See message in the next column regarding the cancellation of fixtures scheduled for January through to April 2021. The provisional dates and venues for May onwards are shown in the County Diary.
UKA CONSULTATION ON DISTANCES FOR MEN AND WOMEN IN CROSS COUNTRY RACES
UKA is proposing that Men and Women should run the same distance in cross country races. A consultation is currently open. This should have gone to clubs, associations, officials and athletes with an interest in Cross Country running but the circulation seems to be patchy. This is an important question. It will affect the future structure of cross country leagues and championship races. If you are interested in cross country you should make your opinion count by responding to the survey. If UKA has not sent this to you personally you should be able to get a copy from another member of your club, maybe the club Secretary. If necessary the County Officials Secretary can forward it to you – contact email@example.com. The consultation closes on 29 January so you should act quickly.
BILL NANKEVILLE 1925 - 2021
Bill Nankeville died on 8th January 2021 aged 95. Bill, a member of Walton AC, was one of the leading middle-distance runners in Britain in the 10 years following the Second World War. He was 6th in the 1500m Final at the 1948 Olympics and was a semi-finalist four years later at Helsinki. In 1950 he set a British record when finishing 3rd in the 1500m Final at the European Championships in Brussels. From 1947 - 1953 he was a medallist every year in the Mile at the AAA Championships, finishing first on 4 occasions. After retiring from competition he maintained his links with Walton AC and regularly attended club functions until recently.
Herne Hill Harriers are saddened and shocked to advise that Idris Ojuriye, their popular and talented sprinter, sadly passed away suddenly on Monday 4th January. Idris was an valuable member of their BAL national league team for over fifteen years competing over 100m and 200m and sprint relays and was a regular competitor in indoor and outdoor championships ranging from Surrey to National champs. He represented Surrey on a number of occasions including competing at the Inter Counties championships and won medals at the Surrey outdoor and indoor championships. Idris was a popular, inspiring competitor and team member who was heavily involved in coaching in schools and local South London tracks where he inspired many youngsters to start athletics. Link to tribute on HHH website
It is with sadness that we report the death on New Years Day of Peggy Burchell a Life Member of the County Association. Peggy was for many years the person who issued the competitors numbers to the male athletes at the County Track & Field Championships. She stopped doing this when she became unsteady on her feet and was concerned that she would be a liability. On being made a Patron of the County and subsequently a Life Member she was entitled to attend County Committee meetings. When she started to attend these meetings she achieved a rare distinction in that she was the third generation of her family to be a member of the Surrey committee - her father, W H Child, represented Mitcham AC in the 1920s; her son Keith has been a committe member since the 1970s and she joined in the 1990s. Peggy gave tremendous service to Croydon Harriers and was their treasurer for many years and was a leading fundraiser for the project that saw the club build its own headquarters at Croydon Sports Arena
NEW YEAR HONOURS 2021
We send our congratulations (1) to Donna Fraser (Croydon Harriers) who was awarded an OBE for services to equality, inclusion and diversity in the workplace and (2) to Susan Deaves (Woking AC) who was awarded an MBE for services to athletics.
GEOFF FISHER 1929 - 2020
It is with regret that we report the death of Geoff Fisher on 27th December 2020. Geoff was a member of Herne Hill Harriers since 1951 and competed for them over road and cross country for about four years but was an integral and valued member of the club being a Past President and Life Member. He also represented the Civil Services, The University of London and Croydon & District AAA. He achieved 1,2 and 3 mile times of 4.27.2, 9.22.5 and 14.28.2 and was a member of the winning Southern London to Brighton team in 1954. The previous year he has been joined winner of the Founders Trophy which at that time was presented to the most improved member. He was also part of the winning teams in the London cross country championships and the Surrey road relays as well as being in the scoring 12 in HHH's South of the Thames win in 1954. Geoff stopped competing due to work commitments but then threw himself into the administrative side of the sport with the club committee becoming Hon General Secretary for five years culminating in the Club Presidency of 1968-69. For many years he was also club officials secretary. Geoff was also on Surrey, Southern and South of Thames committees becoming President of Surrey County AAA in 1982; the South of the Thames between 1972-73 and President of the Southern Counties Cross Country Association 1977-78. For many years Geoff was a highly regarded track referee and judge at international, area, county and club level always displaying a friendly smile and keen interest in the clubs & counties activities.
We thank Steve Bosley for providing this tribute.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Surrey County Athletic Association sends its best wishes for 2021 to athletes, coaches, officials and supporters. We are looking forward to the return of competitive athletics when it is safe to resume.
PAUL NIHILL 1939 - 2020
Photo by Mark Shearman published in SCAN Edition No. 32 Taken at the European Championships, Athens in 1969.
It is with regret that we have learnt that Paul Nihill has died, another victim of COVID-19. Paul was one of Britain's most successful walkers. He won Gold (Athens 1969) and Bronze (Helsinki 1971) medals at European Championships plus an Olympic Silver medal at Tokyo in 1964. He will also be remembered for his brave attempt to win gold at the Mexico 1968 Olympics where he was defeated by the conditions and had to retire - his first defeat in 86 races over 3 years. He was awarded an MBE and had a road (Nihill Place) named after him in Croydon where he lived for a large part of his adult life. Paul was a member of both Surrey Walking Club and Croydon Harriers and was awarded a Life Membership of Surrey County Athletic Association.
With regret we have decided to cancel the County Championships on 9 January 2021. London was moved into COVID Tier 3 earlier this week. Athletes over 18yrs based in Surrey Boroughs (currently Tier 2) are not allowed to travel into Tier 3 to compete. Nor could London based athletes 18 yrs and older compete if we relocated to a Surrey venue. The current trends in COVID infections locally are not encouraging and we think that there is a high probability that competition for U18s may also be suspended when restrictions are reviewed after Christmas. So unfortunately, the only responsible course of action is to cancel the event.
We are still hoping to hold the postponed Masters Championships and Bruce Judd junior Cross Country relays in February and March. But that will be subject to what COVID restrictions apply at the time and getting permission from Local Authorities to use their facilities.
CAU INTER-COUNTY CROSS-COUNTRY, 20 FEBRUARY 2021
The CAU National Cross-Country Inter-Counties on the 20 February 2021 has been cancelled because of Covid19. So sadly no cross-country teams will be selected to represent Surrey in the 2020 - 2021 cross-country season
MARIANNE GOLDIE 1936 - 2020
We regret to report that, following a few months of illness, Marianne Goldie has died. Marianne regularly attended Surrey fixtures as a stalwart Field Official for many years. She lived all her life in or around Wallington, Surrey. Her love of athletics was nurtured by her father Cyril Aldridge who we think was a local club runner; we believe Marianne too was a club athlete as a teenager. In any case they would both often be found at the White City participating or cheering.
Marianne qualified as a Field judge in the early 1980s and enjoyed judging at club, County and regional level and particularly at Schools athletics events.
She was for many years a member of the Governing body of St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls, in Carshalton, and was also on the school's Old Girls Association Committee.
Her health declined in the last decade and she leaves four children and two adult grandchildren.
SURREY U13/U15 SPORTSHALL, GUILDFORD SPECTRUM, 24 JANUARY 2021
This event has been cancelled.
NICK MORGAN 1938 - 2020
It is with regret that we have learnt that, Nick Morgan died on 1st November 2020. Nick was an international shot putter and represented England at the Cardiff British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1958. His family home was less than half a mile from Croydon Sports Arena where he joined Croydon Harriers and trained assiduously in the adjacent "gym". He was ideally built for shot putting and gained a nickname with the club of "Mighty Mouse". His best performance of 16.95m was set in Paris in 1961. In his post-competitive life he moved to Devon where he worked to improve sports facilities. In recent years he moved back to the Croydon area and despite being wheelchair bound he proved to be inspirational to Croydon Harriers throwers he met on visits to Croydon Arena.
Due to the continuing Covid 19 pandemic and the current Government restrictions it is with regret that the following Surrey County Championship meetings have been cancelled:-
Indoor Championships 13/14th February, Postponed Masters Cross Country Championships 20th February, Postponed Bruce Judd Junior Cross Country Relays 13th March.
In view of the uncertainty regarding the relaxing of the current restrictions the Disability Championships scheduled to take place on the 10th April have also been cancelled.
It is hoped that the County Track & Field Championships will be able to take place over the weekend 8/9th May at Kingston.
ENGLISH SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS CANCELLED
At a meeting on Tuesday (Jan 12) English Schools reached the decision to cancel the 2021 Cross Country Championships. The 2022 Championships will again be hosted by Kent at hopefully the same venue as this year (The Hop Farm) on Saturday March 12th.
They (ESAA) are setting up a Virtual Championship over either 2k or 5k, and it is being made an Inter County Event.
Further details are yet to be finalised with Entry Forms. The course must be a recognised measured one ( ie Park Run). Time for you all to locate your course when the time is right to do so, without travelling out of your local area.
BELOW WE SHOW GUIDANCE ISSUED BY ENGLAND ATHLETICS RELATING TO COVID-19:-
England Athletics has confirmed that the new restrictions announced by the Government on 22nd September 2020 do not affect OUTDOOR activities but they do affect INDOOR activities in our sport. See EA Guidance Update dated 23 September 2020 for details.
England Athletics has confirmed that the new restrictions announced by the Government on 9th September 2020 do NOT apply to those activities in our sport that have previously been approved. For the latest on Coronavirus go to EA update issued on 10th September 2020/.
SEAA COMPETITION LIMITED have issued a further update on 2nd November 2020.
The previous update was issued on 17th July 2020.
Before that an update was issued on 6th July 2020 which updated the statement below dated 1st May 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.