Helens Sutton Athletic Club
January 2004 News
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
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
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
Northern Cross Country
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.
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
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
Committee approved the allocation of the club's three places for
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.
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
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
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
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.
Notices have been
distributed regarding the Northern Championships Any athlete who has
not received a notice should contact Phil Thomas immediately.
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
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.
Championships: Saturday 3 January.
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