Warwickshire County Athletics Association


The bear – JUNE 2007


1               www.WarwickshireCountyAA.co.uk


We are currently experiencing difficulties with the County Web Site. Apologies for the inconvenience which we hope to resolve soon.


2               ENGLAND ATHLETICS


The majority of Warwickshire affiliates have also affiliated to the new body (cost £50 for the Club). There are still some outstanding and the Clubs involved should process their application as soon as possible or consider the insurance implications for the Club and its officers, coaches and officials.


3               2007 Track and Field Championships at Saffron Lane, Leicester on May 12th/13th


The weather was gruesome - especially on Sunday (13/5). However there were many pluses emerging from the weekend and hopefully the participants enjoyed the 3 Counties event.

Very many thanks to the willing army of officials and volunteers.

The Jack Hartley Trophy for the best overall performance in the Championships goes to

Nathan Woodward (Tamworth AC) for his CBP in the 400m hurdles. The efforts of

Meghan Beesley, Julie Hollman, Hayley Murray and Craig Murch also deserve recognition.

The Warwick Vase for the Club whose members score the most points throughout the Championship was won by Rugby and Northampton AC. The Club was pipped by Coventry by one point last year and they now break a Coventry/Birchfield stranglehold which goes back to 1992. Coventry Godiva Harriers were second and Birchfield Harriers were third.




Decisions will soon be made regarding……..

      The venue for the 2008 Cross Country Championships

      The future (or not) of the Warwickshire Open Road Relays

      The venue and type of Track and Field Championships (how many counties and where?)

We need offers and views.


5               CLUB CONTACTS


Secretaries; if you have not yet sent your Club Contacts forms to Ray Morgan then could you do so please.


6               RACE WALKING


Good weather for the European Cup in Victoria Park, Leamington and a very successful staging of this prestigious event. All 5 races produced UK All Comers records (Russian anthem well to the fore!) and Coventry Godiva, Leamington CandAC and Warwickshire County Officers played important supportive roles. It was a memorable celebration of the RWA Centenary.






Back to gruesome conditions! Simon Wurr (steeplechase), Sara McGreavy (sprint hurdles) were individual winners and a lot of younger athletes gained valuable experience. Team Manager Becky Freeman did a grand job but our cause is NOT helped by selected athletes failing to appear. We should be a top 8 County!


8               ROAD


WCAA championships already held are:-

      The Stratford Half Marathon

      The Northbrook 10k

Coming up are:-

Wednesday 27th June Coventry Midsummer 5 miles on a new course at Fen End.

Thursday 12th July Birmingham Rowheath 5k.

Winners list in the next Bear.


Inter Counties Championships (Team Managers Tom and Pauline Dable)

      Sunday 24th June Humber Bridge Half Marathon

      Sunday 7th October Chichester Priory 10k


9               OFFICIALS


Thanks to Stuart Paul for organising a successful Level One (14 new officials) and Level Two (19 officials) training day. Five Counties were represented with 22 Warwickshire participants.

Margery Ewington plans a Level Two day in the Autumn and a Level One for Spring 2008.

UKA Level Three courses should be available from autumn 2007.

With governance of Officials now transferred to the Regions, Margery (Our President and Officials Secretary) has prepared some useful information which will be posted on the County Web Site and distributed with the next Bear.


10            DEVELOPMENT


The County and the Region both have money to give away. To get your hands on it (or rather your Club’s treasurer’s hands) you should think of a project and take it to the next Development Forum. It is a very simple process and all you have to do is think of something which will increase participation or improve performance.


The last Development Forum considered two interesting ideas.

Firstly, why not make it mandatory for all Club adult members and for the parents of all young athletes to volunteer to help the Club for 2 hours per year? Compulsory volunteering might sound odd but rather like Jury Duty it should work.

Secondly, Ray Morgan hopes to set up an U/11 League. It will be an evening league based on a multi events approach. The plan is to have a trial meeting this year and launch the league in 2008.



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