Mini Leagues 2021-22 The current Mini League details are added to the Mini League banner above for both SportsHall and Cross Country. The 3rd Cross Country date and venue has yet to be agreed due to circumstances beyond our control. Clubs please be aware that as the cost of hiring facilities has increased we have had to reluctantly increase the fee for each athlete to £5.00. (21st October) Mini League Sportshall The details for the Mini League Sports Hall competitions can be found under the Mini League banner above. The details include Sports Hall Rules & Regulations, Dates and Individual Match Programmes. The County will need helpers to officiate in a variety of capacities - judging and measuring the Field events, timing the athletes in the Track events and judging the finishing positions in the Track events. If you can help, even for only 1 match, please speak to your club representative adding your name to the list of volunteers. The Cross Country dates will be fixed when the other events are known and there are 3 volunteer hosts. Cross Country should be in October, November and December.
(21st Sept) County Track & Field Championships A very successful County Track & Field Championships was held over the weekend of 11th & 12th September in conjunction with those of Nottinghamshire (as we have done since 1999). The weather stayed kind to the athletes which was a bonus. The county used an online entry system which proved to be successful with minor hiccups. Our grateful thanks goes to Angela fellows who accepted the mantle of our first Online Entry Administrator.The athletes were a credit to their clubs, coaches and parents. The competition proved to be of a high standard and very competitive. The county wishes to thank anyone and everyone who was involved in organising the meeting and seeing it delivered so successfully. It has been a strange experience this year because when we started to discuss the Championships we were unsure whether it would happen. Over the months we grew more confident and were pleasantly pleased with the outcome. Thank you again and we look forward to the next Championships in 2022 and Derbyshire should be the hosts at Moorways Sports Village, Derby. ( 14th Sept) Alan Domleo It is with deep regret that Alan Domleo (Derby & County AC and Derby AC) passed away at 5.00am on Monday 23rd August. Alan will be greatly missed by the athletics family because of his involvement within the sport. He was an accomplished athlete (running the marathon in under 2hrs 30mins) having competed for London University and Blackheath & Bromley while at University. However, Alan was Derby & County through and through and later Derby AC. He served the club in many roles – Secretary, Treasurer, Team Manager, Official and Coach especially for the Induction Group. He held several roles for the county too – Minute Secretary and Cross Country Team Manager. He was known for being meticulous in all that he did. He loved to help others in a variety of ways. He was a very generous man in terms of his time and funding some other people to develop in the sport he loved. Typical of the man Alan has requested no funeral (he never did like a lot of fuss) but he was happy for his friends to celebrate his life. Therefore, there will be a celebration of Alan’s life at the Royal Oak, Ockbrook (close to Alan’s home) on Friday 22nd October (but no time is mentioned yet). All Alan’s friends are welcome. Rest In Peace Alan.
County Cross Country Championships 2021 It is with regret and disappointment that because of the current pandemic hitting the country the planned Cross Country Championships due to be held on Saturday 9th January 2021 at Wollaton Park, Nottingham have been cancelled. Both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have reluctantly agreed with this decision. It would be almost impossible to organise the Champs in view of the EA Cross Country Guidelines. Our apologies go out to everyone – athletes, coaches, Officials and parents. We hope to see you in 2022. (21st October 2020)
County Track & Field Championships 2020 After some very low-level discussions regarding the 2020 Track & Field Championships due to be held at Harvey Hadden Stadium, Nottingham on Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st May, the hosts have decided to cancel the Championships for this year. Therefore, it is incumbent that Derbyshire follows suit for the protection of its athletes, coaches, Technical Officials and parents. This is a decision that the county has been reluctant to take. The closing date for the Championships would have been Saturday 9th May and the Government and National Governing Body’s advice, for the moment, is to the end of April. That would leave precious little time for athletes to test their fitness levels before the closing date always assuming that the restrictions are lifted then; they may be lifted much later than that - who knows? Apologies to all concerned and we hope you are able to support the Championships in 2021. Coronavirus Statement Athletics in England suspension extended until 31 May 2020
Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, UKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations have made the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17 March:
Extending the suspension of all athletics activity in England to the 31 May. [Initially this had been agreed to the end of April]. This suspension includes all organised athletics activity in the UK, including all competitions, formal club activities, running groups, and all Education activity (coach, official, teacher). Strengthening our position on coaching activity - We are now mandating that all physical coaching ceases, and only be conducted via virtual means during this period. Bringing groups of people together to train, however small, can no longer be permitted under the strict ‘Stay at home’ measures implemented by the UK Government.
These decisions have not been taken lightly and have been made in light of the continuing and real risk to life and to the NHS posed by the spread of the COVID-19 virus in England. We must now do all we can do. We would ask that the athletics community in England continues to help one another by staying connected and supportive of each other whilst at home in these unprecedented times. We will continue to review the situation in line with Government and Public Health guidance.
In addition to providing clarity to clubs, athletes, runners, coaches and officials, we are acutely aware that a number of competition providers have already made the bold decision to postpone their events in recognition that they stand to incur additional contractual costs on facilities that they have booked should they not make that decision now. We will continue to review this decision as the government guidance evolves, but one thing is clear - and that is that athletics, running and sport in general is special and is an important contributor to our way of life, but it is very much secondary to protecting and saving lives at this current time.
In its latest measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the UK Government has announced that everyone must now stay at home except in exceptional circumstances.
From last night (Monday 23 March), the only permissible reasons to leave your home are as follows:
To shop for basic necessities and that should be limited to once a day To take exercise once a day - but alone or with those you live with, no gatherings of more than two people For medical reasons or to care for a vulnerable person To travel to essential work if that cannot be done at home. Further guidance to employers is pending.
While athletics is predominantly an outdoor sport that allows athletes to exercise in the fresh air, the message to all of us is clear, we must play our part in containing the spread of COVID-19. We urge our members to utilise the opportunity to exercise as laid out by both governments, but as such, any informal small group training sessions of athletes or face-to-face coached sessions must now cease (*unless they are with your own household members as above).
We have witnessed some very creative home and/or garden-based training sessions (safely of course) during the last week, and we would urge clubs and coaches to continue to be innovative during this period. A number of schools have also been task setting for their pupils and it would be of immense value to continue to engage athletes and your members in similar style tasks for athletics.
There are numerous ways in which people can remain active whether that be core strength training at home, HIIT, Circuits, running and so on (whilst adhering to the government guidance) so we will be actively promoting these. We will of course be pushing out digital content relating to exercising at home during this week thanks to the work of our respective coaching and athlete development team members.
England Athletics CEO Chris Jones comments: “We all have a responsibility to play our part in mitigating risk and in reducing the spread of this virus. It will be deflating to many but if we do pull together and adhere to the guidance issued then we will come through this period. In the meantime we will be working tirelessly as partners to provide value to our member clubs, athletes, runners, coaches and volunteers and will be organising activities and providing resources utilising a range of methods such as online forums, webinars and podcasts that will help people prepare for a time when we can all look forward with renewed optimism as an Athletics & Running family.”
These decisions are difficult ones to make, but right now, it is our shared responsibility to prioritise the health of our local communities by working together to follow the Government guidelines. In doing so, this will ensure that we all get back to competing in the sport we love so much sooner.
Our latest updates can be accessed any time using www.englandathletics.org/coronavirus Online Entry Administrator The county needs someone to fill this role please as soon as possible because the entry forms will be released very soon. The role description is -
Athletes in Derbyshire wishing to enter the County Championships on 30/31 May 2020 will be able to benefit from our new ONLINE Entry system!
Derbyshire Athletics is looking for an individual to support the new system, designed by England Athletics for national competitions and which has been used successfully during the last year
We are looking for somebody who is:
· Organised · IT Literate: Excel Spreadsheets and Email
The work itself is limited in time scope: From 16/03/20 to 02/06/20: for many of these weeks, the Online Entry Administrator will require oversight only of the software, to ensure that entries are being compiled by the system.
YOU WILL :
Check that the software has the correct age groups and events on offer for the competition and enter information where needed,
If appropriate, highlight to club committees where entries for events are low as the event timing approaches, so that they can encourage more athletes to enter,
On automatic closure of the system on 09/05/20, download final numbers and send the file to Sheila O’Keefe at Notts AAA, who is responsible for the timetabling of theevent ,
Print off timetables when agreed, collate numbers and post out to all competing athletes ! (Help from Derbyshire Athletics committee members will be given for this task)
If there is anyone who would like to give this voluntary role a try, or for more information, please contact Barry Parker on : email@example.com or
Mike Heffernan on : firstname.lastname@example.org UK CAU Inter- Counties 7th March 2020 at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough The selections for the above Championships have been made and entered online. There has been some withdrawals and declinations of team places so that some who thought they would be reserves are now part of the competing team on the day. Please note that there is amaple parking at the venue (it can hold 3000 cars) but there will be a Car Park fee of about £5. The County is looking for people to volunteer as Team Managers on the day please to meet the athletes at the County tent, distribute the bib numbers, accompany team to start area, collect track-suits, encourage all the team, hand back track-suits at the Finish, collect in any borrowed vests. Please contact Barry Parker on email@example.com before 22nd February if you are interested and available.
2020 Cross Country Championships The programme listing all on-the-day details, course map and race entries can be found under the Championship banner above. Please adhere to all timings on the day. (30th Dec 2019)
Derbyshire County Cross Country Championships 2020 4 January 2020 at Shipley Park Heanor. On-line entry also now available at https://events.englandathletics.org
Users must be over 16 to register on the events website so that means that any athletes U16 wanting to enter the Championship will need to get their parents to register for an account and then on the next screen they have the option to enter the details for the athlete(s) they want to enter. Closing date strictly 12 December 2019 NO LATE ENTRIES ACCEPTED! Wilne 10k Derbyshire Championship Wilne 10k Derbyshire Championship results can be found under the Championships /Results tab. Derbyshire Mini League cross country fixtures Derbyshire Mini League cross country fixtures can now be found under the ‘Mini League Cross Country’ tab. Please note that both Tupton Hall School and Moorways track and pitches are dog-free zones and should not be brought on site.