“The Bear” – April 2006



The new structure for athletics came into effect from 1st April. A major aim will be to ensure deliverers are closer to local/club needs.


At this stage preparations for our region – Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire Worcestershire, Warwickshire – have been ably led by Interim Chairman John GRAVES, supported by a wide ranging group with a wealth of experience, including Stewart HARRIS, Graham HEELEY, Colin KIRKHAM in order to pave the way for an elected Council, which should be in place by the END OF JUNE.


England Athletics and John GRAVES will communicate more detail to clubs etc. But your attention is drawn to ITEM 6 in the accompanying minutes of the Warwickshire County AA General Meeting, held on 29th March.


The Association’s Treasurer, Stewart BARNES, we believe is a very suitable Regional Council Candidate and would communicate and represent you well.

WEBSITE(www.warwickshirecountyaa.co.uk) – Warwickshire County Athletics Association is a conduit for you, providing opportunity, competition, support and expecting your commitment in return. We are constantly trying to raise our profile and improve communication. The website therefore is a valuable tool and we seek to provide up to date information. Hopefully the site will be regularly visited and patience practised as we get things in place.


Our hope is to provide an updated service with ready access to WCAA promotions, entry forms, fixture information, ‘the bear’, County selections, post competition information, etc. Help us to get everything in place over the next few months please.



Edmondscote, Leamington Spa – Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May 2006.

We WANT your entry – Closing date Wednesday 19th April

Should you experience difficulties downloading forms and require copies please contact Stewart HARRIS (01788 811871)


EVENTS PAST – in a very busy period

CROSS COUNTRY – Inter Counties Championships, Wollaton Park Nottingham 11th March – Not the triumph of 2005, but plenty to encourage…….

All ten teams closed and based on positions in all age groups (equal weighting for aggregate score)..1st North East Counties   2nd Yorkshire   3rd Essex   …..

6th Warwickshire.

Nine athletes achieved a top 20 placing.

Under 17 Women Team 4th.   Under 17 Men 5th     and Lee CAREY (Nuneaton Harriers – 2005 Under 17 Champion as an Under 17 won the Under 20, Junior Men’s World Trial Race.     (Lee placed 64th, 2nd British counter in Fukuoka, Japan)

But congratulations, and thanks to all who contributed to such a busy day.


RACE WALKING Inter Counties Championships, Coventry, 12th March.

SENIOR MEN – 1st Hampshire   2nd Warwickshire    3rd Essex

SENIOR WOMEN – 1st Warwickshire   2nd Worcestershire   3rd Essex

and with two age group victories (Under 15 Boys Mark HALLIDAY – Coventry Godiva Harriers,   Under 13 Girls Jessica TANLEY – Nuneaton Harriers) An Overall Win?


ROAD – Inter Counties Championships

10K – 19th March – Eastleigh, Hampshire

SENIOR MEN – 1st Surrey……..9th Warwickshire

SENIOR WOMEN – 1st Hampshire         9th Warwickshire

HALF MARATHON2nd April – Ackworth, Yorkshire

            SENIOR MEN – 1st Yorkshire         Warwickshire just missing medals.

Details on website – (www.warwickshirecountyaa.co.uk). Thanks to Tom and Pauline DABLE for their work, and to the athletes for supporting events early in the year.


PROMOTIONS – Warwickshire Open Road Relays, Saturday 18th March.

A week earlier this year, and was it ever colder?(!)

Coventry Godiva Harriers won both events. Thanks go to all who supported or made arrangements.



Good to learn Level 1 Coaches and Officials courses at Coventry on 1st April were well supported.


Congratulations will go to a number of ‘worthies’ with Warwickshire connections who are to be recognised for their work at an awards ceremony on 9th April at the NIA, Birmingham (National Sportshall Finals).


Two Clubs recently applied to the Association for £150 grants and received a cheque within seven days. (Coventry Godiva are using their grant to produce a Members Handbook, towards their Clubmark. They offer the template to assist other clubs achieve their award).




            Half MarathonSunday 7th May @ Stratford

            10k – Sunday 4th June @ Northbrook, Coventry

Please indicate eligibility clearly when entering. Additional winners medals to 1st W55 and 1st M60.


Inter Counties Track & Field Senior Championships – Bedford, Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May 2006 – Contact Ian RILEY 0121-353-2073


And 2nd Greater Warwickshire Development Forum – Wednesday 24th May 7.00pm at Nuneaton Harriers, Headquarters, The Pingles.



Leamington C & AC are holding 5000m and 10000m Club track Championships at Edmondscote Stadium, Leamington Spa. The races will be included in an ‘Open Race’. They are therefore inviting athletes to enter on the day. Registration will close at 6.45pm with races commencing at 7.00pm. Where entries warrant Graded Races will be formulated. There will be no entry fee although entrance to the stadium will have to be paid.

The 5000m will be held on Wednesday 27th June.

The 10000m will be on Wednesday 11th July.


Next issue of the bear’….Late May……….But keep following him!!