London Marathon, Cross Country leagues and area cross country relays leave us with little or no flexibility on dates in October 2022. October 8 is the best date available, but we cannot use our usual venue, Stoke Park, which is hosting a community event.
For 2022 we will hold the relays in Morden Park and we're confident that the change of scene will provide an interesting and challenging cross-country course.
There will be separate races for the usual 6 categories U13/U15/U17 male and female. Teams of 3, entry fee £8.10 per team. (APOLOGIES for some peculiarities in the new OpenTrack relay system - hence the odd 10p in the entry fee. More importantly, the system only allows one person per club to enter teams. It's too late to rectify these for 2022.)
NEW SURREY UNDER-17 MEN RECORD
Competing in the ESAA Combined Events Chaampionships at Bedford on 18th September 2022 Hayden Christian (Guildford & Godalming) set a new record of 12.84/+1.8 for the U17M 100m Hurdles. This was an improvement upon the previous electronic time of 12.97/+0.3 set by Kertis Beswick (Croydon H) in August 2012. The fastest manual timing is 12.8 by Brett St. Louis (Herne Hill) set in July 1985. Hayden joins his sister Elise as being a Surrey record holder
Brian Hewson died in Cape Town, South Africa on 13th September 2022 aged 89. Brian won the Mitcham Schools 440yds title in 1947 and subsequently joined Mitcham AC. In 1949 he won the Surrey Youths 880yds title - the first of 8 Surrey titles (7 at 880yds and 1 at one mile). His first major success came in 1951 when he won the AAA Junior 880yds title. In 1953 - 1959 he went on to win a further 6 AAA Senior titles (4 at 880yds and 2 at one mile. He competed in two Olympic Games 1956 (5th in 1500m final) and 1960 (4th in 800m heats). He competed in 2 European Championships: 1954 (5th in 800m semi-finals) and 1958 (1st in final). His victory in 1958 was notable because his selection for the 1500m rather than the 800m for which he was the reigning AAA champion was a surprise. However, the selectors were vindicated as Brian set a British record of 3:41.1 in the heats before winning the final in 3:41.9. Brian also competed in 2 Commonwealth Games - he was 2nd in the 1954 880yds and then in 1958 he was 2nd in the 880yds and 8th in the mile. Following his retirement from competition in 1960 he maintained his links with Mitcham AC and became their President..
Competing in the Borisa Hanzekovica Memorial Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia on 11th September 2022 Katie Snowden (Herne Hill) set a new Surrey One Mile record of 4:25.72. This was an improvement upon the previous record which she set in July 2017 of 4:25.89.
In the Under-15 Girls Shot Issy Stamp (South London Harriers) set a new county record with her winning put of 13.59m. The previous record of 12.99m was set by Victoria Alicante-King (Herne Hill Harriers) in 2021.
Elise Christian (Guildford & Godalming AC) equalled the meeting record for the Under-15 Girls Javelin with her winning throw of 41.67m.
SURREY COUNTY COMBINED EVENTS, STEEPLECHASE, 2000M/3000M TRACK WALKS & TRACK RELAYS, DWLC, CARSHALTON, 3RD/4TH SEPTEMBER 2022
The results database has been amended to include the Surrey Championship performances. This includes athlete profiles, field card series and the composition of Relay teams. The link below is to a spreadsheet covering all competitors for the weekend including guest competitors - this is the information that was provided to Power of Ten.
REQUESTS FOR PAYMENT FROM SURREY ATHLETICS OFFICIALS
If you are asked for an unexpected payment appearing to come from SCAA then please contact the Treasurer email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL UNION OF TRACK STATISICIANS (NUTS)
The NUTS athletics archive/museum has been installed at Coombe Wood School, Melville Avenue, Croydon CR2 7NY. They are on the lookout for donations and or loans of the following:-
(1) Books; (2) Programmes; (3) Photos; (4) Trophies; (5) Medals; (6) Club Badges & Vests (including clubs that no longer exist); (7) Old or Olympic kit; (8) Unwanted stopwatches (Do not have to work); (9) Documents; (10) Old running shoes, any pre-war would be wonderful. especially Laws, Fosters etc; (11) Other relevant items suitable for display or reference. Should you have any of the above that you would like them to consider or if you wish to make an appointment to visit, please contact Mike Fleet 020 8647 1341 or email email@example.com.
SURREY COUNTY ATHLETICS HISTORICAL INFORMATION - CAN YOU HELP?
Keith Burchell currently holds the archives for the Surrey County AAA and Surrey County WAAA. These are far from being complete. If you have any past information such as programmes, committee minutes, championship results etc that you are thinking of disposing then please contact Keith Burchell. In particular, sets of County Championship results prior to 1980 are sought.
RESPECT TO OUR TEAM MANAGERS
Surrey County Athletic Association does not accept or condone the use of offensive behaviour towards or abuse or bullying of team managers under any circumstances. Team managers are all volunteers and make their decisions on the basis of information available to them. While not everyone is likely to agree with all of their decisions they must respect them and all the hours of work and agonising that go into the difficult task these team managers carry out in the interests of encouraging athletics in the county.
CARDIAC RISK IN THE YOUNG
England Athletics is publicising this charity.
CRY is a charity that was established to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to the sudden cardiac death of young people. They operate a screening programme at a number of clinics around the UK and support this with mobile units that travel to other locations.
Full information about CRY and their services can be found on their website at www.c-r-y.org.uk. Young people between the age of 14 and 35 who would like to have cardiac testing can go to www.testmyheart.org.
You can also see www.uka.org.uk/governance/health-safety/cardiac-screening-for-athletes/ for information on work being done by UKA in this area.
Following the death of a young member of Croydon Harriers, Mike Fleet has been promoting this charity for several years and anyone wishing to have copies of his photographs has been asked to make a donation to CRY. Further, he has been exchanging for donations bookmarks signed by famous athletes to raise funds for this charity. We thank those of you who have shown your support in the past.
Mike Fleet has started an Olympians Charity "Art" project. His request is to Olympic athletes who would be willing to contribute a drawing, sketch or even a "work of art". The target is to obtain 100 items. Currently contributions include matchstick men and women, smiley faces, fine portraits, crayoned landscapes and water colours. Amongst the Surrey contributors are Shirley Cawley, Judy Vernon, Jack Parker and Martyn Rooney with promises from Shireen Bailey and Donna Fraser. Mike has also received pictures from Olympic Gold medallists, David Hemery, Kelly Holmes, Anne Packer and Tessa Sanderson. The plan is for a one-off book of the boldly signed originals to be publicly auctioned, and for the submitted art, to feature in a limited edition book of prints for general sale.
Contributions on A4 duplicating paper should be sent to Mike at 2 Ridge Park, Purley, Surrey, CR8 3PN. Any queries, please call 020 8647 1341.
FORMS FOR PHOTO-FINISH, RACE CLOCK, RADIOS & FIELD COUNTDOWN CLOCKS
SCAA has photo finish, race clock, radios and field countdown clocks for hire. You can download forms to request a booking for any of these by clicking on the buttons below. The forms come in either MS
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