It is with regret that we have learnt that, following a short illness, Michael Nugent died peacefully at his home in New York on 4th August 2020. Michael was one of many pupils from John Fisher School who excelled at the Pole Vault in the 1950s. After John Fisher he went to Cambridge University and won an athletics blue.
Although our records for the 1950s are incomplete they do show Michael winning the County Pole Vault title twice as a Youth; once as a Junior and three times as a Senior. In 1955 he won the Senior Boys Pole Vault at the English Schools Championships. Michael represented Great Britain at the International Student Games at Paris in 1957 where he finished =11th with a clearance of 3.35m.
As England Athletics have not yet been able to issue permits we have decided to postpone the Masters Cross-Country Championships and the Bruce Judd Relays. We are proposing to hold the Masters Cross-Country Championships on 20th February 2021 and the Bruce Judd Relays on 13th March 2021. We are planning to hold the Main Cross-Country Championships on 9th January 2021 at Lloyd Park, Croydon; the Indoor Championships on 13th/14th February 2021 at DWLC, Carshalton and the Disability Championships on 10th April 2021 at WAAC, Kingston subject to the latest guidance from EA.
It is with regret that we have learnt of the death of Martin Etchells. Martin was well known to many Surrey officials and, in particular, we acknowledge the excellent relationship we had with Martin in his role as Championship Secretary of the Sussex Indoor Championships which have been held jointly with Surrey for many years. Sussex County AA will be publishing an obituary for Martin on their website.
SUTTON DUO WIN UK SPRINT TITLES
On the first day (Friday, 4th September) of the delayed UK Track & Field Championships held in Manchester, Imani Lansiquot and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, both members of Sutton & District AC, won their respective 100 metre titles. For both of them this was their first Senior Outdoor titles. Behind Imani in 2nd place was Kristal Awuaha> (Herne Hill Harriers). In the Discus Jade Lally (formerly of Sutton & District but now a member of Shaftesbury Barnet) was in first place at the start of the final round had to settle for 2nd place.
Two further Surrey athletes won on the second day: Jessie Knight (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) won the 400m Hurdles and Morgan Lake (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) won the High Jump for the 5th year running.
SCAA GENERAL COMMITTEE MEETING, FRIDAY, 10TH JULY 2020
Due to the continuing situation with Covid-19 the SCAA General Committee Meeting Scheduled for Friday 10th July has been cancelled. As soon as we are able to meet again the Secretary will be in contact by email.
Running in the International Gugl Meeting in Linz, Austria on 8th February 2020, Jessie Knight (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC) set a new record of 52.21. The previous record of 52.83 was set by Donna Fraser (Croydon Harriers) in 2009. Jessie then won the Muller Indoor Grand Prix 400m on 15th February 2020 at Glasgow with a time of 51.57 to further improve her record.
Running in Glasgow on 1st February 2020, Adelle Tracey (Guildford & Godalming AC) set a new 800m record of 2:00.23 to improve the previous record of 2:01.95 which she set in 2019. Running in the Muller Indoor Grand Prix on 15th February Adelle broke the 1000m record with her time of 2:37.95 which improved the previous record of 2:42.9 set in 1981 by Jo White (Mitcham AC).
WORLD UNIVERSITY CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO, 7TH MARCH 2020
Congratulations to Charlotte Dannatt (Camberley & District AC) on her selection for the GB team. Unfortunately for Charlotte this event was cancelled because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Fortunately for Surrey, this meant that Charlotte was available to run in the CAU Inter-Counties where she won the Senior Women's race.
EA INDOOR COMBINED EVENTS, SHEFFIELD, 4TH/5TH JANUARY 2020
SEAA Competition Limited is working with England Athletics to reschedule individual championships if possible. As a result, we will be postponing the U20/Senior Championships that are scheduled to be held at the end of June. The U13/15 and U17 Championships are under review and further information will be posted in due course.
The All Age Group Combined Events Championships scheduled for July and the U15/17 Inter Counties Championships scheduled for September have been cancelled.
SEAA Competition are still working on providing a full Indoor, Cross Country and Road Running season if circumstances permit.
John Gandee - SEAA Competition Chairman
CORONAVIRUS / COVID 19 - Surrey County AA has been monitoring the Coronavirus situation very closely and unfortunately we will have to postpone the Awards Evening scheduled for 3rd April. We hope to hold the evening later in the year, and as soon as we have a date we will be in contact again. The AGM and Executive Meeting scheduled for 27th March have been postponed. We hope to find a new date later in the year.
Our Endurance Officials Secretary, David Clarke has issued the following on 25th September 2020:-
1. England Athletics will not issue permits for any XC events until some ‘COVID secure’ test events have been completed. So no events will be possible in October and the season will start in November at the very earliest.
2. Because of social distancing, current guidance does not allow “massed starts”. So if events do go ahead they may have to be on a time trial basis.
3. Even if we resolve these two issues it is proving extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get permission from the land owners to hold XC events because of COVID fears.
THE ATHLETICS MUSEUM - Click here for information regarding a project that all athletic clubs are invited to join.
REQUESTS FOR PAYMENT FROM SURREY ATHLETICS OFFICIALS - We have noticed recent requests for payment of monies in emails which appear to have been sent by an SCAA official. These are not genuine and should be ignored and certainly not replied to. It is not the practice of SCAA officials to request payment from individuals using a Surrey Athletics email address. The Surrey Athletics email addresses have been created to allow the athletics community to communicate with appropriate SCAA officials and are published on our website to facilitate this. Unfortunately, we are not able to stop unauthorised people sending emails that give the impression that they have been sent from an SCAA official. In general, scepticism is a good reaction to any such requests for money.NATIONAL UNION OF TRACK STATISICIANS (NUTS) - NUTS is due to open its athletics archive/museum later this year at Coombe Wood School, Melville Avenue, Croydon CR2 7NY. They are on the lookout for donations and or loans of the following:-
(1) Books; (2) Programmes; (3) Photos; (4) Trophies; (5) Medals; (6) Club Badges & Vests (including clubs that no longer exist); (7) Old or Olympic kit; (8) Unwanted stopwatches (Do not have to work); (9) Documents; (10) Old running shoes, any pre-war would be wonderful. especially Laws, Fosters etc; (11) Other relevant items suitable for display or reference. Should you have any of the above that you would like them to consider, please contact Mike Fleet 020 8647 1341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. SURREY COUNTY ATHLETICS HISTORICAL INFORMATION - CAN YOU HELP? - Keith Burchell currently holds the archives for the Surrey County AAA and Surrey County WAAA. These are far from being complete. If you have any past information such as programmes, committee minutes, championship results etc that you are thinking of disposing then please contact Keith Burchell. In particular, sets of County Championship results prior to 1980 are sought.
RESPECT TO OUR TEAM MANAGERS
Surrey County Athletic Association does not accept or condone the use of offensive behaviour towards or abuse or bullying of team managers under any circumstances. Team managers are all volunteers and make their decisions on the basis of information available to them. While not everyone is likely to agree with all of their decisions they must respect them and all the hours of work and agonising that go into the difficult task these team managers carry out in the interests of encouraging athletics in the county.
CARDIAC RISK IN THE YOUNG
England Athletics is publicising this charity.
CRY is a charity that was established to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to the sudden cardiac death of young people. They operate a screening programme at a number of clinics around the UK and support this with mobile units that travel to other locations.
Full information about CRY and their services can be found on their website at www.c-r-y.org.uk. Young people between the age of 14 and 35 who would like to have cardiac testing can go to www.testmyheart.org.
You can also see www.uka.org.uk/governance/health-safety/cardiac-screening-for-athletes/ for information on work being done by UKA in this area.
Following the death of a young member of Croydon Harriers, Mike Fleet has been promoting this charity for several years and anyone wishing to have copies of his photographs has been asked to make a donation to CRY. Further, he has been exchanging for donations bookmarks signed by famous athletes to raise funds for this charity. We thank those of you who have shown your support in the past.
FORMS FOR PHOTO-FINISH, RACE CLOCK & RADIOS
SCAA has (a) photo finish, (b) a race clock and (c)
radios for hire. You can download forms to book either the race clock or
the radios by clicking on the buttons below. The forms come in either MS
Word or Adobe PDF format. Please note that there are two different forms
for the photo finish - one for organisations affiliated to SCAA and one
for other organisations.