Let us make this year one of cooperation, support of the County A A and vice versa, and let’s put athletics on a firmer footing.


1         Past- Combined Leicestershire/Warwickshire Cross Country Championships at Burbage Common (14th January). Very wet, testing going, good competition and our thanks to Nuneaton Harriers.  Let’s now plan for the next stage, for Warwickshire success at the Inter Counties (Nottingham 11th March).  If you missed the County Championships and want to be considered for our teams contact IAN RILEY URGENTLY on 0121 353 2073.


2         Also URGENT.  There is an Indoor ‘CountyAthon’ for Under 17’s at the National Indoor Arena on 11th February (Ladies), 12th February (Under 17 Men).  Teams of six.  Again any candidates for Warwickshire selection should contact IAN RILEY.  Individual events 60Hurdles – High Jump – Long Jump – Shot and 800m.


3         Officials: Upgrading for the following and with our congratulations


            To Grade Two – Timekeeper – Ruth Dobbins

                                     Field – Barbara Taylor – Geoffrey Arnold-Pinchin – Martin Ware


            To Grade Three  - Track – Pauline Churchill – Robert Bates – Graham Thompson

                                      Timekeeper – Graham White

                                      Field – Jill Butcher – Karen Wilkes –Robert Mills

Please Note – We hope to circulate information of local Level 1, Level 2 Officials courses for late March, early April soon.  Watch and then support!.


4         The next few months also include : -

      Sunday 26th February - County Race Walking Championships

Sunday 12th March - Inter Counties Race Walking Championships from Coventry Godiva Headquarters starting at 1.30pm

Saturday 18th March - W C A A Open Road Relays @ Sutton Park – see Website, and Forms readily available from Richard Carney, Stewart Harris.  Closing date 8th March

      Sunday 19th March Inter Counties 10km Championships, Eastleigh, Hampshire

      Sunday 2nd April Inter Counties Half Marathon Championships, Ackworth, Yorkshire

      Sunday 7th May Stratford Half Marathon incorporating Warwickshire C A A Championships

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May Our Track and Field Championships, with Leicestershire and Rutland joining us at Leamington Spa.  Additional event this year Under 15 Girls 300m.

      Sunday 28th & Monday 29th May – Inter Counties Track and Field Championships @ Bedford


5         B A L HIGHER COMPETITION OPPORTUNITIES  There are two Warwickshire Clubs currently holding Men’s British Athletics League status (Birchfield Harriers Division I and Rugby and Northampton, Division IV) and we hope they will retain their status in 2006.  There is movement in arrangements, fixtures to assist a range of promising athletes, with all four B A L rounds including the UK Challenge domestic series, B A L fully accepting Higher Competition Athletes (HCAs) and a coordinated fixture list designed to separate League, B M C meetings, Loughborough International.

Brian Acford (01788 – 543156) would be happy to discuss HCA opportunities with anyone interested.




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