The new season kicks off on Sunday with the Overton 5 mile race and entry’s are usually available on the day.We recently had a meeting of the road committee and the main topic on the agenda was to try and increase participation in this brilliant league.The forthcoming races will be posted on the web site shortly and there are a wide variety of events to choose from. We can do a lot better in this league both on the men’s and ladies On the men’s side we always do well in perhaps two events when our fast boys run but in the main quite rightly they are more concerned with the track in the summer and cross country in the winter. What we really need is what I call the solid performer to turn out ,guys who run sub 45min and ladies sub 50min for 10K. If we could get these athletes to compete regularly then I am sure we could dramatically improve our overall standing. Paul Johnson and Sarah Kingston have agreed to be Team Managers so contact them for more information or lifts etc. There will be a voucher for the leading man and lady at the end of the season more information will follow. I shall arrange for forms to be handed out on a Tuesday at the track but most of the events you can enter on line.
We are also proposing, and former members of Southampton Running Club will remember this a 10 mile championship race to take place at the New Forest 10 in July. This race is run on forest tracks but is very flat and given the right weather fast. We propose to arrange a barbeque and organize some games I mean cricket or rounders etc. There are children races as well so we can make it a family day out.
The clubs young athletes just missed out on medals on the 2nd and final day of the England Athletics U15 & U17 championships at the weekend. Continue reading
Sophie Merritt won a bronze medal in the U17 womens discus, the very first event of the English national U15 & U17 national championships in Bedford yesterday. Sophie threw 40.86m in the 5th round to take 3rd place.
Another very successful track season has come to a close with the two outstanding highlights from my perspective being crowned champions of the Men’s British League division 2 and gaining promotion to the lofty heights of division one next year and the fantastic success of our UK Development league U13/U15 Southern Premier team in reaching the National finals in Birmingham next weekend. We have got some incredible young athletes coming through so I am very optimistic for the future.
We are still working hard at trying to improve the facilities at the Sports Centre I am still awaiting the much delayed feasibility study for the conversion of the existing track side building but the wheels in Southampton City Council move very slowly but this is something I will not give up on.
The committee, subject to the approval of members at an EGM in the near future wishes to amend the status of the club to being a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). This has already been approved by the Charity Commission and, provide members do likewise we will be able to take advantage of the many opportunities this provides, particularly in raising funds for the new clubhouse. Please look out for the date of the EGM as this is a major step for the club and it is important that members attend.
Finally with regard to fundraising I have registered the club on a web site easyfundraising .org.uk. How it works is that easyfundraising have agreements with a vast number of everyday companies for example Amazon,John Lewis,M & S,E Bay,Argos to name a few to pay a percentage of your online purchase (maybe 1% or 2% sometimes more) to Southampton Athletic Club.
What you need to do
1 Register on the Web site as a supporter of Southampton Athletic Club
2 When you wish to make an online purchase Go to the easy fundraising web site first and follow the link to the seller you require. The cost to you will be exactly the same as if you had gone to the web site direct.
3 Download the banner to remind you to go to the easy fundraising web site prior to purchase in future
The amounts the club receive are small but if enough members or friends register the sum will gradually build up.
Now looking forward to the road relays and cross country.
The track & field season is coming towards its end and the last of the individual championships takes place today & tomorrow with the English national U15 & U17 championships in Bedford. Continue reading
1st Man : Daniel O Boyle (Stubbington Green) 15.27
1st Lady : Laura Brenton (S.A.C) 17.06
6 VM40 James Smith 16.27
12 SM Rich Waldron 16.51
19 SW Laura Brenton 17.06
29 VM40 Emyr Morgan 17.33
30 SM Steve Marcer 17.43
76 VM50 Paul Johnson 19.52
84 VM55 Sid Delara 20.15
92 VM60 Pete Staunton 20.32
The U20 mens 4 x 400m relay team of Jason Amartey, David Fisher, Jack Lynch and Ronnie Young took gold in the inaugural English national U17 & U20 relay championships held alongside the national inter-counties track & field championships in Bedford on Saturday. Continue reading