Amended Timetable for the Track & Field Championships
Please note that there has been a slight amendment to the Provisional Timetable for the Championships on Sunday 17 June. The 200m has been moved into the half past one slot instead of the 800, which in turn will now take place at 2.30. This is to allow for runners to compete in both the 100 and 200. All other combinations and permutations are reasonably spaced.
From Rob Bates, S West Vets Track & Field Secretary (5 July 2011)
Well Done to those athletes and officials that were at Plymouth on Sunday for the SW League Match 3 fixture. It was certainly an enjoyable day...particularly the 4 X 400m relay at the end...great stuff.
The Plymouth results are already on Powerof10.A few PBs and SBs for our athletes as well, which is nice to see.
Next up in the League is our final fixture at Exeter on Sun, Sept 4th,which is a B Programme match (as per Millfield).We are expecting our largest turnout of the season at this match. The turnout was lower than we would have liked on Sunday, but given the fixture congestion at this time of the season, what with the Worlds etc, it was quite predictable.
As you will be aware, we also have the Inter-Area meet coming up at Solihull on Sunday, August 7th.
Looking at previous years' results, the standard has been very mixed. SCVAC, with respect, seem to dominate the meeting by sheer volume of numbers, rather than being of a higher standard. If we can cover every event, that would be brilliant.
It appears at this stage that the main selection dilemmas for us are the Middle-Distance events, where we are awash with talent. Ian and I will try and select the team by about the 4th week of July, if possible.
It is quite possible that we will have some last-minute cry-offs, no-shows or injuries on the day, so we will be picking some reserves as well...just in case ! Chances are that everyone will get a run out, albeit possibly not in their chosen event. There are also some lighter, more fun events, such as the Medley Relay and 2K walk.
From Rob Bates, S West Vets Team Manager (Monday 18 April 2011)
I would just like to thank everyone for helping to make a cracking day
yesterday. It surpassed my expectations, even though we only fielded a
There were many positive points to mention really and this is not an
INVITATION TO ANOTHER NATIONAL COMPETITION -SATURDAY 13 March 2010
Following requests, from a few financial strapped athletes [including me] who could not afford to go to Kamloops, about how could they compete at the new indoor arena in Gent, where next years EVAA Indoor Championships are being held, I made some enquiries. I found that the Belgian Masters Athletics Indoor Championships were held there in 2009 and are to be held there again in 2010. Several 'begging' e-mails to the Belgian Athletics Federation followed, and after special dispensation, agreed at a Federation Council meeting, these closed Championships are being opened for the first time. Even better is that the Federation have proffered an invite to ALL British athletes to come and compete.
BMAF Track & Field Secretary
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Free Olympic Trial Tickets We have secured a number of tickets for the Olympic trials being held in Birmingham on Friday 11th-Sunday 13th July. We would like to offer each club up to 4 free places and have reserved a block for the region (in the home straight).
ULTRA DISTANCE RUNNING......... from Tom Scrivens
I would be most grateful if you would be good enough to publicize the following new Event among your club members. Axe Valley Runners are holding one 12 hour and two six hour time trial races at the Exeter Arena Athletic Track on September 20th 2008. With the first 6 hour starting at 7:00 am and finishing at 1:00 pm, the 12 hour will start at 7:30 am and finish at 7:30 pm, and the second 6 hour will commence at 2:00 pm and finish at 8:00pm. The name of the events: Trackattack 612
The ultimate aim of these events for the future is to establish Devon as the centre of ultra distance Track Racing in the South West. Therefore we intend this year to start ‘small’ and get experience with 12 and 6 hour races, hopefully to be followed by a 24 hour event next year and by a full 6 day event the year after that.
In August last year I made many contacts in Germany when I took part in a 6 day event where there was huge support and enthusiasm among runners and organisers alike for longer ultras such as 6 and 7 day events, none of which unfortunately exist in the UK at the current time. Many of these guys told me they would love to come to the UK if only we would put on similar events over here. Undoubtedly they would have a great international flavour and could put Devon firmly and permanently onto the ultra distance map.
The entry limit for each race is 20 runners, so ultimately there will never be more than 40 runners on the track at any one time. Priority for entry will be given to runners who bring their own lap recording person who will be responsible for recording each completed lap by their runner on the record sheets provided.
I’m taking the liberty of attaching an entry form (click here) for anyone who may be interested in taking part and would stress that early entry is recommended as already there is a lot of interest in these three prestigious events. I would also like to ask at this time for volunteer helpers on the day; people who would/could be, lap recorders, ‘scene shifters’, trackside helpers, etc, etc. No experience necessary as ‘training’ will be given!
I’m looking forward to hearing from lots and lots of you!
Ever in the Long Run,
Tom Scriven email@example.com
South West Veterans’ Athletics Club, hereinafter referred to as SWVAC, is affiliated to the British Masters Athletics Federation (BMAF) and to the England Athletics Masters Association (EAMA). It is responsible for the conduct of veteran athletics within its area. A veteran athlete was a woman not less than 35 years of age or a man not less than 40. However the world trend is to include men also from the age of 35. As a result we have moved with the times and now accept anyone from the age of 35 up. Our affiliation to the British Masters Athletic Federation admits our members to National, European and World Masters Athletic Championships.
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