Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 23 April 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 23 April to Nadav Boyd, William Gallo, Andrew Millett, Naomi Ogunniyi, Andreas Pitsialis, Jamal- Marcus Rhoden-Stevens, Leo Roncarati, Mekhi Spence-Forde, Mark Taylor, Ben Winfield and Gabriel Yiadom

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

CURRENT UPDATE ON UPCOMING FIXTURES – Can be found in the ‘Upcoming Fixtures’ further down.

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).

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

CROSS COUNTRY RANKINGS 2019-2020 The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website, produced by STEVE SMYTHE. 
Key of major events: Card = Cardiff, CAU = Inter-Counties, ECR = English X Relays, ESCF = English Schools Cup Final, ESJB = English Schools Junior Boys, Liv = Liverpool, LYG = London Youth Games, Mids = Midlands,  Mil K = Milton Keynes, Nat = National; NE = North East, Nth = North, NSIC = Northern Schools IC, Sco = Scotland, SCR= Scottish Relays, SES = South East Schools, SSC = Scottish short course, Sth = South, Stirl = Stirling, SWIC = South West Inter Counties, SWS = South West Schools

Under 13 Boys Athletes who achieved the following were considered for the rankings: Top 40 ESAA (JB) (3 U15); Top 12: CAU, National; Top 8 Liverpool; Top 6: Stirling, Scotland; Top 3:  North, South, Milton Keynes, Cardiff
Under 13 Boys 4th GIANLEO STUBBS 2nd Nat (14.22), 3rd CAU (13.31), 14th ESJB (15.08 2nd U13), 1st SIC (13.31), 2nd LYG (7.29), 1st Herts (10.00), 1st Herts Schools (13.40), ECR (7.17), Scr (6.59).

Under 15 Girls Athletes who achieved the following were considered for the rankings: Top 20 ESAA (IG) (10 U17); Top 15: CAU, National; Top 8 Liverpool, Stirling; Top 5 ESJG, North, South, Scottish, Milton Keynes, Cardiff; Top 3: Mids
Under 15 Girls 13th AIMI WEIGHTMAN 9th CAU (17.28), 24th Nat (20.17), 27th ESIG (13.14), 4th Sth (17.32), 4th ESCF (11.59), 4th LYG (8.00), 1st Herts Schools (14.48), Scr (7.56).

Under 17 Women Athletes who achieved the following were considered for the rankings: Top 30: Liverpool (10 U17); Top 16: ESAA IG; Top 15: CAU, ESAA SG, Milton Keynes (10 U17), Cardiff (5 U17); Top 12: National top 12; Top 10: Stirling U20; Top 6: South; Top 5: Stirling U17, Mids; Top 3: North, Scotland
Under 17 Women 8th FREYA STAPLETON 6th Nat (22.25), 9th ESSG (16.21), 7th Stir (28.03), 19th Liv (16.42 4th U17), 6th Mil K (17.21 3rd U17), 1st Herts (20.25), 1st Met Lge (15.11), ECR (9.05).

WORLD ATHLETICS SUSPEND OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION PERIOD The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website,
World Athletics has announced that the qualification period for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been suspended until the start of December, ruling out any results which might be recorded from April 6 2020 to November 30 2020. During that period, performances will also not be considered for world rankings purposes. Results will continue to be recorded for statistical purposes, including for world records, World Athletics added.

The global governing body also confirmed that athletes who have already met the entry standard since the start of the qualification period in 2019 remain qualified and will be eligible for selection, together with other athletes who qualify within the new qualification period. Subject to the global situation returning to normal following the coronavirus pandemic, the qualification period will resume on December 1, 2020, and will run until May 31, 2021, for 50km race walk and marathon events and until June 29, 2021, for all other events. “I am grateful for the detailed work and feedback from our Athletes’ Commission and Council who believe suspending Olympic qualification during this period gives more certainty for athlete planning and preparation and is the best way to address fairness in what is expected to be the uneven delivery of competition opportunities across the globe for athletes given the challenges of international travel and government border restrictions,” said World Athletics president SEB COE. Some rescheduled events are currently set to fall within the window of suspension, meaning that results recorded at races such as the Virgin Money London Marathon, which is now due to take place on October 4 rather than April 26, will not count for Olympic qualification purposes. There are still plans for the European Championships to take place in Paris in August too but should the event go ahead, performances achieved there would also not be considered as Olympic qualifying marks.

Britain’s DAI GREENE was among the athletes to give reaction to the news on social media, with the 2011 world 400m hurdles gold medallist describing it as an “excellent decision”. “Short term safety is more important than athletes having to make risky decisions to chase qualification marks later in the summer,” he added. “Takes a lot of pressure off during an already stressful time.” While Britain’s European indoor 3000m silver medallist CHRIS O’HARE wrote: “European athletes still have to hit standards to qualify for European champs. Potential situation – An athlete runs an Olympic standard in a European Championship or British Championship (both apparently still going ahead) but it doesn’t count?”

RAY TUCKER WINNING THE FIGHT In the 2 April Newsletter there was an article on Shaftesbury’s Senior Women success during the 1998 to 2002 period, in which RAY featured. He contacted me at the end of last week with an update where he is in 2020, RAY joined SBH in 1993 and lives in Northwood, Middlesex.

I look forward to your weekly club news and write ups and as my name was mentioned a few weeks ago I thought I’d let you know how I was getting on.
I’ve was diagnosed with leukaemia 14 years ago and as the regular blood counts suggest my health is deteriorating year by year and although passed the point when patients normally have chemotherapy, I have so far managed to do without it.  The haematologists think it’s partly due to me being fit for my age (77 years) and keep a positive outlook.  I train regularly,
cycling and running and have been in the UK duathlon age group team for the past 7 years. My doctors encourage me to continue with the duathlons and although much slower these days, I still manage to compete well with guys in my age group.
I enjoyed my time at Shaftesbury competing, team managing and coaching.  You mentioned me coaching KATE ARMSTRONG and LEE AVERY but I also coached ANNE JEEVES, FRIMANN BENEDIKTSSON, LINDA COLE, PETER STAINER, ROBERT PICK and TREFOR MORGAN as well as pole vaulters STACEY DICKER and CLAIRE YOUNG.
I no longer coach but still meet socially and train with some of those I did coach and I meet up regularly at British, World and European Duathlon Champs with a number of ex Shaftesbury members who have also made the British duathlon team: ANGELA JOINER, IRENE PEATY MILLER, PETER STAINER, GILL MORGAN, KATE ARMSTRONG and TREFOR MORGAN and a few of the young Shaftesbury guys who have done particularly well in these competitions although I don’t know the youngsters to speak to.
ALAN, it’s nice to see you still doing a great job for the club and I shall look forward to further issues of your newsletter and hope you are keeping in good health, as well as everyone at Shaftesbury.

CHRISTOPHER KIRWIN KEEPING BUSY Lives next door to me in the County of Devon, and sent me an update on how he is coping with the Coronavirus situation.
“Keep well all of you in the London area; somewhat less fraught down here in the South West – with no Parkrun timekeeping each week I am limited to 11 to 12 kilometres on my exercise bike each day – just completed a burst of 6km in 10 minutes, without cheating – no cycling downhill or such! Managing over 50 miles each week at present!.

TONY SMITH LOOKS BACK TO THE 2009-2010 SEASON – TONY lives in Radlett, Hertfordshire with his wife JEAN, and was at school with her in 1948. Their relationship blossomed and following his National Service in Singapore (1952/53) they got married in 1955 in Willesden, this year they celebrated 65 years of marriage. TONY became Young Athletes Team Manager in 1980 and eventually retired his famous yellow jacket in 2017. They have 3 children ANDREW, CLAIRE and JULIAN who have all run for Shaftesbury, ANDREW apparently joined the club on the same day in 1973 as PHILIP CUNNINGHAM. JEAN apart from putting up with him, is an avid ARSENAL supporter and TONY would you believe supports EVERTONTONY told me that he thought it would be good to remember the period of time when a complete cross country and road running season fixtures, included Club, County and National fixtures were won by the Shaftesbury Under 15 boys teams, the season being 2009/2010. I cannot recall any youngster’s teams emulating this during my time at Shaftesbury a truly fantastic feat.


The season opened on the 13 September 2009 with the Hertfordshire and Middlesex road relays at Minet Park, Hayes, with athletes from both counties we fielded.
Hertfordshire – 1st SBH MICHAEL CALLEGARI (9.29), MARK PEARCE (10.31), MATT MCLAUGHLIN (9.40).
Middlesex – 1st SBH JOE HEADLAND (10.10), CHANDI UDUWAWALA (10.45), LUKE AMES-BLACKABY (10.40).

2 weeks later, on the 26 September 2009, we swept aside the opposition in winning the Southern Young Athletes road relays at the Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot.
1st SBH (39.26) MICHAEL CALLEGARI 1st (9.32), LUKE AMES-BLACKABY 1st (10.03), JOE HEADLAND 1st (10.09), MATT MCLAUGHLIN 1st (9.42), 2nd Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow (40.12), 3rd Tonbridge (40.21), 21st SBH “B” (43.30) MARK PEARCE 23rd (10.20), SAM WILSON 19th (10.50), CALLUM MCCORMICK 23rd (11.18), RORY MUDD 21st (11.02) 2nd Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow (40.12), 3rd Tonbridge (40.21).
Fastest time of the day MICHAEL CALLEGARI (9.32), 6th fastest time of the day MATT MCLAUGHLIN (9.42).

With the Southern victory behind them, it was time to move onto Sutton Park, Birmingham, for the National Young Athletes road relays on the 18 October 2009. This being a race of 3 legs, we fielded the top 3 from the Southern team.
1st SBH (38.12) LUKE AMES-BLACKABY 8th (12.50), MICHAEL CALLEGARI 1st (12.27), MATT MCLAUGHLIN 1st (12.55), 34th SBH “B” (42.31) MARK PEARCE 38th (14.02), SAM WILSON 39th (14.18), RICHARD JOHNSON 34th (14.11) 2nd Bristol & West (38.40), 3rd Coventry Godiva Harriers (38.52).
3rd fastest time of the day MICHAEL CALLEGARI (12.27).

With the 3 wins out of 3 races in the bag, the same team from Sutton Park assembled for the National Young Athletes cross country relays at Mansfield on the 31 October 2009.
1st SBH (19:53.75) LUKE AMES-BLACKABY 5th (6:33.55), MICHAEL CALLEGARI 1st (6:38.40), MATT MCLAUGHLIN 1st (6:41.80), 7th SBH “B” (20:28.15) CHANDI UDUWAWALA 13th (6:48.55), MARK PEARCE 11th (7:01.15), JOE HEADLAND 7th (6:38.45), 52nd SBH “C” (22:23.25) ANDRE WILLIAMS 63rd (7:16.15), SAM WILSON 65th (7:57.00), CALLUM MCCORMICK 52nd (7:10.10), 2nd Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow (20:05.20), 3rd Tonbridge (20:17.25).
7th fastest time of the day LUKE AMES-BLACKABY (6:33.55).

It is December now and there is not let up before Christmas, the North of the Thames cross country championships took place at Kingsbury on 12 December.
1st SBH (16 points) MICHAEL CALLEGARI 2nd (12.48), LUKE AMES-BLACKABY 3rd (12.51), MARK PEARCE 5th (13.39), SAM WILSON 6th (13.43), RORY MUDD 7th (13.44), ANDRE WILLIAMS 13th (14.31), DOUGAL OLIVER 14th (14.35), MUSTAFA SAFFI 17th (14.48), CALLUM MCCORMICK 20th (15.13), 2nd Hillingdon (42), 3rd London Heathside (59).

It is now 2010, with the Hertfordshire cross country championships were cancelled, although 2 weeks later normal service was resumed with a win at the Middlesex cross country championships at Ruislip on the 23rd January.
1st SBH LUKE AMES-BLACKABY 1st (13.55), CHANDI UDUWAWALA 2nd (14.05), SAM WILSON 12th (14.40)

With only a 1 week break after the Middlesex cross country championships, the team moved onto Parliament Hill for the Southern cross country championships on the 30th January.
1st SBH (80 points) MATT MCLAUGHLIN 2nd (16.08), LUKE AMES-BLACKABY 15th (16.39), CHANDI UDUWAWALA 28th (16.51), MICHAEL CALLEGARI 35th (16.56), MARK PEARCE 53rd (17.21), SAM WILSON 72nd (17.38), RICHARD JOHNSON 86th (17.52), DOUGAL OLIVER 171st (19.08), CALLUM MCCORMICK 194th (19.41), 2nd Tonbridge (121), 3rd Cornwall (136), 12th SBH “B” (299).

After 6 wins out of 6 fixtures, the final Championships of the season was the National cross country championships at Leeds on the 3rd March 2010.
1st SBH (93 points) MATT MCLAUGHLIN 2nd (14.02), MICHAEL CALLEGARI 4th (14.11), LUKE AMES-BLACKABY 28th (14.51), CHANDI UDUWAWALA 59th (15.10), MARK PEARCE 75th (15.18), JOE REDWOOD 76th (15.18), SAM WILSON 119th (15.44), JOE HEADLAND 136th (15.55), RORY MUDD 155th (16.04), 2nd Tonbridge (101), 3rd Trafford (147).

We also managed to compete in the 5 North West London League fixtures, winning the team race in all 5 fixtures and MICHAEL CALLEGARI won all 4 races he contested, SAM WILSON finished 3rd overall.

TOM MCNAB’S THE TECHNICAL EVOLUTION OF THE JUMPS Part 2 this week covers the High Jump. 

Long Jump The Ancient Greeks were ahead of us in at least one way, in that they deployed a landing-pit, the skamma, which also served as an area for combat-events. Alas, it is far from clear from the visual evidence that long jump was the same event as that which we now practice.
For we see jumpers in flight, (often supervised by a whip-wielding coach), holding light weights called halteres. This would almost certainly indicate a multiple jump, like five spring jumps, where the use of weights would provide advantage.
This deployment of weights featured heavily in Lancashire in the second half of the 19th century, part of a betting-based culture involving an infinity of standing and running jumps. In 1854, HOWARD of Chester leapt 29ft. 6 inches, off a beat-board, and carrying 8lb. dumbells.
All of this being said, we still have the Greeks writing of “making the bater ring”. The “bater” was the take-off area, and this is a clear indication of a running jump. The plain fact is that we will probably never know what the Greeks did.
It must be observed that, until the late 19th century, (and the first amateur athletics competitions), long jump was usually ground to ground. Indeed, a quick Google will show ground to ground jumping at Braemar Highland Games as late as 1925, and there is no reason to believe that the practice did not travel on into the 1930s. I certainly jumped ground to ground (and with great caution) at a Border Games as late as 1950.
Thus, until the early years of the century, outside of amateur athletics (which had little existence in rural areas) most jumping was almost certainly ground to ground, without benefit of a take-off board.
This being said, the basic elements of the event will have differed little from modern athletics, consisting of a fast run flowing into a high jump, though there is no evidence of flight- techniques until the early 20th century. And there is no evidence of specific training for long jump until the second quarter of the 20th century. That, and the increasing volume of nations involve in athletics, meant that the first jumper to leap 8metres was SYLVIO CATOR of Haiti, in 1924.
The visual evidence of flight-techniques can be seen in the film of the 1900 Paris Olympics, where the event took place on a grass surface, from a 20cm. board. There, the jumpers are clearly using straight “sail” techniques, and the literature of the period gives no indication of any technical/ training developments of any kind. The Irish jumper O’CONNOR, who leapt to 797.70m) in 1904, is described as making “running” movements in flight, some evidence of a hitch-kick, but there is no evidence other than that.
By 1936, both “hang” and one and a half hitch kick were being deployed at Olympic level, and both can clearly be seen in RIEFENSTAHL’S film “Olympia”.  The German silver medallist LUZ LONG uses the “hang” until the last round, then bizarrely deploys what appears to be a two and a half hitch kick in his final attempt. The great American JESSE OWENS deploys throughout a mis-timed one and a half hitch kick, which results in poor landings.
The 1936 Olympics provides us with the first sustained visual evidence of modern long jump. What is remarkable is that Long, an 11.1 sec. 100m runner, is clearly able to generate almost as much runway-speed as OWENS, who is about 0.9 seconds faster over the 100 metres distance. And his controlled ”hang” is much superior to OWENS’ hurried hitch kick. It is clear that OWENS (8.20m) jump off grass in 1935 in no way represented his ability in the event, and here it is worth observing that this was the only jump that he made in that competition.
Technical developments in all field events were modest in the first half of the 20th century. So also was any serious development in specialised training-methods. And there were less than 50 nations in the Olympic movement. That, and the fact that in many countries most jumping still took place on grass football fields, limited improvement in performance.
With the entry of the USSR to the Olympic movement in 1952, all this was to change. For the USSR brought with it the Communist bloc, and a more advanced version of the State-sponsored athletics which the Nazis had introduced twenty years before. In 1952, in Helsinki, they had featured three high jumpers deploying the Eastern Cut Off; by 1956, they had begun to transform the straddle technique, and had constructed the first effective high jump shoe. These transformations were soon to be echoed by similar changes in field events techniques and training in all major Olympic nations.
All of the above does nothing to explain BOB BEAMON’S remarkable (8.90m) performance, for that had nothing to do with improved technique or training-methods. I had watched BEAMON in the qualifying round, twice fouling the board by massive distances before finally leaping around (8.20m), at about 40cm. short of the board. Nothing in these jumps spoke of a sophisticated, well-trained athlete. What BEAMON’S jump did tell us is that the event is not a complex one, otherwise he could not have achieved that distance, one which was not to be matched for almost a quarter of a century.
POWELL’S (8.95m) world record took place in what was probably the greatest long jump competition of all time. Both he and CARL LEWIS were exceptionally fast on the runway, both used a two and a half hitch kick in flight. This method has been used because eight metre plus jumps often mean that the jumper “finishes” his one and a half leg- action early, resulting in too much forward rotation. Both jumpers therefore ”used up” the extra flight-time with that extra “kick”.
Two differences separated POWELL and LEWIS. We have no take-off clockings, but LEWIS was possibly 2% faster on the runway. Against this, his final stride slides to the left, so that his take-off drive was relatively inefficient. Viewed from the front, we see him jump from right to left, and had take-off to landing distance been measured, then he was probably over nine metres. And LEWIS was always a flat jumper, always lacked height.
Conversely, POWELL jumped slightly higher, and he jumped straight. But the key difference may well have lain in his leg-timing. He talks of sighting his left heel high relative to a photographer in front of the pit, and holding it there; this can be clearly seen in the film of the event. On such small margins can competitions be won.
I have highlighted these great performances, not only to make technical points, but also to bring the reader back to what athletics is all about, not simply a series of techniques and endless training-recipes, but red-blooded competition. For it is there that athletics lives and breathes.
What is remarkable in long jump is that for all the endless drills and analysis, that there has been so little improvement here in performance, particularly when we bear in mind the improvements in surfaces, indoor facilities, sports science, sports medicine and athlete- financial support. Thus LYN DAVIES’ (8.07m) on mud in 1964 in Tokyo and MARY RAND’S (6.76m) into a 1.6 m wind on cinders would still challenge most of our jumpers now. Such is progress.

Current Shaftesbury’s outdoor club record holder is DAN BRAMBLE which is (8.21m) set in 2015, and ranks him No.5 on the UK all-time list. His indoor club record is (8.14m) set in 2016, and ranks him No.3 on the UK all-time list.

Triple Jump The Scots poet ROBERT BURNS describes it as “hop, step and laup” as far back as 1793, but for us it is now triple jump. There is no doubt that in the 19th century, most jumping in Scotland, the home of the event, was ground to ground, yet HOGG of Hawick jumped just over (15m) back in 1893. This distance has never, to this day, been beaten in a Highland Games, and was almost certainly two hops and jump.
Even into the 1960s, some Games allowed two hops and jump as an option. This appears to have been geographically-based, with meets above the Highland Line insisting on hop, step and jump, and those below it making no such requirement. Back in 1963, I competed at Aboyne and Aberdeen, both using a triple jump. In my final meeting, Pitlochry, I was allowed to use two hops and jump, and that produced my best distance, although I had never before deployed it.
It comes therefore as no surprise that in the 1896 Olympic Games it seems likely that the American gold-medallist CONNOLLY almost certainly used two hops and jump. By 1900, a standard triple jump was required in Olympic competition, and thus it was to be from then on.
The literature of the period offers little advice on triple jump technique, with often ludicrous advice being offered by writers such as SAM MUSSABINI, forced by his publishers to comment on events of which he had no experience. The same was true for F. A. M. WEBSTER, though it is worth observing that the event did not appear in the AAA Championships until as late as 1917. It is some indication of the developmental zeal of the Scots that event did not appear in their National Championships until 1937.
As in long jump, “Olympia,” the record of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, provides us with our first glimpse of modern triple jump technique. It shows us that there was no generally-accepted method. The Australian METCALFE takes a high, massive hop, collapses into a short recovery step and struggles into the pit.  The Canadian RICHARDSON performs a high, straight-leg hop, lands on his toes, staggers into a short, diag step and staggers into the pit. MAURICE HARADA of Japan is most like a modern jumper, with a fluid, even leap, driving out of each phase, though he over-rotates out of his hop. His colleague OSIMA is similar, with a solid, more balanced, effort.
The gold-medallist, TAJIMA of Japan was an eight metre long jumper, and had finished third in that event. Fast and fluid on the runway, he hops high and lands on the ball of his right foot, travelling as a result into a short step and good, long final phase, to be the first man to clear sixteen metres.
Only the Japanese jumpers show any real technical consistency, and this was reflected in all four of the jumping events, where they finished in medal positions in all but high jump.
The big changes in the event took place, as they had in other field events, in the 1950s, when the Russians began to apply rationale to existing techniques. They soon produced a flush of jumpers, powerful, well-conditioned athletes, jumping well in excess of sixteen metres. It was, however, a springy “natural”, DA SILVA of Brazil, who was to dominate the post-war period.

Current Shaftesbury’s outdoor club record holder is LARRY ACHIKE which is (17.30m) set in the 2000 Olympic Games, finishing 5th, and ranks him No.6 on the UK all-time list. The indoor club record is held by FRANCIS AGYEPONG (16.97m) set in 1996, and ranks him No.5 on the UK all-time list.

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

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

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

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

PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended

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

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

The following fixtures have now been Cancelled
National Athletic League due to take place on Sunday 3 May and 14 June
Eastern Young Athletics League due to take place on Sunday 3 May and Sunday 31 May
Veterans League due to take place on Monday 4 May  
BUCS due to take place on Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May
Hertfordshire County Championships due to take place on Saturday 9 May and Sunday 10 May 
Loughborough International due to take place on Sunday 17 May
Middlesex Young Athletes League due to take place on Saturday 23 May
UK Youth Development League due to take place on Sunday 24 May, Sunday 21 June, Sunday 26 July and Sunday 6 September
Middlesex County Championships due to take place on Saturday 30 May and Sunday 31 May 
National Preparatory Schools Championships due to take place on Monday 29 June
World U20 Championships due to take place from Tuesday 7 July to Sunday 12 July
English Schools Championships due to take place on Friday 10 July and Saturday 11 July 
European U18 Championships due to take place from Thursday 16 July to Sunday 19 July
Olympic Games due to take place from Friday 31 July to Sunday 9 August

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

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

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

FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.

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

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

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

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

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