Helens Sutton Athletic Club
Reminder: Social Evening
final reminder that the club's social evening, including the
presentation to the youngsters, takes place at Penlake this Friday
night. All club members welcome.
Fold Increase in County Representation
club has increased its Merseyside County representation from one
in 2002 to five in 2003 with the selection of Gill Bacon,
Barry Cunliffe, Dave Forrester, Mike Burke and Mike Ehlen
for the team to run in the Inter-Counties at Nottingham on
Saturday 8 February. In addition, Ben Clough is first
reserve for the under 13 Boys' team. Tony Smith just missed out in
the senior event where some of the selections are strange. We are
still waiting for the Cheshire team to be announced.
Merseyside Schools' Cross Country, Whiston, 18
Details of the above event have just arrived
at the club. There are seven races which will be contested by
Districts so whichever school you belong to you will be
representing the St Helens District or Knowsley if you
live in the Prescot area. Anyone belonging to a Merseyside School
can run on payment of £1 on the day. Joe Ehlen, Sue
Clague and several other club coaches will be present on the day
so speak with them on Thursday or on the day of the race. Arrive
in plenty of time for your event.
|10:30 a.m. ||Year 12/13 ||Boys ||7000m |
|10:32 a.m. ||Year 7 ||Girls ||2000m |
|10:45 a.m. ||Year 7 ||Boys ||2000m |
|11:10 a.m. ||Year 8/9 ||Girls ||3000m |
|11:30 a.m. ||Year 10/11 ||Girls ||3500m |
|11:30 a.m. ||Year 12/13 ||Girls ||3500m |
|11:50 a.m. ||Year 8/9 || Boys ||4000m |
|12:15 p.m. ||Year 10/11 || Boys ||6000m |
The venue is Stadt Moers Park, Whiston,
behind the Ranger's Hut in Pottery Lane,
Northern Cross Country Championships: Manchester 25
Please note that transport arrangments for
this event are being organised by John Irwin and Ray
National Cross Country Championships: London 22
Accommodation for 22 adults and six
youngsters staying for two nights in London has been confirmed.
Details are on the club noticeboard and have been circulated to
those involved. If anyone else wants to be added to the party please
let Phil Thomas know as soon as possible, although the preferential
rates obtained already may not be available.
Ray's on Time
Congratulations to Ray Vose on
passing his timekeeping examination. No-one can now argue their
training times are wrong!
2002 in Perspective
review of 2002 is now available via our links page.......Here
opening track and field meetings of 2003 are at Warrington
& Birmingham. The Warrington event takes place on
Sunday 2 February (12 noon) and includes competitions for
under 11's through to seniors. Birmingham's Midlands Games
meeting is a two day competition on 22/23 February at the
National Indoor Arena. There is a minimum age of 13
and minimum starting heights in the field events. Full details are
available on the club noticeboard.
New Coaching Appointment
Colin Cunliffe is our latest coaching
appointment following his transfer to level two. Colin will taking
charge of our younger male sprinters as the club prepares for
the new era of joint competition.
News From Committee
club will be sending senior men's, senior ladies, an under 13 boys'
team plus individual athletes in different age groups to the
National Cross Country event on 22
February. This represents a threefold increase in
numbers over last year. Transport arrangements have been advised
and responses must be returned to Phil Thomas
immediately to secure accomodation.
club receives two entries for the London Marathon. There is a
procedure for determining whic members are eligible to compete in
the event. They must have been a member of the club for at least a
year and made an unsuccessful application to compete in the 2003
event. In the event of there being several applicants the place will
be decided by lots. The Committee decided that one place this year
should be awarded to Pauline Picton who met the requisite
criteria and gave up her place in the 2002 event so Dorothy
Fairhurst could compete. Barry Graney has expressed a wish to
compete but will forgo the place if any other eligible club
member wants to run.
course has been measured and changing for ladies obtained at
Eaves Lane Primary School. The men's changing is under
consideration. Maps are being drawn up and entries will be
acknowledged immediately in the New Year. The following persons have
already volunteered to help on the day as marshals
and in other capacities, including
results. John Irwin, Sue Lowrie, Sue Clague, Lisa Bluett,
Julia Hayes, Joe Ehlen,Phil Thomas and Janet Holmes. A further
dozen are required. Joe Ehlen is setting up the results
club received many favourable comments at the Merseyside Forum and
will be actively participating in the Forum's future activities. We
understand that repairs to the track will cost in excess of £250,000
and that grants are available to bring it up to standard. The club
committed itself to the Active Sport initiative and is also
applying for grants under the scheme.
Northern Vets Track and Field
Championships: Sunday 25 May.
club has been asked to stage the above fixture and will be active in
recruiting officials to act on the day. We also expect many of our
veteran athletes to take part in the championships as they are on
our home track. We are concerned about a possible clash with the
Young Athletes League but intend to make the event a successful
Committee unanimously endorsed previous policy decisions on Sports
Hall Athletics, Young Athletes' Leagues and the personnel designated
to look after them. Appropriate documents will be prepared as part
of the development plan. All level one coaches will be taking
level two as soon as practicable and previously
terminated memberships will not be restored.
club is working with St Helens M B C to provide coaching
for disabled athletes to ensure disabled athletes are
properly represented in athletics at the Merseyside Youth
Games and other events. Sue Clague, Sue Lowrie and Dave
Morley all expressed interest in this developing this part of
the club's activities and together with the Executive Members
(Ray Vose, John Irwin and Julia Hayes) have formed the
Disbaility Provision Sub-Committee. Any club members
interested in developing this important aspect of the club's
activities should contact Julia Hayes. St Helens-Sutton is
committed to Athletics For All.
been confirmed for Friday 31 January 2003. This is a social
evening for the all club members at which presentations will be made
to our youngsters, including Young Athletes of the Year. It
is not just an evening for the youngsters. All are invited to enjoy
the evening out for a mere £2.50 per ticket. Terry
Arnold is bringing the sausage rolls, Ray Vose is making
the hot-pot and we are looking for volunteers to provide sandwiches,
cakes, biscuits and other edibles.
club's policy for photographing youngsters is now available for
viewing. A copy will be placed on the notice board and incorporated
into the overall child protection policy which is currently being
written as an integral part of our club development
Date of the Next Committee
next committee meeting will take place at Sutton Sports Centre on
Thursday 30 January 2003. Please notify the Secretary about any
matters you wish to draw to the committee's attention.