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.
Derbyshire Athletics Sportshall League
The club sportshall league makes it’s return for the 2019 - 2020 season. All matches are held at Queens Park Sports Centre, Chesterfield on Sunday afternoons. First events start at 1.30pm. Entry to the sportshall from 1pm or when set up has been completed. Dates and running orders can be found under the Mini League tab.
County T&F Championships 2019
The Final information for the Championships can be found on the Championships, Track & Field tab.
Dear all Timetables for Mini League matches now attached. No running order changes this year although there is now a start time for the second half of the track programme, allowing time for track officials to have a quick comfort break and a prompt re-start.
Please submit your athletes’ names and allocated race number using the dec sheet provided to Trevor Jolly firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE match 1, ideally in the week before. He does not need to know which events each athlete is doing. Results on the day cannot be processed for all to see if Trev is spending all morning inputting names and numbers. Please help him to help our athletes and for a smooth running of the day by sending in advance.
Please share timetables and the rules doc with your team managers and officials. All clubs must be aware of the imperative need for track judges, timekeepers and field teams, suitably qualified for long throws, and the rota as shown in the rules. As always field officials need to be sensitive to the inevitable event clashes and allow athletes to leave and return to an event as necessary (some HJ exceptions - see rules relating to HJ competition) provided the overall allocated time for each discipline / age group is not compromised. At the heart of Mini League is the informality in which young athletes learn the competition environment whilst still adhering to competition rules and Mini League ethos.
Any queries please ask.
Please find attached details for this years Derbyshire Mini League track and field fixtures. Please forward as necessary to your club team managers and officials. If your club will not be taking part this year please let me know.
I will forward declaration sheets and match timetables at a later date.
One small change for this year so far - the U9’s races will now be for those aged 6, 7 or 8 years of age on the day in an effort to contribute towards keeping to time.
Please note that the dates chosen (and I use that word begrudgingly!) have once again been particularly difficult this year. There has been NO choice. Every available Saturday at Moorways is either booked OR it would mean a double weekend for our athletes,parents and officials. I have deliberately not selected ANY Saturday date which would been a YDL lower or a Heart of England League (AVEAC only) weekend, saving our young athletes competing on both a Saturday and a Sunday. The dates left by the time you take out schools, Mason Trophy, County Champs, National sportshall finals (where Derbyshire usually have teams) are those on holiday weekends or even where there are other clashes. It is an impossible situation but one that we must make the best of.