Message for all female runners

Hi all Hampshire athletic, sports and running clubs!

Scott Edgington here from Alton sports Eastleigh, some of you may know I have taken over as Store manager recently.

We are hosting a Brooks Bra fitting evening on the 22nd August (in store) and would like you to share this with your respective clubs if possible, it’s the first of its kind and we would welcome as many people down as possible to have a sports bra fitted by a specialist, with a professional talk about all the reasons why it’s essential to have one! We will be running some great offers that night too Continue reading


My name is Ellie and I work for Wave 105 Cash for Kids. We currently have ten spaces left for our Great South Run team, and I would appreciate it if you could pass this email on to your running club to see if anyone would be interested in joining us and helping disadvantaged and vulnerable children in the South?

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The funeral will take place on Thursday 24th August 2.30 pm at St Marks church Ampfield and afterwards for afternoon tea in the church rooms.Please in accordance with Eryl’s wishes wear bright clothes. No flowers, donations to her chosen charities Cancer Research UK and the Walled Garden at Mottisfont. All are very welcome.

Mary’s complete set

Southampton Athletic Club president, Mary Axtell is celebrating winning a complete set of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the category for female athletes over 75 years of age at the European Masters Athletics Championships in Copenhagen . Mary’s treasure hunt started on Saturday 29th July with Bronze in the 100 metres. That was former PE teacher Mary’s first international medal in a career that began in the 1950s and being guided in earlier years by coaching great, the late Mike Smith. Clearly enjoying the glint of precious metal, Mary was by now on a roll. Just a few days later, she was back on track, claiming a silver in the 200 metres before combining with her GB team mates to win gold in the sprint relay.
Mary is an inspiration to everyone at the club and in particular to the younger sprinters with her dedication to training, even accompanying her group, many of whom are teenagers,  for a warm weather training trip to Crete this year, perseverance in the face of injury and steely competitiveness. Mary is in no mood to retire just yet, already serving notice to her coaching team that she has set her sights on the European indoor Masters Championships to be held in March 2018 in Madrid.

Sara & Gary MacDonald-Gray

Mary with her medals


Its with great sadness that I have to report the death of Eryl after a long illness. Eryl was secretary of Southampton Road Runners/Southampton Athletic Club for many years and will be sadly missed by all her friends in athletics.Funeral arrangements to be advised. Please forward condolences to me at
( or 42 Flexford Close Chandlers Ford SO535RZ) and I will arrange for these to be forwarded on to her family.


John Elkins

Many of you particularly the road runners who competed under the banner of Southampton Road Runners and Southampton Running Club will have fond memories of John who has sadly passed away. I remember John as a lovely man with a wicked sense of humour and he will be sadly missed. Sincere condolences to his family and close friends.Funeral at Wessex Vale Crematorium  West End Thursday 4pm afterwards at the Botleigh Grange Hotel.


Active Nation are concerned that there are athletes mainly non SAC who are using the track when not authorised to do so. Our arrangement with AN is that we can use the track on an unlimited basis with a few minor exceptions. I am aware that there have been a few issues recently and I will be trying to sort these out at my next meeting.
AN have a list of paid up members(names only) and you may be challenged by Active Nation staff to ensure you are authorised to have free use of the track.It may be a good idea to carry your membership card to quicken up the checking. I am in the process of looking at the contract with Active Nation with a view to ensuring we can value for money and if we wish to continue with this arrangement.

Does It Really Matter

Does it matter if you run a 100m and the result is 0.1s out or if you throw a discus and the measurement isn’t quite right. Have you ever felt that the results were wrong, have you taken your own timings or argued against a field decision.

An email has recently been sent to all the parents of athletes in the Wessex league to say that we, as a club, have been ‘told off’ for the lack of officials that we send to away fixtures. This telling off could have come from any of the leagues as we have rarely been able to fill our requirement to send officials. I heard that a recent fixture only had 3 timekeepers, I know timekeeping is a skilled job and I’m sure they coped but I’m not sure 3 officials for races of up to 8 young athletes is to be advised and there would be no opportunity for a break, those officials deserve a medal.

While you are watching you children or team mates you can do more to support them by joining the team of officials. If that league meeting with 3 timekeeper had 8, I’m pretty sure the results would be more reliable and I’m also sure that the officials there would have a more enjoyable experience. If timekeeping isn’t for you, have you thought about being a track official or a field official. If none of those take your fancy we can also offer starters assistant or starter, there roles are both vital in starting the races but also these will be the last to talk to the athlete before they race. Field officials are always much needed and we do manage with an army of helpers BUT it’s also important that those running the events know how to lead, know the difference between a valid throw, jump, vault or putt, there is a rule book but nothing beats experience and working with experienced officials to pick up tips.

I am happy to send more information about the different official roles and how to train and if you would like to come and have a go or shadow an official for the day our last home fixture is Saturday 19th August a Southern League (SAL) which is for ages U17 and above.

Please come down and do more than support your team
Tracey Jones