday 7 July to Sunday 12 July
English Schools Championships due to take place on Friday 10 July and Saturday 11 July 
European U18 Championships due to take place from Thursday 16 July to Sunday 19 July
Olympic Games due to take place from Friday 31 July to Sunday 9 August

Virgin London Marathon and Mini Marathon due to take place on Sunday 26 April has been Postponed, and is rescheduled to take place on Sunday 4 October

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 17-03-20 Showing Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures – Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 17-03-20 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.

CONGRATULATIONS – To TONY and JEAN SMITH who have just celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on the 19 March. I believe we should award JEAN the SBH long service award, for putting up with him.

UK CROSS COUNTRY RANKINGS 2019-2020 – These were published in Athletics Weekly recently.
The Under 20 Rankings include 3 SBH athletes CHARLIE HICKS, HENRY MCLUCKIE and JEREMY DEMPSEYCHARLIE has recently joined us and is currently studying at Stanford University in the USA, last month he ran (8:08.81) indoors in the 3000m, ranking him UK No.1 U20 in 2020.
Athletes who achieved the following were considered for the rankings – Top 12 National, Liverpool, CAU Inter Counties – Top 10 ESSA, Stirling, Cardiff – Top 6 North, Milton Keynes – Top 5 South – Top 3 Midlands, Scottish.
Under 20 Men – 4th CHARLIE HICKS 2 Liv 25.31, 5 EC 19.05, 9th HENRY MCLUCKIE 3 CAU 31.51, 3 Santi 24.01, 15 ESSB 21.38, 15 Card 20.47, ECR 9.11, 2 Hants 13.38, 19th JEREMY DEMPSEY 4 Nat 37.02, 56 BUCS 34.55, 3 RAF v EC 31.46, ECR 9.01, 4 Met L 24.37.

UK INDOOR RANKINGS 2020 – These were published in Athletics Weekly recently. They identified the top 6 performances in the World, and the top 3 British athletes.
Senior Men – High Jump 3rd DAVID SMITH (2.24m), Long Jump 2nd DAN BRAMBLE (7.81m), Shot Put 1st SCOTT LINCOLN (19.85m)
Senior Women – 800m 5th ELLIE BAKER (2:03.31)

MANY THANKS TO  SIMON KEENE, ROSALIND ZEFFERTT and TOM MCNAB for their contribution to this week’s Newsletter.

THIS IS THE FIRST IN THE SERIES OF ARTICLES, LOOKING BACK AT VARIOUS CHAPTERS IN THE HISTORY OF SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS. 
SIMON KEENE – You are all aware that SIMON is currently our Cross Country Under 20 and Senior Women, Senior Men and Road Relay Under 20 and Senior Women Team Manager. But many of you will not be aware that he started his first team manager’s role with the Senior Men in 1990/91, adding the Senior Women in 1995/96.
During these periods SIMON was working for British Telecom, initially preparing bids for Global contracts, then being a cost transformation expert with a Global remit, that’s reducing costs, and in his final years before retiring, being a Senior Business Director for a major Swiss customer. He spent most weeks working ‘somewhere in Europe’, often three countries per week. As a result a lot of time was spent organising teams on the phone in the evenings. This all stopped when his boss went mad as his mobile bill was £6k one year. Since then he has used email!

THAT 5 YEAR PERIOD – There are many outstanding chapters in the past history of the Club, but I have chosen the period when the Club closed out the 20th Century and started the 21st Century in style. The following covers the period between 1998 to 2002 when our Senior Women’s squad were arguably the dominant team over the Cross Country and Road Relay disciplines, also during this period our Young Athletes and Senior Men were also successful and their results and details will be published at a later date.
In those years’ the Senior Women’s team won the following titles;
Cross Country ChampionshipsSouthern 1999, 2000 & 2001 – National 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2002 also 3rd in 2001 – National Relays1998 Spring & Autumn, 2000 & 2001.
Road Relay ChampionshipsSouthern 4 Stage 1998, 1999 & 2000 – Southern 6 Stage 2000, 2001 & 2002 – National 4 Stage 1999 & 3rd in 2000 – National 6 Stage 2000 & 2nd in 2002 also 3rd in 2001.
When champions SBH represented England in the European Club Cross Country Championships, the best result being a 4th at Lanciano Italy in 1999, with Lucy Elliott 5th, Caroline Walsh 20th, Lisa Hollick 28th, Emma Brooker 44th and Hazel Sutherland 52nd. The squad had many outstanding athletes, also our U20s were stepping up and became integral members of the squad.

Another major part of our success was that many of our athletes were coached by many of our own club members. Which were as follows;
BRYAN SMITH, our only Nationally acclaimed Coach at the time, coached the vast majority of the athletes, so much of the success is attributable to him. Many athletes joined the Club as they wanted him to coach them, which further strengthened the squad. It’s easier to say who Bryan didn’t coach.
SIMON, despite work commitments, still managed to remotely coach LUCY ELLIOTT & ANGELA JOINER, and advise CHRISTINE RADON out of term time, as she was studying in Birmingham, ironically sharing a house with HUGH RICHARDS daughter. LUCY ran in the 1997 World X/C Championships finishing 18th, and in 2002 finishing 35th. She finished 2nd in the 1998 National X/C Championships. She also won the Inter Counties twice. ANGELA ran in the 1998 World X/C Championships in Morocco finishing 59th with the GB team taking the Bronze Medals, and the 10000m in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in which she finished 8th. She was also 40th in the World Half Marathon Championships in 1997.
GEORGE HARRISON coached EMMA MURRAY, and in 2014 was awarded the MBE for services to athletics, and in recent years has coached KYLE LANGFORD, and currently coaches LIZZIE BIRD who is the current SBH 3000m Steeplechase Club Record holder.
RAY TUCKER coached KATE ARMSTONG and LEE AVERY, as well as competing. Around this time, I was the Veterans Team Manager, and RAY along with his training partner TREFOR MORGAN were ever present in most competitions. In recent years’ RAY, has been unwell, but I am led to believe he has taken up cycling, which has helped him.
SALLY-ANN COX joined us in 2002 from one of the most successful clubs of the 1990’s, Parkside of Harrow. Parkside was formed by Shaftesbury stalwart BOB PARKER and, along with his wife SYLVIA, had produced a women’s team that had dominated the 1990’s over the Country. BOB during this period was coaching no less than 5 GB and 1 American Internationals.
JOHN SHERBAN coached HAZEL SUTHERLAND who was one of Shaftesbury’s most talented road runner, and is remembered mainly for his outstanding leg in the 1993 National 12 Stage Road Relay. With the situation not looking too good, JOHN took over on Leg 11 (5 Miles 706 Yards) in 5th place some 91 seconds behind. The majority of us were watching at Keepers Pool which is approximately 1 mile from the handover, and it had filtered through that John had moved into 3rd place going out on the 2 mile out and back loop, after what seemed an eternity the silence was broken with shouts of come on JOHN, he passed by us leading by some 15 seconds, and handed over to STEVE GOSS a 46 second lead. He eventually crossed the finishing line with a 36 second margin.
SIMON retired from being Women’s team manager following the National 2002 6 Stage Road Relays. Little did he know that it would be coming back to him in the 2006/7 season!

This is the link which shows the full Senior Women  SBH results for the 1998 to 2002 Cross Country and Road Relays. In those years the team competed in 26 Southern or National Championships, of those they won 14 Championships, were 2nd in 5 and 3rd in 5 others. Of those LUCY ELIOTT competed in 16 of the 26 Championships, amazing – 04A Senior Women Southern & National Championships 1998 to 2002

ROSALIND ZEFFERTT ROSALIND lives in Mill Hill, and joined Shaftesbury in 2014. Her son BENJY joined SBH in 2015 in an officiating capacity and his elder brother SIMON is a former member. ROSALIND is an active athlete as well as the Club’s Officials Co-Ordinator working alongside GERALD ALTERMAN and she currently holds V50 & V55 Club Records inc the V55 60m Indoors (9.52) and Long Jump Outdoors (3.90m). Just over 12 months age she started traing for the Pole Vault, and in January this year cleared (2.17m) ranking her UK No.1 V55.

COLIN GODFREY TRAINING STRATEGY DURING THE COVID-19 PERIOD Many thanks to ROSALIND for writing this article, which was also published in the Jewish Chronicle recently.

Just days after the cancellation of the 2020 London Marathon, England Athletics announced the inevitable: all athletics training sessions and competitions were to be suspended. But Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers coach Colin Godfrey has devised innovative ways to keep his athletes positive and motivated during the enforced break – and without any let up. “If they think that having to stay away from the club means they’ll get out of training, they’ve got another thing coming,” he said. “I tell them it’ll be hard but that they’ll love me for it!”
COLIN normally coaches his 20-strong middle distance and endurance group—which includes Jewish athletes SAMUEL and DANIEL GREENSTEIN, BINY BLOOM, DOVI LEVIN, RACHEL and JORDAN PEARLMAN, SOPHIA and LUISA STAAB — every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Shaftesbury’s North London stadium, with a park session on Sundays. The age range is 11 to 18 and the group is split into junior and senior sections. When group training had to end, he acted quickly to ensure that training would continue seamlessly, just in a different format.
“I’ve set up various WhatsApp groups so that everyone can still train both outdoors and indoors, always in accordance with the government guidelines,” said COLIN, himself a former middle distance runner who in his early teens won an 800m silver medal at the Maccabiah Games. “I’ve been very clear about social distancing and I’ve told them that if they or their immediate family have symptoms, they must stay at home. But being outside is essential for health and wellbeing so I encourage them to do that if they possibly can.”
The training sessions are hard work but are also designed to be fun, competitive and interactive. “I run weekly running sessions and ask everyone for their feedback,” said COLIN. “For one of those sessions they have to go all out and then they give me their times. We also do Q&A once a week.”
In addition to the running WhatsApp group there is one for circuit training. “The kids do circuits every day, plus a challenge which I change every week,” explained COLIN. “A challenge might be doing press ups as fast and as hard as they can for 30 seconds, recovery for one minute, then another 30 seconds of press ups.”
COLIN knows that options for training at home will vary, so he provides individual guidance for each athlete. “For the general circuits, I know people often don’t have weights they can use, so instead they can do front lunges holding two bags of sugar, for example. If they’ve got a garden they can do bounding and inside or outside they can do on/off step hops. They can do press-up dips off the back of a chair or a settee. I find out what they’ve got at home and make a tailored circuit for them. Whatever their situation, I make it competitive. It’s a way to keep the kids invigorated and for them to interact with each other and with me.”
COLIN’S advice and support for his group is as much about mental positivity as it is about physical fitness. “I do everything I can to get them to put what’s happening into perspective,” he said. “They’re highly unlikely to be affected by coronavirus. For them, this is just a blip. For others, it’s their livelihoods and it could be their lives. At a less serious level, I also remind them that most athletes in their career will have an injury that lasts a whole season, whereas at least they can keep training.”
One issue uppermost in the minds of many of COLIN’S senior athletes is exams. “There’s a lot of talk right now about what’s going to happen with GCSEs and A Levels. It can be the first time the kids are confronted with something like this,” said COLIN. “There’ll be some winners and there’ll be some losers and that is the reality. But through athletics, they learn how to manage disappointment. They go to a race and maybe they don’t win or they don’t get a PB. So, they learn how to put that right—how to make it better. That’s what they can do with exam results. The stories that inspire the most are the ones where people have got themselves through a tough period.”
Ultimately, COLIN is confident in his athletes’ ability to cope. “I understand why parents are worried, but children contextualise things differently,” he said. “They’re very resilient. Even if we have to go into lockdown, I will help them and we will come through this. It’s a defining moment for them and the only thing they can do is to train hard, because that will give them some release during what is a very difficult time. It’s the same for all of us—we have no alternative but to keep going. That’s the reality of it.”

TOM MCNAB – TOM has sent me a variety of articles and the first one titled ‘1906 Intercalated Olympics Games’ follows. TOM, a physical educationist, was National Athletics Coach from 1963 to 1978. His 5 Star Award Scheme reached 60 million children.
In 1981, he was Technical Director of the Oscar winning film, “Chariots of Fire” and a year later his first novel “Flanagan’s Run” reached number one in the best-seller lists.
During his long athletics career he has coached many of the UK’s top-class athletes such as GREG RUTHERFORD (GB Long Jump Record Holder) and SBH’s own CLAIRE SPURWAY (W35 2018 European Indoor Champion at 60m and 200m and W40 2019 World Indoor Champion at 60m), he has never lost his passion for teaching children and until recently was putting his ideas into action weekly at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
Tom lives in St Albans and is often seen at Allianz Park still coaching a range of athletes.

1906 THE INTERCALATED OLYMPIC GAMES Many thanks to TOM for writing this article.
The Games Logo  and Photographs were published on Wikipedia.  The 3 images are 1 the Olympic Emblem, 2 the Panathinaiko Stadium and 3 the finish of the Marathon. The Games took place from 22 April to 2 May and was opened by King George 1st. There were 20 countries that participated, with 854 athletes of which 6 were Women. There were 12 sports and the Athletics  featured 21 events, The Unites States  topped the table with 21 medals and Great Britain were second with 8 medals. Some of winning results included 100m (11.2), 5 Mile Henry Hawtrey of GB (26:11.8), Marathon (2:51, 23.6), High Jump (1.775m), Shot (12.325m) and Discus (41.460m World Record).

There is ample precedent for the holding of the Summer Olympics outside the four year cycle. It occurred in 1906, the Intercalated Games.
Even as Baron Pierre de Coubertin was departing the stadium at the close of the 1896 Olympics, he was advised by the king of Greece that all future Olympics should be held in Athens. The story is that de Coubertin pretended that he had not heard what the king had said, and he set about preparing for the Paris Games of 1900.
But the Greeks were remorseless. And two dismal Olympics in Paris and St. Louis provided them with the momentum to propose to hold another Athens Games in 1906.
De Coubertin was helpless. The IOC did not own the Olympic Games, and indeed he had attended neither of the 1900 and 1904 celebrations. So the 1906 festival went ahead, in the same 1896 Averoff stadium, with its long straights and tight curves, where athletes ran clockwise round the soft cinder track.
This being said, in the Intercalated Games, featuring twenty nations, there was no longer any need to trawl the ships in Piraeus Harbour to seek competitors to fill lanes, and standards were much higher. For the first time athletes were registered by nation, there was an Athletes Village, and an opening march-past. And to conclude, there was an impressive closing ceremony, attended by six thousand Greek children. It looked as if Athens, for all its limitations, might well be the future home of the Games.

But the future of the Olympic Games was instead to lie in the capable hands of the man who had carried the Union Jack at the head of the British team, the fencer, Lord Grenfell Desborough.  The next Olympics were scheduled for Rome, but the eruption of Vesuvius and its consequences caused Italy to withdraw. Desborough, based in his yacht the Branwen in Piraeus harbor, saw his chance and took it. He offered London to de Coubertin London as the venue for the 1908 Olympics, and the Baron gratefully accepted.
What the Baron could not possibly know was that Desborough’s presence at the Intercalated Games was to result in the transformation of the Olympic movement.
The three prior official Games and their Intercalated version had in no way represented an accurate expression of international sport. Desborough was absolutely determined that London would display the world of sport at its very best. He therefore went about badgering his aristocratic Masonic buddies for contributions, and even managed to get the Franco-British Exhibition to delay its London opening till 1908. And our MPs pitched in, to the tune of £30.
This resulted in the White City Stadium, capable of holding sixty thousand spectators. Why White City? Because the eccentric Hungarian architect Imre Kiralfi had insisted that every building in his Exhibition was white. Thankfully, this dictum was not applied to the Olympic stadium just down the road. This featured a three laps to the mile track, a 600 metre cycle track and a 100 metre swimming pool, but it was nevertheless called White City.
The 1908 Olympics was memorable, not simply because it lasted for 187 days, but because of the quality of the competition, and the intense sporting environment within which it was expressed. And because of incidents which would remain forever in the memory. Such as the little Italian marathon-runner Dorando Pietri, staggering into the boiling stadium in the lead, falling four times, and being carried by officials through the tape. The race had been scheduled for 26 miles, but another 385 yards had somehow appeared, and it was those few extra yards that finished poor Pietri, who was disqualified.
The drama of that race ensured that the 26 miles 385 yard distance would forever remain the official marathon-distance. But the 1908 Olympic Report has the distance as twenty six miles, so the mystery of the extra three hundred and eighty five yards remains. It is said that the race-start at Windsor Great Park, was moved back by this distance to enable the Royal children to witness the start, but the true explanation  may well be more mundane. It is that officials had simply measured the twenty six miles to the stadium entry-gate, and the extra 385 yards took the athletes round the track to finish at the Royal Box. We will never really know.
The 1908 London Olympics were dramatic in a host of other ways, but unique in featuring a final in which there was only one runner, the Scot Lieut. William Halswelle. This was in the 400 metres, with no lanes, and Halswelle faced three Americans. One of them, Carpenter, was deemed to have blocked him in the home straight, and the race was declared void . The Americans refused a re-run, and Halswelle went on to clock fifty seconds , on his own.

The counterfactual. Without the Intercalated Games, the Vesuvius eruption and Lord Desborough, there would have been no 1908 London Olympics, and the Olympic movement might well have foundered. We will never know. As it was, the London Olympics, a chance product of the Intercalated Games, created the model for all future Olympic Games.

IMPROVISATION IS THE WAY FORWARD With athletics confined to their homes around the world in a coronavirus lockdown, one French runner managed to run a full Marathon back and forth on his balcony despite it being only seven metres long.
ELISHA NOCHOMOVITZ wanted to show it’s possible to stay fit as the coronavirus containment measures kicked in and he also wanted to lighten the mood.
The 26.2 miles effort took him six hours and 48 minutes despite feeling nauseous and being worried about the stamping noise he was making above his neighbours rooms.

WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER It has just been announced that as the World Cross Country Chamionships is in Australia are on 20 March 2021, the Inter Counties in Loughborough will be on 20 February and the National Cross Country Championships will be at Parliament Hill on 6 March. Elsewhere the National Cross Country Relay Championships in Mansfield are on 31 Ocober 2020, European Trials are on 28 November and the European Championships in Dublin on 13 December.

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).

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 until the end of April and part May have been cancelled. We have also been advised that the Lee Valley Athletic Centre fixtures have been cancelled until the End of May

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 500 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




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 26 March 2020

Happy Birthday this week commencing to James Isaacs, Zanson Plummer, Ben Rochford, Roger Simons, Jeremy Sothcott, Neville Thompson and Louis Ubaka

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT, UPDATED 24 MARCHThe following is a joint statement by SBH and Saracens SBH Coronavirus Statement 24.03.20 Rev A

THIS IS THE FULL STATEMENT BY UKA/ENGLAND ATHLETICS– Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, UKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations have made the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17 March:

1 – Extending the suspension of all athletics activity in England to the 31 May. [Initially this had been agreed to the end of April]. This suspension includes all organised athletics activity in the UK, including all competitions, formal club activities, running groups, and all Education activity (coach, official, teacher).

2 – Strengthening our position on coaching activity – We are now mandating that all physical coaching ceases, and only be conducted via virtual means during this period. Bringing groups of people together to train, however small, can no longer be permitted under the strict ‘Stay at home’ measures implemented by the UK Government.

These decisions have not been taken lightly and have been made in light of the continuing and real risk to life and to the NHS posed by the spread of the COVID-19 virus in England. We must now do all we can do. We would ask that the athletics community in England continues to help one another by staying connected and supportive of each other whilst at home in these unprecedented times. We will continue to review the situation in line with Government and Public Health guidance.

In addition to providing clarity to clubs, athletes, runners, coaches and officials, we are acutely aware that a number of competition providers have already made the bold decision to postpone their events in recognition that they stand to incur additional contractual costs on facilities that they have booked should they not make that decision now. We will continue to review this decision as the government guidance evolves, but one thing is clear – and that is that athletics, running and sport in general is special and is an important contributor to our way of life, but it is very much secondary to protecting and saving lives at this current time.

In its latest measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the UK Government has announced that everyone must now stay at home except in exceptional circumstances.

From last night (Monday 23 March), the only permissible reasons to leave your home are as follows:

  • To shop for basic necessities and that should be limited to once a day
  • To take exercise once a day – but alone or with those you live with, no gatherings of more than two people
  • For medical reasons or to care for a vulnerable person
  • To travel to essential work if that cannot be done at home. Further guidance to employers is pending.

While athletics is predominantly an outdoor sport that allows athletes to exercise in the fresh air, the message to all of us is clear, we must play our part in containing the spread of COVID-19. We urge our members to utilise the opportunity to exercise as laid out by both governments, but as such, any informal small group training sessions of athletes or face-to-face coached sessions must now cease (*unless they are with your own household members as above).

We have witnessed some very creative home and/or garden-based training sessions (safely of course) during the last week, and we would urge clubs and coaches to continue to be innovative during this period. A number of schools have also been task setting for their pupils and it would be of immense value to continue to engage athletes and your members in similar style tasks for athletics.

There are numerous ways in which people can remain active whether that be core strength training at home, HIIT, Circuits, running and so on (whilst adhering to the government guidance) so we will be actively promoting these. We will of course be pushing out digital content relating to exercising at home during this week thanks to the work of our respective coaching and athlete development team members.

England Athletics CEO Chris Jones comments: “We all have a responsibility to play our part in mitigating risk and in reducing the spread of this virus. It will be deflating to many but if we do pull together and adhere to the guidance issued then we will come through this period. In the meantime we will be working tirelessly as partners to provide value to our member clubs, athletes, runners, coaches and volunteers and will be organising activities and providing resources utilising a range of methods such as online forums, webinars and podcasts that will help people prepare for a time when we can all look forward with renewed optimism as an Athletics & Running family.”

These decisions are difficult ones to make, but right now, it is our shared responsibility to prioritise the health of our local communities by working together to follow the Government guidelines. In doing so, this will ensure that we all get back to competing in the sport we love so much sooner.

CURRENT UPDATE ON UPCOMING FIXTURES– The following fixtures have now been Cancelled
North West London League due to take place on Saturday 28 March
National Road Relays due to take place on Saturday 4 April 
London Inter Club Challenge due to take place on Saturday 18 April 
Middlesex Young Athletes League due to take place on Saturday 18 April and Saturday 23 May
UK Youth Development League due to take place on Sunday 19 April 
National Athletic League due to take place on Sunday 3 May 
Eastern Young Athletics League due to take place on Sunday 3 May
Veterans League due to take place on Monday 4 May  
BUCS due to take place on Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May
Hertfordshire County Championships due to take place on Saturday 9 May and Sunday 10 May 
UK Youth Development League due to take place on Sunday 24 May 
Middlesex County Championships due to take place on Saturday 30 May and Sunday 31 May 
Eastern Young Athletics League due to take place on Sunday 31 May 
World U20 Championships due to take place from Tuesday 7 July to Sunday 12 July
European U18 Championships due to take place from Thursday 16 July to Sunday 19 July
Olympic Games due to take place from Friday 31 July to Sunday 9 August

Virgin London Marathon and Mini Marathon due to take place on Sunday 26 April has been Postponed, and is rescheduled to take place on Sunday 4 October

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 17-03-20 Showing Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures – Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 17-03-20 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.

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. Therefore, next week I intend highlighting a special period in the history of SBH, this being 1998 to 2002. During this period, we had a squad of Under 20 and Senior Women that dominated on the road, but especially cross country. In 1998 at Leeds our Women won the National Cross Country Championship title by an amazing 47 points, they then went on to win at Newark in 1999 then Stowe Park in 2000, 2001 they finished 3rd at Durham, then it was back to winning ways in 2002 in Bristol. The team manager during this period was SIMON KEENE who still hold that position.

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).

TOKYO 2020 GAMES POSTPONED TO 2021 The Following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website this week.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic meant that the original Olympics start date of July 24 was becoming increasingly unfeasible, with a growing number of qualifying events being called off and with athlete training being heavily disrupted.

Following a conference call on Tuesday, IOC president THOMAS BACH and the Prime Minister of Japan, ABE SHINZO, concluded that the Games must be moved to a date no later than summer 2021. It is not the first time the Olympics have been rescheduled. The 1940 Games were originally due to take place in Tokyo but were then awarded to Helsinki. London was then named as host of the 1944 Games but the plans were abandoned when war broke out in 1939 and lasted until 1945. Then, in 1948, London staged a successful Games. “In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO (World Health Organisation) today, the IOC president and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community,” reads a joint statement from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organising committee. “The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. “Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan,” the statement adds. “It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.”

The Olympic Games had been set to take place from July 24 to August 9 this year, with the Paralympic Games having been scheduled for August 25 to September 6. Following the announcement, International Paralympic Committee president ANDREW PARSONS said postponing the Paralympics is “absolutely the right thing to do”. He added: “The health and well-being of human life must always be our number one priority and staging a sport event of any kind during this pandemic is simply not possible.” In a statement, World Athletics said it welcomed the postponement decision and would still be planning for an outdoor season of one-day meetings in 2020 “starting and ending later than usual”. “World Athletics stands ready to work with the IOC and all sport on an alternative date for the Olympic Games in 2021 and has already been in discussion with the organising committee of the World Athletics Championships Oregon 21 regarding the possibility of moving the dates of this highly popular worldwide event,” said the governing body. “In light of this announcement, we will also expedite our current review of the Olympic qualification system, in cooperation with the IOC, and release any changes to the process as soon as possible so athletes know where they stand.”

WORLD ATHLETICS UNDER 20 CHAMPIONSHIPS POSTPONED The event due to take place in Nairobi, Kenya on 7-12 July 2020 has been postponed.

FOCUS ON THE NATIONAL ATHLETICS LEAGUE In last weeks Athletic Weekly featured an article on the new NAL. The article was written by DANIEL REES who is currently Shaftesbury’s No.2 400m Hurdler with a personal best of (52.19) which he set at the CAU Inter Counties (Inc England Athletic Senior Championships) finishing 6th in the Final.

The photograph is the article was taken by GARY MITCHELL which is of Allianz Park, apologies but article we could get was in jpeg format

 

 

JAMAL LEWIS The following article was published in the 19 March edition of Athletics Weekly
Six years ago JAMAL was a member of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, and he was Britains’s most promising middle-distance runners. But the 22-year-old is now a footballer for Premier League club Norwich City and was among the goal of the month contenders on the BBC’s Math of the Day in recent days.
At the 2014 English Schools Cross Country Championships at Donington Park he finished as the runner-up to BEN DIJKSTRA  in the intermediate boys race.
JAMAL finished just 6 seconds behind DIJKSTRA – who featured on the AW cover that week – and finished ahead of third-placed ALEX YEE and fourth-placed MAHAMED MAHAMED, amongst others. DIJKSTRA went on to win the senior boys English Schools cross-country title, whilst YEE subsequently won the British 10000m title – although both athletes have focused more on triathlon lately. MAHAMED meanwhile, won the Inter-Counties senior men’s cross-country title this month.
But JAMAL took a different route. The Luton born man initially joined his home town team as a footballer but then signed for Norwich and has not looked back, while he has also represented Northern Ireland as a defender. Athletics loss is football’s gain. In addition to his English Schools cross-country silver in 2014, he ran 1:52.45 for 800m and 3:58.22 for 1500m as an Under-17. In 2013 he also won the Mini London Marathon and was sixth in the English Schools 800m Final, whereas he took the English Schools 800m Bronze in 2012.
“I was ranked in the top five in the country for 800m,” he said, “but I don’t really think of it like that because I didn’t take it as seriously as others, I didn’t really read into it. I always loved football the most so I just happened to be good at running, it helps to get up and down the pitch.”
In another interview, he has said “It kept me disciplined. When I wasn’t running, I was playing football, and when I wasn’t playing football I was running.”

Photograph taken by JEREMY SOTHCOTT, showing JAMAL just 100m from the finish of the Southern cross-country Championships at Parliament Hill.

SCOTT LINCOLN REFLECTS ON COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS – The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.

British shot put Champion is using frustration as fuel for fire, with competition and training plans changing due to Covid-19 outbreak.

Some of Britain’s top athletes are sharing insight into how they are coping during the coronavirus outbreak, which continues to cause great uncertainty and disruption to training and competition. Here 10-time British shot put champion SCOTT LINCOLN talks about his own situation and shares some advice for other athletes in a similar position.

“Stay safe … and take all of the frustration of not being able to compete to the track or field when we are able to!”

“If I’m totally honest, I have a lot of frustration,” says LINCOLN, who won his 10th British shot put title in Glasgow last month.

“All the hard work we have been doing through winter, and yet we don’t know when we can actually compete. But at the end of the day, there is nothing we can do, it’s pretty much a waiting game.

“As of now, the club I train at, City of York AC, have cancelled all sessions until further notice. It has sort of come quicker than expected, but me and my coach PAUL WILSON are really good at adapting things. So we have three options, really. We can try and find another throwing circle nearby, we can find some concrete somewhere or make some concrete somewhere – being a builder helps! Or the third option is to buy a plywood sheet, which I will be doing anyway and storing as a worst case scenario, and throw off of that. I have a stop board that I can attach to it, I have a few places in mind where I can put it.

“The weight lifting and everything else won’t be an issue for me luckily, as I’ve already got my own lifting facilities that I have built up over the years. It’s in a warehouse my dad owns for work, not far from where I currently live.”

Training camps and competition cancellations

“My three-week warm weather training trip is booked for April 1 in Portugal,” explains the 26-year-old. “It’s currently still on at the moment but I can’t see it being a possibility. I have heard the track over there is closed until March 29, so it’s cutting it fine anyway. Over the next week or so, I can see my flight being cancelled, so it will be a matter of staying home and trying to get the same training block in at home and hope for the best.

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 until the end of April and part May have been cancelled. We have also been advised that the Lee Valley Athletic Centre fixtures have been cancelled until the End of May

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 500 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 – The current charges for using Allianz Park are as follows – Adult Daily entry fee £4.00 – Junior (U16) Daily entry fee £2.00 – Concession (Students in full time education, unwaged and Over 65) Daily entry fee £2.20.
As a member of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers you can apply for membership of Allianz Park, this is a the link for all information and application form Allianz Park Membership Form 2017 Any official coach of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers gains entry free of charge.
Charges for those with a membership card are as follows – Adult Daily entry fee £3.60, Monthly fee £24.00 – Junior (U16) Daily entry fee £1.80, Monthly fee £12.00 – Concession (Students in full time education, unwaged and Over 60) Daily entry fee £1.80, Monthly fee £12.00.
Please use this link to view all membership details and application form (which you can print)Allianz Park Membership Form 2017

All Allianz Park membership enquiries should be directed towards Emma Gouge at emmagouge@saracens.net her direct phone number is 0203 675 7252, or Lauren Hewett at laurenhewett@saracens.net her phone number are (Office) 020 3675 7210 or (Mobile) 07881 297875

ALAN




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 19 March 2020

Happy Birthday this week commencing to Sydney Allen, Zoe Davis, Antonio Infantino, Abi Jeffery, Robert Lightowler, Jade Lally, Finn Maccarthy, Oliver Massingham, William Ryle-Hodges and Sam Scheer

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT – Attached is club statement as of the 17 March 2020, any changes to this you will be advised with immediately – SBH Coronavirus Statement 17.03.20
All clubs were advided by England Athletics on the 17 March, that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.
SBH have complied with the above directive, and therefore Allianz Park session on Tuesday 17 March was the last formal Club sanctioned event, we hope Allianz Park will re-open on 1 May for club training. Coaches will be in touch with their squad members to advise on training alternatives based on personal circumstances so that athletes can maintain their own personal fitness.
I have just contacted the Lee Valley Athletic Centre on the 18 March, and they confirmed that all fixtures at the centre have been cancelled unitil the End of May

CURRENT UPDATE ON UPCOMING FIXTURES– The following fixtures have now been Cancelled
Southern Road Relays due to take place on Sunday 22 March
National Road Relays due to take place on Saturday 4 April 
London Inter Club Challenge due to take place on Saturday 18 April 
Middlesex Young Athletes League due to take place on Saturday 18 April 
UK Youth Development League due to take place on Sunday 19 April 
National Athletic League due to take place on Sunday 3 May 
Eastern Young Athletics League due to take place on Sunday 3 May 
BUCS due to take place on Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May
Middlesex County Championships due to take place on Saturday 30 May and Sunday 31 May 

Virgin London Marathon and Mini Marathon due to take place on Sunday 26 April has been Postponed, and is rescheduled to take place on Sunday 4 October
I understand that many of the County Championships on 9/10 May have already been Postponed and are looking to re-arrange in August

At the moment, the following club fixtures are Under Threat
Middlesex Young Athletes League due to take place on Saturday 23 May 
UK Youth Development League due to take place on Sunday 24 May 
Eastern Young Athletics League due to take place on Sunday 31 May 

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 17-03-20 Showing Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures – Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 17-03-20 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 To all athletes young & old – we have room to coach more of you, why not come along and watch a session and then get involved.
We were unable to fill our full quota of athletes in the Pole Vault, in the Eastern Young Athletes League in both 2018 and 2019 – Currently Our Sessions Are Suspended.

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

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

ENGLISH SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS – Took place at Sefton Park, Liverpool on 14 March
Shaftesbury featured in all races, and were competing for 4 Counties, Hampshire & Vectis, Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Suffolk.
Individually succes was spread around, with top 20 finishes from DAVID STONE SB 4th, FREYA STAPLETON SG 9th, KRISTIAN IMROTH SB 10th HENRY MCLUCKIE SB 14th, GIANLEO STUBBS JB 14th and KIT EVANS LOMBE IB 14th.
There was Team successes from Suffolk who won the Bronze Medals in the Intermediate Boys and Hertfordshire were 4th in the Junior Boys and Senior Girls.

Junior Boys Chesterfield Trophy – GIANLEO STUBBS (Hertfordshire) 14th (15.08) the winner was Ben Peck of Suffolk (14.10) 334 runners finished
Team Result – 1st Kent (153 points), 2nd Hampshire and Vectis (194), 3rd Surrey (277), 4th Hertfordshire (303) 44 teams finished
Junior Girls Rochdale Trophy – The winner was Zoe Gillbody of Shropshire (11.03) 344 runners finished
Team Result – 1st Berkshire (290 points), 2nd West Yorkshire (294), 3rd Hampshire and Vectis (342), 20th Hertfordshire (719) 44 teams finished
Intermediate Boys Yorkshire Trophy – KIT EVANS LOMBE (Suffolk) 14th (19.01), SAMUEL GREENSTEIN (Hertfordshire) 64th (19.42), CHARLIE TURNER (Suffolk) 76th (19.47), DYLAN MICHEL (Middlesex) 126th (20.10), LUCA STUBBS (Hertfordshire) 281st (21.35) the winner was Fraser Sroul of Cumbria (18.08) 331 runners finished
Team Result – 1st Kent (173 points), 2nd Surrey (174), 3rd Suffolk (205)20th Hertfordshire (814)28th Middlesex (930) 43 teams finished
Intermediate Girls Leicester Trophy – AIMI WEIGHTMAN (Hertfordshire) 27th (13.14), JOANNE MIRANDA (Middlesex) 70th (13.41), APRIL HILL (Suffolk) 160th (14.25) the winner was Beatrice Wood of Wiltshire (12.22) 335 runners finished
Team Result – 1st Surrey (284 points), 2nd London (347), 3rd Cheshire (371), 18th Hertfordshire (640), 25th Middlesex (977), 27th Suffolk (1026) 42 teams finished
Senior Boys Derbyshire Trophy – DAVID STONE (Middlesex) 4th (21.05), KRISTIAN IMROTH (Hertfordshire) 10th (21.23), HENRY MCLUCKIE (Hampshire & Vectis) 14th (21.38), NATHAN GODDARD (Suffolk) 177th (23.58), FINN MACCARTHY (Hertfordshire) 290th (26.05) the winner was Matthew Stonier of Kent (20.54) 323 runners finished
Team Result – 1st Lancashire (196 points), 2nd Devon (269), 3rd Kent (351), 7th Hampshire & Vectis (457), 8th Hertfordshire (462)10th Middlesex (537), 30th Suffolk (988) 43 teams finished
Senior Girls Foyston Trophy – FREYA STAPLETON (Hertfordshire) 9th (16.21), INDIRA PATEL (Hertfordshire) 47th (17.27), EMILY HATHAWAY (Middlesex) 66th (17.45), MIA GROOM (Middlesex) 74th (23.58), SOPHIA STAAB (Middlesex) 94th (18.07), NADIA POTTER (Hertfordshire) 101st (18.11) the winner was Olivia Mason of Cumbria (15.49) 298 runners finished
Team Result – 1st London (336 points), 2nd Surrey (387), 3rd Hampshire & Vectis (412), 4th Hertfordshire (429)26th Middlesex (874) 37 teams finished

KENT, HERTFORDSHIRE & MIDDLESEX INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Took place at Lee Valley on 14-15 March
A stunning week-end for our athletes, with 6 Hertfordshire  Champions and 15 Middlesex  Champions, plus 5 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals.

Hertfordshire
400m – U20M Straight Final FREDDIE REILLY won the Gold Medal (SB 51.72) taking .20 of a second off his 18 January time
800m – U20W Straight Final SCARLETT KENT won the Gold Medal (2:24.34)
60m Hurdles – U17M Straight Final EDDIE JOHNSTON won the Gold Medal (PB 8.86) taking .11 of a second off his 25 January time
60m Hurdles – U20M Straight Final RALPH WILLIAMS won the Gold Medal (8.69)
High Jump – U17W Straight Final REBECCA WHEELER-HENRY won the Gold Medal (SB 1.60m)
Shot 5kg – U17M Straight Final NICHOLAS SAVVA won the Gold Medal (SB 10.76m)

Middlesex
60m – U15B H1 MALACHI AMADI 1st (7.45), SAMUEL OJO 3rd (PB 8.20) taking .16 of a second off his 26 January time, H3 SAUGAT PUN 3rd (PB 7.89) taking .08 of a second off his 2019 time, OLIVER LAURENS 4th (PB 8.45) taking .01 of a second off his 2019 time, in the Final MALACHI  won the Gold Medal (7.41), SAUGAT  finished 4th (PB 7.78) taking .11 of a second off his H3 time
60m – U15G H1 NIAH AKINTOKUN 1st (7.71), TOSIN JOKOSENUMI 4th (SB 8.28) taking .02 of a second off her 25 January time, H2 NIA FORBES-AGYEPONG 5th (8.30) in the Final NIA won the Gold Medal (7.71)
60m – U17M H1 BRADLEY UKPETENAN 3rd (7.49), H2 OSCAR LAURENS 4th (PB 7.62) equalling his 11 January time, H3 TANAWAT RAVENG 1st (7.32), YUMA HAMANO 3rd (SB 7.58), in the Final TANAWAT won the Silver Medal (SB 7.18) taking .04 of a second off his 25 January time, BRADLEY  finished 7th (7.47)
60m – U17W H1 BOBBI HARRISON 5th (8.84), H2 FOPI ALLO 4th (SB 8.63), H3 AMBER STONE 3rd (8.33), ELYSE DUNCAN-BROWN 5th (SB 8.64) taking .11 of a second off her 26 January time, in the Final AMBER finished 6th (8.84)
60m – U20M H1 JORDAN MENTORE 5th (PB 7.43), MICAH FORBES-AGYPONG (DQ), H2 NICHOLAS SHAW 2nd (SB 7.13) taking .01 of a second off his 1 February time, in the Final NICHOLAS finished 4th (PB 7.10) taking .02 of a second off his 2019 time
60m – U20W H1 CHINWE IWUNZE 1st (SB 7.82) taking .01 of a second off her 1 February time, LARISSA GILES 2nd (8.13), in the Final CHINWE won the Gold Medal (PB 7.73) taking .07 of a second off her 2019 time, LARISSA  won the Silver Medal (PB 8.00) taking .08 of a second off her 1 February time
60m – SM H1 PHOENIX LYON U23 1st (7.09), H2 CEAKE MADDIX U23 3rd (SB 7.22) in the Final PHOENIX won the Gold Medal (PB 6.98) taking .09 of a second off his 2018 time, CEAKE finished 5th (SB 7.22) equalling his H2 time
200m – U15B H1 MALACHI AMADI 1st (23.80), H3 SAMUEL OJO 2nd (SB 26.83), OLIVER LAURENS 3rd (PB 27.67) taking 1.18 seconds off his 26 January time, in the Final MALACHI won the Gold Medal (23.60)
200m – U15G H1 NIAH AKINTOKUN 1st (25.85), NIA FORBES-AGYEPONG 2nd (PB 27.56) taking .19 of a second off her 12 January time, KAREN APOLOT 4th (PB 29.22) taking .67 of a second off her 26 January time, H2 VANESSA GAVENAITE 5th (SB 30.43), H3 TOSIN JOKOSENUMI 2nd (27.12), LOLA MCCANN-EZEKIEL 4th (28.34), LUCY MARCUS 5th (31.50) in the Final NIA won the Gold Medal (24.82)
200m – U17M H1 BRADLEY UKPETENAN 4th (23.93), H2 TANAWAT RAVENG 3rd (PB 24.50), OSCAR LAURENS 4th (PB 24.54) taking .53 of a second off his 12 January time, in the Final BRADLEY finished 4th (PB 23.90) taking .019 of a second off his 25 January time, TANAWAT finished 6th (24.53)
200m – U20M H1 ODERA UMEUGOGI 3rd (SB 23.73), H2 MICAH FORBES-AGYEPONG 4th (23.39) in the Final MICAH finished 6th (23.39)
200m – SM H1 CEAKE MADDIX U23 3rd (SB 23.96), H2 PHOENIX LYON U23 1st (22.69) in the Final PHOENIX won the Gold Medal (SB 22.05) taking .64 of a second off his H2 time
300m – U15B Straight Final ZICO JONES won the Gold Medal (38.60), ANDONI AMPHLETT won the Silver Medal (PB 44.91)
300m – U15G H1 AZARIA NWANKWO 2nd (SB 45.37), LUCY MARCUS 5th (PB 50.04), H2 LOLA MCCANN-EZEKIEL 1st (PB 43.80) taking .33 of a second off her 22 February time, OLIVE HARVEY-DEW 5th (PB 46.84) taking .06 of a second off her 26 January time, in the Final LOLA won the Bronze Medal (44.27), AZARIA finished 4th (45.78)
300m – U17W Straight Final MANON BAINES 4th (SB 43.82)
400m – U20M Straight Final MITTIO MOHAMMADIAN won the Gold Medal (SB 50.92) taking .17 of a second off his 1 January time
800m – U15B Straight Final ZICO JONES won the Silver Medal (SB 2:18.90) taking 4.60 seconds off his 19 February time
60m Hurdles – U15B Straight Final DIKE ONYEMELUKE won the Gold Medal (PB 10.26) taking .21 of a second off his 2019 time
60m Hurdles – U15G H1 AZARIA NWANKWO 3rd (PB 9.94) taking .02 of a second off her 22 February time, H2 KAREN APOLOT 1st (PB 9.61) taking .21 of a second off her 25 January time, HOPE BAKER 3rd (PB 9.99) in the Final KAREN won the Silver Medal (PB 9.61) equalling her H2 time, HOPE finished 6th (10.10), AZARIA (DQ)
60m Hurdles – U20M Straight Final SEBASTIANO CORBO 4th (PB 9.10) taking .21 of a second off his 2019 time
60m Hurdles – U17W Straight Final ALINA COLE won the Gold Medal (PB 9.19)
60m Hurdles – U20W Straight Final CRISTINA POTTER won the Gold Medal (SB 10.98)
High Jump – U17W Straight Final KACEY WALTERS won the Gold Medal (1.60m)
Pole Vault – U17W Straight Final MANON BAINES won the Gold Medal (3.10m)
Pole Vault – U20M Straight Final SEBASTIANO CORBO won the Gold Medal (PB 2.90m) adding 47cm to his 2019 height
Long Jump – U20M Straight Final SEBASTIANO CORBO won the Silver Medal (PB 5.57m) adding 8m to his 2019 jump
Long Jump – SW Straight Final CRISTINA POTTER U20 won the Bronze Medal (SB 4.53m)
Shot 4kg – U20W Straight Final CRISTINA POTTER U20 won the Gold Medal (PB 7.69m) adding 1.08m to her 2019 put

Photograph of PHOENIX LYON, following the injury frustrations of the last couple of seasons, he is doing really well and is in great shape. He has not started his speed work yet, but still managed to win the senior men’s 60m and 200m.

WOODFORD GREEN THROWS OUTDOOR MEETING – Took place at Woodford on 14 March
Shot 5kg – U17M JAMES ISAACS 1st (SB 12.58m) adding 14cm to his 29 February put
Discus 1kg – SW JESSICA EMERY U23 2nd (SB 34.70m) and is ranked UK No.1 U23 in 2020
Discus 1.5kg – SM JAMES ISAACS 2nd (SB 36.82m) adding 1.96m to his 29 February throw, and is ranked UK No.2 U17 in 2020
Hammer 5kg – U17M JAMES ISAACS 2nd (SB 33.89m) and is ranked UK No.4 U17 in 2020

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – 14 MARCH – BLANDFORD – HUGH RICHARDS V70 85th (28.06) 150th parkrun – FELL FOOT, NEWBY BRIDGE – RUSSELL DEVITT V70 120th (30.39) 187th parkrun – GROVELANDS – ASHWIN FOWKES-GAJAN U17 1st (New PB 17.56) 30th parkrun GUILDFORD – JOHN DRYDEN V70 233rd (32.42) 146th parkrun– HACKNEY MARSHES – JONATHAN BOARDMAN U 21st (First Time 19.22) 28th parkrun, DAVID GREENSTEIN V55 38th (20.16) 85th parkrun, BARRY CHISHOLM V60 232nd (28.31) 206th parkrun – HAMPSTEAD HEATH – ARTHUR PHILLIPS U11 16st (21.04) 51st parkrun – OAK HILL – ALEXANDER LEPRETRE (2nd Claim) 1st (New PB 14.57) 36th parkrun,STUART SINGER V55 28th (22.05) 291st parkrun, BRADLEY SINGER 83rd (25.31) 141th parkrun – PERRY LAKES, PERTH, AUSTRALIA – STUART MOORE V60 67th (27.40) 145th parkrun –  SOUTHAMPTON – PHILLIPA AUKETT V35 37th (19.23) 5th parkrun, LUCY SHORT V35 who is PHILLIPA’S sister finished 23rd (18.41) 9th parkrun OAK HILL – LENARD MICHEL V50 13th (23.11) 59th parkrun, PHILIP SHELLEY V60 18th (25.56) 34th parkrun, SHONA MICHEL V45 61st (46.05) 41st parkrun

PARKRUN 2K RESULTS – 15 MARCH – FRIARY PARK –MEGAN HAMMOND U11 27th (New PB 9.48) 2nd parkrun

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.

PROFILE ON NIAH AKINTOKUN NIAH is currently the Under 15 Girls National Indoor 60m and 200m champion as well as the South of England Indoor and Middlesex Indoor County champion. She’s had an unbeaten Indoor season over 18 races and recorded Championship Best Performances in the National Indoor Championships (200m – 24.68) and Middlesex Indoor Championships (100m – 7.63 and 200m – 24.82). NIAH entered the Under 15 Girls 60m All-time list ranked at No.5 and recorded the second fastest Indoor All-time 200m time at the National Championships.
NIAH joined Shaftesbury on the 19th September shortly after her 12th birthday and competed for the first time at Lee Valley on the 19th December in the 60m, 200m and High Jump indoors. In 2018 she competed in the South of England, Middlesex County championships and all Eastern Young Athlete League fixtures. She recorded Under 13 club records in the Indoor 60m (8.25), Outdoor 200m (26.39) and member of the 4x100m Relay Team (51.67), who also won the Club Connect Relays at the Muller Invitational. Her high jump was not too shabby too (1.35m) and was just 5cm below the current club record.
In 2019 she moved up to the Under 15 age group and progressed considerably. She had a successful year highlighted with an English Schools 4x100m win representing Middlesex in a Under 15 All-time best (46.48). She also recorded Outdoor club records in her first year as a Under 15 in the 100m (12.01), 4x100m Relay Team (48.93) and Indoor 60m (7.55) as well as obtaining medals in the Outdoor South of England, Middlesex County and reaching the finals of the individual English Schools (100m, 4th) and Nationals (100m, 4th).
2020 has certainly started well with a unique tripe double of sprint titles over 60m and 200m (National, Southern and Middlesex) as well as Indoor Club records for the 60m (7.55) and 200m (24.68). The Outdoor season bodes well.
NIAH currently attends the ” Wren Academy” in North Finchley, and favourite subjects are: Maths, Science & P.E!
Her Favourite Food/Snack is Jamaican patties; jerk chicken with rice & peas, and plantain.
Music/Artist – Travis Scott, Favourite Film – Suicide Squad (I love all Marvel films), Hobbies – Shopping (good choice) and Dislikes – Roller coasters.
NIA’S father is TUNJI AKINTOKUN, who is a non-executive director of England Athletics and was a really good athlete in his day. A former top junior athlete, he was a torchbearer at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and has run two London Marathons (2014 & 2017) raising over £7,000 for AbleChildAfrica.

SCOTTISH UNDER 20 SILVER MEDALCongratulations to MARLI JESSOP who at the Scottish U13, U15 & U20 Championships in Glasgow on 29 February – 1 March, won the Under 20 Womens 60m Hurdles Silver Medal with a time of (8.74), after winning Heat 1 (9.00).

UPCOMING SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS FIXTURES AND OTHER FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS – Due to the Coronavirus situation, all fixtures until the end of April and part May have been cancelled. We have also been advised that the Lee Valley Athletic Centre fixtures have been cancelled unitil the End of May

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 500 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 – The current charges for using Allianz Park are as follows – Adult Daily entry fee £4.00 – Junior (U16) Daily entry fee £2.00 – Concession (Students in full time education, unwaged and Over 65) Daily entry fee £2.20.
As a member of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers you can apply for membership of Allianz Park, this is a the link for all information and application form Allianz Park Membership Form 2017 Any official coach of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers gains entry free of charge.
Charges for those with a membership card are as follows – Adult Daily entry fee £3.60, Monthly fee £24.00 – Junior (U16) Daily entry fee £1.80, Monthly fee £12.00 – Concession (Students in full time education, unwaged and Over 60) Daily entry fee £1.80, Monthly fee £12.00.
Please use this link to view all membership details and application form (which you can print)Allianz Park Membership Form 2017

All Allianz Park membership enquiries should be directed towards Emma Gouge at emmagouge@saracens.net her direct phone number is 0203 675 7252, or Lauren Hewett at laurenhewett@saracens.net her phone number are (Office) 020 3675 7210 or (Mobile) 07881 297875

ALAN




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 12 March

Happy Birthday this week commencing to Carole Brown, Page Fairclough, Ashwin Fowkes-Gajan, Hannah Foster, Larissa Giles, Eva Higson, Cameron Knight, Cecilia Martinez-Nunez, Fellan McGuigan, Naias Morgan, Lina Neilsen and Louisa Pitsialis

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 21-02-20 Middlesex Schools Venue Changed Summer 2020 Fixture Card Final Issue – Updated 21-02-20 Middlesex Schools Venue Changed

SBH Mens & Womens Cross Country Points Tables And Club Championship Winners 2019-2020 (Final Issue) – Copy of Mens & Womens XC Points Table and Club Championship Winners 2019-2020

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  The current arrangements until further notice are that Pole Vault training is on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 18.30pm to 21.00pm. High Jump training is on Wednesday’s from 18.45pm to 21.00pm.
Please contact the session administrator CLYDE GORDON clydeg67@hotmail.co.uk in advance and let him know if you are planning to attend.

POLE VAULTERS REQUIRED FOR 2020 – To all athletes young & old – Are you aware of the SBH Pole Vault sessions held in the indoor track, at Allianz Park on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 18.30pm. We have room to coach more of you, why not come along and watch a session and then get involved.
We were unable to fill our full quota of athletes in the Pole Vault, in the Eastern Young Athletes League in both 2018 and 2019 – so why not give it a NOW.
Contact CLYDE GORDON at clydeg67@hotmail.co.uk for more details.

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  This has re-started under BRYAN SMITH – please contact him on 01923 235818 to find the time the sessions begin on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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

NEW CLUB RECORD – Congratulations to MANON BAINES who broke her own Club Record at the Vault Cardiff Meeting on 8 March. Her height of (3.22m) added 2cm to her 23 February height.

COMBINED HERTFORDSHIRE AND BEDFORDSHIRE T&F CHAMPIONSHIPS  The prospectus for all Championships has just been published on the Hertfordshire website, these are the following Championships.
1500m Championships for all age-groups including U13s – Thursday 16 April at Stevenage, Closing date Wednesday 8 April.
Main Championships for all age-groups including U13s – Saturday 9 May and Sunday 10 May at Watford, Closing date Friday 24 April.
Pentathlon Championships for all age-groups U13 to Senior, 3000m Championships for all age-groups U15 to Senior– Saturday 5 July at Hemel Hempstead, Closing date Saturday 27 June.
10000m Championships for all age-groups U20 to Senior– Thursday 9 July at Sandy, Entries on the Night.
Disability Championships age-groups not given – Sunday 6 September at Stevenage, Closing date TBC.

Link to the Hertfordshire website, and select Draft Prospectus http://www.hertscaaa.org.uk/fixtures7.html

WATFORD OPEN MEETINGS Please be aware that as last year there are No Entries On The Day, the first meeting is on Wenesday 8 April and details can be found in the Newsletter under the Upcoming Other Fixtures For The Next 4 Weeks section. Generally entries will be open around 4 weeks before the meeting.

HIGHGATE HARRIERS OPEN MEETINGS Is on Wednesday 8 April, and details can be found in the Newsletter under the Upcoming Other Fixtures For The Next 4 Weeks section. Also there are No Entries On The Day.

EUROPEAN SPRINT DUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 Congratulations to BETH POTTER who won the Silver Medal at Punta Umbria, Spain on the 7 March. BETH finished in a time of 58 minutes and 54 seconds just 9 seconds behind the winner Lisa Perterer of Austria. BETH’S splits were 5k run 15.27 minutes, transition 21 seconds, 20.8k bike 34.18 minutes, transition 21 seconds, 2.5k run 8.27 minutes.

BRITISH MASTERS INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Took place at Lee Valley on 7-8 March
400m – M45 1 SEAN SUTHERLAND won the Silver Medal (PB 58.61) taking .64 of a second off his 16 February time
800m – W50 LISA WEBB won the Bronze Medal (2:36.43)
1500m – W50 LISA WEBB won the Gold Medal (5:21.65)
60m Hurdles – W35 NENE HARRISON won the Gold Medal (PB 10.14) taking .08 of a second off her 23 February time, and is ranked UK No.2 V35 in 2020
Shot 4kg – W35 NENE HARRISON won the Gold Medal (10.19m)

CAU INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS (INC BRITISH ATHLETICS CROSS CHALLENGE) – Took place at Loughborough on 7 March
3400m – U13B GIANLEO STUBBS (Hertfordshire) 3rd (13.31), THOMAS CADWALLADER (Hertfordshire) 70th (14.28) the winner was Henry Sheffield of Cirencester (13.12), 293 runners finished
Team Result – 1st Devon (82 points), 2nd Yorkshire (97), 3rd Essex (97), 6th Hertfordshire (107), 40 teams finished
4300m – U15G AIMI WEIGHTMAN (Hertfordshire) 9th (17.28) the winner was Kiya Dee of Highworth/Cheltenham (16.24), 296 runners finished
Team Result – 1st Cheshire (48 points), 2nd Yorkshire (101), 3rd Berkshire (107), 8th Hertfordshire (188), 40 teams finished
5300m – U17W NADIA POTTER (Middlesex) 83rd (24.08), ELENA RONCARATI (Hertfordshire) 106th (24.43) the winner was Beatrice Wood of City of Salisbury (20.59), 272 runners finished
Team Result – 1st Scotland East (66 points), 2nd Scotland West (87), 3rd Surrey (100), 13th Middlesex (279), 20th Hertfordshire (455), 39 teams finished
9100m – U20M HENRY MCLUCKIE (Hampshire) 3rd (31.51), JOSHUA EDWARDS (Hertfordshire) 105th (36.48), DANIEL GREENSTEIN (Middlesex) 108th (36.52) the winner was Matthew Stonier of Invicta East Kent (31.37), 179 runners finished
Team Result – 1st Cambridgeshire (58 points), 2nd Kent (78), 3rd Yorkshire (79), 7th Hampshire (132), 28th Hertfordshire (438), 26 teams finished
6000m – U20W INDIRA PATEL (Hertfordshire) 27th (26.53), LIA RADUS (Middlesex) 39th (27.16) the winner was Megan Keith of Inverness (23.34), 136 runners finished
Team Result – 1st Yorkshire (83 points), 2nd Surrey (115), 3rd Cumbria (130), 8th Middlesex (205), 18 teams finished

LOUGHBOROUGH WINTER THROWS OUTDOOR MEETING – Took place at Loughborough on 7 March
Discus 1kg – SW JADE LALLY 2nd (SB 51.82m) adding 17cm to her 22 February throw, and is ranked UK No.2 in 2020
Discus 2kg – SM NICK PERCY 1st (SB 58.25m) and is ranked UK No.1 in 2020 
Hammer 4kg – SW PHILIPPA DAVENALL U23 4th (SB 58.12m) and is ranked UK No.1 U23 in 2020 
Hammer 7.26kg – SM CHRIS BENNETT 4th (SB 69.27m) and is ranked UK No.4 in 2020 
Javelin 800g – SM DANIEL BAINBRIDGE U23 2nd (PB 70.26m) adding 1.26m to his 2018 throw, and is ranked UK No.1 U23 in 2020 

VAULT CARDIFF INDOOR MEETING Took place at Cardiff on 8 March
Pole Vault – SX B TRINITY O’CONNOR U20 3rd (PB 3.42m) adding 2cm to her 22 February height, and is ranked UK No.10 U20 in 2020, MANON BAINES U17 7th (PB 3.22m) adding 2cm to her 23 February height, and is ranked UK No.8 U17 in 2020 also breaks her own Club Record, SX E GLEN QUAYLE U20 2nd (PB 4.82m) adding 2cm to his 2019 height, and is ranked UK No.1 U20 in 2020, SX F EMMA ANDERSSON 1st (SB 4.02m) equalling her 9 February height, and is ranked UK No.7 in 2020, SX L JAMI SCHLUETER U20 8th (PB 4.02m) adding 16cm to his 25 January height

NEWHAM & ESSEX BEAGLES 60m OPEN INDOOR MEETING – Took place at Newham on 4 March
60m – SM 1.3 LOUIS UBAKA 4th (7.29),  2.3 LOUIS finished 6th (7.35) 

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – 7 MARCH – CASSIOBURY – LEO RONCARATI U15 6th (New PB 18.12) 5th parkrun, LIANNE LANGFORD 171st (First Time 26.02) 4th parkrun, MARTIN GREY V75 365th (31.21) 18th parkrun – GROVELANDS – ASHWIN FOWKES-GAJAN U17 1st (New PB 18.10) 29th parkrun – GREAT LINES, MEDWAY – CLIFF GOLDING V65 135th (26.45) 83rd parkrun – GUILDFORD – HUGH RICHARDS V70 211th (First Time 31.16) 149th parkrun, JOHN DRYDEN V70 212th (31.17) 145th parkrun– HACKNEY MARSHES – POSIE SHAW U13 62nd (First Time 21.00) 10th parkrun, BARRY CHISHOLM V60 272nd (28.26) 205th parkrun – OAK HILL – STUART SINGER V55 26th (22.01) 290th parkrun, ASHA HORBACKI U15 45th (New PB 23.12) 6th parkrun, BRADLEY SINGER 112th (25.48) 139th parkrun, ANDREW HOLMES V50 186th (28.03) 58th parkrun – PYMMES – EMILY HATHAWAY U17 17th (20.18) 26th parkrun – STEVENAGE – LEON CASLING 69th (23.40) 4th parkrun, RUSSELL DEVITT V70 281st (26.40) 33rd parkrun –  SUNNY HILL – DYLAN MICHEL U17 2nd (New PB 18.04) 39th parkrun, LENARD MICHEL V50 19th (24.02) 58th parkrun,  SHONA MICHEL V45 29th (28.19) 40th parkrun – TRING – ANDREW MAGNALL V55 9th (21.10) 19th parkrun – UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING – OLIVER GREENSTEIN 4th (First Time 17.42) 52nd parkrun – WIMBLEDON COMMON – JAMES FITZSIMMONS V45 36th (31.07) 186th parkrun

PARKRUN 2K RESULTS – 8 MARCH – FRIARY PARK –MEGAN HAMMOND U11 1st (First Time 10.43) 1st parkrun

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.

THE TOP 20 ATHLETICS BOOKS – The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently, to mark world book day the editor of Athletics Weekly JASON HENDERSON picks his most treasured athletics and running books, with photographs by MARK SHEARMAN. Choosing your favourite athletics or running books is a bit like trying to name your top movies of all time or No.1 sporting moments. There are so many to choose from and, of course, everyone’s taste is different. Long before the advent of the internet, I began devouring athletics books aged 11-12 in the early 1980s. Then, during the last 20 years, I’ve been AW’s unofficial book reviews editor with the majority of new athletics and running-related books landing on my desk. So, in no particular order, here are my 20 favourites.

Sebastian Coe, Born to Run with David Miller – As a budding teenage middle-distance runner in the 1980s I lapped up this book during my formative years. Coe later brought out several other autobiographies but this one remains the original and best as it charts his rise from teenage talent to world record-breaker.

The Complete Book of Running by Jim Fixx – This 1970s classic inspired the original running boom although the author famously died from heart failure during a run aged 52. It’s the original ‘how to’ book offering advice on every aspect of running.

Lore of Running by Tim Noakes – Far more comprehensive than Jim Fixx’s Complete Book of Running, it is hard to find a more definitive book on the sport than Tim Noakes’ tome. It covers everything from injuries and physiology to training and diet in authoritative fashion in brilliant detail. A bona fide bible of running.

The First Four Minutes by Roger Bannister – The story of the greatest athletics feat in history is told by the very man who did it. As it turns out, Sir Roger can write a bit too and his quest to run the first sub-four-minute mile is beautifully regaled.

Train Hard, Win Easy by Toby Tanser – If you like to read about how top athletes train, this is one of the best. Published in 1997 by a Kenyan-based writer it covers in detail the training programmes of Kenyan world-beaters such as John Ngugi and Paul Tergat.

Official Centenary History of the AAA of England by Peter Lovesey – I’m often surprised how often I refer to this book especially when writing about the early days of the sport in England. Mel Watman has since produced more recent and comprehensive books on the world’s oldest athletics governing body but Lovesey’s splendid hardback printed in 1979 has stood the test of time.

The Toughest Race in the World by Mark Butler – An amazingly detailed and useful guide to the world cross country championships. Despite being printed in 2002, I still refer to this book a lot, especially when the now biennial world cross itself comes around.

All-time Greats of British Athletics by Mel Watman – One of the retirement projects for the former editor of AW as he put together definitive career summaries on top British athletes from Walter George and Alf Shrubb to Denise Lewis and Paula Radcliffe.

The Coe & Ovett Files by AW – It’s arguably a little self-indulgent to include an ‘AW publication’ among this list but in my defence I fell in love with this book long before I joined the AW editorial team. It is basically a series of reproduced clippings from the magazine relating to Coe and Ovett during their heyday and altogether makes a terrific read.

Running Scared – How Athletics Lost Its Innocence by Duncan Mackay and Steven Downes – If you read this book you will realise that problems such as doping and corruption have always plagued athletics. The authors were among the most prominent athletics writers in the 1990s and turn of the millennium and their book takes a deep, dark look at the seedy underbelly of the No.1 Olympic sport.

The Mechanics of Athletics by Geoff Dyson – Many of the principles of athletics such as jumps, throws or hurdles techniques have remained unchanged for years and Geoff Dyson, the father of coaching in British athletics, covers them all in amazing detail accompanied by superb illustrations in this 1962 book.

Ultra-Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes – World-wide best seller and it’s easy to see why as the story of this ultra-marathon runner dances from page to page in entertaining and inspirational fashion.

ATFS annual edited by Peter Matthews – This is the international equivalent of the British Athletics stats book produced by NUTS (National Union of Track Statisticians) although it is put together by the Association of Track and Field Statisticians. Meticulously compiled and full of several interesting features every year in addition to the pure stats.

British Athletics by the NUTS – Now into its 62nd year, the latest edition has Dina Asher-Smith on the cover. Unfortunately like all stats books it has struggled during the internet era but remains a brilliant source of facts and figures and has been invaluable to myself, especially during my early years writing for AW.

Athletics Statistics, London 2012 – Edited by Mark Butler and produced by the IAAF, it is a great resource of stats. Similar facts and figures are produced in handbooks for other Olympic Games and world championships but the London 2012 edition is special for obvious reasons.

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall – A classic tale of running and the book that inspired the bare-foot running movement. The joy of running jumps out of every page.

50 Greatest Marathon Races of All-Time by Will Cockerell – Like many books in this list it is now a little outdated but it nevertheless is still a brilliant read and historical resource. A labour of love by an author who is also a decent marathoner himself, it is a high-quality publication that describes in detail some of the best 26.2-mile races in history.

World History of Track & Field Athletics by Roberto Quercetani – Published in 1964 by the doyen of athletics writers and statisticians, who died last year aged 97. Definitely one of my most treasured books.

Testament of a Runner by WR Loader – This little-known 1960s classic captures the spirit of the sport in beautiful style, describing in detail what it means to run. Or, the author would say: “I mean, really run.”

The Complete Book of the Olympics by David Wallechinsky – This book ran from 1984 to 2012 but was sadly not published for the 2016 Games. Unbeatable when it comes to short, reader-friendly summaries of Olympic finals. Not just athletics either as it covers all the sports

LONDON MINI MARATHON TEAMS  If anyone has been selected for another Borough beside Barnet or Region, please let me know.

BRITISH TRANSPLANT GAMES – Coventry will be hosting the games from the 30 July to 2 August, just months after the laws are due to change, and organ donation in England will move to an ’opt-out system’.

THE CLOCKS WENT BACK 1 HOUR ON SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER The significance of this is that on training evenings it will be dark during your warm up/down period. Could I advise all athletes to wear something Bright at Night, especially on Tuesday and Thursday training evenings. Please be safe, when running on the roads, especially within Copthall from wearing dark clothing. For your safety, we have a number of Hi-Vis bibs in the clubhouse which you can borrow at the beginning of your run and return at the end of it.

UPCOMING SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS FIXTURES FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS
The current 2019-2020 Winter Fixture Card can be found on the SBH website http://sbharriers.co.uk/fixtures-results/fixture-cards/ also the contact details for all Team Managers can be found here – http://sbharriers.co.uk/ and then select “Athletics”
Please note Information in RED below is provisional, and to be confirmed.

SOUTHERN MEN’S 12 STAGE AND WOMENS 6 STAGE ROAD RELAYS – Takes place on Sunday 22 March at the Milton Keynes Track, Milton Keynes, Bucks (SatNav MK14 6BN).
Start times Men 12.00noon and Women 1.00pm
Men 6 Stages (4.8km) and 6 Stages (7.2km) – Women 4 Stages (4.8km) and 2 Stages (7.2km)
Entry Closed
Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager

SOUTHERN U15/U17 5k ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Takes place on Sunday 22 March at the Milton Keynes Track, Milton Keynes, Bucks (SatNav MK14 6BN).
Start time 11.00am
Entry Closed

NORTH WEST LONDON LEAGUE – The fifth fixture of five takes place on Saturday 28 March at Wormwood Scrubs, Linford Christie Stadium, Du Cane Road (SatNav W12 0AE). Enter main car park off Du Cane Road (via Artillery Lane), through 6’6” height/width barrier. Extra parking will be available in the enclosed/fenced hospital parking area. Parking is free in all areas at the week-end.
Final details to follow.
Note: You do not have to be pre-entered, just turn up and run. Will any of our Female athletes please see JEREMY SOTHCOTT who will give you a race number

NATIONAL MEN’S 12 STAGE AND WOMENS 6 STAGE ROAD RELAYS – Takes place on Saturday 4 April at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Town Gate Entrance, Birmingham (Satnav B73 6BU).
Entry Closing Date TBC
Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager.

LONDON INTER CLUB CHALLENGE 1/LUCA ATHLETICS SERIES 2 (ALL AGE-GROUPS INCLUDING U13s) The First of Four fixtures takes place on Saturday 18 April at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, 61 Meridian Way, Edmonton, London (Satnav N9 0AR).
Entry is free to all members of Shaftesbury, but why not bring a friend and introduce them to athletics (there is a charge for non-members, £4 for the first event and £3 for subsequent events). Registration opens at 9.30am, and closes 30 minutes before the published start time of each event. All events are for both male and female age-groups including U13s unless stated.
This is the link to the timetable LICC-LUCA-Lee-Valley-18.04.20-timetable-for-London-website
Note: You do not have to be pre-entered, just turn up and register. 

MIDDLESEX YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE (UNDER 11/13/15/17 MEN/WOMEN) The first fixture of four takes place on Saturday 18 April at the Parliament Hill Fields Athletic Track, Staff Yard, Highgate Road (Satnav NW3 2JP).
This is the link to the timetable Awaiting timetable
Note: You will have to be selected by your Team Manager, Those athletes who wish to compete as a non-scorer, please contact your Team Manager no later than Thursday 16 April as the declarations have to be in on Friday 17 April. 

UK YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE SOUTHERN PREMIER 1 (UNDER 17/20 MEN/WOMEN) The first fixture of four takes place on Sunday 19 April at the Palmer Park Sports Stadium, Wokingham Road, Reading (Satnav RG6 1LF).
This is the link to the timetable YDL UAG Timetables 2020
Note: You will have to be selected by your Team Manager.

VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MINI MARATHON – Takes place on Sunday 26 April at Old Billingsgate Market, Lower Thames Street, London (Satnav EC3R 6DX). Start Times – 8.55am Under 17 Men, 9.02am Under 15 Boys, 9.09am Under 13 Boys, 9.16am Under 17 Women, 9.23am Under 15 Girls, 9.30am Under 13 Girls.
Note: You will have to be pre-selected by your respective London Borough or UK Region.

UPCOMING OTHER FIXTURES FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS
Certain fixtures you will have to enter yourselves and pay the appropriate fee, and will be indicated on fixtures shown below.

ENGLAND U15 & U17 COMBINED EVENTS INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Takes place at the English Institute of Sport, Coleridge Road, Sheffield (Satnav S9 5DA) on Saturday 14 March and Sunday 15 March.
Entries Closed

ENGLISH SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS – Takes place on Saturday 14 March at Liverpool. Age-Groups U15, U17 & U19

LEE VALLEY HERTFORDSHIRE, MIDDLESEX AND KENT INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPSTakes place at Lee Valley on Saturday 14 March and Sunday 15 March, for all age-groups excluding U13s.
Entries Closed

LEE VALLEY INDOOR U13 AND U15 PENTATHLON & OPEN MEETING – Takes place at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, 61 Meridian Way, Edmonton (Satnav N9 0AR) on Sunday 29 March. All Age-Groups Including U13s.
To enter please use this link – https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/go/lee-valley-athletics-centre/#competition-entry-forms
Entries Close Sunday 15 March
Note: You will have to enter yourself and pay the appropriate entry fee

LEE VALLEY OPEN MEETING – Takes place on Saturday 4 April at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, 61 Meridian Way, Edmonton, London (Satnav N9 0AR). All age-groups including U13s.
Timetable from 10.00am field events and 10.30am track events.
PLEASE NOTE: For all information including entering yourself online please use this link – https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/en/content/cms/outdoors/athletics-centre/competition-entry-forms/lee-valley-open-meeting/#apriloutdoormeeting
Entries Close Sunday 29 March, Although An Event Could Be Full Maybe 1-2 Weeks Before The Meeting Date, So Enter Early 

WATFORD OPEN MEETING – Takes place on Wednesday 8 April at the Woodside Stadium, Horseshoe Lane, Watford (Satnav WD25 7HH). All age-groups including U13s.
There is an overflow car park prior to the main entrance on Horseshoe Lane if you are travelling up from the A405/Garston but we cannot guarantee if there are spaces.
Nearest large car park if the facility car parks are full is the Leavesden Country Park off College road (Satnav WD5 0NR) approximately 1100 metres, which is a continuation of Horseshoe Lane. Please note the Harvester Car Park is now pay and display
Timetable/Events7.00pm 100m, 7.15pm Long Jump, 7.20pm 1500m no times over 5m 30s, 8.45pm 3000m.
PLEASE NOTE: Entries online only, no entries on the night, for all information including entering yourself online please use this link – http://www.watfordathletics.co.uk/Whogm/OpenindexF.htm
Please Note: Be Aware That An Event Could Be Full Maybe 1-2 Weeks Before The Meeting Date, So Enter Early

HIGHGATE HARRIERS OPEN MEETING – Takes place on Wednesday 8 April at Parliament Hill Fields (Satnav NW5 1QR). All age-groups including U11s.
PLEASE NOTE: Entries online only, no entries on the night.
For all information including entering yourself online please use this link – Highgate Harriers Open Meeting 08-04-20
Please Note: Entries Close Sunday 5 April, Be Aware That An Event Could Be Full Before The Closing Date, So Enter Early

WATFORD OPEN MEETING – Takes place on Wednesday 22 April at the Woodside Stadium, Horseshoe Lane, Watford (Satnav WD25 7HH). All age-groups including U13s.
There is an overflow car park prior to the main entrance on Horseshoe Lane if you are travelling up from the A405/Garston but we cannot guarantee if there are spaces.
Nearest large car park if the facility car parks are full is the Leavesden Country Park off College road (Satnav WD5 0NR) approximately 1100 metres, which is a continuation of Horseshoe Lane. Please note the Harvester Car Park is now pay and display
Timetable/Events7.00pm 200m, 7.15pm High Jump, 7.30pm 400m no U13s, 8.00pm 800m no times over 2m 45s.
PLEASE NOTE: Entries online only, no entries on the night, for all information including entering yourself online please use this link – http://www.watfordathletics.co.uk/Whogm/OpenindexF.htm
Please Note: Be Aware That An Event Could Be Full Maybe 1-2 Weeks Before The Meeting Date, So Enter Early 

LEE VALLEY SPRINTS OPEN MEETING – Takes place on Wednesday 22 April at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, 61 Meridian Way, Edmonton, London (Satnav N9 0AR). All age-groups including U13s. Cost is £6 per event before Tuesday of the event, £8 per event on the day.
Timetable commences at 7.00pm and Events are 100m and 200m.
PLEASE NOTE: For all information including entering yourself online please use this link – https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/en/content/cms/outdoors/athletics-centre/competition-entry-forms/sprints-meetings/
Please Note: Be Aware That An Event Could Be Full Maybe 1-2 Weeks Before The Meeting Date, So Enter Early 

VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON – Takes place on Sunday 26 April from Greenwich.
We should have a few runners representing the stripes.

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 500 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 – The current charges for using Allianz Park are as follows – Adult Daily entry fee £4.00 – Junior (U16) Daily entry fee £2.00 – Concession (Students in full time education, unwaged and Over 65) Daily entry fee £2.20.
As a member of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers you can apply for membership of Allianz Park, this is a the link for all information and application form Allianz Park Membership Form 2017 Any official coach of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers gains entry free of charge.
Charges for those with a membership card are as follows – Adult Daily entry fee £3.60, Monthly fee £24.00 – Junior (U16) Daily entry fee £1.80, Monthly fee £12.00 – Concession (Students in full time education, unwaged and Over 60) Daily entry fee £1.80, Monthly fee £12.00.
Please use this link to view all membership details and application form (which you can print)Allianz Park Membership Form 2017

All Allianz Park membership enquiries should be directed towards Emma Gouge at emmagouge@saracens.net her direct phone number is 0203 675 7252, or Lauren Hewett at laurenhewett@saracens.net her phone number are (Office) 020 3675 7210 or (Mobile) 07881 297875

ALAN