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) County Track & Field Championships The programme of entrants to the T&F Champs, the relevant Athlete Information (please make sure you read and follow the information) and the Timetable can be found under the above Championships banner for 2021. Athlete numbers were sent out last week. (4th Sept) County Championships and QuadKids This is just a reminder that the closing date for the County Championships and QuadKids events is at 23.59 on Friday 20th August. No entries will be accepted after that date and time. Please help us to help you by adhering to the deadlines. (16th August)
QuadKids In conjunction with the County Championships in September there is a QuadKids event at Harvey Hadden Stadium, Nottingham which needs a separate entry via the Notts AAA website. The entry link is at www.nottsaaa.org/events/derbysnotts-u11s-quadkids-tf-2021 The Derbyshire event is on Sunday 12th September and entries close on 20th August. (11th August) Derbyshire Athletics Annual General Meeting 2021 The County’s AGM was held on Monday 26th July. All Clubs will be notified of the outcomes via a copy of the Meeting’s Minutes. There were very few changes but a new Committee was elected for 2021-22. Congratulations go to Rob Rainsford (Heanor RC) as the new President for the next 3 years. Rob, over the years, has supported the County as an Official, a Cross Country Team Manager and provided across country course at Shipley Park for our (muddy) Championships in January. It is good to have a President who is basically from the Endurance discipline of the sport. The Committee looks forward to working with Rob over the next 3 years. The other Officers include – Vice-Presidents Geoff Worsley Mick Heffernan Ernie Cripps Chair Mel Naylor (unattached) Secretary Barry Parker (Derbys Schools) Officials Secretaries (Track & Field) Mick Heffernan (Derby AC) (Endurance) Barry Parker (Derbys Schools) Championships Secretaries – (Cross Country) Mark Hazlehurst (Worksop H) (Track & Field) Julie Feeney (Amber Valley & Erewash AC)
All other Officer roles are vacant. There is a need to fill the roles of Vice-Chair and Treasurer. If anyone is willing to be considered for these untaxing roles please contact the Secretary for further details. After 2 years the Vice-Chair would become the Chair for a further 2 years. The Treasurer would need to develop online banking and handle transactions at certain ‘busier’ periods of the year including updating the Committee at its meetings and providing an audited Annual Statement for each AGM. A serious interest in the sport is a must and the incumbents would be expected to support the County in delivering its many competitions. (27th July)
County Track & Field Championships 2021
The County Track & Field Championships are being held on the weekend of 11th & 12th September at Harvey Hadden Stadium, Nottingham alongside the Notts Champs. Entry and payment is via online only. Entries close at midnight on 20th August to allow the planning of the timetable and holidays. Any late entries will not be accepted after that time and date. The race-results system is now active and described below - The event can be accessed via the race-results events diary link and scrolling down to September. The link is -
To enter – click on the green ‘Enter’ button at the right side of the Derbyshire Athletics Track and Field Championship 2021 on the race-results events diary. This should take athletes to the log in page (if athletes do not have an account they will need to set this up prior to entry).
If athletes already have some race-results pages open in their internet browser, it doesn’t always open up the log in. The easiest way around this is to close the pages in the browser and reopen the events diary. If registering for the first time please ensure your full address and post code is typed in correctly to allow Timetable and numbers to be forwarded to you by Derbyshire Athletics. (22nd July)
Mini League 2021 The timetables and rules for the 2021 Mini League on 3rd and 24th July can be seen under the Mini League banner above. (22nd June 2021)
The event organiser Des Gibbons will act as the Derbyshire Team Manager and has assured the county that it is free entry for any Derbyshire athletes.
Inter-County Fell Races Please note that Derbyshire is hosting the British Inter-County Fell Running Junior Championships on Sunday 13th June. It would be great to have a strong team representing the County on our home turf.
Further details and entry can be made using this link
270521 Online Entry Administrator 2021 The County is seeking someone to fulfill this role for this summer from 1st July to 13th September to oversee the administration of an online entry system. Please see the attached poster.
(9th May 2021) County Track & Field Championships 2021
At a joint Zoom meeting held Monday night (26th April) with Nott's AAA it was agreed to go ahead with the County Track & Field Championships at Harvey Hadden Sports Village Nottingham on the weekend of the 11 & 12 September. That is always assuming that there are sufficient numbers of Technical Officials available over the weekend. We need to have sufficient Officials to enable the Level 1 Licence to be issued. Entry details will be published later and will be taken online. The county needs a volunteer to oversee the entry system. Are there any volunteers please? If so, please email Barry Parker by 9th May stating your experience working with a venture such as this and more personal details - name, address, email address and mobile/landline telephone numbers.
Derbyshire Athletics committee members are also hoping to provide some sort of Mini-league competition at Moorways this year.
(28th April 2021)
T&F Champs - Cancellation of the 2021 Track & Field Championships"
In light of Government guidance and following our County Championship planning meeting we have regrettably had to cancel the County Track & Field Championship due to be held on 8th & 9th May 2021. We are hoping to put on at least one open grading meeting later in the year to provide some competition for our athletes. Further information will be made available when we are able to confirm dates and venue.
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:
· 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 the event ,
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