Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 8 October 2020

Happy Birthday from this Thursday 8 October to Dan Bramble, Mitchel Cox, Esther Fatuade, Emelia Greenfield, Anu Jaiyeola, Jude Kanor, Yasmin Lakin, Jo Newell, Lee McConnell, Lenard Michel, Jude Miranda, Ryan Moseley, Atiba Oluwasemilo, Kofi Owusu, Ted Parker, Elena Roncarati, Nicholas Shaw and Lisa Webb

RECENT NEW MEMBER We wish you a very warm welcome, and a happy, healthy and successful time with Shaftesbury to ANNALUCIA HARTLEY and EMILY NEWNHAM

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.

EMMANUEL DURUIHEOMA AND REMI JOKOSENUMI ADDED TO THE YOUTH TALENT PROGRAMME Congratulations, we are delighted to be able to offer EMMANUEL and REMI 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 and the relationship you have built with TY HOLDEN as an athlete-coach.
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.

EMMANUEL currently holds the Under 17 60m Indoor Club Record (6.89) set in February this year, as well as being a member of the 4x100m Relay team whose (42.01) was set at the Connect Relays in July 2019. This year he ran a personal best in the 100m (10.94 w0.4) which ranks him UK No.2 U17. REMI has had an outstanding 2020, starting with the Indoor season by taking a Silver Medal in the Southern Under 17 Championships 200m (22.55), and a Bronze Medal in the England Under 17 Championships 200m (22.17), in the Semi-Final he ran a personal best (21.98) ranking him UK No.1 U17. Outdoors he ran a personal best in the LICC meeting (22.12) also ranking him UK No.1 U17. He was also a member of the 4x100m Under 17 Club Record Relay team as mentioned above.

We very much regret that after significant consultation, planning and discussion, circumstances outside our control have lead us to conclude that the English National Cross Country Relays cannot happen as we hoped at the end of October.
Understandably with the current restrictions and rising occurrence of Covid-19 Mansfield District Council have very reluctantly decided that they cannot hold events in their parks and open spaces. They are keen to find another date when circumstances allow.
We know that many people will be disappointed to hear this news, and that it is likely to add further to existing anxieties and frustrations.

FAST 5K ROAD RACE Took place at Ashton- In-Makerfield on 5 October
HENRY MCLUCKIE U20 10th (14.24 1st U20)

NUNEATON HARRIERS OPEN MEETING Took place at Nuneaton on 4 October
200mSX 5 OBINNA NWOKEJI U15 6th (PB 27.06 w-1.8) taking .13 of a second off his 30 August time, and is ranked UK No.9 U13 in 2020, 6 EBUKA NWOKEJI U15 6th (PB 25.34 w-0.6) taking .19 of a second off his 30 August time

Shot 5kgSX D GABRIEL LAMB U17 1st (PB 11.30m) adding 10cm to his 13 September put
Discus 1.5kgSX D GABRIEL LAMB U17 3rd (41.58m)

BE FIT TODAY TRACK ACADEMY OPEN MEETING Took place at Dagenham on 3 October
600m – SX 2 ZICO JONES U15 3rd (PB 1:32.36) taking 9.83 seconds off his 2018 time, and is ranked UK No.1 U15 in 2020
1500m – SM 1 TOMMY NARVAEZ-WHITE U15 7th (PB 5:36.62), 2 DANIEL BANYARD U17 4th (PB 4:55.93) taking 4.17 seconds off his 2019 time, ARTHUR PHILLIPS U13 6th (PB 5:08.23) taking 18.57 seconds off his 2019 time, SW 1 PHOEBE MUSIC U15 9th (PB 5:42.71) taking 1.79 seconds off her 2019 time

HERNE HILL HARRIERS OPEN MEETING Took place at Tooting Bec on 3 October
Long Jump – SX KEELAN FARRELL U17 1st (6.00m nwr)
Shot 4kg – SX A NENE HARRISON V40 2nd (10.40m)

NIGHT OF THE 5K MEETING Took place at Jersey City, New Jersey, USA on 2 October
5000m – A JAMIE DEE 2nd (SB 14:05.84)

VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON In the Men’s race the winning time of (2:05:41), achieved by Ethiopia’s SHURA KITATA as he won a three-way sprint finish to the line, did not come even close to threatening KIPCHOGE’S world record (2:01:39) but this was more a beautifully unscripted piece of sporting theatre rather than an all-out battle against the clock.
The defending champion did not even feature in that closing fight down The Mall, appearing to be out of sorts and drifting curiously off the pace with just over two miles to go. He finished 8th in (2:06:49), his second-slowest marathon ever. His slowest, (2:08:44), came during the Rio Olympics four years ago. He was first across the line on that occasion but, while there was a major championships marathon feel to proceedings in London given the small elite field and the lapped course, there was to be no victory this time.
KATATA – second in London two years ago and fourth in 2019 – had led the initial six-strong breakaway and, when entering the closing metres, it looked like Kenya’s VINCENT KIPCHUMBA might break clear. The Ethiopian had one final burst, however, which was enough to give him a one-second victory as KIPCHUMBA had to settle for second in (2:05:42), with Ethiopian SISAY LEMMA third in (2:05:45). Though the 2.15km loop around St James’s Park, which had been considered as a potential venue for Kipchoge’s (1:59) event last year, had looked like providing the perfect platform for a fast race, the cold and wet conditions did not marry up and, when the men’s leading group went through 10km in (29:45), there was a very evident request from the four-time winner that the pacemakers should up their speed. Still, however, the large group hit halfway in (62:54) and it was clear there would be no record-breaking exploits from the head of the field. Instead, the tension built, with no-one willing to make a major move right until the latter stages. KIPCHOGE did not look quite right and his usual trademark smile appeared to be more like a grimace as the miles ticked by. A split of (5:01) at mile 22 underlined that a waiting game was most definitely being played.

JONNY MELLOR won the race to the British title in London. Behind the leaders, there were other fascinating battles and impressive performances taking place. STEPHEN SCULLION, who very nearly quit the sport not so long ago, cut over two minutes from his personal best to break the Northern Irish record and become the fastest of Ireland’s Olympic qualifiers with (2:09:49).
The race for the British title was particularly fierce, JONNY MELLOR (2:10:38), one of the few athletes to have raced over 26.2 miles already this year when clocking (2:10:05) in Seville in March, and marathon debutant BEN CONNOR had the Olympic qualifying mark of (2:11:30) in mind and they were paced perfectly until the final 10km by MO FARAH. Third Briton home was JOSH GRIFFITHS in (2:13:11).





























LONDON MARATHON BY NUMBERS 10 – The number of men who have run every single London Marathon. The oldest member of that exclusive “Ever Presents” club is 87-year-old KEN JONES, with the youngest being 62-year-old CHRIS FINNILL. All 10 are to take part in the virtual Marathon.
21 – The number of times DAVID WEIR will have raced the elite event, includes 2020. The six-time Paralympic gold medallist has won the wheelchair race eight times and also achieved  a number of mini marathon victories before that.
40 – Is the 40th London Marathon this year, but 40 was also the number of Guinness world records broken during the 2019 event from 79 attempts. These ranged from fastest marathon in a wedding dress to fastest marathon in a six-person costume.
93 – The age of the oldest person ever to complete the London Marathon – FAUJA SINGH in 2004.
5 Days 8 Hours – Wearing a deep-sea diving suit. LLOYD SCOTT completed the slowest ever London Marathon in 2002.
45,000 – A sold out field of over 45,000 runners have signed up to take part in the Virtual London Marathon.
66,400,000 – The amount of money (GBP) raised for charity during last year’s London Marathon. The event has raised a total of over £1billion for charitable causes since 1981.
Course Records – The Men’s record set by ELIUD KIPCHOGE (2:02.37) in 2019, Women’s record set by PAULA RADCLIFFE (2:15.25) in 2003.

METROPOLITAN LEAGUE 2020/2021 UPDATE – JAN BOWMAN the league administrator issued the following statement on 25 September. With regret, we have now decided to cancel the whole of the 2020/21 season. This has been a very tough decision but after receiving the latest guidelines and joining an EA zoom meeting last night the league cannot comply with the regulations as we cannot provide a Covid secure environment. The link is here should you wish to look at Guidance rules

Along with this we have now also lost Alexandra Palace as a cross country fixture. They have contacted us with the following statement – I am afraid that I have decided not to permit any cross country running events in the Park.  Partly because of the negative impact that the races had on the grass areas last year, and secondly due to the challenges placed on us by staff reductions during the pandemic. The Park is a historic, designed landscape and its general visitor numbers are increasing every year.  The impact of the churned grass areas and mud on the paths has become too great, and affects other people’s enjoyment.

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.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS/ECCA/AREA LEAGUE CROSS COUNTRY UPDATE The following was published by England Athletics on 28 August 2020.
England Athletics is pleased to announce that we have begun making steps towards a restricted return to Cross Country competition. On the 27 August 2020 we held a meeting with the Cross Country community, including the ECCA, the areas, and some league organisers to agree on the following proposed timeline for a return to Cross Country Competition:
Mid-September to mid-October – Pilot XC Competitions
5 October – Licence application process opens
17 October – Licensed Cross Country competition can resume
These dates are provisional and will be adapted if necessary, with any additional Government guidance that is issued.
Cross Country competition will be unable to resume in the traditional format, adaptations will have to be made based on the current circumstances regarding the virus. However, England Athletics believe this is an exciting step forward for the Cross-Country community and we are currently working on guidance with the named organisations to support competition providers in providing a safe return to adapted cross country competition.
We are aiming for a version of the guidance to be published for competition organisers on W/C 14 September 2020. It will be the decision of the competition provider whether they will host competitions given the restrictions within the guidance. The 2020/21 XC fixture dates are below. All cross-country dates will remain ring fenced until further notice. Due to the licensing timeline above all have agreed the first league fixture date in October will be cancelled. All licensed competitions will be published on the England Athletics website when licensing opens.

Cross Country fixture lists subject to change and race formats to be confirmed subject to guidance.
10 October League 1 Cancelled, 17 October Area XC Relays tbc, 31 October ECCA XC Relays, 7 November League 2, 28 November UK Cross Challenge & European Trials, 5 December League 3, 13 December European XC, Ireland, 9 January County XC Champs, 6 January League 4, 13 February League 5, 20 February CAU IC XC & World Trials, 6 March ECCA National XC, 13 March League 6, 20 March World XC Champs, Australia, 20 March English Schools XC Champs, 27 March SIAB Schools International.
All fixtures are subject to confirmation by event organisers and subject to government guidance updates.

SOUTHERN ROAD RELAYS CANCELLED The following was posted on the SEAA website on 8 August. Unfortunately, the SEAA Road Relays scheduled for Sunday 20 September at Crystal Palace have now been cancelled. It was hoped that with the guidelines changing daily it would have been possible to hold a Road Relay event but regretfully this was not possible under the present Government and UKA guidelines. SEAA are still planning to hold Cross Country Championships, starting with the Relays on 17 October, as well as Indoor Track & Field Championships.  All dependent of course on the guidelines to be issued by England Athletics shortly.
John Gandee SEAA Competition Chairman

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

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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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/ for futher information on High Jump and Pole Vault days and times.


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.