Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 19 November 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 19 November to Michael Adebakin, Aiden Bird, Kieran Clements, Jamie Dee, Sunil Jobanputra, Benjamin Morrison, Marion Motto, Jan Pearson, Lydia Rogers, Louis Savva, Ari Selouk, Bradley Singer, Gianleo Stubbs and Charlie Yearwood

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

UPDATE ON NEELAM KADERBHOY NEELAM joined Barnet Copthall Ladies AC as a 13 year old in March 1983. In 1986 Barnet Copthall Ladies and Shaftesbury Harriers joined forces and Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers became a male and female Club.
NEELAM joined as a sprinter and established herself as a regular team member in Club teams.  In fact it was only last year that saw NEELAM’S name disappear from the Club records when the under 15 Girls 4 x 100m Club record was broken. NEELAM moved up to 400m when she was in the senior ranks.
Her commitment to the Club has been evident throughout her 37 years of membership. Not just by competing from an early age, but also by volunteering whenever and wherever help was needed.
NEELAM started assisting her own coach and soon qualified as a coach in her own right.  However, it was not just in competing and coaching that she helped the Club. She was elected onto the Club Council and contributed positively in all areas. When the Club received requests from 9 and 10 year olds to join the Club, NEELAM took on the very important role of young athletes induction coach and guided them through the basics to find out where their talents really lay. Once she established that the youngster was committed to our sport, she would pass them on to the appropriate specialist coach. Many have gone on to represent the Club in League competition and to achieve medals in County events.
However, NEELAM realised that coaching was only part of the job of looking after these young athletes, so when the Club became one of the founder members of The Middlesex Young Athletes League, she took on the role of team manager. Her work and enthusiasm in this additional role was a great success and she built up a tremendous team spirit, not only between the athletes but also between the parents in encouraging them to come on board to help manage the Club.
Unfortunately, NEELAM has recently been diagnosed with cancer and even though she has been in hospital / hospice for over 5 weeks now, she has still maintained a very positive disposition throughout her treatment and is contacting her athletes, their parents and all her fellow coaches regularly through social media. We wish her the best of luck and hope she achieves a full recovery.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS LONDON REGIONAL AWARDS LIVE The meeting takes place on Thursday 19 November – This is the link to the live You Tube stream live and watch again at youtu.be/WJb7FQAB50U

CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE MARSHALL STEVE has been nominated for an England Athletics ‘Official of the Year London Region’ award on 19 November at 7pm, hosted on Zoom for invited nominees but also streamed live on the England Athletics YouTube channel so that friends, family and fellow club and group members can follow the action by watching online. Link to live broadcasts stream live and watch again at youtu.be/WJb7FQAB50U

Speaking about the awards, CHRIS JONES, England Athletics CEO, said: “The Regional Volunteer Awards is one of the highlights of the England Athletics calendar and is a wonderful opportunity for us to place a focus on the people who often work in the background but deliver such a vital contribution to our sport. This year has seen incredible work from our volunteers who have played a key role in navigating our sport through the unique challenges presented by Covid-19. They have gone above and beyond to keep our sport going in local communities across England – helping people stay active and creating opportunities for athletes to train and compete. We are delighted to have been able to turn this year’s awards nights into virtual events to ensure that everyone can still share in the inspirational stories of our awards nominees, celebrate their achievements and give them the recognition they deserve. Good luck to all those involved and thank you to all the volunteers in our sport for their invaluable contribution in such a challenging year.”

What a day for STEVE who was judging the Pole Vault at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix last February in Glasgow. As you can see in the photograph taken by ALAN FORD, STEVE is in the fore front with his white flag raised, following the vault of ARMAND DUPLANTIS of Sweden who had just turned 20, the vault of (6.18m) was his second World Record in a week.

LONDON YOUTH GAMES, VIRTUAL CROSS COUNTRY If you’re in the U11 to U17 age groups, here’s a way to stay active with others while keeping your distance – and earn some kudos for your Borough to boot. Run your distance in the Nike x London Youth Games Virtual Cross Country competition and record your time to score points for your Borough.
The competition is open to all young Londoners from 21 November to 6 December across four age groups: U11, U13, U15 and U17. Points are scored for participation and performance.
The link to enter results on the London Youth Games website will be live from 21 November and runners have until 6 December to get involved.
If you head to https://www.londonyouthgames.org/virtual-games/ you will find all the information you need to get involved. There’s also safety guidance on https://www.londonyouthgames.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Nike-x-LYG-Virtual-Cross-Country-Safety-Guidance.pdf
If runners want to participate there will be a form for them to fill out once the event has gone live, including letting LYG know which Borough they are representing, and there will also be a chance to upload proof of their time (if they want to).

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

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS 130TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020 – We extend a warm welcome to you all to attend our first Virtual AGM via Zoom on Tuesday 24 November. You will be able to open it from 18.30pm although the meeting will commence at 19.30pm.

Join Zoom Meeting – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84592743928?pwd=UTFqM2xTbUVJU2NtaXE1UENxTGlaQT09
Meeting ID: 845 9274 3928 – Passcode: 514605

The IT aspect of the Zoom meeting will be controlled by STEVE MARSHALL, who will activate any responses by the attendees.
When the meeting commences at 19.30pm, could I ask you put yourself into ‘MUTE’ mode.
During the presentation, you may be asked if anyone has a question, if so please raise your hand and STEVE will activate you. The same will apply if the meeting asks for a ‘PROPOSER’ or ‘SECONDER’. There are two proposals submitted for consideration, therefore when you are requested to vote, could all those ‘AGAINST’ please raise their hands. Which will make it easier to assess those who are in ‘FAVOUR’. There is no other business on the agenda of an AGM, any attendee wishing to raise a point must have either placed a proposal on the Agenda or ask STEVE for discussion time after the conclusion of the meeting.
Note: If you experience problems accessing Zoom, please contact STEVE on 07973 253145 who may be able to help you.

Attached are the following SBH documents – 2020 AGM Agenda SBH AGM Agenda 2020 Issued For AGM , Minutes of 2019 AGM Meeting SBH AGM Minutes 2019 , Constitution and Rules as of 26 November 2018 SBH Constitution November 2018 , Annual Report 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020 SBH Annual Report 2019-20 Final Issue , Accounts for the year ended 30 September 2020 SBH Accounts 2020. Issued For AGM

SBH CROSS COUNTRY WINNERS 2019-2020 SEASON – Congratulations to the following winners.
Club Championship Winners – Men Under 11 ARTHUR PHILLIPS, Under 13 THOMAS CADWALLADER, Under 15 SAMUEL GREENSTEIN, Under 17 LUCA STUBBS, Under 20 GEORGE GROOM, 5 Miles Senior DYLAN EVANS, 9 Miles Senior DYLAN EVANS, Masters 40+ PHILIP CUNNINGHAM – Women Under 11 POSIE SHAW, Under 13 POSIE SHAW, Under 15 AIMI WEIGHTMAN, Under 17 MAAYAN RADUS, Under 20 LIA RADUS, Senior ELANA DIMMER 
Club Points Winners – Men Under 11 ARTHUR PHILLIPS, Under 13 GIANLEO STUBBS, Under 15 SAMUEL GREENSTEIN, Under 17 JUDE MIRANDA, Under 20 BEN KELLY, Senior DYLAN EVANS, Masters 40+ BARRY HAWS, Masters 50+ ROBERT RIGBY – Women Under 11 POSIE SHAW, Under 13 EVIE REDPATH, Under 15 RACHEL PEARLMAN, Under 17 JOANNE MIRANDA, Under 20 INDIRA PATEL, Senior ELANA DIMMER

ONE PRESIDENT OUT, ONE PRESIDENT IN Next Tuesday’s AGM will bring the curtain down on my 3 years as President of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers. It has been an absolute Honour and privilege to have seen how our athletes have developed and performed. But it’s not just our athletes and teams that make us the best overall club in the country, it’s all our Members, Supporters, Officials, Coaches and last but not least the Parents that make our club great. One of the numerous photograph taken at the awards presentation following the 2019 AGM, in which I presented MALACHI AMADI with his Under 15 track award.

Our new President for the next 3 years is GEOFF WILLIAMS, who like me lives in the West Country, Barnstable in Devon.

GEOFF and ELIZABETH moved to a rural village near Barnstaple in 2012.
GEOFF was Director pf Physical Education and Sport at Highgate School for over 30 years and following retirement from teaching was Copthall Stadium Manager for 5 years overseeing the refurbishment of the stadium in 2006/7. Though initially involved with Triathlon, ​GEOFF coached middle distance and endurance running at SBH from 1994-2012. Since moving to Devon he mentors endurance coaches and has focussed on officiating. He hopes to be a regular on the timekeepers’ stand or on photo finish at as many future SBH athletic meetings as possible.
He continues his active life long involvement with the English Schools Athletic Association initially as a Middlesex Schools’ representative, latterly for Devon Schools’ and many times as one of the England Team Managers. Currently he is responsible for organisation of the ESAA Cross Country Cup competitions.
His son RICHARD has been a member of Shaftesbury since 1991, won the ESAA Senior Boys Cross Country title in 2000, represented GB U20s in the Steeplechase, was a full Wales International Cross Country, a Metropolitan League regular and a member of numerous SBH road relay teams. RICHARD’S wife SARAH also joined Shaftesbury in 2009, and ran mainly on the road, since 2015 concentrating on Parkruns, mainly at Panshanger. Her personal bests are – Marathon (2:50.51) London 2014, Half Marathon (79.33) Reading 2014 and Parkrun (18.23) Barnstaple 2014.

In my first year as President, 2017/2018 started with the Cross Country season, in which our successes were numerous. This included the National Relays, where our Senior Men’s team of JACK CRABTREE, BRADLEY GOATER, RICHARD HORTON and PHILLIP CROUT won the Bronze Medal. The Southern Championships saw JEREMY DEMPSEY win the Under 20 Silver Medal, and with GEORGE GROOM, THOMAS BUTLER and OLIVER GREENSTEIN won the team Silver Medals. Finally, at the National Championships DAVID STONE had a runaway win, winning the Under 17 title.

The Indoor season was equally successful, firstly in the various Southern Championships our Young athlete winners were REMI JOKOSENUMI U15, GILAD NACHSHEN U15, EVELYNE FONTAINE U15, JAZZ SEARS U17, JOHN OTUGADE U20 and PHOENIX LYON U20 and Senior Winners were JADE IVE and ANGELA BARRETT. In the various National Championships, our Young athlete winners were REMI JOKOSENUMI U15, HANNAH FOSTER U17, JAZZ SEARS U17, DOMINIC ASHWELL U20 and CHARLIE DOBSON U20 and Senior Winners were ANTONIO INFANTINO, LEWIS MCGUIRE and SCOTT LINCOLN. In the World Championships, we were represented by JAMAL RHODEN-STEVENS and SEB RODGER. There were Indoor Club Records from HANNAH FOSTER U17, KARA ONUIRI U17 and JAZZ SEARS U17.

The Outdoor season started with the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia. I went to the games which was an experience I will never forget, and prior to the games I spent a few days with DAVE and NATALIE SWEENEY who live some 4 hours from the games on the Gold Coast. We had 11 athletes – CHRIS BENNETT, DAN BRAMBLE, SAM DAWKINS, ZANE DUQUEMIN, NATHAN FOX, ZHARNEL HUGHES, JADE LALLY, KYLE LANGFORD, BETH POTTER, ALLAN SMITH and DAVID SMITH. ZHARNEL following his controversial disqualification in the 200 final, after being awarded the race following the photo finish result, won a Gold Medal with the England 4x100m relay team. KYLE also running for England had an outstanding championship, and in the final of the 800m he produced another fast finish, after being last entering the home straight he just run out of room, and with another 5m would have caught the winner.
In the various Southern Championships, our winners were NIAH AKINTOKUN U13, MALACHI AMADI U13, FREDDIE FORD U13, HANNAH FOSTER U17, JAZZ SEARS U17, DANIEL BAINBRIDGE U20, JOHN OTUGADE U20 and PHILLIPA LOWE SEN. In the various National Championships, our winners were REMI JOKOSENUMI U15, HANNAH FOSTER U17, KRISTIAN IMROTH U17, TAIT JONES U17, DANIEL BAINBRIDGE U20, ELLIE BAKER U23, GEORGE EVANS U23, JESSICA HUNTER U23, MARK PEARCE U23, PHILLIPA LOWE, JADE LALLY, SCOTT LINCOLN and HAYLEY MCLEAN.
There were Outdoor Club Records from THOMAS CADWALLADER U11, NIAH AKINTOKUN U13, MALACHI AMADI U13, REMI JOKOSENUMI U15. NICHOLAS SAVVA U15, HANNAH FOSTER U17, LUCY KOENIGSBERGER U17, CRISTINA POTTER U17, JAZZ SEARS U17 and ZHARNEL HUGHES. There were also 5 various Relay Records.
Our team performances were outstanding, firstly the Young Athletes after finishing 2nd in the 2017 Eastern Young Athletes League, went one better with an impressive win. The pressure was on the YAs, this being the inaugural year of the Middlesex Young Athletes League and ended up finishing in 2nd place. The UK Youth Development League for our U17/U20 athletes, turned out to be another battle with Blackheath Harriers, and we finished 2nd in both the League and Cup Final. In the British Athletics League our Senior Men finished 2nd to Birchfield Harriers, and our Women in the UK Women’s Athletic League finished in 5th place.

On a sad note BOB PARKER aged 87, passed away in January. BOB was an exceptional man who always on hand to give advice when asked, and as a talented coach who was behind the success achieved by former World Record Holder, DAVE BEDFORD and many other SBH members. He was Shaftesbury President from 1980 to 1982.

2018/2019 Cross Country season, which was cold and wet saw our successes continue. This included the Southern Relays. We had 2 team winners, the Under 20 team of BEN WINFIELD, THOMAS PATRICK and GEORGE GROOM and Under 17 team of LAURANCE EDWARDS, KRISTIAN IMROTH and JUDE MIRANDA. At the Southern Championships DAVID STONE won the Under 17 title. At the National Championships our Under 17 Men’s team of FINN HARVEY, DAVID STONE and KRISTIAN IMROTH took the Bronze Medals, and the Under 17 Women’s team of FREYA STAPLETON, LIA RADUS and MIA GROOM also took the Bronze Medals. There were Individual Bronze Medals from HENRY MCLUCKIE U17 and JEREMY DEMPSEY U20.

The Indoor season was equally successful, firstly in the various Southern Championships our winners were AKIN COWARD, PAGE FAIRCLOUGH U23 and NATHAN FOX. In the various National Championships our winners were DOMINIC ASHWELL U23, SCOTT LINCOLN, LEWIS MCGUIRE U23, CLAIRE SPURWAY V40 and LISA WEBB V50. CLAIRE SPURWAY V40 also won Gold at the World Masters Championships. There were Indoor Club Records from AMELIA DALEY U17, EVELYNE FONTEYNE U17, SCARLETT KENT U20, JESSICA HUNTER U23 and COLETTE HURLEY V55-59.

The Outdoor season included the World Championships, in which OJIE EDOBURIN, ZHARNEL HUGHES, KYLE LANGFORD, LIZZIE BIRD and ANTONIO INFANTINO competed. ZHARNEL HUGHES won a Gold Medal with the GB&NI 4x100m relay team. In the various Southern Championships, our winners were KACEY WALTERS U15, AMELIA DALEY U17, KIMANI JACK U17, MARLI JESSOP U17, MUKHTAR MUSA U17, KARA ONUIRI U20, EMMA ANDERSSON, AKIN COWARD, NICK PERCY, NENE HARRISON V35. In the various National Championships, our winners were LIAM GARRETT U20, KRISTIAN IMROTH U20, DOMINIC ASHWELL U23, LILY BECKFORD U23, ETHAN WALSH U23, KRISHAWN AIKEN, CHRIS BENNETT, DAN BRAMBLE, OJIE EDOBURIN, NATHAN FOX, SCOTT LINCOLN, ALLAN SMITH and NENE HARRISON V35. EDWIN YAMOAH won 2 Gold Medals at the World Transplant Games and RALPH WILLIAMS U18 Gold at World Student Games.
There were Outdoor Club Records from NIAH AKINTOKUN U15, SOPHIE FORBES-LAIRD U15, ALINA COFIE U15. KACEY WALTERS U15, EMILY HATHAWAY U17, LUCY WOODWARD U17, LIZZIE BIRD, ZHARNEL HUGHES, KYLE LANGFORD and GREGORY THOMPSON. There were also 5 various Relay Records.

At the Southern Road Relays our U17 Women’s team of FREYA STAPLETON, EMILY HATHAWAY and JOANNE MIRANDA won the Silver Medals. At the National Road Relays our U17 Women’s team of LIA RADUS, FREYA STAPLETON and GRACE INGLES won the Bronze Medals, and our U17 Men’s team of FINN HARVEY, DAVID STONE and KRISTIAN IMROTH won the Bronze Medals

Our team performances were outstanding, firstly the Young Athletes finished 3rd in the Eastern Young Athletes League, and 2nd in the Top 6 Final. The UK Youth Development League for our U17/U20 athletes, turned out to be another battle with Blackheath Harriers, and we finished 2nd in both the League and National Final. In the British Athletics League our Senior Men finished 3rd, and our Women in the UK Women’s Athletic League finished in 4th place.

Congratulations to LEE MCCONNELL who was inducted into the Scottish Athletics Hall of Fame, and ZHARNEL HUGHES who was named as the male athlete of 2018 at the British Athletics Writers Association Awards.

2019/2020 What a strange and difficult year! With Covid-19 taking hold in March. Our athletes achievements up to this point were outstanding. However, perhaps the biggest success for the club has been achieved through our officials. Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers hosted a ThrowsFest on 11 July at Barnet Copthall Stadium following the first lockdown; the first licensed athletics fixture in the UK. We had over 1600 participants at our 7 licensed meetings.

Cross Country was not affected, and our successes started at the Southern Relays we had a Gold Medal Under 17 team of JOANNE MIRANDA, EMILY HATHAWAY and MAAYAN RADUS and our Under 13 team of ZICO JONES, THOMAS CADWALLADER and GIANLEO STUBBS took the Silver Medals. At the National Relays our Under 20 mens team won the Gold Medals THOMAS PATRICK, JEREMY DEMPSEY and HENRY MCLUCKIE, there were Silver Medals from both our Under 17 girls team of FREYA STAPLETON, EMILY HATHAWAY and JOANNE MIRANDA and our Under 13 boys team of GIANLEO STUBBS, ZICO JONES and THOMAS CADWALLADER. In the English National, what an outstanding performance from our Under 20 mens team winning the Gold Medals JEREMY DEMPSEY, THOMAS PATRICK, KRISTIAN IMROTH and NATHAN GODDARD, with our Under 17 womens team of FREYA STAPLETON, APRIL HILL, JOANNE MIRANDA and EMILY HATHAWAY taking the Bronze Medals. Individually GIANLEO STUBBS U13 won the Silver Medal, JEREMY DEMPSEY U20 4th and FREYA STAPLETON U17 6th.

The Indoor season was equally successful, firstly in the various Southern Championships our winners were NIA AKINTOKUN U15, MALACHI AMADI U15, NATALIA IVANOV U15, ZICO JONES U15, MARIO DOBRESCU U17, EMMANUEL DURUIHEOMA U17, KACEY WALTERS U17, BRAD DAVIES-PUGHE U20, KARA ONUIRI U20, JAZZ SEARS U20, REBECCA JEGGO U23, ANGELA BARRETT, COLUMBA BLANGO, DANIEL LEWIS and HAYLEY MCLEAN. JAMI SCHLUETER U20 won the Welsh Championships. In the various National Championships our winners were NIA AKINTOKUN U15, EMMANUEL DURUIHEOMA U17, DAN BRAMBLE, SCOTT LINCOLN, LEWIS MCGUIRE U23, ROBERT SHIPLEY, NENE HARRISON V35 and LISA WEBB V50. There were Indoor Club Records from NIA AKINTOKUN U15, NATALIA IVANOV U15, MANON BAINES U17, EMMANUEL DURUIHEOMA U17, KACEY WALERS U17 and ROSALIND ZEFFERTT V55.

The Outdoor season due to the Covid pandemic lockdown prevented athletics training and did not allow any scope for competition. Training was permitted in June and arrangements for events were published and updated. The efforts of our coaches and athletes to keep the sport going demanded our best efforts to organise competitions even in the very disturbing times. With the limited opportunities, the outstanding performance was the new Club Record of (1:44.83) in the Senior men’s 800m by KYLE LANGFORD for 5th place in the National rankings. HENRY MCLUCKIE set a new Junior men’s 1500m Club Record of (3:42.16) for top spot in the National outdoor rankings. At the LICC meeting on 1 August, MARIO DOBRESCU set a new Youths 400m Club Record of (48.17) for top spot in the National outdoor rankings. In the British Championships we had 2 National Champions SCOTT LINCOLN and NICK PERCY.

Congratulations to CLYDE GORDON who at the England Athletics London Awards evening, received his well-earned Volunteer of the Year award. In a tight run vote GEOFF MORPHITIS was runner-up to ANNE RODEN in the Services to Athletics category.

Attached are the 2018, 2019 and 2020 SBH Annual Reports, which gives details of Shaftesbury’s success throughout those years – SBH Annual report 2017-18 Rev B (1) – SBH Annual Report 2018-2019 Final Issue  – 
Also attached are the 2018 and 2019 Best Performance Awards SBH Best Performance Awards 2018 Final Revision ASBH Best Performance Awards 2019 Updated 06-11-19

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

MILAN joined us in March 2019, and was an ever present in our EYAL and UK YAL teams, and produced a personal best of (55.44m) in the Javelin. In 2020 he extended his personal best to (56.09m) which ranked him UK No.9 U17.

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 last Tuesday 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.

THE MAKING OF ‘CHARIOTS OF FIRE’ PART 2 OF 4 Many thanks to TOM MCNAB for another excellent article, part 2 describes his experience in moulding the actors into athletes, and the hurdles (pardon the pun) that TOM faced.

Thus, it was that in mid-November 1979 that I began to prepare my motley crew of apprehensive actors for what was soon to become “CHARIOTS OF FIRE”. I use the word “apprehensive” advisedly, because in discussion, though none expressed any doubt about his capacity as an actor, not one had expressed any confidence in his athletic ability. But first, first we had still had to find an actor to play my fictitious hurdler, LORD LINSEY. PUTTMAN and HUDSON now brought to my St. Albans track a fine young Scots actor, who shall be nameless, for reasons that you will soon appreciate. At first, all went well, with his running as just as good as the others had been back at Putney. True, he had no background in athletics but then neither had any my other future Olympians.  But soon the moment of truth eventually arrived when I had to present my Scot with the clearance of a hurdle. I put the barrier down to its lowest point, at about thirty centimeters. But on being confronted with it, my doughty Scot visibly paled and refused to make any attempt to clear it. This was perhaps not surprisingly, for it probably represented for him a personal best in high jump. He was immediately placed by PUTTMAN on the next taxi to Heathrow Airport, and we all returned to my house. There, DAVID PUTTMAN confessed to me that he had known that the Scot had been known to be partial to a wee dram. I saw no purpose in discussing the extent of his alcoholic habits, but we still had to find ourselves a LORD LINSEY.

But now another problem arose, a few weeks before I was to set off to the Lake Placid Winter Olympics as coach to our national bobsleigh team. My actors had assembled at my house and we were discussing their training for the two weeks that I was away. Then IAN CHARLESON spoke. “TOM, “he said. “We have been training for over a month, but so far Enigma have paid us absolutely nothing. “ “So what can I do?” “Could you ask them to help us out while you are at the Olympics?” “Well, I’ll give it a try, “I said. “How much would you want? “IAN’S response was immediate. “Fifty pounds a week. “I immediately went into my office to call Enigma, and was greeted by an assistant producer, JAMES CRAWFORD. His response was immediate. “Impossible, “he said “Impossible. None of them are on contract yet, and if we paid them it would represent acceptance that they were on contract. So, if we changed our minds about casting they would have us by the balls. “ Thus, I went off to Lake Placid, knowing that none of my men would train on Thursday mornings, because that was when they would report at their Employment Exchanges for their dole. But when I returned, I suddenly found my LORD LINSEY, in the form of NIGEL HAVERS. Fortunately, by this time we had moved indoors, because the manager of the St. Albans track had now, fearing for the surface of his cinder track in winter, banned us from using it. Thus, soon we had moved to a large indoor area, at Haringey, and NIGEL had proved to be an apt pupil. Up to that point, all of our training had been conducted in warm-up shoes, to avoid injury. But I had decided that the time had now surely come to move on to wearing sprint-spikes, and had ordered a pair for each of my actors. That eventful Haringey day in March 1979, we had just completed what had been an excellent session, and I intimated to the squad that their sprint-spikes had arrived. There was something close to hysteria when I this was announced, because for them this would be the first time that they had ever worn spikes,

I first sternly warned them that on no account should they now immediately try to run in their new shoes, for the session was over, and I turned to take care of my three-year old daughter KATE. But suddenly there was a scream from just behind me. It was Naughty NIGEL. For not only had he put on his spikes, but had even attempted to hurdle in them. And no, he had not hit the hurdle and fallen, no, NIGEL had not even reached it, he had simply tripped over his spikes, hit the ground hard and damaged his left wrist. But he was now clearly in considerable pain, and BEN CROSS immediately offered to drive him to the A and E at the nearby Middlesex Hospital. I agreed, and asked him to get back to me on NIGEL’S condition later that afternoon.  A few hours later, BEN reported that NIGEL was OK, he had simply tweaked his wrist, and would be fine for the next session, and I phoned NIGEL to confirm this. I heaved a sigh of relief, for NIGEL was a lovely guy, and had taken to hurdling really well. But what I was to discover several years later was that had actually broken his wrist. And that neither of them had probably got within a mile of the Middlesex Hospital, who would have immediately encased NIGEL in plaster, putting him out of the 1924 Olympic Games. No Naughty NIGEL had simply bought himself a thick, wide leather strap and tightly bound it around his left wrist. A few years back, after a BBC interview with him, he showed me that wrist, and it was like something out of a Hammer movie. So please let us hear no more about wimpy actors.

In the meantime, there had been a glitch with the script. Because COLIN WELLAND had now become enthralled with my tales of the Powderhall Professional Sprint Handicap, and wanted Liddell to run in it. But I pointed out to him that LIDDELL would have immediately lost his amateur status, so that was impossible. Instead, I suggested, why not introduce us to our hero in something uniquely Scottish, like a Highland Games? Great, said COLIN, and immediately included a Highland Games sequence. But where, asked DAVID PUTTNAM, could we film this, and what would it look like? I immediately sketched out, in my schoolboy scrawl, encompassing two mountains, a stream, a farmer’s field, dancing platforms and a couple of tents, a grazing cow, a typical Games scenario. And when PUTTNAM had asked me where he would be able to locate such a Brigadoon fantasy, I directed him up to the far North, where an aristocrat-member of my bobsleigh team said that he owned such a site. Thus, it was that DAVID PUTTNAM made his way north into the depths of the Highlands, with WELLAND and HUDSON at his side, in his battered Volkswagen, only to find that the promised site was nothing like my exquisite drawing. Disappointed, desolate, the three men chugged slowly south, through the Highlands. Then suddenly COLIN WELLAND wound down the car-window and whooped triumphantly. “There it is!  There it is! Over there! Just like TOM said! “And indeed, there it was, just as I had predicted. The two mountains, the winding stream, the grassy Games field, waiting for the dance-platforms, the tents, the cabers, the expectant crowds, even the cow. And it was there that we were to film our Highland Games. But now filming began, in early April, not in Scotland, but at the Eton track near Windsor, which stood in for the Cambridge University facility. This was because the Cambridge University authorities, having read the script, felt that it portrayed their university as anti-semitic, and refused to permit filming there. Thus, Windsor was to stand in for not only Cambridge but also, in later filming, as the track on which the American team would prepare prior to the Paris Olympics. The sequence featuring the American athletes (which actually took place in May AFTER the filming of the Olympic Games) had to be carefully choreographed to ensure that the exercises shown were representative of their period. In stark contrast, the Windsor exercises which we filmed featuring MUSSABINI and ABRAHAMS bore no relationship to those deployed in a Pathe film made in 1923. These drills showed ABRAHAMS deploying a ludicrous cross-arm sprint action, and running at top speed with an equally ridiculous forward lean. Looking back, as a coach, it seems odd that neither MUSSABINI or ABRAHAMS, in any of their writings, comment that ABRAHAMS always ran with a conventional arm-action, and normal vertical body-position at full-speed.  It is therefore difficult, from this distance to see what advantage HAROLD ABRAHAMS drew from MUSSABINI’S advice. Things were going swimmingly in those early April days at Eton, at least till the point where I had BEN Cross dig starting-holes for the first time. For suddenly, the shadow of HUGH HUDSON appeared over us. “You can’t do that here, “he said. I looked up. “Why on earth not?”  “Because… because this, this is ETON!” he spluttered. “I replied. “Keep digging, BEN. “

Then came the famous race round the Trinity college quad, which would now have to take place at Eton, over about a third of the Trinity distance. This was another WELLAND fiction, because ABRAHAMS had never actually made that run of 370 yards within the twelve chimes of the Trinity clock. No, it had been the four hundred metre hurdler LORD BURLEIGH, by himself, later, in 1927, and he had done it on his own. But the main problem would be that our Eton run would be over much less than half that distance, on concrete and with very tight turns, a test that no athlete in his right mind would have attempted.  Fortunately, HAVERS and CROSS survived unscathed, because an injury at that early point might well have stopped “CHARIOTS” in its tracks, even though I had by that time recruited the services of DAVID ALLEN, an excellent Scottish physiotherapist, who proved to be vital to the film’s success.

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 were hopeful of staging some Cross Country and Indoor Track & Field events during this coming winter, even though it looked as if we should only be able to cater for the younger age groups.  However, the news that the Country is to go into Lockdown from this Thursday does throw these aspirations into doubt. If Government guidelines after the lockdown 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.
As we enter another lockdown, we just 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.

PROCEDURES FOR USING BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK) FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTTDue to the new Covid-19 Lockdown regulations Barnet Copthall is closed, and will re-open on  Thursday 2 December. Coaches will be in touch with their athletes through WhatsApp groups. Further updates from JEREMY SOTHCOTT will appear in future newsletters.

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)  Currently Suspended. From 2 December please contact CLYDE GORDON on 07753 985525/clyde67@hotmail.co.uk for further 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 used. Also, I would appreciate if you could send me any photographs, which I can then publish on the website and newsletter.

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK) – Main Switchboard telephone number is 0203 675 7250.

CHARGES FOR USING BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK) – Currently the stadium is closed until the 2 December.

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 12 November 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 12 November to Moyo Adekeye, Andoni Amphlett, Ogochukwu Anochirionye, Alica Battistini, Nathan Davies, Kierra Grant, Samuel Greenstein, Sam Griffiths, Eliana Hanstatter, Mia Higson, Ellie Hopping, Michael Kobeh, Alvin Leong, Nnamdi Ndukwe, Andrew Nicolaou, Ebuka Nwokeji, Robyn Palmer, Noa Renton, Kenny Roberts, Max Robinson, Nathaniel Senior and Anthony Whiteman

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

NEELAM KADERBHOY Thank you all for your kind words and support this week.Neelam continues to be looked after in the Peace Hospice and is receiving excellent care. The staff there are 1st class, food is great, and the rest and recuperation is doing her the world of good.
This week, we received the full set of biopsy results. As a result, Neelam has started a course of treatment this week aimed at improving her quality of life over the coming weeks. We have follow ups scheduled with the medical experts to review progress.
Neelam continues to enjoy reading your lovely messages. It’s wonderful that she has so many loving friends and family who message her and show her the love and support she needs. The food packages also go down a treat. Rum chocolates and turtles are particular favourites.
Many of you have asked about visiting Neelam. Whilst she would love to see you all, with Covid-19 and an imminent return to lockdown the Hospice have to manage visitors very carefully to ensure patient and staff safety.
If you have any further questions, please let me know.  It has been and continues to be a stressful and extremely time for us all, especially my dad and we appreciate all the love and support we have received.
Finally, thank the Club for the lovely bouquet of flowers recently received which have pride of place in Neelam’s room. Please keep showing the love to Neelam, and I’ll do my best to keep you updated on Neelam’s progress over the coming weeks – IMTIAZ
NEELAM’S number on WhatsApp is 07791 512383.

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

JOANNE joined us in May 2018 and has been and has been one of the leading lights in our Under 15 and now Under 17 team. In the 2019-2020 cross country season JOANNE won the Under 17 points title and competed in all 5 Metropolitan League, Southern and National fixtures. The same applied in the Track & Field season competing in all the UK YAL fixtures and the EYAL league. Her personal best for the 800m is (2:15.61) in the recent LICC fixture.

GILAD joined us in September 2014 concentrating on his main event the 800m, and up to the end of 2017 was an ever present in the Eastern Young Athletes League. 2018 saw his development blossom, winning the Southern Indoor 800m Under 15 title, and setting a personal best (1:59.10) ranking him UK No.1 U15 in 2018.

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS 130TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020 Is to be held on Tuesday 24 November at 7.30pm, to be held Virtually (Zoom). Full details on how to access Zoom, plus other documents, will be issued w/c 16 November via email and the SBH weekly newsletter.

This is the link to the 2020 AGM Agenda – SBH AGM Agenda 2020 Final also the 2019 AGM minutes – SBH AGM Minutes 2019
This year’s Track & Field Best Performance Awards have been cancelled. Although at the recent SBH Council Meeting is was discussed and agreed that certain awards will be given. These awards will be for an athlete that achieved a club Record or an Outstanding Parformance. The 2019-2020 Cross Country Points and Club Championships Winners Awards will be presented to the winners by our various Coaches.

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

ATW CROSS COUNTRY SERIES The first in the three race series took place at Merchant Taylor’s School in Watford on Saturday 31 October.
Under 13 Boys/GirlsEUAN PHILLIPS 28th (13.06 22nd Boy), CHARLIE CUTLER 62nd (14.13 37th Boy)

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 last Tuesday 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.

HERTFORDSHIRE AND MIDDLESEX CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 It comes as know surprise that both of these championships have been Cancelled.

MY SITUATION IS NOW IMPOSSIBLE – MARILYN OKORO ON THE STRUGGLE BEHIND THE MEDALS The following was published on the athletics Weekly website recently.

Before you read the article, these are the highlights of an outstanding career. MARILYN joined Shaftesbury in 2000 and currently holds the Senior Women’s 800m Club Records – Outdoors (1:58.45) when winning the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on the 26 July 2008 and Indoors (1:59.27) also when winning the London Grand Prix at Birmingham on the 21 February 2009.

Domestic Championships Record
2003 – AAA Junior Championships 400m gold
2004 – AAA U23 Championships 400m gold
2005 – BUSA Indoor Championships 400m gold. BUSA Championships 800m gold. AAA U23 Championships 800m gold
2006 – AAA U23 Championships 400m gold
2007 – Norwich Union European Indoor Champs Trials 800m gold. Norwich Union World Trials 800m silver
2008 – Norwich Union World Indoor Champs Trials 800m, silver. Olympic Trials 800m gold
2009 – Aviva UK Indoor Championships 400m silver. Aviva World Championships Trials 800m bronze
2010 – Aviva European Championships Trials & UK Championships 800m bronze
2011 – Aviva World Trials 800m bronze. Aviva European Indoor Trials 800m gold
2012 – Aviva European Indoor Trials & UK Championships 800m gold
Major Championships and International Record
2012 – IAAF World Indoor Championships 800m 4th ht
2011 – IAAF World Championships 800m 7th sf. European Indoor Championships 800m 5th
2010 – European Championships 800m 4th h, (4x400m) silver
2009 – World Championships 800m 8th. European Indoor Championships 800m 5th, (4x400m silver)
2008 – Olympic Games 800m 6th sf, (4x400m Bronze). World Athletics Final 800m bronze
2007 – World Championships 800m 4th sf, (4x400m bronze)
2006 – European Championships 400m 8th sf (4x400m 4th). Commonwealth Games 800m 7th
2005 – European U23 Championships 800m 4th, (4x400m silver), World University Games 800m bronze, (4x400m 4th)
2007 – 4th European Indoor Championships 800m, 3rd World Athletics Final 800m

The Olympic, World and European medallist opens up on the athletics-life balance and how she is supporting other athletes who may be finding things hard. MARILYN says her own experiences in the sport have led her to create support groups for athletes in areas such as sponsorship and transition, to help them avoid the same “impossible” situation in which she currently finds herself. The Olympic, World and European medallist had been hoping to target the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games but is simply too tired to train to the required intensity, exhausted from trying to balance her job and life with athletics. She is now working with Brand You:Sport, which specialises in elite sport career transition, and has launched a crisis fund ‘Athlete Fundamentals’, which aims to support athletes with living and training costs. “My situation now is actually impossible,” explains 800m specialist OKORO, who has claimed multiple major medals as part of the British 4x400m squad. “Half of it is deciding ‘do I walk away now and throw myself into not feeling this anxiety every day or can I push through this?’ And what I am learning, hopefully there will be a framework for all the other athletes that are feeling the same. “People aren’t aware, they just assume,” adds the 36-year-old, who now works in crisis management. “At work all the time people are like ‘oh my god, you’re an Olympic bronze medallist, what are you doing here?’ “I do love the work I do, but I’m in two minds because I really, really want to be training and preparing – I’ve been given this amazing opportunity, when is an Olympics postponed? And also I wanted to retire on my terms but it’s looking like… my body is exhausted because it’s unrealistic to work a 12-hour shift and then expect to have the same intensity and then obviously life is uncertain at the moment.” “I do love the work I do, but I’m in two minds because I really, really want to be training and preparing” Reflecting on her own journey, having been self-funded since 2012, MARILYN adds: “Probably a lot of it stems from 2012 – that was my first real traumatic year in sport. “That was the year of the controversial non-selection [for the London Olympics]. It was a really difficult year, being introduced to the politics of sport. As an athlete, you just beat yourself up. How it was handled and the structure of it all was really difficult to process and understand. Subsequently, I lost my funding. There was so much hanging on that and I think that has affected me a lot more than I  ealised. “I think some of the things that hurt me now is that when I look back on my career, I have achieved so much and I’m so thankful for what sport has given me, but I wasn’t always present, I wasn’t always enjoying it,” she continues. “It was always so pressurised that it was ‘life or death’ and that’s not how it should be. “Winning and losing is all part of the sport and it’s how you respond to it, but for me it was only ‘I had to win’ but that pressure wasn’t from myself, it was from external factors. “I think there’s always a purpose for any pain or adversity you go through. I see an amazing crop of athletes coming through and you can put yourself in their shoes and I don’t want any athlete to ever go through what I have been through the last seven years because it’s unnecessary. “I think a lot more focus should have been on competing and racing rather than a lot of the stresses that could have been avoided with better planning and support.” “I think there’s always a purpose for any pain or adversity you go through … I don’t want any athlete to ever go through what I have been through the last seven years because it’s unnecessary” And that is what OKORO hopes to help change.

On the transition after an elite sports career, she says: “I’m doing research at the moment and setting up some focus groups, because I think there are a lot of companies that are trying to support athletes, rightly so, but I find they just think ‘okay the next thing you need is just a job’, which for a lot, yes, maybe jumping into that next career is what they are ready to do, but a lot of athletes aren’t. “I think transition preparation should start a lot earlier. At the moment I’m trying to see what athletes actually need and obviously no two athletes are the same. I think essentially it is that time where nothing is going to fill 10, 15, in my case 20, years of what you’ve been doing – such highs and such lows. “I think it is about working really intrinsically, it’s very 360, looking at the athlete as a whole. There’s a very holistic element, so it’s not about just networking and throwing them in a room with all these different CEOs and managers because even that culture is something that we are not really used to. “I have learned a lot applying for jobs lately and my CV has completely transformed because the things that I know and I am so proud of, those are the things you chuck at the top and actually looking at the roles I have been applying for, it’s like ‘okay, that is actually going to have to go right to the bottom’. So basic things like that, learning how to structure your covering letter, practical things and just life skills as well. “I think one of the things that you’re not taught as an athlete is budgeting,” she adds. “Especially when you’re getting such unstable and uncertain income, it’s a huge thing. For me, a lot of my mental health has been triggered by instability and insecurity financially and not being financially astute. I think what the main frustration is that so many athletes are going through the same thing and nothing is really being done about it. “At the moment I’m doing a lot of networking. Brand You:Sport we want to get off the ground and perhaps talk to brands and see how they can get involved as well in helping these athletes. “A lot of them won’t be retiring any time soon but it’s about preparing for that day, when they choose to, and a lot more athletes being able to retire on their terms, not just when their body gives up or when they run out of funds.”

THE MAKING OF ‘CHARIOTS OF FIRE’ PART 1 OF 4 Many thanks to TOM MCNAB for another excellent article, describing his experience in the making of the film. Photograph showing HAROLD ABRAHAMS (left) and LORD LINSEY (right) attempt the Great Court Run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From memory, it was in late 1978 or early 1979 that I first read in the Sunday Times that COLIN WELLAND was scripting a movie on HAROLD ABRAHAMS and ERIC LIDDELL, gold-medalists in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. It bore a less than inspiring title, and was called ”The Runners”. Don’t ask me how, but I somehow secured COLIN’S address, wrote to him offering my help, and within a week he was sitting opposite me in my living room. It immediately became clear to me that COLIN WELLAND was a sports nutter. OK, perhaps not quite as nutty as me, not a fanatic who had devoted his life to sport, but a fellow- nutter nevertheless. Thus, we immediately got along together like a house on fire, and within a week I was appointed to the role of “script consultant”, at the prodigious sum of £500. COLIN was still in the early stages of his research on the film, which was the product of someone called DAVID PUTTNAM, at the head of a film-company called Enigma Productions. The central themes of the film would be the anti-semitism endured by ABRAHAMS at Cambridge University and LIDDELL’S, on religious grounds, to compete in the Sunday Final of the 100m. In the case of ABRAHAMS, I had the advantage of knowing him, as he had in effect been my previous employer, as a National Athletics Coach. ABRAHAMS, who had died a couple of years earlier, had been a member of a privileged Blazerati, a group who believed that they had been given by birth the Divine Right to rule British athletics. He was not therefore an immediately likeable character, and it would not be to be easy for COLIN to make him one. And, to my knowledge, ABRAHAMS being Jewish had not hindered him in reaching the ruling class of British athletics. ERIC LIDDELL, on the other hand, he had the advantage of being a Scot, he was a man of a totally different complexion. But I pointed out to COLIN that he had not refused to compete for in the 100m, simply because he had not been chosen by his country for that event in the first place. No, as far back as 1923 LIDDELL had known that the 100m final would be on a Sunday, and as a devout Christian, he did not wish to compete on the Lord’s Day. He had instead therefore chosen to go for the two longer sprints, the 200m and the 400m.

But I was to learn early in my role as script-consultant that in the area of biographic feature film, writers tend to be free in their attitude to literal truth. All that was going to matter was that the characters of the two men were accurately portrayed, within a plausible plot. And so I kept to myself my concerns about historical accuracy for the moment and let COLIN get on with his research. And get on with it he did, but he soon came up against his first problem, difficulties in securing the help of another medalist, DOUGLAS LOWE, who had achieved gold in the Paris 800m. COLIN never made clear to me what problems he was having with LOWE, but my reaction was immediate. And it was that we take him out of the plot. Because I felt that LOWE, being another gold-medalist, might well take attention away from our two principals, ABRAHAMS and LIDDELL. COLIN should therefore create a lighter, aristocratic contrast to our two principals, and I therefore suggested the fictitious LORD LINSEY. I chose the 400m hurdles as his event, not because it echoed LORD BURLEIGH’S later achievement in Amsterdam in 1928, but because I felt that it might be possible to train an actor in an event with modest technical demands. These were ones which could be made even more modest by taking the hurdle down by six inches. After all, no one in the audience could possibly notice. We were, by now, into mid-1979, and it was now time to meet PUTTNAM and the director HUGH HUDSON. HUDSON, an Old Etonian, seemed to me to have arrived from some distant planet. DAVID PUTTNAM, on the other hand, was quite different. Deriving from a more modest background, he made no similar display of effortless superiority, having navigated his way through the demanding world of commercial films. I was soon to find PUTTNAM to be a leader of quite a different calibre from those like HAROLD ABRAHAMS whom I had encountered in athletics.

We all came together for the first time at a Piccadilly club, and it was at this point that PUTTNAM asked if I might extend my role and act as a sort of Technical Director. This would mean choosing the actors for the physical roles, training them, then making certain that that the film’s athletics sequences looked real. For, although athletics would occupy less than a tenth of the running-time, it lay at the heart of the film. If, therefore, its portrayal failed to convince, then no one would have much interest in the other two hours. And so it was back to the script. I had been for weeks boring the pants off COLIN with my yarns about the famous New Year Powderhall professional sprint, and he now suggested that we have LIDDELL run in it. No, I replied, the issue of his amateur status would prevent that. But, I suggested, why not have us introduce LIDDELL in a Highland Games, deep in the heather and the hills? COLIN immediately agreed, and inserted a new scene, but more of that later. So now, now let’s move on to October 1979, and to a sodden cinder athletics track in Putney and thirty-one shivering actors, standing before me, awaiting my commands. Alas, there was a significant lack of muscle on display, for those were the days long before Health Clubs and rippling abdominals. It was therefore not perhaps a surprise that several of my prospective Olympians were sick during their warm- up. “Remember TOM,“ said DAVID PUTTNAM. “We’ll go by your choice. So just give us the ones that you think you can make into athletes.” Easier said than done, unless I had suddenly acquired the powers of a Gypsy Petulengro. Because it was impossible to predict how an actor’s muscles might respond to training in sprints and hurdles, with hamstrings ever-ready to twang and sensitive Achilles tendons begging to become inflamed. So this was surely going to be a shot in the dark. Nevertheless, after an hour and a half in the freezing cold, I had chosen two actors BEN CROSS and IAN CHARLESON for the main roles and another four for the supporting parts. DAVID PUTTNAM smiled. “Those were exactly the two men that we wanted, Tom, “he said. “I really don’t know how you did it.“ Neither did I. Thus, in November 1979, with six months to go to the 1924 Olympic Games, I set about training six actors who had never in their lives taken part in athletics, not only to compete, but to convince an audience that they were athletes. And to coach two of them to win Olympic gold medals. But more of that next week.

HOW THE LATEST LOCKDOWN AFFECT UK ATHLETICS The following was published on the athletics Weekly website recently.

Track and field training this month will be challenging during English lockdown, whereas restrictions on what is allowed are varied and ever-changing across the UK. Athletics club activity has gone into limbo in England as the month-long lockdown begins. Group sessions and all competitions have been suspended but athletes are still able to train with one other person or enjoy one-to-one coaching in an outdoor public space if they maintain social distancing. Sports minister OLIVER DOWDEN has urged people to try to stay as fit and healthy as possible during a lockdown that is set to last until at least December 2, but what exactly can athletes and coaches do?

England Athletics say the following is allowed: – Training with your household or one other person in a public outdoor space. » One-to-one coaching in a public outdoor space following social distancing, although the governing body is still looking for clarity regarding under-18s and para-athletes. » Virtual training sessions delivered by qualified coaches and virtual competition.

What is not allowed: – Indoor and outdoor club group coaching activity. » Indoor or outdoor competitions. » Face-to-face coach and officials’ education.

Attempts by England Athletics together with British Cycling and British Triathlon to lobby the Government for exceptions to the lockdown rules failed this week. Many have argued that sport and fitness is vital for physical and mental wellbeing but the Government has refused to buckle and Dowden says: “As soon as we’re in a position to start lifting restrictions, grassroots sport will be one of the first to return.” In Scotland the situation is complicated by a five-tiered system of coronavirus restrictions. Outdoor competitions, for example, are still permitted in levels 0-3 but not in level 4. Indoor competition, meanwhile, is allowed in levels 0-2 for all age groups and in level 3 for under-17s, but not level 4. Training group sizes in Scotland are also limited with under-11s allowed a maximum number of 30 athletes, for example, in areas that are levels 0-3 whereas athletes over 12 can train in groups of up to 15 with a varying coach-athlete ratio numbers depending on the age of the athletes. In level 4 areas, under-11s can only train in groups of eight and over 12s in a maximum group size of eight. In Northern Ireland the maximum group size for both training and competition is 15 with that number including coaches and volunteers. Wales has been in a 17-day ‘firebreak lockdown’ since October 23 with no athletics clubs or groups allowed to meet together to train and no face to face coaching permitted outside of your own household. However Welsh Athletics encourages people to keep active. In Wales you can leave your house as often as you like to do exercise and an update is expected from Welsh Athletics after November 9. Linked to the restrictions, many athletics tracks will now become inaccessible if they are part of leisure centre complexes or run by local councils. Plans by parkrun to return in the UK have also been put on hold, while the Great Run Local events have been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus. Elite athletes will be frustrated by international travel problems, but their training should otherwise not be affected too much because they are exempt from restrictions. The British Indoor Championships is also set to go ahead in the new year, in addition to the British Olympic marathon trials in March. Those two events at least appear relatively corona-proof although elsewhere the athletics calendar has been decimated with the small number of grassroots meetings that had hoped to happen in England this month being called off. You can read more about athletics guidelines in England here, Scotland here, Wales here and Northern Ireland here.

SOUTH OF ENGLAND ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 2020/2021 CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE SEAA were hopeful of staging some Cross Country and Indoor Track & Field events during this coming winter, even though it looked as if we should only be able to cater for the younger age groups.  However, the news that the Country is to go into Lockdown from this Thursday does throw these aspirations into doubt. If Government guidelines after the lockdown 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.
As we enter another lockdown, we just 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.

PROCEDURES FOR USING BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK) FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTTDue to the new Covid-19 Lockdown regulations Barnet Copthall is closed, and will re-open on  Thursday 2 December. Coaches will be in touch with their athletes through WhatsApp groups. Further updates from JEREMY SOTHCOTT will appear in future newsletters.

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)  Currently Suspended. From 2 December 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 used. Also, I would appreciate if you could send me any photographs, which I can then publish on the website and newsletter.

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK) – Main Switchboard telephone number is 0203 675 7250.

CHARGES FOR USING BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK) – Currently the stadium is closed until the 2 December.

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 5 November 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 4 November to Niall Carney, Isabel Deacon, Shadine Duquemin, Daniel Lewis, Kate Lloyd, Shane Martin, Tommy Narvaez-White, Tony Packham, Charles Romito, Jasmin Sabir, Layla Scott, Allan Smith, Trecia Smith, Isobel Thompson, Steve Turnock and Jovan Zigic

RECENT NEW MEMBERS We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to CHLOE AGAGJYSHI, ALVARO ARROYO, DANIEL ARROYO, GRANT BROWN, BETHAN HALE, BRIAN MOTTO, MARION MOTTO and SOPHIA VENTER

NEELAM KADERBHOY Thank you all for your kind words and support this week.Neelam continues to be looked after in the Peace Hospice and is receiving excellent care. The staff there are 1st class, food is great, and the rest and recuperation is doing her the world of good.
This week, we received the full set of biopsy results. As a result, Neelam has started a course of treatment this week aimed at improving her quality of life over the coming weeks. We have follow ups scheduled with the medical experts to review progress.
Neelam continues to enjoy reading your lovely messages. It’s wonderful that she has so many loving friends and family who message her and show her the love and support she needs. The food packages also go down a treat. Rum chocolates and turtles are particular favourites.
Many of you have asked about visiting Neelam. Whilst she would love to see you all, with Covid-19 and an imminent return to lockdown the Hospice have to manage visitors very carefully to ensure patient and staff safety.
If you have any further questions, please let me know.  It has been and continues to be a stressful and extremely time for us all, especially my dad and we appreciate all the love and support we have received.
Finally, thank the Club for the lovely bouquet of flowers recently received which have pride of place in Neelam’s room. Please keep showing the love to Neelam, and I’ll do my best to keep you updated on Neelam’s progress over the coming weeks – IMTIAZ
NEELAM’S number on WhatsApp is 07791 512383.

JONATHAN KILSBY – JONATHAN’S funeral took place yesterday 4 November, and was live streamed at: www.obitus.com, Username: Qupu7057, Password: 215152. It will be viewable until the end of November. Unfortunately, our memorial walk in Trent Park is postponed until COVID-19 restrictions can be eased again. A tribute page has been set up at https://jonathankilsby.muchloved.com. If you would like to make a donation in memory of JONATHAN or write a comment, it can be done on this page. All donations will go to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI), a charity Jonathan supported throughout his life. Also, I’ve taken up a suggestion from ANDY MAGNALL that they might like to participate in.  It’s been suggested that those who intended to join in the Memorial Walk on the 7th, could join in with our weekly Barnet training sessions on that Saturday morning.  This seems a fitting tribute to JONATHAN so any are welcome to come along for 09:15, meeting at the car park by the café.
Best wishes, DES MICHAEL 07768 485469

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS 130TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020 Is to be held on Tuesday 24 November at 7.30pm. This is the link to the Agenda – AGM Notice 2020 (1)
Due to the need for social distancing and the current government restrictions, it is intended to hold the meeting via ‘Zoom’. Full Zoom, Agenda and other information will be published next week and by separate email.
This year’s Track & Field Best Performance Awards have been cancelled. The 2019-2020 Cross Country Points and Club Championships Winners Awards will be presented to the winners by our various Coaches.

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

UPDATE ON SBH FIXTURE CARD  Currently all Cross Country and Road Relay fixtures for 2020 are either Cancelled or Postponed, I anticipate having a clearer idea on the 2021 fixtures in December. This is the latest Fixture Card – SBH Winter Card Fixtures 2020-2021 Updated 28-10-20

SOUTH OF ENGLAND ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 2020/2021 CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE SEAA were hopeful of staging some Cross Country and Indoor Track & Field events during this coming winter, even though it looked as if we should only be able to cater for the younger age groups.  However, the news that the Country is to go into Lockdown from this Thursday does throw these aspirations into doubt. If Government guidelines after the lockdown 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.
As we enter another lockdown, we just 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

ATW CROSS COUNTRY SERIES The first in the three race series took place at Merchant Taylor’s School in Watford on Saturday 31 October.
Under 13 Boys/GirlsARTHUR PHILLIPS 12th (12.24 10th Boy)
Under 15 Boys/GirlsDANIEL BANYARD 50th (17.09 36th Boy), TOMMY NARVAEZ-WHITE 79th (19.21 42nd Boy)
Under 17 Men/WomenAMI WEIGHTMAN 20th (20.11 1st Woman)
Under 20 & Senior Men/WomenALEXANDER LEPRETRE (2nd Claim) 2nd (25.31 2nd Man), ROBBIE LIGHTOWLER 16th (27.55 16th Man), JUDE MIRANDA U20 20th (28.23 20th Man), ALEX LYTRIDES U20 24th (28.55 24th Man), KEVIN WALDEN V35 68th (31.59 66th Man), EMILY HATHAWAY U20 86th (33.08 10th Woman)
Photograph of ALEX LYTRIDES negotiating the water hazard

HERNE HILL HARRIERS HALLOWEEN OPEN MEETING Took place at Battersea Park on 31 October
1500mSX1 GIANLEO STUBBS U15 1st (PB 4:22.7) taking 15.16 seconds off his 2019 time
3000m – SX1 LUCA STUBBS U17 5th (PB 9:14.1) ) taking 3.69 seconds off his 6 September time, 2 MAX WINFIELD U17 1st (PB 9:28.2) ) taking 24.92 seconds off his 10 September time

BE FIT TODAY TRACK ACADEMY OPEN MEETING Took place at Dagenham on 31 October
600mSX1 MAYA GREEN U11 3rd (PB 2:00.26)
800mSX4 ZICO JONES U15 1st (PB 2:12.33) taking .26 of a second off his 2019 time
1500mSW1 PHOEBE MUSIC U13 4th (5:49.09)

KOJO KYEREME I have just received this from KOJO. We are all well and healthy here thanks. Otherwise, like most we are taking things one day at a time too with many Covid challenges particularly to my girls schooling and financial stability due to allowance cuts.
Races have recommenced recently. The last 3 Fridays I have competed in the Qatar Running Series but have limited myself to 3k (on a sand trail) and managed to win all 3. I’ll make an effort going forward to update ALAN with future performances, also summarise my running highlights this year. Glad to hear things are booming at Copthall. Good luck organising the XC races – they are so desperately needed but I guess the Governments worse kept secret of another lockdown may jeopardise things in November at least. I fear it maybe a bumpy winter.
I’ve included a link to a recent article for ALAN to share in the Newsletter. It’s from St Georges University London, where I am finalising my dissertation at the moment for my MSc in Sports Cardiology. It goes into some detail about my current role in Qatar which some may find interesting.

“It’s really positive that there are now more opportunities in this area that allow you to work more closely with patients, and it’s an industry and profession that needs to be promoted more”. Cardiac Physiologist and scholarship recipient KOJO KYEREME is in the second year of his two-year Masters in Sports Cardiology. His scholarship and previous role at the Cardiology clinic at St George’s hospital have allowed him to gain valuable experience in this field of work, leading to a role in Aspetar Hospital in Doha, Qatar – which he started at the beginning of this year. In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, his degree has been extended to December 2021, so he continues to fit his studies around his new role. We caught up with KOJO to talk about careers in sports cardiology and how his degree at St George’s has helped him develop key skills for a career as a Cardiac Physiologist.

Tell us a bit about your role – “I have been working at Aspetar Hospital, Qatar as a Cardiac Physiologist in the Sports Medicine department since the beginning of this year. I really enjoy the patient contact involved in this type of role. Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine hospital is on the same site as the venue of the 2019 World Athletics Championships, which boasts a sports academy for aspiring youngsters so it allows me to work closely with the athletes who train there.
“My new job title is Cardiac Physiologist (which falls under Healthcare Science). My role involves undertaking sports screening on professional and recreational athletes at Aspetar. Our primary clients are professional athletes from Qatar’s Domestic and National Teams across Football, Handball, Athletics and Volleyball to name a few. Athletes have an initial screening with a Sports Screening nurse who reviews a prefilled questionnaire and undertakes a small number of tests such as height, weight, and a resting ECG (Electrocardiogram).
“Following this, depending on the requirements of the sports team, the athlete may have a dental check and chest x-ray before having an Echocardiogram with myself. Depending on the outcome of what I find, the age of the athlete plus any presenting symptoms revealed on the questionnaire further testing maybe undertaken. I would typically proceed to perform an exercise stress test and fit the athlete with an Ambulatory BP (blood pressure) and ECG monitoring to check for arrhythmias for 24hrs which I would analyse upon return. Once all the results have been collated the athlete would have a consultation with a Sports Medicine Doctor. For some athletes, this process may be an annual screen as per the requirements of their sporting organization or it may be prior to a signing of a new contract.
“In addition to my role and completing my MSc I am actively involved in other research projects with others in my hospital. My MSc thesis incidentally is about the Prevalence of myocarditis affecting Athletes’ hearts post- Covid-19″.

What drew you to a career in sports cardiology? – “I was always interested in Science and anatomy, and always followed what I was interested in. In the 90s, this field of work was not well-known. It’s really positive that there are now more opportunities in this area that allow you to work more closely with patients, and it’s an industry and profession that needs to be promoted more. My Undergraduate degree at Roehampton was in sports cardiology and prior to this I’d also studied on a scholarship in the US. Outside of work, I am also a semi-professional long-distance runner, so have always been interested in sports”.

What made you choose St George’s for your Postgraduate degree? – “I currently work as the lead Cardiac Physiologist (Echo Cardiography) at St George’s. A few of the consultants I work with also lecture in sports cardiology. Several of my colleagues are also alumni, so there’s a lot of crossover. I already had a background in sports cardiology, and following a conversation with one of the course lecturers I decided to look further into it. I was really interested to find out what sort of opportunities the course could lead to”.

What do you like the most about studying at St George’s? – “I really like the friendly atmosphere at St George’s, and the cohesion of students. I have found staff at St George’s to be really supportive of my learning needs. As I also work full-time, it’s really helpful to be able to access library materials to work remotely, and being next door to the hospital has allowed me to access some really valuable resources”.

How did your degree at St George’s help you get into your current role? – “Sports Cardiology is a specialized area within Cardiology. Athletes hearts remodel in such a way that a misdiagnosis of a condition can be made, as the character of some athlete adaptations can mimic that of something pathological when it could be innocent. Therefore, the skill to differentially diagnose is key to stratifying the risk of sudden death. The Sports Cardiology MSc has given me extra tools to adapt my existing qualifications to be able to practice proficiently and competently.
“My experience of working and studying at St George’s has given me a greater understanding of congenital heart diseases. Working at the clinic at St George’s hospital has helped me to relate to patients who have inherited heart diseases. My background in sports research, as well as my own passion for sport and my sporting attributes, also helped lead to a positive interview for the new role.

KOJO’S recent results in Qatar – 3K 16 October 1st (9:41.5), 23 October 1st (9:35.9), 30 October 1st (9:23.6). Photograph shows KOJO (1061) leading the 30 October race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

PROCEDURES FOR USING BARNET COPTHALL (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK) FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTTWe cannot train at Barnet Copthall for 4 weeks from today due to the new Covid-19 Lockdown regulations. We hope to start again on Thursday 2 December. Coaches will be in touch with their athletes through WhatsApp groups. Further updates from JEREMY SOTHCOTT will appear in future newsletters.

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

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

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OF INTEREST CAN BE FOUND ON THE SBH HOME PAGE BY USING THIS LINK, THEN SELECT THE LEFT OR RIGHT ARROWhttp://sbharriers.co.uk/
Barnet Copthall (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 (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 ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

BARNET COPTHALL (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK) – Main Switchboard telephone number is 0203 675 7250.

CHARGES FOR USING BARNET COPTHALL (FORMERLY ALLIANZ PARK) – Currently the stadium is open for limited use.

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 29 October 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

You can read the full verdict from the AIU here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

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

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

ALAN WELLER




Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 22 October 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DISCUS?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK  Currently Suspended.

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

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

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

ALAN WELLER