It is with sadness that we report the death on 19th June 2021 of Clive Shippen. Clive was President of the Surrey County AAA in 1981. He represented Surrey in the Inter-Counties Cross-Country in 1962 after finishing 11th in the Surrey County Championship. In 1969 he became the co-editor of SCAN. He died in Australia where he lived.
SURREY COUNTY RECORD UNDER-20 WOMEN 1500M STEEPLECHASE, 5TH JUNE 2021
Running in the BMC meeting held at Milton Keynes on the the 5th June 2021 Martha Collings (Woking AC) set a new record for the U20 Woman 1500m Steeplechase when winning the race in a time of 5:01.86. This beat the previous County record of 5:07.07 set by Zoe Tompkins in 2018.
and Imani Lansiquot (Sutton & District) who was 3rd in 100m with a time of 11.27/+1.3 and ran the 2nd leg in the 4x100m relay which they won in 43.36.
LOUGHBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL, SUNDAY 23RD MAY 2021
Pippa Roessler (Aldershot, Farnham & District AC) represented GB Juniors in the 3000m where she finished 10th in 9:46.72.
TRACK & FIELD RANKINGS 2021
We are grateful to the following volunteers who have agreed to look after some of the age groups:- Sirkka Kirkby (U17W), Jess Wilson & Sarah Pye (U15G & U13G) and Ashley Burridge (U15B & U13B).
Therefore, I am seeking volunteers to compile the lists for one or more of the following age groups:-
U20 Men, U20 Women & U17 Men.
We try to update the rankings once a week, primarily using the data held on Power of Ten, and it can take a couple of hours at busy times of the year. If you are interested in finding out what is involved then please contact Keith Burchell.
SURREY SCHOOLS OPEN TRIALS, SATURDAY 12TH JUNE 2021
****Under 15 Boys Triple Jump****
Due to an administrative error, the Boys Under 15 Triple Jump was omitted from the Trials Entry Procedure.
If there is anybody in your Club who can jump over 10m (ESAA District Standard) and wishes to enter please get in touch with Peter Shilling (email@example.com)
ENTRY OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS CLOSES ON MONDAY JUNE 7TH AT 18.00.
ENTRIES FOR ALL OTHER EVENTS CLOSED ON SUNDAY MAY 30 AT 18.00.
Under 15's in the Morning and Under 17's in the Afternoon.
This will be a Covid Safe Meeting - all public health regulations will apply.
SURREY SCHOOLS SUBMISSIONS FOR ENGLISH SCHOOLS TEAM ENTRY
THIS IS ONLY FOR ALL SENIOR EVENTS, PLUS STEEPLECHASE (INTERS ) AND POLE VAULT (ALL AGE GROUPS)
Click HERE, and fully complete the form that is provided. Submissions close on Sunday June 13th at 19.00.
SURREY COUNTY RECORD UNDER-15 GIRLS SHOT, 16TH MAY 2021
Competing in the SLAN meeting held at Carshalton on the the 16th May 2021 Victoria Alicante-King (Herne Hill Harriers) set a new record for the U15 Girls 3kg Shot with a put of 12.99m. This beat the previous County record of 12.63m which she set in April 2021. It also bettered the record for the 3.25kg Shot of 12.76m set by Michella Obijiaku (Herne Jill Harriers) in 2012.
SURREY COUNTY BEST PERFORMANCE UNDER-20 WOMEN 1500M STEEPLECHASE, 8TH MAY 2021
Martha Collings (Woking AC) set the fastest time by an U20 Woman for the 1500m Steeplechase when she finished second with a time of 5:00.80 at the Yeovil Open Meeting on 8th May. Unfortunately, because the organisers included some Under-15 Boys in the race it was a mixed gender event and so Martha's time does not qualify as a County record. The County record remains as the performance of 5:07.07 set by Zoe Tompkins in 2018.
WORLD ATHLETICS RELAYS, CHORZOW, POLAND, 1ST/2ND MAY 2021
Jessie Knight (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) and Dwayne Cowan (Hercules Wimbledon AC) are members of the 4x400m squads selected to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland. The heats were held on Saturday.
In the Women's 4x400m heat 3 Jessie Knight ran the third leg for the team which won in 3:28.83 to qualify for Sunday's final. In the Men's 4x400m heat 3 Dwayne Cowan ran the final leg for the team which finished 5th in 3:10.63 following a fall by the runner on the second leg.
In the Women's 4x400m final held on Sunday Jessie Knight ran the last leg for the team which finished third in 3:29.27.
SURREY COUNTY RECORD UNDER-15 GIRLS SHOT, 25TH APRIL 2021
Competing in the Hercules Wimbledon meeting held at Wimbledon Park on the the 25th April 2021 Victoria Alicante-King (Herne Hill Harriers) set a new record for the U15 Girls 3kg Shot with a put of 12.63m. This beat the previous County record of 12.45m for the 3kg shot which was set by Je'nae James (Herne Hill Harriers) in September 2018.
SURREY SCHOOLS OPEN COMBINED EVENTS MEETING, WEIR ARCHER ATHLETIC CENTRE (KINGSMEADOW), 31ST MAY 2021
PRIORITY FOR ENTRY IS GIVEN TO SURREY SCHOOLS ATHLETES UNTIL SUNDAY MAY 2ND
Do you want to try Combined Events? Surrey Schools are hosting an open event, to give U15 and U17 athletes an opportunity on Monday 31st May, at Weir Archer Athletics and Fitness Centre, Kingston. Please note, there is an entry fee of £10 per athlete – click here to enter and access payment details. Club or school vests can be worn on the day.
Athletes from all counties are welcome, but places are limited to 16 athletes from each age group/gender. Entries will be on a first come, first served basis – so get your entries in quickly! Entry will be closed at 12pm on Friday 21st May, or once fields are full – whichever is sooner.
SURREY COUNTY ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION AGM, 26TH MARCH 2021
The AGM was held as a Zoom meeting. The following officials were elected: President - Jeff Manson; Chairman - Frances Ratchford; Vice-Chairman - David Clarke; Treasurer - Gordon Campbell and Secretary - Lynne Reed.
EUROPEAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, TORUN, POLAND, 4TH - 7TH MARCH 2021
UK Athletics have announced the GB & NI team. We congratulate the following Surrey athletes on their selection:- Jessie Knight (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) - 400m (2h3 52.17 Q; 4s2 52.22) & 4 x 400m relay (2nd 3:28.20) Katie Snowden (Herne Hill) - 1500m (3h3 4:10.70 q; 6th 4:21.81) Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Sutton & District) - 60m (2h5 6.68 Q; 6s3 6.67) Jack Rowe (Aldershot, Farnham & District) - 3000m (3h1 7:55.67 Q; 9th 7:53.47) Morgan Lake (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) - High Jump (13th 1.87m)
Gordon Biscoe died in Epsom Hospital on 12th February 2021 aged 88. Gordon had been a member of Belgrave Harriers for 68 years. In addition to being a staunch Belgravian he regularly attended Surrey Championships and volunteered as an official on many occasions.
Bill Nankeville died on 8th January 2021 aged 95. Bill, a member of Walton AC, was one of the leading middle-distance runners in Britain in the 10 years following the Second World War. He was 6th in the 1500m Final at the 1948 Olympics and was a semi-finalist four years later at Helsinki. In 1950 he set a British record when finishing 3rd in the 1500m Final at the European Championships in Brussels. From 1947 - 1953 he was a medallist every year in the Mile at the AAA Championships, finishing first on 4 occasions. After retiring from competition he maintained his links with Walton AC and regularly attended club functions until recently.
Herne Hill Harriers are saddened and shocked to advise that Idris Ojuriye, their popular and talented sprinter, sadly passed away suddenly on Monday 4th January. Idris was an valuable member of their BAL national league team for over fifteen years competing over 100m and 200m and sprint relays and was a regular competitor in indoor and outdoor championships ranging from Surrey to National champs. He represented Surrey on a number of occasions including competing at the Inter Counties championships and won medals at the Surrey outdoor and indoor championships. Idris was a popular, inspiring competitor and team member who was heavily involved in coaching in schools and local South London tracks where he inspired many youngsters to start athletics.
It is with sadness that we report the death on New Years Day of Peggy Burchell a Life Member of the County Association. Peggy was for many years the person who issued the competitors numbers to the male athletes at the County Track & Field Championships. She stopped doing this when she became unsteady on her feet and was concerned that she would be a liability. On being made a Patron of the County and subsequently a Life Member she was entitled to attend County Committee meetings. When she started to attend these meetings she achieved a rare distinction in that she was the third generation of her family to be a member of the Surrey committee - her father, W H Child, represented Mitcham AC in the 1920s; her son Keith has been a committe member since the 1970s and she joined in the 1990s. Peggy gave tremendous service to Croydon Harriers and was their treasurer for many years and was a leading fundraiser for the project that saw the club build its own headquarters at Croydon Sports Arena
NEW YEAR HONOURS 2021
We send our congratulations (1) to Donna Fraser (Croydon Harriers) who was awarded an OBE for services to equality, inclusion and diversity in the workplace and (2) to Susan Deaves (Woking AC) who was awarded an MBE for services to athletics.
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England Athletics has confirmed that the new restrictions announced by the Government on 22nd September 2020 do not affect OUTDOOR activities but they do affect INDOOR activities in our sport. See EA Guidance Update dated 23 September 2020 for details.
England Athletics has confirmed that the new restrictions announced by the Government on 9th September 2020 do NOT apply to those activities in our sport that have previously been approved. For the latest on Coronavirus go to EA update issued on 10th September 2020/.
SEAA COMPETITION LIMITED have issued a further update on 2nd November 2020.
The previous update was issued on 17th July 2020.
Before that an update was issued on 6th July 2020 which updated the statement below dated 1st May 2020:-
SEAA Competition Limited is working with England Athletics to reschedule individual championships if possible. As a result, we will be postponing the U20/Senior Championships that are scheduled to be held at the end of June. The U13/15 and U17 Championships are under review and further information will be posted in due course.
The All Age Group Combined Events Championships scheduled for July and the U15/17 Inter Counties Championships scheduled for September have been cancelled.
SEAA Competition are still working on providing a full Indoor, Cross Country and Road Running season if circumstances permit.
John Gandee - SEAA Competition Chairman
CORONAVIRUS / COVID 19 - Surrey County AA has been monitoring the Coronavirus situation very closely and unfortunately we will have to postpone the Awards Evening scheduled for 3rd April. We hope to hold the evening later in the year, and as soon as we have a date we will be in contact again. The AGM and Executive Meeting scheduled for 27th March have been postponed. We hope to find a new date later in the year.
Our Endurance Officials Secretary, David Clarke has issued the following on 25th September 2020:-
1. England Athletics will not issue permits for any XC events until some ‘COVID secure’ test events have been completed. So no events will be possible in October and the season will start in November at the very earliest.
2. Because of social distancing, current guidance does not allow “massed starts”. So if events do go ahead they may have to be on a time trial basis.
3. Even if we resolve these two issues it is proving extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get permission from the land owners to hold XC events because of COVID fears.
THE ATHLETICS MUSEUM - Click here for information regarding a project that all athletic clubs are invited to join.
REQUESTS FOR PAYMENT FROM SURREY ATHLETICS OFFICIALS - We have noticed recent requests for payment of monies in emails which appear to have been sent by an SCAA official. These are not genuine and should be ignored and certainly not replied to. It is not the practice of SCAA officials to request payment from individuals using a Surrey Athletics email address. The Surrey Athletics email addresses have been created to allow the athletics community to communicate with appropriate SCAA officials and are published on our website to facilitate this. Unfortunately, we are not able to stop unauthorised people sending emails that give the impression that they have been sent from an SCAA official. In general, scepticism is a good reaction to any such requests for money.NATIONAL UNION OF TRACK STATISICIANS (NUTS) - NUTS is due to open its athletics archive/museum later this year 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, please contact Mike Fleet 020 8647 1341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
FORMS FOR PHOTO-FINISH, RACE CLOCK & RADIOS
SCAA has (a) photo finish, (b) a race clock and (c)
radios for hire. You can download forms to book either the race clock or
the radios by clicking on the buttons below. The forms come in either MS
Word or Adobe PDF format. Please note that there are two different forms
for the photo finish - one for organisations affiliated to SCAA and one
for other organisations.