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January 2004 News

Happy New Year:

The Committee wishes all members a
Happy and Prosperous New Year. As a club we are looking forward to even more success as we consolidate the positions we earned in 2003.


 The World Anti-Doping Code

UK Athletics has published a full list of prohibited substances on its website. This has been downloaded and Phil Thomas has a copy for any coaches who wish to check the list. Some of the prohibited substances are over two dozen letters in length and most will mean nothing to anyone not trained as
an analytical chemist. However, it is useful to be aware of the rules in case anyone inadvantly takes a prescribed medicine which contains a prohibited substance. In such cases strict liability applies rather than common sense and UK Athletics does have a help line so medicines can be checked for potential prohibited substances in any cases of doubt. According to UK Athletics testing can be carried out at any time on athletes over the age of 16 participating in the sport. Be warned.

Northern Cross Country Championships.
Further to the notices distributed earlier this month, times and course details are now available online here.  In particular the course map is slightly different from the one displayed in the club house.
 Six More Level 2 Coaches.
The club has six new Level 2 coaches. Sue Clague, Danny McLoughlin, Laura Davenport and Joe Ehlen were all successful in their level 2 endurance practical courses while Roseanne Hutchinson and Joe are now qualified to give Dave Morley level 2 assistance in sprints and hurdles following practicals in those areas.Congraulations to all. Members interested in upgrading their coaching qualifications should contact Phil Thomas. Please note financial assistance may be available but only to members whose subscriptions are up to date.
One Year : Double Figures.
The club has 10 athletes representing Merseyside in the Regional Sports Hall Finals at Wigan next month. This compares with five in 2003. The selected athletes are Vicky Johnson, Rachael Hutchinson, Kelly Rigby, Rebecca Keegan, Laura Crook, Zoe Woodward, Mike Ehlen, Anthony Marsh, Ben Clough and Adam Taft. Congratulations to everyone and to our representativesTerry Arnold, Geoff Johnson, Roseanne Hutchinson and Joe Ehlen for all the hard work they put in this year. The post season strategic review will be held in March.

London Marathon:

The Committee approved the allocation of the club's three places for the
London Marathon 2004 to Barry Graney, Ritchie Bradshaw and Janice Lawson. Members selected to compete are expected to wear club colours on the day of the race. A small informal committee will meet during the month to reconsider the criteria for selection for future years.

Training Fees:

Club members are reminded that all those who train at the Sports Centre should pay the training night fees. The only exceptions are coaches who do not compete.

Young Athletes Presentation Evening:

The above event will take place on Friday 30 January at Penlake with a 7 p.m. start. Tickets are available from Julia Hayes at the clubhouse on a training night or on the presentation evening itself. Awards will be presented for Male and Female Young Athlete of the Year, overall Athlete of the Year and to everyone who has represented the club during the year. Parents are welcome as long as they behave themselves!!

Child Welfare:

John Irwin is heading up a child welfare sub-committee with assistance from Sue Clague and others. All qualified coaches interested in this very important subject should contact John for details.

St Helens- Sutton 5K Road Races: 14 March.

This race will be used as a time trial for athletes interested in running in the Northern Road Relay 12 and 6 stage relays on the first weekend in April. Athletes are recommended to support the club and test their fitness by taking part.

Northern Championships:

Notices have been distributed regarding the Northern Championships Any athlete who has not received a notice should contact Phil Thomas immediately.

Wedding Bells.

Toni Garnett has announced her engagement to Cowley School Teacher David Bailey with the wedding set for August 2004 in Portmerrion. Toni intends to celebrate by running the Northern cross country at Sherdley Park later this month.

Annual Subscriptions:

Subscriptions are paid on an annual rolling basis and are due as soon as you receive your notice of renewal. The club's expenses, including the payment of League fees do not stop during the winter. In recent months the club has paid out over 500 in membership fees for the Northern League, National Junior League and National Junior League. We rely on members to pay their subscriptions promptly to ensure we can meet these ongoing expenses. A list of members whose subscriptions are outstanding will be listed in the clubhouse early in the New Year.

County Championships: Saturday 3 January.

The first event (under 13 girls) starts at 11 a.m. with the final event (junior/senior men starting at  2 p.m.) Please arrive one hour before your event is due to start (if you're uncertain of the time contact Phil Thomas or your coach). The team managers (Phil Thomas, John Irwin, Joe Ehlen, Sue Clague, Danny McLoughlin, Ray Vose and Paul Davenport amongst others, will be on site from 10 a.m.onwards). If you need transport contact John Irwin or your coach.  Let's have a good one.