Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 21 January 2021

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 21 January to Josephine Chadwick, Mario Debrescu, Charly Doyon, George Evans, Matt Grant, Jade Ive, Adina Kut, Michael Nicholls, John Otugade, Alex Petty and Lynda Robinson

WHAT A COINCIDENCE – In last weeks Newsletter our 2 top Steeplechasers MARK PEARCE (No.2 ranked Senior) and KRISTIAN IMROTH (No.1 ranked Junior) share the same birthday – 19 January.

UPDATE ON PROPOSED TRACK AND FIELD FIXTURES National Athletic League dates have been agreed – Sunday 6 June, Sunday 4 July, Saturday 7 August and Saturday 28 August – 4 club divisions – we are in Premier London North with Harrow, Newham and Woodford – Probability that most / all fixtures will be at StoneX Stadium. London Inter Club Challenge dates agreed Saturday 17 April Lee Valley, Saturday 26 June, Saturday 31 July and Saturday 21 August all at StoneX Stadium.

Provisional UK Youth Development League dates are; Sunday 2 May, Sunday 30 May, Sunday 27 June, Saturday/Sunday 4/5 September National Final
Provisional Middlesex Young Athletes League dates are; Sunday 25 April – Finsbury Park, Saturday 15 May – Perivale, Sunday 20 June – Parliament Hill and Sunday 18 July – StoneX Stadium
Provisional Eastern Young Athletes League dates are; Sunday 13 June, Sunday 4 July, Sunday 18 July, Sunday 1 August and Final Sunday 12 September (venues to be confirmed).
The SCVAC Veterans League dates are still to be announced.

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

YOUTH TALENT PROGRAMME UPDATE The Youth Talent Programme (YTP) is well underway for 2020-22. In late September of this year, we were delighted to confirm 252 athletes, and their coaches, as having been accepted into the Youth Talent Programme – a collaboration between England Athletics and British Athletics.

Congratulations on behalf of SBH and Myself, to our 11 Athletes and their respective Coaches EMMANUEL DURUIHEOMA (Sprints), TY HOLDEN EVELYNE FONTEYNE (High Jump), CAROL JACKSON RUBEN HEDMAN (60m/100m Hurdles), BRIAN HOPKINSKIMANI JACK (High Jump), SHAKA BUNSIEREMI JOKOSENUMI (Sprints), TY HOLDENJOANNE MIRANDA (Middle Distance), JEREMY SOTHCOTTGILAD NACHSHEN (Middle Distance), JEREMY SOTHCOTTMAAYAN RADUS (Middle Distance), DAVID LOWESNICHOLAS SAVVA (Sprints), TY HOLDENMILAN TRAJKOVIC (Javelin), JOHN WAUGHARUN YAVUZ (Long/Triple Jump), JOHN HERBERT

The YTP is the first step on the Talent pathway designed to meet the needs of identified talented English athletes, aged between 16 and 18 years of age, and their coaches. The programme focuses on developing a dual career for the athlete through fulfilling their potential within the sport and also in their education and employability.
Since those athletes and their coaches were accepted onto the YTP, we have been able to welcome them by hosting virtual inductions, led by Marathon Sports and Loughborough College, which provided an opportunity for the athletes, personal coaches and parents to meet and connect with the other people on the programme as well as their YTP point of contact and performance support staff. As part of the day, the education providers gave an outline of the two-year programme, including the formal education and individual athlete planning process, so that all participants will be able to maximise their development whilst on the YTP.
We have also been able to hold virtual National event-specific days for the athlete-coach partnerships to meet the YTP coach that will support them through their two-year journey. During this process, everyone was given an overview of the event specific elements of the YTP – namely the:
event group specific physical qualities and capacities;
event specific technical excellence frameworks;
psychological characteristics of developing excellence;
event group specific tactical components.
MARTIN RUSH, Head of Coaching & Athlete Development at England Athletics, said: “It’s great to see athlete-coach partnerships from so many different affiliated clubs being represented on the YTP. The personal coaches are an integral part of any athlete’s development so it’s fantastic to hear so many personal coaches were able to attend and contribute to the first virtual National event-specific training days.
“Hopefully, we will be able to hold practical National event specific training days in the new year, but for now I wanted to recognise the excellent job done by the education providers, Marathon Sports and Loughborough College, as well as the YTP coaches in making the virtual sessions fun, engaging and educational. I was also delighted to see so many parents join in the virtual workshop delivered by our youth lead, Scott Grace. The attendance of athletes, coaches and parents represents a real milestone in the evolution of the YTP: this focus on developing and supporting athletes holistically is testament to the ethos we have here at England Athletics and I’m very proud of the work that the Coach and Athlete Development team are doing.”
ANDY PAUL, YTP Lead – Birmingham Talent Hub, said: “The YTP continues to grow its impact in Birmingham. This is Year 8 for us and every year we learn more and more about the needs of both coach and athlete as they develop. It is an honour to be able to support talent and evolve the process with colleagues across the country.
“2020 has offered up a huge challenge to everyone – athlete, family, coach and YTP teams! From real-time coaching to team delivery on Teams. For me, it has been a whole new world and a great education. It has demonstrated how adaptable we all are. At the same time, it has reminded me how we all learn and the need to flex because of it. One-to-ones with specialists have gone really well but in a group situation some learners find the challenge far greater than real-time. As a coach, it has been a valuable experience and a learning curve in improving communications and being well organised – lots of big steps forward! The job is a great challenge but the opportunity and growth we see makes the job exciting and so important.”

ENGLAND ATHLETICS 5 MILE VIRTUAL RELAY In the Qualifying Round (Round 1), clubs could have an uncapped number of their runners enter into the round in order to ensure that as many runners as possible could take part and enjoy the competition. The Clubs’ finishing position is based on the 4 x fastest men and 4 x fastest women from each club.

The Qualifying Round took place during the window of Saturday 26 December 2020 – Wednesday 13 January 2021.
RESULTS – KRISTIAN IMROTH U20 7th (24.20 2nd U20), KIERAN CLEMENTS 10th (24.23), JEREMY DEMPSEY 20th (24.52), GEORGE GROOM 21st (24.54), MITCHELL COX 27th (25.17), MARK PEARCE 51st (25.56), DAN WATTS 125th (26.59), JUDE MIRANDA U20 262nd (28.19), RICHARD WILLIAMS V40 329th (28.46), FREYA STAPLETON U20 365th (29.01 4th U20), EUAN MACKENZIE 404th (29.19), DANIEL NICHOLLS V35 566th (30.18), NAOMI TASCHIMOWITZ 569th (30.20), KEVIN WALDEN V35 905th (32.19), TIM PARKIN V40 1035th (33.17), EMILY HATHAWAY U20 1100th (33.43), SARAH WILLIAMS V35 1116th (33.47), JESSICA HURLEY 1456th (36.08)
TEAM RESULTS – 1st Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow (3:41.47), 2nd Cambridge & Coleridge (3:42.03), 3rd Wirral (3:42.42), 4th SBH (3:45.20)

National Round (Round 2) The 50 fastest clubs from the Qualifying Round will progress to the National Round (Round 2) – taking place between Wednesday 10 February to Monday 15 February 2021.  Clubs that qualify to compete in the National Round will again be able to field an uncapped number of their registered runners – with finishing positions based on the 4 x fastest men and 4 x fastest women from each club.

International Round (Round 3) The winning club from the National Round will be selected to compete in the International Round – where they will compete against the best teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to be crowned the Virtual Road Relay Competition 2020/21 champions!

SHAFTESBURY’S OLYMPIAN BOARD FINDS A TEMPORARY HOME BRYAN SMITH will soon be taking possession of our Olympian Board. BRYAN told me that the board will have a temporary home, in a glass cabinet in the SBH Clubhouse, until the West Stand is constructed.

BETH POTTER’S 2020 LOCKDOWN EXPERIENCE – BETH is in full agreement that dog is man’s, and woman’s, best friend, and admits she found much of lockdown challenging, but there was one stand-out highlight for the triathlete; after longing for a dog for some time, Potter finally took the plunge and got a puppy CHARLIE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHARLIE is a working cocker,” she said. “He’s been a life-saver during lockdown. I’ve always wanted a dog but it’s never been the right time and then when we first heard about lockdown, I moved in with a friend for a few weeks who’s got a dog and she convinced me to go for it. “He’s brilliant– he’s very docile and he’s lovely. It’s been so great having him at home – and he runs with me at the weekend. “He’s been the best thing about lockdown, for sure.”

The pandemic could not have hit at a worse time for BETH. The triathlon season was literally days from beginning and so having slogged her way through a full winter’s training, it was demoralising to say the least for everything to be thrown up into the air almost overnight. “I love training so that part was okay but I did find it very tough not having anything on the horizon, so it was a real mix of emotions every day,” she said. “I’ve found it really hard – one minute I’ll be fine and then the next minute I’ll find myself crying for no reason. It’s definitely been one of the hardest things I’ve faced in my career – it’s up there with a really crap injury. The uncertainty is so difficult.”

The lack of access to swimming pools has been the most challenging aspect of lockdown for BETH. BETH has spent the majority of her sporting life as a long-distance runner, representing GB at the 2016 Olympics, before switching to triathlon in 2017 and going on to represent Scotland as both a track and field athlete and a triathlete at Gold Coast 2018, becoming the first Scot ever to be selected for two sports at the same Commonwealth Games. Of the three disciplines in triathlon, BETH freely admits swimming is her weakest and so a whole summer out of the water was far from ideal, to put it mildly.

BETH’S first post-coronavirus outing was in early September in Hamburg where she finished twenty-first, a performance she was dissatisfied with. Her next event was a World Cup event in Arzachena, Italy on 10 October finishing 2nd to FLORA DUFFY world ranked No.14, BETH’S final race of the Year was in Valencia, Spain on 7 November in which she won. Results Hamburg – 750m swim, 18.9k bike, 5k run 1st GEORGIA TAYLOR-BROWN GB (54.16), 2nd FLORA DUFFY Bermuda (54.25), 3rd LAURA LINDERMANN Germany (54.39), 21st BETH (56.13 – swim 9.43 – bike 27.55 – run 16.53). Arzachena – 750m swim, 19.26k bike, 5k run 1st FLORA DUFFY Bermuda (1:00.53), 2nd BETH (1:02.04 – swim 9.32 – bike 34.14 – run 16.55), 3rd VERENA STEINHAUSER Italy (1:02.07). Valencia – 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run 1st BETH (56.35 – swim 9.32 – bike 29.07 – run 16.45), 2nd NICOLA SPIRIG Switzerland (56.38), 3rd LISA TERTCH Germany (56.39).

The high standards BETH sets for herself may make her life more difficult, but it is the same attitude that has helped her defy the odds time and time again throughout her career. Her switch from track and field to triathlon may be somewhat unusual but 2019 proved in emphatic style that her gamble had paid off. After only two years in the sport, she became European champion, a result that highlighted her potential despite taking up the event at a relatively advanced stage of her sporting career.
Report of European Championships in Weert, Netherlands on 31 May – BETH took the European title in fine style, on the opening 1500m swim (17.18) she came out 4 seconds behind a small group. The bike leg of 37.8k was very close with 6 athletes entering the final transition, including BETH (54.15). The final leg, a 9.9k run proved decisive with BETH pulling away to secure the win by 58 seconds. Full result 1st BETH (1:45.44), 2nd SANDRA DODET France (1:46.42), 3rd CLAIRE MICHEL Belgium (1:46.55).

However, within just a few months of that victory, BETH was hit with some devastating news. Despite her phenomenal rise to prominence in the sport, British Triathlon announced they were withdrawing her funding, leaving her feeling somewhat destitute. “I’d hit the criteria several times and yet I wasn’t put on funding,” she said. “I felt like any other athlete in any other sport who had become European champion would have been on funding. So that was a real blow. “I was really upset about it for a while and they were using my age against me which I felt was really unfair. “People get better at different times and my training age is completely different from my actual age because I’ve not been in the sport for that long. “I’ve got the right attitude and I want to do this but it’s hard not having the back-up. “I had several meetings with British Triathlon and they then agreed to help me a little. “It all took its toll though. I had thoughts of giving up.

“But then I decided to use it as motivation and wanted to prove them wrong. I believe I can do it but it just helps when you have people backing you.” Despite the funding blow, BETH got her head down and got herself in excellent shape for this season, which was then cut disappointingly short. And so having battled through the past twelve months with few competitive appearances to speak of, already BETH is already looking forward to another winter hard at it. “I put in a big block of training last winter which was great but I don’t want to put myself in the position of racing again if I feel I’m not ready,” she said. “I’d like to put in another big block of swimming over the winter. With the running, I have that race experience but I just don’t have that yet in triathlon so there’s still so much room to improve.” 

BETH ran two road races in 2020, both being personal best’s. Firstly, in February, the Alsager 5 Miles in Cheshire, winning the Women’s race with a time of (25.45), then in August the Podium 5k in Barrowford, Lancashire, winning the Elite Women’s race with a time of (15.25), from JESSICA JUDD (15.36) and LIZZIE BIRD was 6th (15.53). Well done BETH, TOKYO here you come.

PARKRUN RETURNS TO AUSTRALIASTUART MOORE has just informed me that Parkrun returned last November. He said they been very lucky in Perth – an isolated city and a state premier who has been right on top of his game. His children are now teenagers – DECLAN 17 and LAUREN 14 – and LAUREN is still involved in running, STUART coaches her group at Little Athletics. STUART coach little athletics in the summer and the way it is organised you basically coach all events for an age group so I have been with my daughter’s group since under 8s – this year up to under 15s.

STUART’S latest Parkrun Results 9 January Carin Glades 74th (27.51 V60-64 age-group) – 2 January Quinns Rocks 46th (30.33) – 26 December Perry Lakes 46th (28.27) – 19 December Garvey Park 11th (29.09) – 12 December Perry Lakes 93rd (31.02) – 28 November Perry Lakes 81st (29.18) – 14 November Perry Lakes 80th (30.52)

UKA’S EQUALITY PLAN The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.  Photograph by MARK SHEARMAN. Big-name British female runners such as PAULA RADCLIFFE, JOYCE SMITH, HAYLEY YELLING, LAURA MUIR and MARA YAMAUCHI issue strong statement about equalisation of cross-country distances one of the best-known and most successful female endurance runners in the history of British athletics have joined forces in opposition to UK Athletics’ recent moves to create gender equality in cross country.

Their statement has been signed by a who’s who of distance running icons such as two-time world cross-country champion PAULA RADCLIFFE and former International cross-country gold medallist and two-time London Marathon winner JOYCE SMITH. HAYLEY YELLING, the two-time European cross-country champion, plus current top athletes such as LAURA MUIR, CHARLOTTE PURDUE and LAURA WEIGHTMAN have also put their name to a statement which will leave UKA in no doubt that their quest for equality of racing distances is not going to be easy to implement. Between them, the signatories have won dozens of English National titles and represented Britain or England at the World Cross Country Championships. ANDREA WHITCOMBE, HELEN CLITHEROE and KATHY BUTLER for example have raced in the World Cross seven, eight and 14 times respectively. Photograph of eventual winner PAULA RADCLIFFE leading the 2003 European Cross Country Championships ahead of SONIA O’SULLIVAN and HAYLEY YELLING.

The statement has been pulled together by MARA YAMAUCHI, the former English National winner and second fastest British marathon woman in history. It questions why UKA is making this current move without a head of endurance in position and without first consulting its own Athletes’ Commission. In addition, the athletes firmly disagree with the Run Equal movement, saying: “We are saddened by the suggestion that our past performances are viewed as somehow lacking, simply because we raced shorter distances than men.”

The statement is as follows… UK Athletics’ consultation on “equal access to cross country competition distances” (Dec 22) and its accompanying survey led many in the cross country (XC) community to believe that UKA had already decided to equalise the distances raced by men and women. We welcome the clarifications UKA provided in its new statement on “equal opportunities in cross country” (Jan 15) and in CEO Joanna Coates’s interview with AW (Jan 15). However, we note JOANNA’S comment that equalisation of race distances “might” still go ahead. We also note that UKA still intends to use the survey’s results, despite widespread concerns about its validity, which we share (specifically the introduction’s clear indication to responders that UKA is in favour of equalisation, and the absence of the question “do you agree/disagree on equalising distances”). The physical advantages men acquire compared to women from puberty are well-known. These advantages mean that, in some sports, event specifications should be different, for good reason. We believe cross country, at competitive level, is one such event. There are many events in Athletics alone which have different specifications. This does not mean women are weak or inferior. It is a question of what specifications suit men and women, and what makes for meaningful and exciting competition. In cross country, women and girls should race a distance which is: a) what they want; b) what is appropriate for their age and ability level; and c) what is best for their wider competition goals and race calendar. The criterion “what the men or boys run” should be well down the list in deciding. The same applies, in reverse, for men and boys. The question of can women race long distances has been answered with an emphatic yes. Historically, women were not allowed to compete at all in many events, and we are thankful to the women who fought for the right to compete. Competition for women in XC has existed for decades; the first English National XC Championships for women were held in 1927.

The UKA Head of Endurance position has recently been vacant, and UKA’s own Athletes Commission was not consulted. It is unclear whether anyone with knowledge and experience of XC at elite/semi-elite level/competitive club level has been involved thus far. We call on UKA to ensure that people with such knowledge and experience, in a variety of roles, will be included in all decision-making at every stage from now on. We note that World Athletics has equalised distances at the World Championships but it is not a national federation which has to develop talent to elite level. We also note that European nations voted in 2016 to retain different distances. British XC teams, especially the women’s teams, have been very successful in recent years at European level. UKA omitted the key question “do you agree/disagree on equalising distances” from its survey. Therefore, if a move towards equalisation goes ahead, we look forward to seeing other statistically robust evidence that this is what a large majority in the sport actually wants. In the meantime, we hope UKA will focus on enabling racing to restart safely and minimising the damage the pandemic has caused to athletes everywhere.

Signed by… KATE AVERY, European XC representative 2014, 2015, 2018; World XC U20 representative 2009, 2010; World XC senior representative 2019 SINEAD BENT, Northern 800m bronze medallist 2018; Manchester league senior overall title winner; multiple Northern XC top-40 finisher KATHY BUTLER, World XC team bronze medallist 2004; 14 x World XC representative 1990 – 2006; 2 x Olympian HELEN CLITHEROE, 8 x World XC representative 1998 – 2005; 10 x European XC representative 1998 – 2010 JULIE COLLINGHAM (née LAUGHTON), World XC representative 1984 (team silver medallist), 1985, 1986 (team gold medallist) MELISSA COURTNEY-BRYANT, European XC representative 2017, 2018; bronze medallist at European Indoor 3000m 2019 and Commonwealth Games 1500m 2019 CLAIRE DUCK, English National XC runner-up 2016, third 2017; World XC representative and captain 2017 LAUREN HEYES (née HOWARTH), World XC representative 2009 (U20), 2013 (senior); European XC representative 2008, 2009 (both U20), 2011, 2012 (both U23), 2013, 2015 (both senior) RUTH JONES, England mountain running representative; Manchester XC league overall winner 2017, runner-up 2019/20 JESSICA JUDD, English National XC winner 2017; European XC repr esentative 2019 (team gold); World University 5000m winner 2019; British 5000m champion 2020 LAURA MUIR, European XC rep resentative 2011 (junior), 2015 (U23) both team gold; multiple track medallist at World and European level indoors and outdoors HANNAH NUTTALL, European XC representative (U23) 2019; World XC representative (U20) 2015; English Schools 3000m winner 2014; British 3000m steeplechase bronze medallist 2020 LILY PARTRIDGE, English National winner 2015, 2016; 7 x European XC representative 2009 to 2017 (Junior, U23, senior); World XC representative 2008, 2009 (Junior) CHARLOTTE PURDUE, 4 x individual medallist at European XC as junior, U20 (gold) and senior level 2007-2013; 4 x World XC representative (junior and senior) 2007-2011; No.4 UK all-time for the marathon PAULA RADCLIFFE: World XC champion 2001 (also short course silver), 2002, silver medallist 1997, 1998, bronze medallist 1999, World XC junior champion 1992; former marathon world record-holder; multiple medallist at World and European level JANE SHIELDS (née FURNISS), English National XC winner 1984, 1987; 6 x World XC representative 1981 – 1987; European XC representative; 2 x Olympian JOYCE SMITH, first IAAF World XC silver medallist 1973; International XC Championship winner 1972, bronze medallist 1971; English National XC winner 1959, 1960, 1973; London Marathon champion 1981, 1982 LAURA WEIGHTMAN, European XC representative 2013; 2 x Olympian; European 1500m and Commonwealth 5000m medallist ANDREA WHITCOMBE, English National XC winner 1990, 1991, 1997; 7 x World XC representative (junior and senior) 1989-1999 CAROLE WILLIAMSON (née BRADFORD), English National XC winner 1986; World XC representative 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986; bronze medallist at IAAF World 10km, 1984 and IAAF World 15km, 1985 ALISON WYETH, 4 x World XC representative 1987-1991; Commonwealth Games 3000m bronze medallist 1994; 2 x Olympian; multiple World, European, Commonwealth representative MARA YAMAUICHI (née MYERS), English National XC winner 1998; World XC representative 2005, 2006; No.2 UK all-time for the marathon HAYLEY YELLING, 8 x European XC representative 1996 – 2008 (champion 2004, 2009); World XC team bronze medallist 2004; World, Commonwealth and European representative on the track

BECKY LYNE’S FIVE TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR RUNNING TECHNIQUE The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.  Photograph by MARK SHEARMAN.

Former 800m runner says her ‘GRACE-full’ method can help athletes become more efficient and injury-free. As an 800m runner BECKY LYNE ran (1:58.20) and after winning bronze at the European Championships in 2006 behind two Russians she was named British Athletics Writers’ Association female athlete of the year. At the time the only Brits who had run quicker over the distance were KELLY HOLMES and KIRSTY WADE. Even now her PB for two laps places her sixth on the UK all-time lists and is faster than LAURA MUIR’S best. Yet her career was cut short while she was still in her mid-20s and she believes she could have enjoyed far more success if she was armed with the kind of biomechanics knowledge that she has now. “Absolutely I wish I had my time again,” she says looking back. “Having studied it (running technique) and experimented with it and after getting a feel for how we’re designed to run, I know I was doing so many things wrong. “The frustrating thing was that people always told me they thought I had quite a good technique too. But I sensed that something wasn’t quite right, otherwise why would I be getting injured so much?”

LYNE even had biomechanics testing at the time but was told “everything was okay”. Although in the defence of the sports scientists in 2006, technology has moved on to the point that today’s runners can even record their own action in slow-motion on an ordinary mobile phone. “The crux was that I was over-striding and reaching too far in front of myself when I ran,” she says. “There’s a key phrase which I read when I was studying this – that you have to ‘run on your legs rather than with your legs’. “It’s so subtle, but if you can get that sense of your hips just lifting forward and up a little bit so that you plant more underneath your centre of mass then so many of the other things that we’re supposed to do when we’re running will be able to fall into place.”

LYNE, who also won the European under-23 800m title during her short career, struggled with Achilles tendon issues and her over-striding caused her to have horrendous blisters and even breathing difficulties when she ran uphill. “I was carrying too much tension in my shoulders and around my chest because I wasn’t controlling the movement from my core but from the shoulders,” she says. “As soon as you lift your hips up then your core can activate which allows your shoulders to relax. It’s all very well asking athletes to ‘relax your shoulders’ but it they’re not using their core then it’s just not possible to do that. It was an epiphany for me when I realised this.” LYNE, who is now 38 and based in the Peak District, currently helps runners with what she calls “GRACE-full running”. She offers runners analysis of their technique and physio screening – much of which is done online – and has teamed up with Sheffield Hallam University to create computer-assisted feedback for athletes. Software used by Sheffield Hallam can automatically detect joint positions in video recordings of runners and their work with LYNE is being featured on BBC1 on Wednesday (January 13) in a programme called The Truth About Getting Fit At Home, with people in the UK who miss it being able to subsequently view it on iPlayer. GRACE is an acronym for ‘grow, rhythm, align, circle, enjoy’ and these form the pillars of Lyne’s five-point plan for runners who are keen to improve their style.

Grow – Landing underneath your centre of mass reduces breaking forces. Or lifting your hips up and forward discourages you from ‘jolt-ily’ heel planting in front of your body.
Rhythm – The resonant frequency of leg muscles is 3 hertz. Get free elastic energy from your muscles and tendons by running at 180 strides per minute.
Align – Backwards displacement of centre of mass decreases your horizontal force vector. Having a strong aligned body allows you to use gravity to propel you onward by tilting forward from the ankles.
Circle – Smoothness reduces wasted energy due to vertical displacement. Your legs should feel like a wheel underneath you, using all energy push you forward functionally instead of bobbing up and down.
Enjoy – Running induces hormones and enzymes that physiologically and tangibly reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

To find out more about GRACE-full Running, click here.

THE ATHLETICS MUSEUM Was launched on the 12 August 2020, and are pleased to announce that their online exhibition is now live at www.theathleticsmuseum.org.uk.  Following the cancellation of the England Athletics Age Group championships and the ESAA championships themselves, the proposed physical exhibitions that were to be displayed there have been moved online.

This exhibition is the first venture of The Athletics Museum and we would like to thank the English Schools’ Athletic Association for the opportunity to work with them on this online material as we work towards securing space for a physical museum.  The ESAA project is ongoing and we hope to add more material in due course.
The Athletics Museum is a project inspired by the AAA. The first online exhibition traces the history of the English Schools’ Athletics Association (ESAA) championships; stories and anecdotes from participants, archive material from its inauguration in 1925 up to the modern day, and past champions and athletes who have gone on to achieve further success, in both track and field and 16 other sports. There’s also a look back at Tokyo Olympics 1964, Tokyo Worlds 1991 and forward to the Tokyo Olympics 2021.
England Athletics’ website executive NICOLA EVANS has built the site, with extensive preparation having been made by JOHN MACKIE and researcher JANE AINSWORTH, – plus contributions from Honorary Secretary CHRIS COHEN, MIKE FLEET, PETER RADFORD, MICK HILL and many others, and including photos by MARK SHEARMAN, JOB KING and the ESAA archive.
This is The Athletics Museum’s first project and it is hoped to expand the virtual ‘rooms’ within on other interesting topics from our sport.
PHILIP ANDREW (Head of Heritage at the AAA) said “The Athletics Museum team would welcome feedback and to hear from anyone interested in getting involved with the project. by contacting us at hello@theathleticsmuseum.org.uk.”

Why not take a look at what KATHERINE MERRY is enthusing about? “Well done all on the website … a great start with huge potential. I know this takes a lot of hard work and it is appreciated.”
CHRIS COHEN (ESAA Honorary Secretary) added, “We are hoping that, as in 1946, ESAA return from lockdown with more enthusiasm and reaching more athletes than ever before.”
Click here to go to The Athletics Museum website

2021 LEE VALLEY INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEETINGS Currently Lee Valley is closed and awaiting an update.

2021 INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEETINGS During the first week of January UK Athletics issued a Preliminary list of fixtures for 2021, this is the list 2021-Fixtures-Calender-15.01.21

Non Lee Valley fixtures – February 6-7 England Athletics U18/Elite Open Meeting (Sheffield), 20-21 British Athletics Championships (Glasgow), 27-28 England Athletics U15/U17 Open Meeting (Sheffield) – March 19-21 World Championships (Nanjing, China), 24-28 European Masters Championships (Braga, Portugal) – April 6-12 World Masters Championships (Edmonton, Canada). On the UKA fixture list they show various regional Indoor fixtures for Scotland, Wales Etc.

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

STONEX STADIUM EAST STAND INDOOR AREA Use of this area has been prohibited whilst London is subject to Tier 4 restrictions. In any event, the NHS are taking this over from Monday 4 January and work has started to convert the area into a Covid-19 vaccination centre for a period of 4 to 12 months. Once Tier 4 restrictions have been relaxed and we can train indoors. Saracens have agreed to erect 3 large marquees, one to cover the javelin run-up, another one to cover one of the long jump run-ups and the associated sandpit and finally, a third one at the North End of the home straight where the temporary seating has been taken down. Check with your Coach for more information.

SBH SUBSCRIPTIONS 2020-2021 SBH Treasurer GEOFF MORPHITIS has sent me the following regarding subscriptions.
The Club AGM took place virtually at 19.30 on Tuesday 24 November. One of the resolutions which was passed dealt with Club Subscriptions as follows. “The Annual Membership Fee for new members from 1 December 2020 will increase to £50. Existing members who have paid their membership fee for year ended 30 September 2020 will be considered as having also paid their fee for the year ended 30 September 2021.
In other words, in recognition of the disruption caused by Covid-19, these members will have 2 years membership for the price of one.” Therefore, I’m now asking athletes who have not paid their subscription for the year ended 30/09/20 (£45) to pay, so as to qualify for the 2 for 1 concession together with the England Athletics Registration Fee of £15 for 2020/21. The total is £60 and should be paid NOW to; ACCOUNT NAME: SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS, BANK: HSBC, ACCOUNT NUMBER: 41308378, SORT CODE: 400426 – Please let me know when payment is made. Thanks GEOFF

UPDATE ON SBH FIXTURE CARD  Currently all Cross Country and Road Relay fixtures for 2020 are either Cancelled or Postponed, This update shows the status of all cross country fixtures as of the 10 November 2020 – SBH Winter Card Fixtures 2020-2021 Updated 10-11-20

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

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020-2021 Winter Fixture Card updated  10-11-20, Currently all Cross Country and Road Relay fixtures for 2020 are either Cancelled or Postponed. An update on 2021 Fixtures will be published in early December 2020 – SBH Winter Card Fixtures 2020-2021 Updated 10-11-20
Cross Country Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/cross-country/team-managers/
Road Running/Relay Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OF INTEREST CAN BE FOUND ON THE SBH HOME PAGE BY USING THIS LINK, THEN SELECT THE LEFT OR RIGHT ARROWhttp://sbharriers.co.uk/
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Club Hoody, information on how to purchase one, please go to the bottom of this Newsletter.

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

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

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

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

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

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 14 January 2021

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 14 January to Hannah Brown, Cameron Campbell, Natalia Corbyn, Asher Escobar, Matei Frunze, Zahava Hurst, Kristian Imroth, Jo Kent, Lani Jaiyeola, Claudia Kerry-Roger, Azario Nwanko, Stephanie Paparizos, Mark Pearce and Alex Stapleton

RECENT NEW MEMBERS We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to ALEX BEECHEY, LOUIS PELTA and TIM UNDERHILL

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL 2020 was a year to be forgotten, albeit 2021 we are still in the grip of Covid-19, with a large proportion of the country now in National Lockdown, including where I live Somerset. On the Athletics front the cross country season is cancelled barring the odd fixture left, if you read on there is an update on the Indoor fixtures. In the next 2 months, we have already started planning for the Track & Field season.

March – 13/14 European Throwing Cup, Leiria, Portugal – 24/28 European Masters Indoor Championships, Braga, Portugal – 26 Olympic Marathon Trial, Kew, London – 28 Southern 6 & 12 Stage Road Relays, Milton Keynes
April – 10 National 6 & 12 Stage Road Relays, Sutton Park – 25 The Vitality Big Half
May – 23 Loughborough International – 29/30 England Senior & U20 Combined Events Championships, Bedford – 29/30 England Team Championships, Chorzow, Poland – 30 Vitality Westminster Mile, London – 31 Vitality London 10k
June – 5 Night Of The 10,000m (Olympic Trial), Parliament Hill – 26/27 British Championships And Olympic Trial, Manchester
July – 3-10 World Masters Championships, Tampere, Finland – 8-11 European U23 Championships, Bergen, Norway – 9-10 English Schools Championships, Manchester – 15-18 European U20 Championships, Tallinn, Estonia – 19 Standard Chartered Great City Race – 30-8 August Olympic Games, Tokyo, Japan
August – 17-22 World U20 Championships, Nairobi, Kenya – 18 Manchester International – 24-5 September Paralympic Games, Tokyo, Japan – 26-29 European U18 Championships, Rieti, Italy

Regarding the SBH Domestic Fixtures, currently we have preliminary dates/venues for the four London Inter Club Fixtures which are as follows 17 April at Lee Valley, the three remaining fixtures will all be at StoneX Stadium 26 June, 31 July and 28 August which are all Saturday’s.
The remaining leagues have dates but no venues – National Athletic League 16 May, 6 June, 3/4 July, 7 August UK Youth Development League 2 May, 30 May, 27 June, 4/5 September National Final Eastern Young Athletes League and Middlesex Y0ung Athletes League provisional dates for league fixtures 23 May, 20 June, 11 July, 15 August. The  SCVAC Veterans League dates are stll to be announced.

LLOYD COWAN You may have heard that our former member LLOYD COWAN died last Monday (11 January) of Covid-19 at the relatively young age of 58. He unfortunately had underlying medical issues having recently suffered a stroke. LLOYD competed for us in the BAL in the mid-90’s. He set a club record for the 110m Hurdles with (13.75) in 1994 which is still 3rd on the SBH all-time list. He then moved up to 400m Hurdles and in 1995 ran (50.79) for 6th on the current SBH all-time list. LLOYD had his greatest success in coaching CHRISTINE OHURUOGU to Olympic Gold and countless other medals in International Championships. He was a good friend of SBH and he will be missed – GEOFF MORPHITIS BAL Team Manager

TRIBUTE TO LLOYD COWAN FROM FRANK ATTOH LLOYD was a Friend to Many, Stranger to None; he was larger than life as you can see in the photo.

I sort of knew LLOYD as a member of Shaftesbury back in the 90’s and, at the time, never had any meaningful conversation with him. He qualified for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta as a NON-travelling reserve. However, LLOYD managed to travel to Atlanta on his own accord and obtain an accreditation without the involvement of Team GB. I bumped into him a couple of times in the stadium and was shocked to see a Team GB accreditation around his neck – what was more interesting is that he always stood right at the finish track side. You can imagine only the officials were allowed track side but LLOYD had done the impossible.
LLOYD retired as an athlete and turned his hands to coaching and, boy, he became a great one coaching the likes of CHRISTINE OHURUOGU, ANDY TURNER, HARRY AIKINES-ARYEETEY, BIANCA WILLIAMS, DWAYNE COWAN, CONRAD WILLIAMS and many more Internationals.
LLOYD and I shared an apartment in Helsinki at the World Championships in 2005 for a couple of days and I advised LLOYD on some aspects of his coaching which he was grateful for. From then on, we became great friends. Sharing at 2 Olympics and a handful of World Championships, I always looked forward to the various warm weather camps we had around the world. The weather in South Africa was what he liked most and cherished. And we always had a Lifetime of Laughter.

He has gone but will never be forgotten.
Rest in Peace Friend, Brother and Coach – FRANK

TRIBUTE TO LLOYD BY ATHLETICS WEEKLY  one of the most popular and successful coaches in British athletics, has died aged 58.
As an athlete, he was one of the nation’s top hurdlers but it was as a coach that COWAN really made a name for himself, guiding CHRISTINE OHURUOGU to world and Olympic titles and ANDY TURNER to European and Commonwealth crowns.
Based in north London, he also guided his son, DWAYNE, to become one of Britain’s best 400m runners in recent years. Many more benefited from his coaching and his achievements were recognised with an MBE in 2015, whereas in 2013 he was awarded the prestigious RON PICKERING Memorial Award for Services to Athletics.
Born July 8, 1962, COWAN won bronze medals three times at the AAA Championships in the sprint hurdles in the 1990s in a high-quality event dominated by COLIN JACKSON and TONY JARRETT at the time. In addition, he won the South of England title three times and made the England team for the Commonwealth Games in 1994.
Part of the JOHN ISAACS sprints squad at Haringey, his best time for 110m hurdles of (13.75) was achieved in Brussels in 1994. The following year at Crystal Palace he clocked a 400m hurdles PB of (50.79).
He will be best known, though, for guiding OHURUOGU to firstly the Commonwealth 400m title in Melbourne in 2006 followed by global gold in Osaka 2007 in a dramatically close victory over NICOLA SANDERS and then Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008. Photograph taken by MARK SHEARMAN featuring LLOYD with CHRISTINE OHURUOGU at Lee Valley in 2008.

At London 2012 he guided OHURUOGU to silver before then helping her retain her world title 12 months later in Moscow. COWAN was known for his intuitive style of coaching and Ohuruogu told The Times last year: “The new breed of coaches are more like scientists but he (COWAN) was one of those who saw sport as an art.
LLOYD never went to the Olympic Games or the World Championships but he had this way of being that meant he was the only person I would listen to. Nobody could get in my head like he could.”
In 2013 COWAN was appointed lead sprints coach by UK Athletics. An MBE from the Queen followed two years later and this week many of his former athletes and fellow coaches have taken to social media to pay their respects.
TURNER, who COWAN coached to European and Commonwealth 110m hurdles titles in 2010, said: “Heartbroken, absolutely heartbroken to hear that my coach LLOYD COWAN had passed-away. 12 good years with this man, I owe him everything. Gutted.”
Two-time Olympic 1500m gold medallist and now World Athletics president SEB COE wrote: “A really sad start to the athletics’ year – a great coach, mentor and team-mate. A massive loss to the sport.”
While world 200m champion DINA ASHER-SMITH said: “Today, is a very sad day for our community. Heart-breaking news. God bless you LLOYD. You changed so many peoples’ lives, brought light and laughter to even more. We were so blessed to have known you and to have been a part of your story. Such a wonderful, generous and hilarious man.
“There aren’t enough superlatives and we will miss you so, so much. Champs will never be the same. My mum often left him ‘in loco parentis’ on my early trips as a senior. My thoughts are with his family, friends and of course his athletes at this tough time. Rest in peace LLOYD.”
LINFORD CHRISTIE offered an emotional response when he tweeted: “The world of track lost another family member today, and it hurt more than I could have ever imagined. RIP LLOYD COWAN. The space you left cannot be filled. My condolences to all who knew and loved you.”
An emotional message was also posted by sprinter BIANCA WILLIAMS, who wrote: “My heart is broken. You would light up every room you walked in. You changed my life, I am so grateful for you.”
SHAUN PICKERING from the RON PICKERING Memorial Fund said: “So sorry to hear of the passing of inspirational coach Lloyd Cowan, a friend for over 40 years as part of the Haringey/New River Family as junior athletes. I was pleased to be able to award him with the BAWA Ron Pickering Trophy for Services to Athletics in 2013. RIP Lloyd.”
While Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth long jump gold medallist GREG RUTHERFORD commented: “Gutted to hear LLOYD COWAN has passed-away. He was a massive personality and so helpful to so many (including myself) when coming through the ranks. Never again will I hear ‘Ruddy’ shouted in his distinctive voice and his big smile when meeting. RIP LLOYDY.”
Heptathlon star Dame JESSICA ENNIS-HILL wrote: “Absolutely gutted and so sad to read the news about LLOYD COWAN. I have so many great memories of spending time with LLOYD on training camps and at champs. He always believed in me and gave me some great advice and coaching tips along the way in the hurdles. Pure passion in what he did!”
The 400m runner MARTYN ROONEY added to the tributes by saying: “RIP LLOYD COWAN MBE – always a good man, looked after me on the circuit through my youth and always there for guidance if I needed it. Best wishes to DWAYNE and the rest of your family.”
Whereas LEON BAPTISTE, the former Commonwealth 200m champion turned coach, added: “Sad news. We lost one of our most successful British coaches. LLOYD had a huge influence in my athletic and coaching career so I will forever be grateful. Condolences to his family

UPDATE ON NEELAM KADERBHOY – NEELAM updated us last Friday. I’ve just finished dinner. Its early here. I order a banana for later on. I swop foods around a bit. So, I have something heavier and more substantial at lunchtime like a rice and mixed vegetables stir fry, and for Dinner, I have sandwiches as they are easier to digest. Well if I were competing then that would be a different story. Most probably start dinner at 6pm!
The Covid-19 test result done at the Home has come back negative. I still have to self-isolate for 2 weeks. My time finishes next Thursday evening. Not too long to go! I can’t leave my room. I do my exercises in my room and a bit of walking, as I don’t want my legs to deteriorate. I keep a little routine going for myself, as I’m doing exercises for strength and conditioning, balance and coordination, and speech and facial muscles.  I rest a lot more as well.
Well Watford General Hospital wards…you have to be one tough cookie to survive before leaving! So many people ended up with more complications whilst being there. I just kept going, my aim was to leave alive. I was there Christmas Day morning until the evening of New Year’s Eve, plus 3 x negative Covid-19 tests.
I know it’s a bit late, but everything seems to take longer. Best wishes NEELAM.

SARACENS ANNOUNCE THEIR NEW SPONSORS ‘STONEX AND CITY INDEX’  RICHARD GREGG Operations Director of Saracens, advised us last Sunday that Saracens have secured a four-year sponsorship deal with StoneX and City Index. RICHARD commented that, we are absolutely delighted to inform you that StoneX and City Index will become our new lead partners effective immediately. Please find the full press release below for all of the information around the four-year agreement. The partnership will see StoneX, global financial services firm, become our stadium naming rights partner seeing Copthall Stadium renamed ‘StoneX Stadium’ with immediate effect. City Index, leading trading platform, will become the lead partner across our men’s and women’s teams.

LONDON & NEW YORK, January 10, 2020 – StoneX Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SNEX) today announced that its London-based subsidiary, StoneX Financial Ltd (“StoneX” or “the Company”), has entered into a four-year partnership with Saracens, one of Europe’s most successful rugby clubs. Beginning in January 2021, StoneX will become Saracens’ main club sponsor and its home ground in London will be named StoneX Stadium. Award-winning broker and leading trading platform, City Index, the London-based subsidiary of Gain Capital which was acquired by StoneX in July 2020, will be featured as lead partner on both the men’s and women’s kits.
Saracens is one of the most renowned clubs in European rugby. The men’s team has won the European Champions Cup three times in the last five years and the Premiership five times in the last ten years. The women’s team has won the last two Premier XV titles. The sponsorship deal with Saracens looks to solidify StoneX’s and City Index’s position at the forefront of capital markets and online trading, by teaming up with one of the most decorated sporting clubs on the continent. The partnership also sees an alignment of core values and culture of winning from both brands, which place a great emphasis on discipline and an unwavering commitment to achievement.
PHILIP SMITH, CEO of StoneX Financial Ltd, commented on the news, “I’m delighted to announce a long-standing partnership with Saracens as both the club and StoneX have a relentless drive to achieve excellence. For both organisations, the phrase ‘pounding the rock’ is ubiquitous and is one that both our traders and Saracens players can relate to.  Hard work, patience and dedication to our clients is at the core of our value proposition as a global financial services organization. These values are shared by Saracens Rugby Club, and are exemplified by their high-performance culture and commitment to player welfare as well as their fan base. I’m excited to see how the partnership develops over the coming months and years.”
The partnership is a significant vote of confidence in Saracens as professional rugby continues to face major challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will help to ensure that the club retains its elite management and players, while maintaining its world-leading academy. It will also help to support the proposed development of the stadium’s West Stand and the club’s significant commitment to bring about positive social change within the local community through the Saracens Foundation and the Saracens High School.
LUCY WRAY, Saracens CEO, said, “We are really excited to enter this new, long-term partnership with StoneX, one of the world’s leading financial groups. We share a commitment to excellence and innovation and we are looking forward to the start of a memorable journey with them. This is a major moment for the Saracens family. The partnership heralds a fresh start for the club after a hugely challenging year and having met some of the people at StoneX and City Index, I can safely say that they share our ambition and values.”
StoneX Group Inc. is a global financial services network that connects its clients to nearly all major financial markets worldwide, and to the expertise, tools and intelligence they need to succeed in those markets.  Through a unique combination of institutional-grade market access and high-touch service, StoneX provides access to 36 derivatives exchanges, 175 foreign exchange markets, nearly every global securities marketplace and a number of bi-lateral liquidity venues.
For more information, please visit: https://www.saracens.com/cityindex-stonex/ ‎

BRYGGEN SPORTS 3000m INDOOR MEETING Took place at Sportcity on Saturday 2 January.
3000m – SM MARK PEARCE 1st (PB 7:52.36) taking 13.68 seconds off his 16 February 2020 time. Had this time been taken into account in the 2020 UK rankings, MARK would have been UK No.5
3000m – SW LIZZIE BIRD 4th (SB 9:17.30) her 2nd fastest time

ATW CROSS COUNTRY SERIES NEXT RACE The second race took place at Merchant Taylor’s School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood HA6 2HT on Saturday 19 December.
Under 11LADDIE SHAW 42nd ((9.43 28th Male) the winner was Thomas Ford of Chiltern Harriers (8.11)
Under 13ARTHUR PHILLIPS 12th ((13.39 11th Male), THOMAS CADWALLADER 13th ((13.40 12th Male), POSIE SHAW 31st ((14.24 6th Female), EUAN PHILLIPS 46th ((14.41 36th Male) the winner was Jake Meyburgh of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow (12.23)
Under 15 – The winner was Thomas Redmond of Chiltern Harriers (14.43)
Under 17ASH FOWKES-GAJAN 8th ((19.33), MAX WINFIELD 9th ((19.40) the winner was Alex Melloy of Cambridge & Coleridge (18.18)
Under 18EMILY HATHAWAY 9th ((23.42 4th Female) the winner was Will Barnicoat of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow (17.21)

PB 5k ROAD RACE Took place at Haywards Heath on Sunday 13 December.
HENRY MCLUCKIE U20 4th (14.30 1st U20)

SBH BEST PERFORMANCES TRACK AND FIELD INDOORS AND OUTDOORS 2020 – As you are aware Covid-19 had a major effect on competition in 2020. But as you can see below the indoor season in 2020 was almost unaffected by Covid-19, although the all the outdoor league fixtures were cancelled. However, there were open meetings taking place, which included the four LICC meetings jointly organised by the club all of which proved to be an outstanding success.

Starting with our WomenTop 3 Track and Field Indoors
Under 13 Girls 60m Jessica Gibbs (8.34), Onyebuchi Odiaka (8.63), Sienna Corbyn (8.97) – 200m Jessica Gibbs (27.79), Onyebuchi Odiaka (28.40), Dina Silverman (29.80) – Pole Vault Emilia Greenfield (3.08m)
Under 15 Girls 60m Nia Akintokun (7.59), Nia Forbes-Agyepong (8.27), Tosin Jokosenumi (8.28) – 200m Nia Akintokun (24.68), Nia Forbes-Agyepong (27.56), Lola McAnn-Ezekiel (28.07) – Pole Vault Natalia Ivanov (3.30m)
Under 17 Women 60m Amber Stone (8.04), Semi Atiba (8.27), Kacey Walters (8.3) – High Jump Kacey Walters (1.65m), Evelyne Fonteyne (1.60m), Rebecca Wheeler-Henry (1.60m) – Pole Vault Manon Baines (3.22m) – Long Jump Kacey Walters (5.02m), Evelyne Fonteyne (4.97m)
Under 20 Women 60m Chinwe Iwunze (7.73), Hannah Foster (7.83), Kierra Grant (7.89) – 200m Iona Newbegin (26.54), Chiyenne Adrien (26.97), Amber Duverney (28.26) – 400m Hannah Foster (56.72), Vanessa Ansuaa (60.08) – High Jump Claire McGarvey (1.73m), Kara Onuiri (1.70m), Lucy Woodward (1.60m) – Pole Vault Trinity O’Connor (3.42m) – Long Jump Lucy Woodward (5.34m), Kierra Grant (5.23m), Maria Araujo (4.78m) – Shot 4kg Cristina Potter (7.69m)
Senior Women 60m Page Fairclough (7.55), Kayanna Reid (7.72), Eavion Richardson U23 (7.83) – 200m Page Fairclough (24.58), Hayley McLean (25.69), Selina Henderson U23 (26.21) – 400m Hayley McLean (54.55) – 800m Ellie Baker U23 (2:03.31), Lisa Webb V50 (2:36.04) – 1500m Lisa Webb V50 (5:18.98) – 3000m Lizzie Bird (9:11.76) – High Jump Alexa Eichelmann U23 (1.57m) – Pole Vault Emma Andersson (4.02m), Rosalind Zeffertt V55 (2.17m) – Long Jump Alexa Eichelmann U23 (4.94m) – Triple Jump Eavion Richardson (12.73m), Jasmin Sabir (12.05m), Rosalind Zeffertt V55 (7.80m) – Shot 4kg Nene Harrison V35 (10.60m), Alexa Eichelmann U23 (10.35m)

Next our MenTop 3 Track and Field Indoors
Under 13 Boys 60m Asher Escobar (9.07), Harry Pincherle (9.34) – High Jump Harry Pincherle (1.30m)
Under 15 Boys 60m Malachi Amadi (7.21), Mekhi Spence-Forde (7.66), Saugat Pun (7.78) – 200m Mekhi Spence-Forde (25.00), Victor Odiaka (26.44), Saugat Pun (26.62) – Long Jump Zac Benjamin (4.13m) – 60m Hurdles Dike Onyemelukwe (10.26)
Under 17 Men 60m Emmanuel Duruiheoma (6.89), Mario Dobrescu (6.95), Remi Jokosenumi (7.16) – 200m Mario Dobrescu (21.78), Remi Jokosenumi (21.98), Nnamdi Ndukwe (23.11) – 400m Ernest Barnes (54.58) – 800m Mukhtar Musa (1:55.53) – 60m Hurdles Ruben Hedman (8.17), Eddie Johnston (8.86)
Under 20 Men 60m Mica Forbes-Agyepong (7.01), Nicholas Shaw (7.10), Jami Schlueter (7.22) – 200m Decare Davies (22.58), Mica Forbes-Agyepong (22.78), Mittio Mohammadian (23.72) – 400m Mittio Mohammadian (50.92), Freddie Reilly (51.72) – 800m Henry Fulton (2:06.16) – 1500m Finn Harvey (4:05.60), Sebastiano Corbo (4:58.98) – 3000m Charlie Hicks (8:08.94) – High Jump Charlie Knott (2.05m) – Pole Vault Glen Quayle (4.82m), Jami Schlueter (4.02m), Sebastiano Corbo (2.90m) – Triple Jump Josh Woods (14.42m), Kenan Stephens (14.18m), Charlie Knott (12.49m)
Senior Men 60m Ojie Edoburun (6.64), John Otugade (6.69), Confidence Lawson (6.73) – 200m Michael Ohioze (21.52), Jamal Rhoden-Stevens (21.68), Krishawn Aiken (21.79) – 400m Krishawn Aiken (47.95), Luke Smith U23 (51.80), Sean Sutherland V45 (58.61) – 1500m George Groom U23 (3:55.65), Thomas Fulton U23 (4:06.98) – High Jump David Smith (2.24m), Lewis McGuire (2.15m), Akin Coward (2.14m) – Pole Vault Ethan Walsh (5.36m) – Long Jump Dan Bramble (7.81m), Ade Mason (6.97m), Michael Adebakin U23 (6.17m) – Triple Jump Nathan Fox (15.86m), Daniel Lewis (15.83m), Ade Mason (15.46m) – Shot 4kg Angus McInroy (14.68m)

Now our WomenTop 3 Track and Field Outdoors
Under 11 Girls 800m Maya Green (2:49.56)
Under 13 Girls 100m Sienna Corbyn (13.76), Angel McLeod (13.87), Jessica Gibbs (14.08) – 800m Dina Silverman (2:25.46), Phoebe Music (2:46.9) – 1500m Phoebe Music (5:42.71)
Under 15 Girls 100m Nia Akintokun (12.49), Tosin Jokosenumi (13.12), Anna Rose (13.25) – 200m Tosin Jokosenumi (26.59), Lucy Campos (28.68), Lucy Marcus (30.59) – 800m Abi Jeffrey (2:36.16) ) – 1500m Ruby Vinton (4:39.27)
Under 17 Women 100m Alexia Saunders (12.59), Semi Atiba (13.19), Amber Stone (13.26) – 200m Alexia Saunders (25.19), Sophie Forbes-Laird (26.29), Alina Cofie (27.10) – 400m Sophie Forbes-Laird (59.4), Manon Baines (62.70) – 800m Joanne Miranda (2:15.61), Aimi Weightman (:18.61), Rebecca Jeffrey (2:35.56) – 3000m Elena Roncarati (11:13.43) – High Jump Kacey Walters (1.69m), Evelyne Fonteyne (1.59m), Rebecca Wheeler-Henry (1.55m) – Long Jump Alina Cofie (4.73m) – Discus 1kg Katie Webb (34.62m)
Under 20 Women 100m Hannah Foster (12.35), Larissa Giles (12.57), Marli Jessop (12.69) – 200m Hannah Foster (24.51w/24.79), Larissa Giles (26.37), Vanessa Ansuaa (26.47) – 400m Olivia Allbut (60.3), Lucy Woodward (60.6), Scarlett Kent (61.53) – 800m Scarlett Kent (2:17.92), Emily Hathaway (2:22.04) – 100m Hurdles Marli Jessop (14.98) – High Jump Lucy Woodward (1.55m) – Long Jump Lucy Woodward (5.10m) – Triple Jump Jazz Sears (12.53m) – Shot 4kg Lucy Woodward (9.26m) – Hammer 4kg Lucy Koenigsberger (41.32m), Shivani Feifel (22.66m) ) – Javelin 600g Lucy Woodward (32.65m), Cristina Potter (27.69m)
Senior Women 100m Nene Harrison V40 (14.30) – 400m Lina Nielsen (54.62), Hayley McLean (55.71), Alexa Eichelmann U23 (64.03) – 800m Ellie Baker U23 (2:03.48), Hannah Ridley (2:16.17), Alexa Eichelmann U23 (2:24.96) – 1500m Lisa Bird (4:14.6), Ellie Baker U23 (4:15.08), Lisa Webb V50 (5:33.79) – 3000m Steeplechase Lizzie Bird (9:55.21) – 100m Hurdles Alexa Eichelmann U23 (18.08) ) – 400m Hurdles Lina Nielsen (56.99), Hayley McLean (57.61) – High Jump Alexa Eichelmann U23 (1.55m) – Long Jump Alexa Eichelmann U23 (5.03m) – Shot 4kg Nene Harrison V35 (10.60m), Alexa Eichelmann U23 (10.10m), Sarah Ridley (10.04m) – Discus 1kg Jade Lally (58.95m), Shadine Duquemin (54.82m), Jessica Emery U23 (34.70m) – Hammer 4kg Philippa Davenall (58.12m) – Javelin 600g Alexa Eichelmann U23 (31.45m)

Finally our MenTop 3 Track and Field Outdoors
Under 13 Boys 800m Arthur Phillips (2:30.85) – 1500m Arthur Phillips (5:08.23)
Under 15 Boys 100m Malachi Amadi (11.14w/11.20), Zico Jones (11.65w/11.77), Victor Odiaka (12.38) – 200m Malachi Amadi (22.50w/23.15), Zico Jones (24.02), Jayden Klein (26.02) – 800m Gianleo Stubbs (2:05.18), Zico Jones (2:12.33), Jacob Clement (2:20.93) – 1500m Gianleo Stubbs (4:22.7), Daniel Banyard (4:55.93), Tommy Narvaez-White (5:36.62)
Under 17 Men 100m Emmanuel Duruiheoma (10.94), Keelan Farrell (11.43w/11.69), Bradley Ukpetenan (11.61) – 200m Remi Jokosenumi (22.12), Emmanuel Duruiheoma (22.62), Bradley Ukpetenan (23.89) – 400m Mario Dobrescu (48.17), Gilad Nachshen (54.00) – 800m Mukhtar Musa (1:55.79), Theo Machin-Paley (2:02.43), Ash Fowkes-Gajan (2:03.41) – 1500m Mukhtar Musa (3:53.53), Theo Machin-Paley (4:06.00), Max Winfield (4:35.42) – 3000m Mukhtar Musa (8:48.14), Theo Machin-Paley (8:54.31), Samuel Greenstein (9:02.70) – High Jump Kimani Jack (1.99m), Or Segal (1.85m) – Long Jump Keelan Farrell (6.11m)
Under 20 Men 100m Tariq Wild (10.95), Jami Schlueter (11.1), Decarie Davies (11.17) – 200m Jami Schlueter (22.52), Julien Priest (22.74), Decare Davies (23.07) – 400m Mittio Mohammadian (51.24), Jami Schlueter (53.08), Conor O’Keeffe (55.47) – 800m Finn Harvey (1:53.5), Jude Miranda (1:59.76), Alex Lytrides (2:04.95) – 1500m Henry McLuckie (3:42.16), Josh Edwards (4:05.98), Isaac Hirshman Chandler (4:08.95) – 3000m Henry McLuckie (8:15.91), Josh Edwards (8:51.04), Ben Winfield (9.01.55) – 3000m Steeplechase Kristian Imroth (9:08.19) – High Jump Ben Bellisario (1.94m), Jami Schlueter (1.85m), Evan Campbell (1.82m) – Long Jump Jami Schlueter (6.90m), Josh Woods (6.81m), Charlie Knott (6.16m) – Triple Jump Charlie Knott (12.49m) – Hammer 7.26kg Oliver Graham (62.03m), James Lancaster (50.18m) – Javelin 800g Jami Schlueter (46.14m), Evan Campbell (44.20m)
Senior Men 100m Ojie Edoburun (10.35), Dominic Ashwell U23 (10.55w/10.60), Morgan Webster U23 (10.98) – 200m Krishawn Aiken (21.95), Morgan Webster U23 (22.17), Columba Blango (22.59) – 400m Zharnel Hughes (47.05), Michael Ohioze (47.15), Columba Blango (48.36) – 800m Kyle Langford (1:44.83), Jeremy Dempsey U23 (1:51.96), Sam Wiggins U23 (1:53.02) – 1500m Mark Pearce (3:45.76), Liam Dee (3:49.5), Jeremy Dempsey U23 (3:50.83) ) – 3000m Mark Pearce (8:00.05), Jamie Dee (8:04.77), Liam Dee (8:07.87) – 5000m  Jamie Dee (13:51.94) – 3000m Steeplechase Mark Pearce (8:33.61) – High Jump Lewis McGuire (2.06m) – Pole Vault Ethan Walsh (5.05m) – Shot 7.26kg George Evans U23 (16.96m) – Discus 2kg Nick Percy (63.02m), Nathan Thomas U23 (42.63m), Cameron Campbell U23 (40.65m) – Hammer 7.26kg Chris Bennett (69.27) – Javelin 800g Daniel Bainbridge (72.68m)

Link to all documents showing all SBH athletes best performances SBH Mens Best Performance 2020 – T&F Indoors Under 13 Up To Senior SBH Mens Best Performance 2020 – T&F Outdoors Under 13 Up To Senior SBH Womens Best Performance 2020 – T&F Indoors Under 13 Up To Senior SBH Womens Best Performance 2020 – T&F Outdoors Under 11 Up To Senior

SBH BEST PERFORMANCES ROAD AND PARKRUN 2020 – Because there were not so many Road Races and the Parkrun events were cancelled in March, I have published all the competitors in each event. Regarding Parkrun, on the Power of 10 rankings they published a complete listing of all competitors for 2020, which amounted to some 40 pages. Some of you may not be recorded below, mainly due to not being registered as SBH, if you are one of these please email me and I can add you.

Starting with our WomenRoad Races
Senior Women – 5k Beth Potter (15.24), Lizzie Bird (15.53), Naomi Taschimowitz (16.32), Georgia Bell (16.34) – 5 Miles Beth Potter (25.34), Rachel Felton V40 (27.56) – 10k Rachel Felton V40 (35.15), Georgia Bell (35.32) – Half Marathon Rachel Felton V40 (75.07), Marion Buggins V35 (89.16), Rebecca Gardiner (93.42), Gabriella Kyriacou U23 (1:52.15)

Now our MenRoad Races
Under 20 Men – 5k Henry McLuckie (14.13), Kristian Imroth (14.30), Nathan Goddard (16.34) – Half Marathon Daniel Greenstein (81.31)
Senior Men – 5k Jake Shelley (13.46), Thomas Butler U23 (14.42), Kojo Kyereme V45 (15.00), Mitchell Cox U23 (15.05) – 10k Jake Shelley (29.40), Dylan Evans (30.25), Kojo Kyereme V45 (31.42), Thomas Kearns (33.14), John Kourpas (34.30), Ash Brooks (36.32), Robert Rigby V55 (37.31) – Half Marathon Kieran Clements (69.53), Ash Brooks (78.58), Tony Jackson V50 (79.20), Sam Griffiths U23 (80.17), Ashok Mathur (81.53)

Now our Women Parkrun
Under 15 Girls – Aimi Weightman (18.37)
Under 20 Women Lia Radus (17.46), Kayla Michel (25.25)
Senior Women Georgia Bell (17.34), Naomi Taschimowitz (17.48), Philippa Aukett V35 (19.18), Jo Kent V50 (20.25)

Finally our MenParkrun
Under 17 Men – Luca Stubbs (18.37), Finn MaCarthy (17.24), Theo Machin-Paley (17.45), Bini Bloom (17.47), Dylan Michel (17.55)
Under 20 Men Kristian Imroth (16.14), Daniel Greenstein (17.12)
Senior Men Kieran Clements (14.38), Matt Grant (17.35), Oliver Greenstein U23 (17.42), Ash Brooks (17.53), Lenard Michel V50 (23.11)

Link to all documents showing all SBH athletes best performances SBH Mens Best Performance 2020 – Road And Parkrun Under 17 Up To Senior SBH Mens Best Performance 2020 – T&F Outdoors Relays Under 13 Up To Under 20 SBH Womens Best Performance 2020 – Road And Parkrun Under 15, Under 20 And Senior SBH Womens Best Performance 2020 – T&F Outdoors Relays Under 13 Up To Under 20

WORLD AND UK TRACK AND FIELD RANKINGS 2020 The following rankings were published in the December issue of Athletics Weekly. 

Merit Track and Field Rankings In this extraordinary year compilation has been hard, but in recognition of the efforts of those who competed or put on meetings we have been determined to go ahead. Some events have little meaningful competition so we have not attempted to have our usual 10 per events, but rather varied from 3 to 10 for International Men/Women – PETER MATTHEWS.
Merit Track and Field Rankings Senior International Men 800m Kyle Langford ranked 14th (1:44.83)
For British Athletes, the maximum shown are the Top 12, and the events which qualify are Bedford Jumps Fest, BUCS Indoors, Loughborough International, Lee Valley, UK Outdoor and Indoor Championships.
Merit Track and Field Rankings Senior UK Men 100m Ojie Edoburun ranked 5th (10.35), Charlie Dobson U23 7th (10.32w/10.40) 400m Charlie Dobson U23 3rd (45.84) – 800m Kyle Langford 6th (1:44.83) 3000m Steeplechase Mark Pierce 2nd (8:33.61) High Jump David Smith 2nd (2.24m), Lewis McGuire 9th (2.16m), Akin Coward 12th (2.15m) Pole Vault Ethan Walsh 4th (5.36m) Long Jump Dan Bramble 2nd (7.81m) Triple Jump Nathan Fox 6th (15.86m), Daniel Lewis 9th (15.83m) Shot Scott Lincoln 1st (20.65m) Discus Nick Percy 2nd (63.02m) Hammer Chris Bennett 5th (69.27m) Javelin Daniel Bainbridge 2nd (72.68m)
Merit Track and Field Rankings Senior UK Women 800m Ellie Baker U23 ranked 10th (2:03.48) 3000m Steeplechase Lizzie Bird 3rd (9:55.21) 400m Hurdles Lina Nielsen 3rd (56.99), Hayley McLean 4th (57.61) Triple Jump Angela Barrett 3rd (12.82m), Eavion Richardson 8th (12.73m), Jazz Sears 9th (12.53m) Discus Jade Lally 1st (58.95m), Shadine Duquemin 3rd (54.82m) Hammer Philippa Davenall 9th (58.12m)

Rankings The following rankings published are the Top 20, which are based on their best individual performance in 2020.
Top 20 Track and Field Rankings Senior UK Men 100m Ojie Edoburun ranked 5th (10.35) 400m Charlie Dobson U23 3rd (45.84), Zharnel Hughes 13th (47.05) – 800m Kyle Langford 5th (1:44.83) Henry McLuckie U20 19th (3:42.16) Mile Mark Pearce 8th (4:02.85) 3000mMark Pearce 14th (8:00.05) 5000m Jamie Dee 14th (14:05.84) 3000m Steeplechase Mark Pearce 2nd (8:42.63) 3000m Steeplechase Mark Pearce 2nd (8:33.61), Kristian Imroth U20 7th (9:08.19) High Jump David Smith 2nd (2.24m), Lewis McGuire 9th Equal (2.16m), Akin Coward 11th (2.15m), Charlie Knott U20 19th Equal (2.05m) Pole Vault Ethan Walsh 4th (5.36m), Glen Quayle U20 11th Equal (4.82m) Long Jump Dan Bramble 4th (7.81m), Brad Davies-Pughe U20 15th (7.33m) Triple Jump Nathan Fox 6th (15.86m), Daniel Lewis 9th (15.83m), Ade Mason 14th (15.46m) ) Shot Scott Lincoln 1st (20.65m), George Evans U23 12th (15.94m), Angus McInroy 15th (14.68m) Discus Nick Percy 2nd (63.02m), Nathan Thomas U23 16th (43.63m)   Hammer Chris Bennett 5th (69.27m), Oliver Graham U20 12th (62.03m) Javelin Daniel Bainbridge 3rd (72.68m)
Top 5 Track and Field Rankings Under 20 UK Men 1500m Henry McLuckie ranked 2nd (3:42.16) 3000m Charlie Hicks 1st (8:08.94), Henry McLuckie 4th (8:15.91) 110m Hurdles Jami Schlueter 2nd (14.30) Pole Vault Glen Quayle 2nd (4.82m) Long Jump Brad Davies-Pughe 3rd (7.33m) Triple Jump Josh Woods 5th (14.42m) Hammer Oliver Graham 2nd (66.47m)
Top 5 Track and Field Rankings Under 20 UK Women Triple Jump Jazz Sears ranked 2nd (12.53m)
Top 5 Track and Field Rankings Under 17 UK Men 200m Remi Jokosenumi ranked 1st  (21.98) 1500m Mukhtar Musa 3rd (3:53.53) 110m Hurdles Ruben Hedman 5th (13.45) High Jump Kimani Jack 3rd Equal (1.99m) Discus Gabriel Lamb 3rd (48.11m)
Top 5 Track and Field Rankings Under 17 UK Women High Jump Kacey Walters ranked 5th Equal (1.69m)
Top 5 Track and Field Rankings Under 15 UK Boys 100m Malachi Amadi ranked 3rd (11.20) 200m Malachi Amadi 5th (23.15)
Top 5 Track and Field Rankings Under 15 UK Girls 200m Nia Akintokun ranked 1st (24.68)
Top 20 Track and Field Rankings Senior UK Women 100m Rebecca Jeggo U23 ranked 12th (11.85) 200m Rebecca Jeggo U23 19th (24.26) 400m Hayley McLean 17th (54.15), Lina Nielsen 18th (54.62) 800m Ellie Baker U23 11th (2:03.31) 1500m Lizzie Bird 18th (4:14.6), Ellie Baker U23 19th (4:15.08) 3000m Lizzie Bird 12th (9:11.76) 3000m Steeplechase Lizzie Bird 3rd (9:55.21) 400m Hurdles Lina Nielsen 3rd (56.99), Hayley McLean 4th (57.61) Triple Jump Angela Barrett 6th (12.88m), Eavion Richardson 8th (12.73m), Jazz Sears 11th Equal (12.53m) Discus Jade Lally 1st (58.95m), Shadine Duquemin 3rd (54.82m), Amy Holder 6th (50.39m) Hammer Philippa Davenall 7th (58.12m)
Track and Field Rankings Masters UK Men Only Winners Published – M45 100m Nengi Ossai (11.85), 200m Nengi Ossai (22.84)
Track and Field Rankings Masters UK Women Only Winners Published – W55 Pole Vault Rosalind Zeffertt (2.17m)

2021 LEE VALLEY INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEETINGS Currently the following 4 fixtures have been cancelled – January 3 Pilot Open Meeting, 16-17 Southern U13/U15/U17 Championships, February 6-7 Southern U20/Senior Championships and March 20-21 Middlesex, Hertfordshire & Kent Championships

The remaining provisional Lee Valley fixtures for January to March are – January 30 BMC Gold Standard Meeting, 31 BeFit Open Meeting – February 13-14 Essex and Eastern Championships, 17 Middle Distance Open Meeting, 28 SCVAC Championships – March 6-7 British Masters Championships, 13 BeFit Open Meeting, 14 SOE/EMAC/VAC Masters Inter-Area Championships.

2021 INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEETINGS During the first week of December UK Athletics issued a Preliminary list of fixtures for 2021, this is the list Fixtures-Calender-2021-as-at-9Dec2020

Non Lee Valley fixtures – February 6-7 England Athletics U18/Elite Open Meeting (Sheffield), 20-21 British Athletics Championships (Glasgow), 27-28 England Athletics U15/U17 Open Meeting (Sheffield) – March 19-21 World Championships (Nanjing, China), 24-28 European Masters Championships (Braga, Portugal) – April 6-12 World Masters Championships (Edmonton, Canada). On the UKA fixture list they show various regional Indoor fixtures for Scotland, Wales Etc.

WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED IN ATHLETICS?  The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. Photograph taken by MARK SHEARMAN of WENDY SLY Olympic 3000m silver medallist, on her way to winning the 1981 National Cross Country Championships at Colchester. WENDY won in a time of (22.09) second was PAULA FUDGE (22.34) and third SANDRA ARTHURTON (22.39).

Many of you will remember that JULIAN GOATER won the Men’s race at Parliament Hill, with the conditions being atrocious, with rain pouring down relentlessly. JULIAN won in a time of (44.39) second was DAVE CLARKE (46.34) and third MIKE MCLEOD (46.58). Flight Lieutenant JULIAN GOATER said after his win “The easiest race I’ve had for years and years; I wasn’t puffing all the way”. Photograph of JULIAN taken by DAVE BUNCE. Incidentally, it was not until 1995 that the Women and Men ran on the same day, which was at Luton.

From carrying toilet roll in your kit bag to remembering the importance of rest, Athletics Weekly followers share the top tips they have received in the sport
Sometimes we receive a piece of advice which sticks with us forever. We recently asked the question “what is the best piece of advice you have ever received in athletics?” on social media and while there were some key themes, the answers were interesting and wide-ranging.
Whether you are looking for a fresh mantra to start your new year or just fancy a smile at some of the more lighthearted replies, here we share some of the responses.
Got your own advice to add? Tell us on Twitter @AthleticsWeekly, pop a post on Facebook, or tag us on Instagram.
@wendyslyrun: “Never just run TO the top of the hill, run OVER the top of the hill.”
@JakeyJake83: “Train hard recover harder.”
@Josephineperry: “Dress for mile 2!”
@EddieJohnHunt: “Do at least one quality sprint session a week… Every distance (800m/5km/marathon), requires a sprint finish to see off the competition.”
@james_stewart13: “Train the mind, and the body.”
@stabler1705: “Always have a toilet roll in your kit bag.”
@JillBBartlett: “Never throw a hurdle at your coach. He doesn’t like it.”
@J_Sullivan_Aths: “Beware of having too many advisors.”
Dominic Spayne: “Never trust a fart after 18 miles.”
@Tae_the_north: “Have fun.”
@Clio_Ferg: “Always line you bag with a bin bag at competitions and never ever look behind you during a race. It shows your competitors you’re getting tired.”
@davidhall1956: “Never train in a jogging suit in the rain.”
@Judit_Sz: “Commit to it and don’t look back.”
Andy Hymers: “‘Always run through the line’ – Terry Davies.”
@rubbishjumper: “Don’t walk in lane 1.”
@theordinarian11: “Winter miles for spring smiles.”
@poleymcpoleface: “Whatever length spike you think you need for cross country, go one size longer. In fact, just use 15mm at all times. If you don’t need 15mm, it’s not proper cross country. It’s just a jog around and nicely mown lawn with good drainage.”
Kevin Darragh: “Always go to the start line with a positive mental attitude. If you can’t do that, your race is over before it’s begun.”
@Wavinpiper: “Lean into the hills, run straight lines not the curve of the road and shoot your legs from the hip not the knees.”
@2020west2020: “No one session is more important than another — accumulate — stay consistent — be patient — trust the process: even the bad days count (possibly for more).”
@scholarlycoach8: “Stop eating full packs of Snickers bars.”
@Eli_Tracey: “Don’t do something just because it looks good on social media.”
@oldboymarc: “Speed hurts; sustained speed kills. #SebastianandPeterCoe”
@DerekCrudele: “Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves.”
@hamrocks: “Nipple tape!”
@MTalivee: “Always listen to your body.”
@Neacht: “‘A little a lot rather than a lot a little.’ Noel Carroll RIP”
@kigelia: “Don’t stand next to the guy doing handstands in his spikes.”
@James_Baker_Run: “Don’t forget your barcode.”
@dsstellar: “A rest day is still part of the training.”
Simon Riviere: “Swing your arms, your feet will follow.”
@cwilliams400: “Make sure that you’re in the top 2 at trials.”
@davidmaris958: “Focus on yourself.”
@mattyhynes88: “Run the session not the rep!”
@Sam0kane: “Physics doesn’t care how pretty it looks.”
@warr10rz: Use the portaloos early doors when a meet is on at Alexander Stadium.”
@tracksuperfan: “If you can win, it pays to keep it a secret as long as possible.”
@journowillmata: “Half of 26.2 is actually 20.”

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

STONEX STADIUM EAST STAND INDOOR AREA Use of this area has been prohibited whilst London is subject to Tier 4 restrictions. In any event, the NHS are taking this over from Monday 4 January as a Covid-19 vaccination centre for a period of 4 to 12 months. Once Tier 4 restrictions have been relaxed and we can tain indoors. Saracens have agreed to erect 3 large marquees, one to cover the javelin run-up, another one to cover one of the long jump run-ups and the associated sandpit and finally, a third one at the North End of the home straight where the temporary seating has been taken down. Check with your Coach for more information.

SBH SUBSCRIPTIONS 2020-2021 SBH Treasurer GEOFF MORPHITIS has sent me the following regarding subscriptions.
The Club AGM took place virtually at 19.30 on Tuesday 24 November. One of the resolutions which was passed dealt with Club Subscriptions as follows. “The Annual Membership Fee for new members from 1 December 2020 will increase to £50. Existing members who have paid their membership fee for year ended 30 September 2020 will be considered as having also paid their fee for the year ended 30 September 2021.
In other words, in recognition of the disruption caused by Covid-19, these members will have 2 years membership for the price of one.” Therefore, I’m now asking athletes who have not paid their subscription for the year ended 30/09/20 (£45) to pay, so as to qualify for the 2 for 1 concession together with the England Athletics Registration Fee of £15 for 2020/21. The total is £60 and should be paid NOW to; ACCOUNT NAME: SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS, BANK: HSBC, ACCOUNT NUMBER: 41308378, SORT CODE: 400426 – Please let me know when payment is made. Thanks GEOFF

UPDATE ON SBH FIXTURE CARD  Currently all Cross Country and Road Relay fixtures for 2020 are either Cancelled or Postponed, This update shows the status of all cross country fixtures as of the 10 November 2020 – SBH Winter Card Fixtures 2020-2021 Updated 10-11-20

DECEMBER 2020 RACES Currently there are minimal results on the Power of 10, if anyone competes especially virtually please let me know.

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

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020-2021 Winter Fixture Card updated  10-11-20, Currently all Cross Country and Road Relay fixtures for 2020 are either Cancelled or Postponed. An update on 2021 Fixtures will be published in early December 2020 – SBH Winter Card Fixtures 2020-2021 Updated 10-11-20
Cross Country Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/cross-country/team-managers/
Road Running/Relay Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OF INTEREST CAN BE FOUND ON THE SBH HOME PAGE BY USING THIS LINK, THEN SELECT THE LEFT OR RIGHT ARROWhttp://sbharriers.co.uk/
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Club Hoody, information on how to purchase one, please go to the bottom of this Newsletter.

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

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

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

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

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

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 24 December 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 24 December to Angela Barrett, Willem Coertzen, Dave Bedford, Michael Fox, Lisa Gaul, Maya Green, Jerome Lule, Angus McKenzie, Abiodun Oyepitan, Beth Potter, Serunjoel Riaz, Gila Schajer, Posie Shaw, Amelia Shenton and Allan Scott – from Thursday 31 December to Jackie Agyepong, Jim Alexander, Gemma Bennett, Ronan Breen, John Child, Ron Collins, Joshua Goldstein, Holly Greenwood, Sarah Heath, Eve Kemp, Chris Kirwin, Steve Marshall, Mittio Mohammadian, Stephen Murphy, Evie Nash, Ella Robinson, Fiefel Shivani, Karan Somani, Tony Sunderland and Mike Tasker – from Thursday 7 January to Uzayr Ahmad, Minas Alozides, Julian Goater, Mark Goddard, Gillian Goldin, Ty Holden, Rebecca Jeggo, Gabriella Kyriacou, Phoenix Lyon, Richard Morrissey, Ruth-Ann Otaruoh, Eleanor Rachel, Maisha Raougui-Rhoden, Jacob Spence, David Stone, Macie Sutherland and Graham Taylor

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR On behalf of the club and myself we wish you all a happy and heathy Christmas and New Year. With London and surrounding area now in Tier 4, it is a challenging time for you all. But if we all can stick to the rules on social distancing, also with vaccination process moving along, i am sure we will all be able to look forward to the summer track and field season.
The SBH Magazine will be taking a well-earned Christmas break, and the next edition will be on Thursday 14 January.  I will endeavour for Thursday 7 January, as currently my laptop is in a sorry state, and I have purchased a replacement. It is planned to take my laptop to them on Monday 4 January, they will then setup and transfer my data which is 2-3 days, but being cynical if there is a problem then the 7th may be in jeapordy.

BOXING DAY RACES As advised last Sunday, due to being in Tier 4 we are unable to hold the races.

2021 LEE VALLEY INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEETINGS I spoke to MICK BOND, the General Manager of Lee Valley Athletics Centre last Monday. He confirmed that the following 2 fixtures have been cancelled – January 3 Pilot Open Meeting and March 20-21 Middlesex, Hertfordshire & Kent Championships

The remaining provisional Lee Valley fixtures for January to March are – January 16-17 Southern U13/U15/U17 Championships, 30 BMC Gold Standard Meeting, 31 BeFit Open Meeting – February 6-7 Southern U20/Senior Championships, 13-14 Essex and Eastern Championships, 17 Middle Distance Open Meeting, 28 SCVAC Championships – March 6-7 British Masters Championships, 13 BeFit Open Meeting, 14 SOE/EMAC/VAC Masters Inter-Area Championships.

2021 INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEETINGS During the first week of December UK Athletics issued a Preliminary list of fixtures for 2021, this is the list Fixtures-Calender-2021-as-at-9Dec2020

Non Lee Valley fixtures – February 6-7 England Athletics U18/Elite Open Meeting (Sheffield), 20-21 British Athletics Championships (Glasgow), 27-28 England Athletics U15/U17 Open Meeting (Sheffield) – March 19-21 World Championships (Nanjing, China), 24-28 European Masters Championships (Braga, Portugal) – April 6-12 World Masters Championships (Edmonton, Canada). On the UKA fixture list they show various regional Indoor fixtures for Scotland, Wales Etc.

UPDATE ON NEELAM KADERBHOY – Hi GEOFF. Thanks again, RACHAEL delivered the Volunteer of the Year award to me. On Tuesday afternoon, I moved to Langley House Hospice Rehabilitation Centre in Watford hopefully for at least the next 30 days. Unfortunately, no visitors are allowed because of Covid-19 restrictions. That’s their policy, so Christmas will be different. Not sure if things might change, wait and see.

I’ve had Covid-19 and Meds tests done. The Covid-19 test is done twice when you arrive on day 1 and thereafter on day 3. Just waiting for results. 1st Covid-19 was negative like the previous 9 I’ve had. Still staying positive and patient. Let’s see how the weekend goes with physio etc next week. I’ve already got some exercises to do, very similar to the ones I used to give my working clients!!! But life is full of surprises….. I have an appointment with Dr Dixon on Tuesday 22 December for oncology, meds and blood tests…Hopefully all is well.

Hope All is well with you and the club. Are you holding a boxing day fun run? Any way have a lovely weekend and I’ll try and message you before Xmas NEELAM.

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM CLARE AND RAY POWELL What a strange old year it’s been, but hopefully you have all come through, and looking forward to a slightly different Christmas this year. We have been given new dates for the new year, as in previous years if you could indicate which dates you might be able to help, you would make CLARE and myself very happy bunnies.

Sunday 25 April The Vitality Big Half, 6.30am meeting time. Monday 31 May Vitality London 10k, 8am meeting time. Monday 19 July Standard Chartered Great City Race, 17.30 meeting time. Sunday 3 October Virgin Money London Marathon, 6.30am meeting time. If you would like to commit to any of the above, please bear in mind that the meeting times are extremely important. We have both missed seeing you all this year, your good health and wellbeing is all that counts, I’m not sure if I will be allowed to give you all Big hugs when we finally meet, but let’s hope. Please contact CLARE & RAY at ray571m@btopenworld.com

TONY SMITH SEEING DOUBLE  TONY and his wife JEAN were watching the Brentford v Newcastle football match in the Carabao Cup Quarter Final on Tuesday. In the match he told me there were two ex Shaftesbury lads, firstly DOMINIC THOMPSON (son of NEVILLE) for Brentford and JAMAL LEWIS for Newcastle. Both were playing left back. Brentford won 1 – 0.

GUS UDO EXPRESSES HIS VIEWS ON THE “WINDRUSH SCANDAL” – GUS is a current member of the club, and represented the club from 1976 to 1981. GUS jumped a personal best (7.64m) in the Long Jump when winning the silver medal in the 1980 AAA Championships, and in the Triple Jump produced a personal best (15.62m) in the 1981 British League in Glasgow. Both these jumps place him UK NO.10 in the SBH all-time lists. The following is an article that was published in the 19 November edition of “The Guardian”.

GUS UDO, a former investment banker, fled the war in Biafra in 1966 aged six with his family, and was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK. As a schoolboy he represented Britain in a junior athletics competition in Germany. In 1979, aged 19, he was offered an academic scholarship to Harvard.
While he was studying in the US, his family in London all naturalised as British; when he tried to naturalise later, he found the process had been complicated by the time he had spent studying abroad. He made several attempts, but eventually had to live in the US, away from his family. When he arrived for a visit, a UK border official crossed the Indefinite Leave to Remain stamp out of his passport.
After the Windrush scandal broke in 2017 he was finally issued with a British passport. His claim for compensation highlighted “countless humiliating incidents” at the border when he was trying to visit his mother and siblings in the UK, causing his “identity and pride to be greatly wounded … This after having proudly represented Great Britain”.
He was awarded £1,200 in compensation for the “distress, inconvenience and worry” he experienced. He contacted the Guardian because he wanted to show how the scandal has “wrecked lives at every strata of British society. Even those, like me, with seeming privilege, were not immune from the ravages of the Windrush scandal.” He said he planned to reject the compensation offer and is writing a book about his experiences. “Such a pitiful award is disgraceful because it trivialises the dislocation, economic loss, humiliation and personal suffering experienced by Windrush victims. “GUS says he will reject the offer of £1,200 after experiencing distress, inconvenience and worry”.

THE RANGERS SPORTS, 1947 Many thanks to TOM MCNAB for another excellent article.
It is August 1947, and at the age of fourteen I am wedged in a crowd of over sixty thousand, high in the terracing at Ibrox Stadium, a spectator at the annual Rangers Sports. And there for the first time I will set eyes upon the exotic, athletic Americans brought across the Atlantic by the Rangers manager BILL STRUTH.
But- and I can say this for certain- I am surely the only spectator in that sixty thousand whose presence was dictated by a man of one hundred and fifty years of age. Let me try to explain, in words that will combine truth with evidence of my sanity. For I had arrived at Ibrox because for years I had been a slave to the comic book called the “Wizard” and within it the feats of the great WILLIAM WILSON.
WILSON had been born back in 1795 in the village of Stayling in Yorkshire, a weak, weedy lad, prone to the bullying of his classmates. But help was close at hand, because he encountered in a cave on Stayling Moor the hermit Matthew, who claimed to be over three hundred years old, the result of his discovery of the Elixir of Life. The recipe for this elixir he bequeathed to Wilson, and this was a prelude to his embarking upon a rigorous life chasing hares, running endlessly and isometric exercise, attempting to lift a massive boulder called the Grieve Stone.
Alas, his possession of the Elixir of Life proves to be no protection for MATTHEW when the roof of his cave fell in on him. But the hermit’s death did not deter the young WILSON, who had by this time succeeded in lifting the Grieve Stone from the ground, and taking on the bullies at school, before taking up a career in athletics. I well remember Roger Bannister expressing surprise when I informed him that WILSON had broken four minutes for the mile back in 1820.
Upon the feats of WILLIAM WILSON my young imagination feasted, as did those of the other boys in my street, and athletics took the place of football as our summer sport.  The fact that I was not even the best athlete in the street did not trouble me, for even at this early point in time I had realized that athletics is not about who you are now but about who you will be next.
Thus, it was that I stood in the cramped terraces of Ibrox Park on that warm August Saturday in 1947, as down on the field the final of the five a side football took place between Rangers and Celtic, And directly below me, behind the goal, the high jump was now reaching its conclusion. Suddenly there boomed the stentorian voice of the commentator. “In the high jump, the bar is now at six feet six inches, and remaining in the competition are two competitors, from the United States of America, BILL VESSIE, and from Glasgow’s Victoria Park Athletic club, our own ALAN PATERSON!
There was a sudden silence, and all eyes were now focused on a pile of builder’s sand behind the goal, directly below me. VESSIE, a tall blonde American, came flowing in and cleared easily, to polite applause. Then PATERSON, two metres tall, basically a pair of legs with a head-on top, came lolloping in. He leapt, but from much too far out, and down came the bar, to groans. Then, as he walked back to his mark, there were sudden scattered bursts of shouting from the crowd, directed at the Rangers and Celtic players below. They were telling them to stop playing. And something truly remarkable happened. A Celtic player, ball at his feet, suddenly stopped, and sat on it. The referee, bewildered, shook his head and pulled the two teams around him. Then he pointed to the high jumpers, and went over and sat with the players behind the goal as ALAN PATERSON took to his mark for his second jump, jumping from the left. ALAN soared, and cleared easily, landing from his Western Roll lay-out on his left foot. The crowd erupted, and when the noise subsided, the announcer declared that the next height would be six feet seven and a half inches, a new British All Comers Record. You could have heard a pin drop as VESSIE made his smooth, flowing run towards the bar. He cleared it with nothing to spare, to applause.
PATERSON stuttered in, adjusting as he approached the bar, but again he was much too far out, and came down on top of it, to sixty thousand groans. Alas, it was the exactly the same on his second attempt. There was sepulchral silence as ALAN made his final attempt. It was a truly massive leap, but he was again too far out. He touched the bar, and it wobbled. ALAN lay in the sand looking up at it, as it continued to wobble. But it stayed on and for the first and last time in the history of Scottish sport, a packed stadium applauded a high jumper. On the following Monday, it was reported that there had been a record number of Scots boys and girls reporting with injuries to hospital Accident and Emergency departments. For from Hawick to John O’ Groats they had jumped in their hundreds, on pavements, on beaches and football fields, alas without the benefit of sandpits. It was to be the dawn of a surge of Scottish high- jumpers, men like CRAWFORD FAIRBROTHER, ALAN HUSTON and GUS MCKENZIE. But I often wonder what might have happened if that Celtic player had not sat on the ball. We will never really know.

ALEXANDER STADIUM ON TRACK FOR 2022  The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. 

The redevelopment of Alexander Stadium in Birmingham in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games in 2022 is bang on schedule despite the problems created by the pandemic this year. An inspection this week confirms the building work is progressing as planned and within its £72.4 million budget. Since planning permission was granted in January, the demolition of three existing stands has been completed and the site remodelled with steelwork that will form the eye-catching new West Stand, which has started to take shape in recent weeks. Athletes such as triple jump NATHAN DOUGLAS have already taken a look and the project is due to be finished by spring 2022 in order to stage the track and field at the Games plus the opening and closing ceremonies.

KELLY SOTHERTON, Team England’s track and field team leader for Birmingham 2022, said: “It is fantastic to be able to take a closer look at the progress that has recently been made on the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium. I’m impressed with how quickly the new parts of the stadium are taking shape. “This will be an amazing venue for Birmingham 2022 and I’m sure that athletes from across the country – and around the world – are looking forward to competing here during the Games. This stadium has long been associated with great events and great athletes and that association can now continue in 2022 and beyond.”

After the Games the stadium is set to become a focal point for sport and community use and it is part of a wider Perry Barr Regeneration Scheme. The stadium will house around 30,000 spectators at each session during the Games and will revert to a permanent capacity of around 18,000 post-Games, the largest permanent facility capable of hosting major athletics in the UK.

UKA REOPENS CROSS-COUNTRY DISTANCE DEBATE – The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. The photograph was taken by GARY MITCHELL (the father of former SBH high jumper ROB MITCHELL).

National governing body begins push for gender equality by starting consultation process with clubs and cross country organisers. Should male and female race distances in cross-country running be the same? UK Athletics believes they should and in the new year the governing body will start a consultation with the sport to find out how it can be achieved.

In a statement this week, UKA said: “There could be greater equality in some cross country races and competitions by enabling all athletes access to the same opportunities through the race distances available to them.” Working with home nation athletics federations, UKA plans to release a survey “to capture thoughts on how cross country can provide equal opportunities for all participants at all levels in the future”. The push for equality is thought to be driven by UKA’s new chief executive JO COATES. The statement continues that there is an “aspiration for greater equity in cross country in the future” but UKA is keen to hear the views of cross-country participants and organisers. At global level the senior men’s race at the World Cross Country Championships was traditionally 12km while the women raced 8km until 2017 when distances were changed to allow both sexes to race 10km. Scottish Athletics and some English leagues have also equalised their race distances in recent years but major events in England such as the historic National and English Schools Championships continue to see a race distance disparity with males running further than females. The English National, for example, sees the following race distances: Senior – 12km men, 8km women. Under-20 – 10km men, 6km women. Under-17 – 6km men, 5km women. Under-15 – 4km boys, 4km girls. Under-13 – 3km boys, 3km girls. At the English Schools Championships this year there were the following distances: Under-19 – 6.7km men, 4.4km women. Under-17 – 5.5km men, 3.8km women. Under-15 – 4.4km boys, 3km girls.

Not surprisingly, there have been many changes throughout the last century or so. The English National was for many years a male-only event with seniors racing 9 miles in the 1960s and 1970s and as far as 10 miles at one stage. The men’s championship was first held in 1876 with women starting their own National from 1927, with the events held at separate venues until as 1995. Similarly, the English Schools Cross Country Championships began in 1960 for boys only with girls’ races beginning eight years later and, even then, separate venues were used until 1989. Another historic British cross-country event – the UK Inter-Counties Championships – saw gender equality introduced in 2018 with men and women both racing 10km for the first time. At the World Cross the men have traditionally raced over 12km but this became 10km in 2017 in order to achieve gender equality. In comparison women raced over as little as 4km in the early years of the World Cross in the 1970s – although at the time there was no 5000m, 10,000m, steeplechase or marathon for women at the Olympics – but the distance grew to 6km and then 8km in 1998 before settling at 10km in 2017.

However, the European Cross Country Championships has maintained a gender inequality with men at the last event in Lisbon 2019 racing 10,225m while the women raced 8225m. Junior men also raced 6225m in Lisbon with the junior women 4225m. This was in response to a 2016 poll of European federations in which 21 of the 37 respondents (out of 51 countries) said they thought the distances should remain the same. English events are also so far resisting the idea of equalising the distances due to the results of a survey. Conducted in 2018 by the English Cross Country Association (ECCA), it found that most runners were happy with men and women tackling different race distances. The ECCA poll was conducted at the National at Parliament Hill with 244 athletes quizzed. When it came to the key question – “Do you think that senior men and senior women should run the same distance at the National Cross Country Championships?” – 47.9% agreed ‘yes’ with 52.1% saying ‘no’.

PROCEDURES FOR USING BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTT The Stadium is now open to SBH members under the supervision of an SBH registered Coach. We have agreed the use of the outdoor Track & Field facilities with Saracens compliant with current guidance issued by the UK Government and England Athletics. Following the introduction of Tier 4 each member of a T&F group must have been under 18 on 31 August 2020 and the size of the group will be limited to a maximum of 12 ‘Competing Club Athletes’ per coach. The number of groups per session will be limited to comply with Social Distancing requirements. Over 18’s can still train but only individually or with their coach.

Throws Athletes should have their own implements. However, one implement of each weight will be left in the SBH Clubhouse. Sanitising arrangements to be made in advance with the coach.

Jumps Following Government Guidelines up to 5 athletes with a suitably qualified coach can now undertake Jumps training utilising jump beds and sand pits. We have updated our documents to include guidance specific to Jumps areas (such as Cleaning requirements before, during and after sessions). Athletes, coaches, clubs and venues must follow the latest guidance at: 👉 https://bit.ly/2ATiU7R

Clubhouse Gymnasium Following London entering Tier 4, we can no longer use the indoor Gym areas.

Athletes invited to train by their coach must be sent the attached Barnet Copthall Stadium Track & Field Agreement in advance of starting training at the Stadium. The athlete and parent (if under 16) to sign and return to JEREMY SOTHCOTT or TY HOLDEN before they can train.  Athletes should meet their coach at their booking time outside the SBH Clubhouse where they will be asked to confirm that they do not have, and that no one in their household has, (or has had within the last 14 days) any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
The athletes will then be escorted using Social Distancing (2 metres) into the SBH Clubhouse to sign the attendance record with times in and out of the Stadium (black A4 folder on the desk) and answer a two question health questionnaire (green A4 folder on the desk). There is also hand sanitiser on the table for use. Athletes must follow the instructions of the coach and observe Social Distancing during warm-up, throughout the session and warm-down.

Stadium Booking DetailsPlease let JEREMY and TY know the names of the athletes and your preferred time slots for the following week (Monday to Sunday) before 6pm on the Saturday. We will confirm the availability and distribute the schedule to Saracens and to all coaches.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
All 1 hour 35 minute slots (Saturday & Sunday – last slot finishes at 7.20)
9.00 – 10.35, 10.45 – 12.20, 12.30 – 2.05, 2.15 – 3.50, 4.00 – 5.35, 5.45 – 7.20, 7.30 – 9.00
There is a 10 minute gap between each session for transitioning.

If a Coach does not have a key fob for gaining access through the Clubhouse, then please contact GEOFF MORPHITIS Mobile: 07976 994302 who will arrange to issue one to you if available. When going in and out of the Clubhouse from the carpark please ensure the door handle is left in the upward locked position at all times. Please do not enter the Clubhouse until the coach/athletes from the previous session exit. Parents are not permitted to enter the stadium unless there is a child protection issue i.e. one coach and one athlete aged under 16.

From 14 December, toilets and other facilities will be in the “Temporary Changing Building” behind the 100m start area.

Link to the SBH Athlete and Coach Track & Field Training Agreement, which will be sent to all participating athletes, and then to be returned signed by the athlete and parent – Please open the agreement form, sign and return to either JEREMY SOTHCOTT of TY HOLDENSBH – T & F Agreement During Lockdown Period 08.12.20

BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM EAST STAND INDOOR AREA Use of this area has been prohibited whilst London is subject to Tier 4 restrictions. In any event, the NHS are taking this over from Monday 4 January as a Covid-19 vaccination centre for a period of 4 to 12 months. Once Tier 4 restrictions have been relaxed and we can tain indoors. Saracens have agreed to erect 3 large marquees, one to cover the javelin run-up, another one to cover one of the long jump run-ups and the associated sandpit and finally, a third one at the North End of the home straight where the temporary seating has been taken down. Check with your Coach for more information.

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

UPDATE ON SBH FIXTURE CARD  Currently all Cross Country and Road Relay fixtures for 2020 are either Cancelled or Postponed, This update shows the status of all cross country fixtures as of the 10 November 2020 – SBH Winter Card Fixtures 2020-2021 Updated 10-11-20

DECEMBER 2020 RACES Currently there are minimal results on the Power of 10, if anyone competes especially virtually please let me know.

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

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020-2021 Winter Fixture Card updated  10-11-20, Currently all Cross Country and Road Relay fixtures for 2020 are either Cancelled or Postponed. An update on 2021 Fixtures will be published in early December 2020 – SBH Winter Card Fixtures 2020-2021 Updated 10-11-20
Cross Country Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/cross-country/team-managers/
Road Running/Relay Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OF INTEREST CAN BE FOUND ON THE SBH HOME PAGE BY USING THIS LINK, THEN SELECT THE LEFT OR RIGHT ARROWhttp://sbharriers.co.uk/
Barnet Copthall Stadium (Fomerly Allianz Park) Membership, which gives SBH members 10% discount on entry to the Barnet Copthall 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 BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK)  Please contact CLYDE GORDON on 07753 985525/clyde67@hotmail.co.uk for futher information on High Jump and Pole Vault days and times.

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

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

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

CHARGES FOR USING BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK) – Currently the Stadium is only open for limited use by SBH members with no charge.

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 17 December 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 17 December to Lucy Agholor, Chris Bennett, Anastasia Charalambous, Jeremy Dempsey, Akiva Ehreich, Alexander Evans-Lombie, Kiera Gilman, Farrah Gowan, Colin Godfrey, Christopher Kirwin, Kojo Kyereme, Austin Lewis, Lucy Marcus, Michael Miller, Muktar Musa, Lily Plasett, Samra Richardson, Ronan Tarrant and Joseph Wheeler-Henry

RECENT NEW MEMBERS We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to VERA DOUDKO and GRAHAM TAYLOR

UPDATE ON NEELAM KADERBHOY – Hello to all of NEELAM’S friends and family, hope you are all enjoying December and getting into the Christmas spirit. Thank you for all support, messages, food parcels, and gifts for NEELAM, they make her day. Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers made her Christmas by announcing her as the volunteer of the year. And she was delighted to receive the trophy from one of her best friends last week. Despite her favourite football team being soundly beaten at the weekend, her love for sport and in particular athletics remains undiminished.

NEELAM has been staying strong and fighting daily, but over the last few weeks NEELAM has suffered a stroke and clots in her leg which have caused a deterioration in her condition. As a result, NEELAM has now left the Hospice and moved to a rehabilitation centre. This move is aimed primarily at improving her physical strength and mobility, with the hope of greater movement and independence in 2021. This is an incredibly brave decision by NEELAM and shows how strong willed she is, as the move means, that unlike the hospice where we have been able to see her and take her out for drives and coffee, the rehabilitation centre is on total lockdown which means no visitors or day trips for the duration of her stay, which includes missing DAD’S birthday, Christmas, and New Year.

I know many of you have been sending an assortment of gifts. My personal favourites have been turtle hot chocolate, rum chocolates and cognac bites. NEELAM sends a massive thank you for all the gifts, flowers, cards, presents, and food that you have been sending. If you would like to send some festive cheer to NEELAM, please send or drop off to Langley House, 698 St Albans Rd, Watford, WD25 9FG.

I’ve been specially ordered not to send a personal thank you to each of you but you know who you are. To everyone that has helped and supported NEELAM, and to everyone who has been there for DAD, SALMA, URMIE and my kids, a massive thank you and you are all absolutely fabulous.

Thank you and hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and New Year IMTIAZ KADERBHOY

Photograph of NEELAM with RACHAEL HARVEYSBH Neelam Photo 1IMTIAZ (NEELAM’S brother), URMIE (NEELAM’S sister-in-law), RAYYAN (NEELAM’S 12 year old nephew and SBH member for over 3 years), ANEES (NEELAM’S younger nephew) – SBH Neelam Photo 2 (1)NEELAM’S father celebrating his birthday with his two grandsons  – SBH Neelam Photo 3

BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM EAST STAND INDOOR AREA The NHS are taking this over from Monday 14 December as a Covid-19 vaccination centre for a period of 4 to 12 months. Saracens have agreed to erect 3 large marquees, one to cover the javelin run-up, another one to cover one of the long jump run-ups and the associated sandpit and finally, a third one at the North End of the home straight where the temporay seating has been taken down. Check with your Coach for more information.

BOXING DAY RUN Firstly many thanks to STEVE MARSHALL for his effort in making our annual event to happen. The race will commence at 11.00am on Saturday 26 December, and you can choose to run either 1 mile or 2 miles. Link for the flyer giving all information, especially on Covid-19 precautions Boxing Day Poster

CONGRATULATIONS TO JENNY POLL AND NICK Many Congratulations to JENNY and NICK who have announced that they are engaged to be married. JENNY recalls that NICK who has been her boyfriend of some 11 years finally asked me to marry him and I said yes! So we are now engaged – we haven’t set a date for the big day yet nor decided where as, after all, there’s no rush.

Club President GEOFF WILLIAMS recalls that when Copthall Management Services (managed by GEOFF) took over the running of Copthall Stadium in 2005 several valued London Borough of Barnet Borough staff were transferred with the contract including veteran Groundsman RANJIT CHOHAN (JOHN to everyone), EMMA GOUGE and JENNY POLL JENNY developed into an integral member of the part-time staff team along with EMMA, KATIE ALCOCK and KAROL BARCHIK. Everyone who visited Copthall remarked on JENNY’S cheerful and positive welcome. Her professionalism with customers of all ages and her consummate reliability as a team player were valuable assets to a new company. As she built up her technical knowledge of athletics she became a valued track assistant at home matches, got involved with SBH Star Track courses, then Saracens ‘LAP’ sport programme for children, was a Games Leader at the 2012 London Olympics, helps at the Mini Marathon start and recently became a UKA licenced Field Judge. At the same time JENNY qualified as a Primary School teacher and has subsequently worked in both Barnet and Enfield schools over the last 10 years.

JENNY is still involved with Shaftesbury athletics promotions under the expert guidance of ANGUS MACKENZIE. It’s great news to learn that JENNY and NICK are getting married.

 

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM CLARE AND RAY POWELL What a strange old year it’s been, but hopefully you have all come through, and looking forward to a slightly different Christmas this year. We have been given new dates for the new year, as in previous years if you could indicate which dates you might be able to help, you would make CLARE and myself very happy bunnies.

Sunday 25 April The Vitality Big Half, 6.30am meeting time. Monday 31 May Vitality London 10k, 8am meeting time. Monday 19 July Standard Chartered Great City Race, 17.30 meeting time. Sunday 3 October Virgin Money London Marathon, 6.30am meeting time. If you would like to commit to any of the above, please bear in mind that the meeting times are extremely important. We have both missed seeing you all this year, your good health and wellbeing is all that counts, I’m not sure if I will be allowed to give you all Big hugs when we finally meet, but let’s hope. Please contact CLARE & RAY at ray571m@btopenworld.com

2021 INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEETINGS During the first week of December UK Athletics issued a Preliminary list of fixtures for 2021, this is the list Fixtures-Calender-2021-as-at-9Dec2020

Regarding the imminent Indoor fixtures, I spoke to MICK BOND, the General Manager of Lee Valley Athletics Centre last Tuesday. Being aware that London is now in Tier 3, the Lee Valley fixtures for January to March are currently planned to take place. These are those fixtures – January 3 Pilot Open Meeting, 16-17 Southern U13/U15/U17 Championships, 30 BMC Gold Standard Meeting, 31 BeFit Open Meeting – February 6-7 Southern U20/Senior Championships, 13-14 Essex and Eastern Championships, 17 Middle Distance Open Meeting, 28 SCVAC Championships – March 6-7 British Masters Championships, 13 BeFit Open Meeting, 14 SOE/EMAC/VAC Masters Inter-Area Championships, 20-21 Middlesex, Hertfordshire & Kent Championships. The 24 January BMAF Pentathlon/SOE Championships has been cancelled.

The 3 January Fixture Pilot Open Meeting entries close on 23 December, this is the link for entries – www.entry4sports.co.uk

Non Lee Valley fixtures – February 6-7 England Athletics U18/Elite Open Meeting (Sheffield), 20-21 British Athletics Championships (Glasgow), 27-28 England Athletics U15/U17 Open Meeting (Sheffield) – March 19-21 World Championships (Nanjing, China), 24-28 European Masters Championships (Braga, Portugal) – April 6-12 World Masters Championships (Edmonton, Canada).

Except one fixture, all fixtures above you are required to enter yourself and pay the appropriate fee.

On the UKA fixture list they show various regional Indoor fixtures for Scotland, Wales Etc.

QLD ATHLETICS MID WEEK OPEN MEETING Took place at Nathan, Australia on 11 December
Discus 1kg – JADE LALLY 2nd (52.81m)

ENGLISH NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS POSTPONED  The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. The photograph is of a recent National Championships at Parliament Hill taken by MARK SHEARMAN.

Historic event was due to be held at Parliament Hill on March 6 but has been called off due to the pandemic. The English National Championships has joined the UK Inter-Counties on the growing list of major cross-country fixtures to be called off this winter due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The National was due to be held at Parliament Hill in north London on March 6 but the English Cross Country Association (ECCA) today announced it would be postponed. This follows the news from earlier this week that the UK Inter-Counties and Cross Challenge final at Prestwold Hall on February 20 has been called off. The European Cross Country Championships was due to be held in Ireland this weekend, too, but was cancelled several weeks ago. The World Cross Country Championships in Australia next year has also been postponed. The ECCA said it has “reluctantly decided that it is not going to be possible to promote the annual English ‘National’ Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill as originally planned”. The ECCA added: “Whilst there may be some degree of relaxation of Covid 19 conditions by then, it is not realistic to start planning and incur costs – both for clubs and their competitors and the ECCA – when the risk of limitations on travel and the size of gatherings continue to exist.

“We are well aware how disappointed clubs and athletes will be with this decision and we know how they enjoy the trip to London every three years but under the circumstances the ECCA had very little choice.” The English ‘National’ was first staged in 1876 and has been held continuously since then with the exception of being called off from 1915-19 and 1940-45 due to the two world wars. There is an ambition to try to stage the 2021 event at a future date, though. “At this stage this decision is a postponement rather than a cancellation and we are considering the possibility of staging the Championships once national lockdown regulations are removed,” the ECCA added. “To this extent we are exploring the possibility of still holding the event at Parliament Hill on a date in the future and will keep clubs and athletes informed of progress when plans are confirmed. “The ECCA Championship Committee is also reviewing the practicality of promoting the annual relay championships which were planned for October 2020.” Those annual relay championships were due to be held at Mansfield’s Berry Hill Park and could yet take place toward the end of this winter. Young endurance athletes in England in particular will be hoping the English Schools Cross Country Championships takes place in March in Kent with organisers expected to make a decision in January.

PROCEDURES FOR USING BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTT The Stadium is now open to SBH members under the supervision of an SBH registered Coach. We have agreed the use of Track & Field facilities with Saracens compliant with current guidance issued by the UK Government and England Athletics. Each T&F group will be limited to a maximum of 12 ‘Competing Club Athletes’ per coach. The number of groups per session will be limited to comply with Social Distancing requirements.

Throws Athletes should have their own implements. However, one implement of each weight will be left in the SBH Clubhouse. Sanitising arrangements to be made in advance with the coach.

Jumps Following Government Guidelines up to 5 athletes with a suitably qualified coach can now undertake Jumps training utilising jump beds and sand pits. We have updated our documents to include guidance specific to Jumps areas (such as Cleaning requirements before, during and after sessions). Athletes, coaches, clubs and venues must follow the latest guidance at: 👉 https://bit.ly/2ATiU7R

Clubhouse Gymnasium This is available for use by T&F groups subject to prior booking with COLIN GODFREY (colinjlginvest@gmail.com) and compliance with equipment sanitization before and after use and Social Distancing.

Athletes invited to train by their coach must be sent the attached Barnet Copthall Stadium Track & Field Agreement in advance of starting training at the Stadium. The athlete and parent (if under 16) to sign and return to JEREMY SOTHCOTT or TY HOLDEN before they can train.  Athletes should meet their coach at their booking time outside the SBH Clubhouse where they will be asked to confirm that they do not have, and that no one in their household has, (or has had within the last 14 days) any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
The athletes will then be escorted using Social Distancing (2 metres) into the SBH Clubhouse to sign the attendance record with times in and out of the Stadium (black A4 folder on the desk) and answer a two question health questionnaire (green A4 folder on the desk). There is also hand sanitiser on the table for use. Athletes must follow the instructions of the coach and observe Social Distancing during warm-up, throughout the session and warm-down.

Stadium Booking DetailsPlease let JEREMY and TY know the names of the athletes and your preferred time slots for the following week (Monday to Sunday) before 6pm on the Saturday. We will confirm the availability and distribute the schedule to Saracens and to all coaches.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
All 1 hour 35 minute slots (Saturday & Sunday – last slot finishes at 7.20)
9.00 – 10.35, 10.45 – 12.20, 12.30 – 2.05, 2.15 – 3.50, 4.00 – 5.35, 5.45 – 7.20, 7.30 – 9.00
There is a 10 minute gap between each session for transitioning.

If a Coach does not have a key fob for gaining access through the Clubhouse, then please contact GEOFF MORPHITIS Mobile: 07976 994302 who will arrange to issue one to you if available. When going in and out of the Clubhouse from the carpark please ensure the door handle is left in the upward locked position at all times. Please do not enter the Clubhouse until the coach/athletes from the previous session exit. Parents are not permitted to enter the stadium unless there is a child protection issue i.e. one coach and one athlete aged under 16.

From 14 December, toilets and other facilities will be in the “Temporary Changing Building” behind the 100m start area.

Link to the SBH Athlete and Coach Track & Field Training Agreement, which will be sent to all participating athletes, and then to be returned signed by the athlete and parent – Please open the agrrement form, sign and return to either JEREMY SOTHCOTT of TY HOLDENSBH – T & F Agreement During Lockdown Period 08.12.20

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

TRACK ADADEMY BE FIT TODAY – Takes place on Sunday 20 December at Peters Stadium, Barking. Events U11 75m, 150 – U11 up to Senior/Masters 600m – U13 up to Senior/Masters 800m, 1500m, 1 Mile, 3000m. Link for full details including entry information https://mailchi.mp/925c7852a96d/bftta-open-meet-saturday-12th-september-5088628?e=056ff9888e

ATW CROSS COUNTRY SERIES NEXT RACE The second race will take place Merchant Taylor’s School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood HA6 2HT on Saturday 19 December.
Timetable – 2K Under 11 start – 12:00 pm, 3K Under 13 start – 12:30 pm, 4K Under 15 start – 1:10 pm, 5K Under 17 start – 1:50 pm, 8K Senior/U20 start – 3:00 pm.
Here is the link which went live recently https://activetrainingworld.co.uk/project/atw-cross-country-series-round-2-19th-december-2020/
The third race is on Sunday 10 January and the link for that should come out in mid December.

UPDATE ON SBH FIXTURE CARD  Currently all Cross Country and Road Relay fixtures for 2020 are either Cancelled or Postponed, This update shows the status of all cross country fixtures as of the 10 November 2020 – SBH Winter Card Fixtures 2020-2021 Updated 10-11-20

DECEMBER 2020 RACES Currently there are minimal results on the Power of 10, if anyone competes especially virtually please let me know.

SOUTH OF ENGLAND ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 2020/2021 CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE SEAA are hopeful of staging some Cross Country and Indoor Track & Field events during this winter, even though it looked as if we should only be able to cater for the younger age groups.  If Government guidelines permit, we hope to put in place the following events.
Cross Country Cross Country Relays, London Championships, Master & Inter Counties Championships have been postponed until the New Year.  The Association hopes that it will be possible to stage some Cross Country events in February/March 2021. 
Road Relays At present the date for the 12/6 Stage and 5K Road Relays remains the same; Sunday 28 March 2021. 
Track & Field It is hoped that some Indoor Covid Games can take place dates scheduled for these events are 16/17 January & 6/7 February next year.  Due to the restrictions on numbers we may have to use more than one venue.
We want to reassure our athletes and officials that we shall do our utmost to stage some competition (In line with England Athletics guidance).  We shall review the situation and publish any further news as soon as we can. In the meantime, we do hope everyone stays safe and well JOHN GANDEE SEAA Competition Chairman.

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

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020-2021 Winter Fixture Card updated  10-11-20, Currently all Cross Country and Road Relay fixtures for 2020 are either Cancelled or Postponed. An update on 2021 Fixtures will be published in early December 2020 – SBH Winter Card Fixtures 2020-2021 Updated 10-11-20
Cross Country Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/cross-country/team-managers/
Road Running/Relay Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OF INTEREST CAN BE FOUND ON THE SBH HOME PAGE BY USING THIS LINK, THEN SELECT THE LEFT OR RIGHT ARROWhttp://sbharriers.co.uk/
Barnet Copthall Stadium (Fomerly Allianz Park) Membership, which gives SBH members 10% discount on entry to the Barnet Copthall 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 BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK)  Please contact CLYDE GORDON on 07753 985525/clyde67@hotmail.co.uk for futher information on High Jump and Pole Vault days and times.

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

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

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

CHARGES FOR USING BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK) – Currently the Stadium is only open for limited use by SBH members with no charge.

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 10 December 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 10 December to Joshue Allen-Xuereb, Elena Bulman, Thomas Cadwallader, Charles Edu, Alexa Eichelmann, Keelan Farrell, Thomas Fulton, Gabriel Gayle, George Harrison, John Kelly, Anabelle Panwar, Max Panwar, Jazz Sears, Cameron Sharpe and Emma Taylor

UPDATE ON NEELAM KADERBHOY – As referred to in the report on the SBH AGM held on Tuesday 24 November, NEELAM was awarded the Coronation Trophy for Services to the Club in her over 37 years of membership. Photograph of NEELAM after receiving the Coronation Trophy from RACHAEL HARVEY.

Hi GEOFF – Thanks so much for everything including the trophy last night. It was such a lovely surprise. So much appreciated. Hope all is well with you. Hopefully when I feel better I wll call. But at the moment it’s hard to speak. I get tired very quickly and take extra pain killers when needed. All the best NEELAM x

Good afternoon NEELAM – It was an honour to award you the Coronation Trophy as recognition of your years of service to and for the Club. Keep fighting – we are all with you in spirit and support. Hope to see you soon. Best wishes and take care. GEOFF + all your friends at SBH

Hi GEOFF – Thanks again. You can drop off the award directly at the hospice. The address is the Peace Hospice, Peace Drive in Watford. I am at Watford General Hospital most of tomorrow but hopefully I’ll finish earlier rather than later!!!

Good evening NEELAM – I hope your visit to Watford General was a success. We’re just trying to get the award engraved but due to the Lockdown the engraver has been closed. I’m told that it should reopen on Wednesday. Hopefully, FIONA GROOM will be able to get it done by next week. Take care. We’re all thinking of you. Please stay safe. Best wishes GEOFF.

BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM EAST STAND INDOOR AREA The NHS are taking this over from Monday 14 December as a Covid-19 vaccination centre for a period of 4 to 12 months. Saracens have agreed to erect 3 large marquees, one to cover the javelin run-up, another one to cover one of the long jump run-ups and the associated sandpit and finally, a third one at the North End of the home straight where the temporay seating has been taken down. Check with your Coach for more information.

THE TRACK MEET Took place at San Juan Capistrano, California on 4-5 December
5000m – SM JAMIE DEE 8th (PB 13:51.94) taking 10.49 seconds off his 2019 time

MID WEEK OPEN MEETING Took place at Nathan, Australia on 2 December
Discus 1kg – JADE LALLY 1st (56.98m)

CORONATION TROPHY FOR SERVICES TO THE CLUB – The History of the Trophy goes back to 1948 when PATRICIA (PADDY) HICKS met her future husband HARRY a member of Hampstead Harriers who went on to represent GB in the 1960 Rome Olympic Marathon and “PADDY” took up athletics to form a Ladies section of Hampstead Harriers. Then through time, Hampstead Harriers amalgamated with Barnet AC to become Barnet & District AC.  However, the Ladies felt they had a bad deal and broke away to form Barnet Ladies AC. When Barnet & District started a Ladies section the Barnet Ladies renamed themselves Barnet Copthall Ladies AC who eventually merged with Shaftesbury Harriers in 1986 to form Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers. Full details are in the Club centenary book.

So much for the history of the women. In the early days of the women’s section in the late 1940s, early 1950’s they did not run cross country but in the winter formed netball teams. In 1952 the women’s team took part in an athletic club’s netball tournament to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation and came out winners and were presented with a trophy, to keep. The Club decided to present the trophy annually to a club member who provided outstanding services to the Club, hence the Coronation trophy awarded annually came about.
The actual trophy has disappeared (in someone’s loft) however the Services to the Club award continues and the winner is now presented with a plaque.

Recent recipients are 2011 Tony Smith – 2012 George Harrison – 2013 Alan Weller – 2014 Tony Smith – 2015 Clyde Gordon – 2016 Joyce and Bryan Smith – 2017 Ray Powell – 2018 Joyce and Bryan Smith – 2019 Clyde Gordon – 2020 Neelam Kaderbhoy

THE MARATHON DISTANCE – WHY? Many thanks to TOM MCNAB for another interesting article.

The phone rang, and I answered, it was none other than CHRIS BRASHER, the creator of the London Marathon. “TOM, “he said. “I’m phoning you because you seem to know all sorts of weird stuff about the history of athletics. Stuff that nobody else knows, or wants to know “I paused before replying, for this was surely a moment for tact rather than honesty. “I’ll take that as a compliment, CHRIS, “I replied. “So, how can I help you?” “Twenty six miles, three hundred and eighty five yards TOM, “he said.  How did the marathon ever get to be that odd distance? I’ve been given all sorts of reasons. So can you help me?” This was a corker. Because although yes, pretty much everyone knew that the first time that this distance had been run had been in London, at the 1908 Olympic Games. True, but yet even the official Olympic Report listed it as only twenty six miles. But yes, since that race in 1908, the distance had always been twenty six miles, three hundred and eighty five yards. Why?

I put down the phone and thought back. The world’s first marathon, it hadn’t really been a race, no, it had occurred when the Athenian messenger PHEIDIPPIDES had run the twenty three miles from Marathon to Athens to report the defeat of the Persians by the Athenian army. “Rejoice, we conquer,” he had gasped, before dropping dead, not a particularly good omen for the countless millions who were to follow him over two thousand years later. Little of that first marathon had been run over anything resembling a road, so nowadays PHEIDIPPIDES’ run would be described as cross-country, so all credit to him. But the first major marathon, run at the Athens 1896 Olympic Games, that was over a dusty road, from Marathon to the Averoff stadium in Athens, ending in front the Royal Box. And it had been rumoured that if, by any chance a Greek won, he would be delivered a buxom wench as wife and a life’s supply of free shaves. It was over just beyond twenty five miles, and appropriately won by a Greek, SYPIRIDON LOUES, but we know nothing about the wife or for that matter the free shaves.

The next Olympic marathon was held in Paris in 1900, but it was a chaotic affair through the French capital’s winding streets, this time over about twenty four miles. It was over a slightly different distance in St. Louis in 1904, and again in Athens in 1906. 1906, I hear you say? But surely there was always four years, an Olympiad, between Olympic Games? Yes and no. Because the Greeks had believed since 1896 that the Olympics belonged to them, and had now decided to hold another Games, two years between each Olympics. Thus, in 1906 we had the Intercalated Games, with the marathon distance now closer to twenty three miles, but why am I telling you all this? Because of the eruption in 1906 of Vesuvius and its impact upon the Rome Olympics of 1908. But again, you ask, what Rome Olympics? The answer is the one caused by Rome’s withdrawal from the 1908 Games, the result of the costs of Vesuvius. But the Olympic fencer LORD LONSDALE’S yacht, the Branwen, was parked in Piraeus Harbour, and he seized the moment, and offered the International Olympic Committee London as the venue for the 1908 Olympic Games. And so it came about that the 1908 Olympic Marathon runners set off from Windsor Great Park, in the baking heat, towards White City Stadium. The runners set off at an incredible pace, close to five minute mile-speed over the first ten miles. Thus, by the time that they were passing through West London towards the waiting crowds in the White City Stadium, most of them were on their heels. And, though they had been sustained by Oxo, rice, brandy and strychnine, they were all fading fast.

The first of them to reach the stadium was the unknown Italian runner DORANDO PIETRI, and legend has it that he was offered a glass of chilled champagne on his entry, slugged it down and shambled into the arena. No, I don’t believe that, either. But it was immediately clear to everyone in the eighty thousand crowd that the little Italian was now in deep trouble. He staggered onto the track and immediately collapsed on to its black cinder surface. Urged on by the crowd, he wobbled around the track and fell three times more, landing a few metres short of the finish-line The American JONNY HAYES had now entered the stadium, but on the other side of the track, the delirious DORANDO was being carried through the tape by anxious officials. Needless to say, DORANDO was disqualified and the Olympic gold medal given to the American JONNY HAYES. But our story does not end there. No, because the British public had by now surrendered their hearts to the plucky little Italian, and two days later he was presented with a cup by none other than Queen Alexandra.

So now we come again to that distance. The Olympic authorities had originally decided on twenty six miles, though don’t ask me why. The extra three hundred and eighty five yards has usually been explained by the start having been placed three hundred and eighty five yards back, in order that the Royal children might get a better view. But me, I have a different explanation. It is that the authorities had measured the twenty six miles to the stadium’s entrance, with the other three hundred and eighty five yards being the distance round to the Royal Box. We will never truly know, but from then on even in indoor marathons (and there was one a few weeks later, in the Albert Hall) the distance would always be twenty six miles tttthree hundred and eighty five yards,and all because of that little Italian DORANDO PIETRI. And a few days after the Games, the lyrics” DORANDO, DORANDO, he run a run a run” was the first hit for a young Jewish American called BIELIN. But you, you might well know him better as IRVING BERLIN.

SEB COE’S VIEWS ON THE SHOES There has been many articles recently on how shoe technology. The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently.

World Athletics president says recent records are not entirely down to carbon fibre-plated shoes and that technological advancements are nothing new. SEB COE says advantages given by modern-day racing shoes is an “age-old challenge” and the World Athletics president believes recent world records are as much to do with athletes being refreshed and raring to go after lockdown than the footwear. “The challenge has always historically in our sport been the balance or trade-off between technical innovation and development and codification,” he says. “And I think we’ve got that balance about right.” COE was speaking the day after the global governing body for the sport amended its rules to allow shoe prototypes to be used in all races apart from the Olympics and World Athletics series events. However, these shoes must still abide by current rules relating to stack height and the number of carbon fibre plates.

“Shoe technology is with us and it always will be,” says COE. “We have to maintain rules and codifications. And these issues have been there for a long time. “In a way the horse bolted the stable many, many years ago. What we’ve managed to do this year, if anything, is sort of still chase it around the paddock, but we have at least been able to put a structure around this that has allowed us to start a process and start checking, for instance, some of the shoes that are out there. We’ve never been in a position to do that. We’d never checked the spec on a prototype, but now we do. So I think there is more system in there.” COE argues that technological advancements have always happened and that shoes in the 1960s, for example, were better than those in the 1940s and 1950s. Shoes in the 1990s and turn of the millennium were better than those in the 1970s and 1980s and so on. “If we’re going to go back into the history of world records, we are looking at world records and permanently changing circumstances. I still marvel at somebody like RUDOLF HARBIG back in 1936, 1937 running (1:46) and bits on a cinder track. I still marvel at the fact that PETER SNELL ran around (1:44) and bits in WANGANUI on a grass track. “I still marvel at the fact that we had people like RON HILL running significantly under (2:10) in the marathon, in shoes that had little more than cardboard support in them. So everywhere you look records have developed and they’ve often developed alongside technological change.” Indeed, HILL often used to race barefoot. He even won the Inter-Counties cross-country title in 1968 without shoes

COE also feels the startling performances in distance running this year such as the track world records from JOSHUA CHEPTEGUI and LETESENBET GIDEY in Valencia in October wearing Nike Dragonfly spikes and then the jaw-dropping half-marathon and marathon times in the same city last weekend, led by adidas-sponsored KIBIWOTT KANDIE’S 13.1-mile record, are not entirely down to the shoes. “A lot of the very high-quality performances have in large part been inspired by athletes who were just so goddamn pleased to get back into competition,” COE says. Drawing on the experience of his own career, he adds: “I lost over a year in the lead-up to the ’84 Games. I know what I felt like when I got back on to the track at the beginning of ’84. Yeah, undercooked and without enough petrol. I was just so pleased.”

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COE continues: “My instinct is in large part what has happened is the athletes have had a year after they’ve actually had their bodies screaming at them mentally and physically for the last four or five years where they’ve actually come off that rollercoaster, they have mastered lockdown and this really difficult period wonderfully well and they have come back and just been so excited about being back into combat.” COE continues: “I do think this year has been a very different type of year. Athletes have managed to just get a little bit more fuel in their minds and in their bodies, again, some really good respite and the ability to sort of regroup. “So I’m not sitting here thinking that this is a really dangerous period. I think these world records are still in the nature of that evolutionary change. And some of it is technology, yes. But some of it is just because the athletes have had some rest and are training really well again.”

PROCEDURES FOR USING BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTT The Stadium is now open to SBH members under the supervision of an SBH registered Coach. We have agreed the use of Track & Field facilities with Saracens compliant with current guidance issued by the UK Government and England Athletics. Each T&F group will be limited to a maximum of 12 ‘Competing Club Athletes’ per coach. The number of groups per session will be limited to comply with Social Distancing requirements.

Throws Athletes should have their own implements. However, one implement of each weight will be left in the SBH Clubhouse. Sanitising arrangements to be made in advance with the coach.

Jumps Following Government Guidelines up to 5 athletes with a suitably qualified coach can now undertake Jumps training utilising jump beds and sand pits. We have updated our documents to include guidance specific to Jumps areas (such as Cleaning requirements before, during and after sessions). Athletes, coaches, clubs and venues must follow the latest guidance at: 👉 https://bit.ly/2ATiU7R

Clubhouse Gymnasium This is available for use by T&F groups subject to prior booking with COLIN GODFREY (colinjlginvest@gmail.com) and compliance with equipment sanitization before and after use and Social Distancing.

Athletes invited to train by their coach must be sent the attached Barnet Copthall Stadium Track & Field Agreement in advance of starting training at the Stadium. The athlete and parent (if under 16) to sign and return to JEREMY SOTHCOTT or TY HOLDEN before they can train.  Athletes should meet their coach at their booking time outside the SBH Clubhouse where they will be asked to confirm that they do not have, and that no one in their household has, (or has had within the last 14 days) any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
The athletes will then be escorted using Social Distancing (2 metres) into the SBH Clubhouse to sign the attendance record with times in and out of the Stadium (black A4 folder on the desk) and answer a two question health questionnaire (green A4 folder on the desk). There is also hand sanitiser on the table for use. Athletes must follow the instructions of the coach and observe Social Distancing during warm-up, throughout the session and warm-down.

Stadium Booking DetailsPlease let JEREMY and TY know the names of the athletes and your preferred time slots for the following week (Monday to Sunday) before 6pm on the Saturday. We will confirm the availability and distribute the schedule to Saracens and to all coaches.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
All 1 hour 35 minute slots (Saturday & Sunday – last slot finishes at 7.20)
9.00 – 10.35, 10.45 – 12.20, 12.30 – 2.05, 2.15 – 3.50, 4.00 – 5.35, 5.45 – 7.20, 7.30 – 9.00
There is a 10 minute gap between each session for transitioning.

If a Coach does not have a key fob for gaining access through the Clubhouse, then please contact GEOFF MORPHITIS Mobile: 07976 994302 who will arrange to issue one to you if available. When going in and out of the Clubhouse from the carpark please ensure the door handle is left in the upward locked position at all times. Please do not enter the Clubhouse until the coach/athletes from the previous session exit. Parents are not permitted to enter the stadium unless there is a child protection issue i.e. one coach and one athlete aged under 16.

From 14 December, toilets and other facilities will be in the “Temporary Changing Building” behind the 100m start area.

Link to the SBH Athlete and Coach Track & Field Training Agreement, which will be sent to all participating athletes, and then to be returned signed by the athlete and parent – Please open the agrrement form, sign and return to either JEREMY SOTHCOTT of TY HOLDENSBH – T & F Agreement During Lockdown Period 08.12.20

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

TRACK ADADEMY BE FIT TODAY – Takes place on Sunday 20 December at Peters Stadium, Barking. Events U11 75m, 150 – U11 up to Senior/Masters 600m – U13 up to Senior/Masters 800m, 1500m, 1 Mile, 3000m. Link for full details including entry information https://mailchi.mp/925c7852a96d/bftta-open-meet-saturday-12th-september-5088628?e=056ff9888e

ATW CROSS COUNTRY SERIES NEXT RACE The second race will take place Merchant Taylor’s School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood HA6 2HT on Saturday 19 December.
Timetable – 2K Under 11 start – 12:00 pm, 3K Under 13 start – 12:30 pm, 4K Under 15 start – 1:10 pm, 5K Under 17 start – 1:50 pm, 8K Senior/U20 start – 3:00 pm.
Here is the link which went live recently https://activetrainingworld.co.uk/project/atw-cross-country-series-round-2-19th-december-2020/
The third race is on Sunday 10 January and the link for that should come out in mid December.

UPDATE ON SBH FIXTURE CARD  Currently all Cross Country and Road Relay fixtures for 2020 are either Cancelled or Postponed, This update shows the status of all cross country fixtures as of the 10 November 2020 – SBH Winter Card Fixtures 2020-2021 Updated 10-11-20

NOVEMBER 2020 RACES Currently there are minimal results on the Power of 10, if anyone competes especially virtually please let me know.

SOUTH OF ENGLAND ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 2020/2021 CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE SEAA are hopeful of staging some Cross Country and Indoor Track & Field events during this winter, even though it looked as if we should only be able to cater for the younger age groups.  If Government guidelines permit, we hope to put in place the following events.
Cross Country Cross Country Relays, London Championships, Master & Inter Counties Championships have been postponed until the New Year.  The Association hopes that it will be possible to stage some Cross Country events in February/March 2021. 
Road Relays At present the date for the 12/6 Stage and 5K Road Relays remains the same; Sunday 28 March 2021. 
Track & Field It is hoped that some Indoor Covid Games can take place dates scheduled for these events are 16/17 January & 6/7 February next year.  Due to the restrictions on numbers we may have to use more than one venue.
We want to reassure our athletes and officials that we shall do our utmost to stage some competition (In line with England Athletics guidance).  We shall review the situation and publish any further news as soon as we can. In the meantime, we do hope everyone stays safe and well JOHN GANDEE SEAA Competition Chairman.

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

THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED 
SBH 2020-2021 Winter Fixture Card updated  10-11-20, Currently all Cross Country and Road Relay fixtures for 2020 are either Cancelled or Postponed. An update on 2021 Fixtures will be published in early December 2020 – SBH Winter Card Fixtures 2020-2021 Updated 10-11-20
Cross Country Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/cross-country/team-managers/
Road Running/Relay Team Managers Detailshttp://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OF INTEREST CAN BE FOUND ON THE SBH HOME PAGE BY USING THIS LINK, THEN SELECT THE LEFT OR RIGHT ARROWhttp://sbharriers.co.uk/
Barnet Copthall Stadium (Fomerly Allianz Park) Membership, which gives SBH members 10% discount on entry to the Barnet Copthall 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 BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK)  Please contact CLYDE GORDON on 07753 985525/clyde67@hotmail.co.uk for futher information on High Jump and Pole Vault days and times.

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

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

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

CHARGES FOR USING BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK) – Currently the Stadium is only open for limited use by SBH members with no charge.

ALAN WELLER