Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 30 July 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 30 July to Daniel Banyard, Rainer Burchett, John Dryden, Joshua Edwards, Evelyne Fonteyne, Martin Grey, Amy Holder, Leila Jenks, Tom Kearns, Adam Krzyzton, Zach Nicholls, Danielle Ojo, Victoria Pritchard, James Sarner, Sahib Singh and Kacey Walters

RECENT NEW MEMBERS We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to EBENEZER JOSEPH, GIBRIL MANSARAY and KERSTIN POHLMANN.

LICC ON 1 AUGUST AND 2 AUGUST On Saturday 1 August there are events for Under 15 and 17 and Sunday 2 August there are events for Under 20, Seniors and Masters. This is the link to Saturday and Sunday timetables LICC YA MTG LV SAT 01.08.20LICC MTG LV SUN 02.08.20
The cost for SBH members is £4 per event as compared to £8 per event for athletes from other clubs. Due to Covid-19-restrictions you can only enter 1 event, this is the link for entries –

U17/U20 YDL INTER CLUB AND NATIONAL ATHLETIC LEAGUE FIXTURES CANCELLED – The U17/U20 YDL Inter Club fixtures on 2 August, 9 August and 23 August, plus the National Athletic League fixtures on 2 August, 15 August and 5 September have been cancelled, due to Covid-19-restrictions.

SOUTHERN AND ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS FIXTURES CANCELLED – The Southern U15/U17 and  U20/Senior Championships on 5 September and 12 September, plus the England U15/U17 and  U20/Senior Championships on 19 September and 26 September have been cancelled, due to Covid-19-restrictions.

BRITISH ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS – Takes place on  Friday 4 September and Saturday 5 September at the Manchester Regional Arena behind closed doors. The event will be televised on BBC2 on Friday 18.30-21.00 and Saturday on BBC1 13.15-16.30.

2020/2021 METROPOLITAN LEAGUE UPDATE – The fixtures are as follows 10 October at Hainault, 7 November at Welwyn, 5 December at Alexandra Palace, 16 January at Ruislip, 13 February at Trent Park. We have just been advised that the first 3 fixtures have now been Cancelled, and a decision later this year on how the fixtures will be restructured.

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

TRAINING VIDEOS PRODUCED BY JADE LALLY – JADE has recently produced two videos relating to the basic fundamentals for Discus, this is the link to JADE’S first video on How To Hold A Discus the second video is on Discus Basics: Foot Placement

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.

UPDATE ON PROCEDURES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTTWhich is now open to SBH members subject to the conditions below.
We have now negotiated the use of some Track & Field facilities with Saracens compliant with current guidance issued by the UK Government and England Athletics.
At the present time, the track & field groups will be limited to a maximum of five ‘Competing Club Athletes’ and one coach for each session e.g. 5 athletes on track and 5 athletes at the throws area.
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.
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: 👉
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

1990 SBH CENTENARY YEAR HIGHLIGHTS On the 23 July Newsletter, I published Part 2 of the detailed highlights, which covered January to March 1990. Part 3 will be published in the 6 August newsletter for the months of April to May 1990.
Link showing the full list of SBH 1990 Centenary Year Highlights as published on the 9 July Newsletter 1990 SBH Centenary Year Highlights

KINGSTON UPON HULL PILOT 2 Took place at Hull on 25 July
Shot 7.26kg SCOTT LINCOLN 1st (19.82m)

ALTERNATIVE TRAING PAYS OFF FOR SCOTT LINCOLN – The following was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. Photograph taken by MARK SHEARMAN.

British shot put champion is in the shape of his life after lockdown and started his summer with a PB at Shaftesbury, from pushing a truck, to sessions in his ’emergency throwing cave’, SCOTT LINCOLN got creative when it came to finding ways to train during lockdown and his methods appear to be paying off. The British shot put champion started his summer with a PB at a pilot event at Shaftesbury’s Throws Fest earlier this month, throwing (20.41m) to add two centimetres to his previous best set in the Czech Republic last August. He believes there’s much more to come, too. “I feel there is a lot more in the tank,” he told Athletics Weekly after his season opener. “Big throws are coming, I feel!”

A bricklayer by trade, LINCOLN has been working for much of lockdown but says he treated a three-week furlough period as “like a training block”. He had already created his own gym at his workshop and then introduced other alternative training methods along with his coach, PAUL WILSON, such as truck pushing and net throws. “When lockdown first happened we were only allowed to leave the house for exercise so I was cycling down to my gym and we created a net in the doorway so you pulled the door up and it pulled the net up with it,” LINCOLN explains. “Just before lockdown I bought a sheet of plywood and made a circle out of that. We’ve got a bit of land by our workshop so I have been pretty lucky in that respect.”

LINCOLN, who won his 10th British shot put title in Glasgow earlier this year, also benefited from a virtual series organised by Wilson, which saw him team up with his fellow UK champion SOPHIE MCKINNA and take on a GB juniors team in three live-streamed remote contests. “We came up with the idea of doing these mock competitions and then one thing led to another and that’s what happened with the virtual competitions,” LINCOLN says. “It worked out pretty well, it was just something to keep us motivated more than anything. “I wouldn’t say I got fired up as much as I would in a proper competition but it was something to look forward to and train for.” Read more: Sophie McKinna and Scott Lincoln win virtual Valhalla shot put final 

Something which has really been firing LINCOLN up, however, is the thought of next year’s Olympic Games, especially as the 27-year-old feels the qualifying standard of (21.10m) is now within reach. “It was all boding well to qualify for the Olympics, I felt I was in shape to do it and then obviously it was cancelled and everything was up in the air but it’s good to have targets for next year now,” he says. “I am in the shape of my life. I did pretty well indoors although I wanted to throw a bit further. It was more a mental barrier rather than anything physical. I’m working with a psychologist now, I feel like I am excited to get out there and try some new stuff. “I speak with some Americans that I went to train with who have done 22 metres and things and they say that I am capable of 21.50m-plus, at least, and I believe that, my coach believes that,” adds Lincoln, who spent time training in Arizona in 2018. “From now until the Olympics, every single throw I do means something. Whether it be a learning throw or a good throw, I have got something out of it.”

1998 GRE CUP FINAL Many thanks to DANIEL REES for sending me the youtube video of the Cup Final. DANIEL is currently Shaftesbury’s No.2 400m Hurdler behind SEB RODGER and his personal best is (52.19) set at the England/Inter Counties Championships on 28 July 2019, in which he finished 6th in the final.

A great hour-long video of the GRE Gold Cup Final in 1988

The final took place at the New River Stadium on 20 August. GEOFF MORPHITIS wrote All the old team spirit came to the fore at the New River Stadium on a blustery, rainy day. The contestants were the eight clubs of Division One of the British League, and we were out to show that out 6th place in the League was not a measure of our real strength. And so it proved! All afternoon we were never out of the leading three, and it was a fine performance to finish such a good runner-up.
For the first time this season our middle-distance squad did us proud. Pride of place to MIKE WILLIAMS who totally dominated the 5000m, beating and International field and the worst of the weather to record a personal best. JULIAN GOATER and JOHN SHERBAN also showed their tremendous abilities by winning against good opposition. Another hero, although not a winner, was NICK SMITH, who though still a Junior showed he is a man to watch for the future. He was given the same time as the winner, British International CHRIS MCGEORGE, but beat a host of other British Internationals.
The jumps were headed by the return of FRED SALLE from Boston University, who in his first competition of the season was only 2cm behind his club record, and beat JOHN KING, one of Britain’s three long jumpers going to the Olympics. FRED was also Seoul bound to represent the Cameroons.
Our four throwers were excellent, all performing at or close to their best. Pride of place yet again and a new club record for NEIL GRAY in the Shot. He has improved all year and has added one metre to his 1987 best. MIKE JONES was within one metre of his best in the Hammer, but still a tantalising 1.5m short of the Olympic qualifier of (72.0m). This was to be achieved one week later to give the club a third Olympic place. NEVILLE THOMPSON, have recovered from injury, threw a season’s best. In the Javelin, PAUL MORGAN, recovering from illness, was within a metre of his best.
Our two real superstars, DONOVAN REID in the sprints and PAUL HERBERT in the 800m, were side-lined by injury and illness. Thanks therefore to LLOYD STAPLETON and JOE DUNBAR for substituting so well. Typical of the club spirit was that shown by JASON CANNING, who turned down a GB Junior International vest to compete for the club, and similarly by NICK SMITH, who turned down a Scottish Junior vest.
Well Done everyone in the team and reserves, and all those who won the semi-final and ensured we reached the final. We are now third most successful club of all time (behind Wolverhampton and Haringey) in Cup History. Not bad for the only unsponsored major club in the country.

Team Result 1st Haringey (124 points), 2nd SBH (106), 3rd Wolverhampton (100).
Individual SBH Results 100m LLOYD STAPLETON 7th (10.93), 200m LLOYD STAPLETON 4th (21.46), 400m JIM NICHOLL 6th (49.29), 800m JOE DUNBAR 7th (1:54.23), 1500m NICK SMITH 2nd (3:55.11), 5000m MIKE WILLIAMS 1st (13:58.46), 10000m JULIAN GOATER 1st (30:07.06), 3000m Steeplechase JOHN SHERBAN 1st (9:01.00), 110m Hurdles JACK MORGAN 6th (14.49), 400m Hurdles GREG DUNSON 3rd (52.82), High Jump TREVOR WHITTLE 6th (2.00m), Long Jump FRED SALLE 2nd (7.96m), Triple Jump FRANCIS AGYEPONG 6th (14.99m), Pole Vault TOM KINGA 4th (4.00m), Shot NEIL GRAY 2nd (17.57m), Discus NEVILLE THOMPSON 3rd (54.80m), Javelin PAUL MORGAN 3rd (66.54m), Hammer MIKE JONES 2nd (70.44m), 4x100m 4th (41.98) PAUL TANNER, JASON CANNING, LLOYD STAPLETON, JACK MORGAN, 4x400m 7th (3:16.88) JIM NICHOLL (49.0), MAURICE EVANS (49.2), BERNARD ATIE (50.4), GREG DUNSON (48.3)

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

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

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 15-07-20 LICC and YDL Fixtures 25 -26 July Rescheduled – Summer 2020 Fixture Card – Updated 15-07-20 LICC and YDL Fixtures 25-26 July Rescheduled (version 1)
Track and Field Team Managers Details
Road Running Team Managers Details

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


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 – Currently there is a small number of fixtures planned to commence from Saturday 1 August, details to be  published on the current status in the 23 July SBH Newsletter.

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.