Welsh Athletics Statement Covid -19

The Board of Welsh Athletics met yesterday, 23rd March, to discuss the Corona Virus situation in relation to athletics in Wales. Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, they agreed the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17th March:

  1. Extending the suspension of all athletics activity in Wales to the 31st May. [Initially this had been agreed to the end of April]. This suspension includes all organised athletics activity with the UK, including all competitions, formal club activities, running groups, and all Education activity (coach, official, teacher).
  1. Strengthening our position on coaching activity – We are now mandating that all physical coaching ceases, and only be conducted via virtual means during this period. Bringing groups of people together to train, however small, can no longer be permitted under the strict ‘Stay at home’ measures implemented by the UK & Welsh Governments

“These decisions have not been taken lightly, and have been made in light of the continuing and real risk to life and to the NHS posed by the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Wales and the UK. We must now do all we can do. We would ask that the athletics community in Wales continues to help one another by staying connected and supportive of each other whilst at home in these unprecedented times. We will continue to review the situation in line with Government and Public Health guidance.”

Updates can be found here

 

Welsh Athletics Covid-19 response

 

 

Covid-19 Athletics response:  Welsh Athletics statement announcing the suspension of all Athletics activity.

NOTE TO EDITORS
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This morning Welsh Athletics, along with the other Home Countries have decided on a number of immediate actions in relation to how the sport of Athletics will respond to the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Welsh Athletics in cooperation with UK Athletics have decided to suspend all planned organised athletics activity until the end of April where the situation will be reviewed once more:

  • This suspension includes all organised athletics activity with the UK, including competitions and leagues, member clubs, running groups and races until the end of April.
  • All Education activity (coach, official, teacher) will cease until the end of April. The aim will be to re-schedule all courses to a later date.
  • Welsh Athletics is advocating that clubs and groups should not be undertaking training, competitive or other related activities during this period, and it is already apparent that parts of the sport are already showing their own leadership and are acting in this respect.

We have made this decision in accordance with the directives outlined by the government through the Prime Minister in his statement on Monday afternoon.

Welsh athletics would like to thank all members of the athletics community IN Wales for their support at this challenging time. We will endeavour to maintain regular, open communication as this situation develops. Please prioritise and support the health and wellbeing of yourselves and those you can within the Welsh Athletics family.

ABOUT WELSH ATHLETICS

  • Welsh Athletics is the Governing Body for all Athletics and running activities in Wales. We have supported and facilitated huge growth in the sport in recent years.
  • The Governing Body supports over 100 affiliated clubs, and 150 social running groups. This is underpinned by a strong and dedicated volunteer workforce, including over 1000 active coaches and close to 700 officials.
  • Welsh Athletics strategies are closely aligned to the Sport Wales vision of getting every child hooked on sport and creating a nation of champions. Our performance programme aims to make Athletics the number one Commonwealth Sport in Wales, whilst our community strategy aims to have every school offering Athletics, whilst also creating an Athletics Club at the heart of every community.
  • Recent Survey results in Wales show that the demand for athletics and running continues to increase. The 2017 Welsh Government Unified survey showed that 16% of Adults in Wales ran once a week, whilst athletics/running was listed as the most popular sport in the school Sport and HE/FE sport survey.
  • This demonstrates our impact across the sporting landscape in Wales, with our programme contributing to physical activity levels, whilst also creating future champions that will inspire a generation.

You can get in touch and follow Welsh Athletes via the following channels:

  • Office 029 20644870
  • Website welshathletics.org
  • Twitter – @WelshAthletics
  • Facebook – Welsh Athletics
  • Instagram – WelshAthletics

Media Enquiries              rob.sage@welshathletics.org 07864613635

ERYRI HARRIERS 2020 CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING

ERYRI HARRIERS 2020 CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING

The club’s Presentation Evening will be held at the Padarn Hotel, Llanberis, on Saturday, 29th Feb, 7 for 7:30pm.

Huw Williams will be giving a talk entitled ‘At The Checkpoint’, there will be a 2-course hot buffet, with a choice of spicy/non-spicy, meat/veggie main, & of course, the presentation of awards to all last season’s club champions.

The cost will be £10 for seniors & £5 for juniors. PLACES NEED TO BE RESERVED BY FRIDAY EVENING, **21st FEBRUARY** AT THE VERY LATEST, by either:

  1. BACS’ing payment to the club account, using your name as the reference (Account number: 25772294 Sort Code: 09-01-29) or
  2.  by giving your name & the correct amount of cash to a committee member at one of the club’s weekly training evenings or
  3. by giving your name & the correct amount of cash to Mike Blake at the XC in Oswestry next Sat.

Voting for the Outstanding Contribution to the Club award will take place on the night.

Everyone welcome – especially new members. Do come & support our great club & its champions!

For further details, please contact Ellie Salisbury on 07789061648 or ellierocknrun@gmail.com

XC at Meirionnydd

Eryri had another great turn out on Saturday the 23rd for the third fixture of the season hosted by Meirionnydd at Dolgellau. A long fast and flat course with a bit of water thrown in for good measure saw some great results for Eryri.

Eryri ladies and female masters are still in first place with the men in 4th place, male masters in 3rd and male over 65 in 1st.
Next fixture will be held at Roman Road sports centre, Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DW on the 11th of January.
We will be arranging a mini bus with details of pick up times and places to be posted nearer to the time.

Colwyn Bay XC 19/9

Details including maps here 

Message from organising club.

Hi All,

Please find attached course maps for both junior league and senior league races this coming Saturday for circulation within your clubs.

Please park in Eirias Park and access only on foot to race start following signs for race taking footpath (up steps) to the right as you exit the main gates.

There are changing rooms and showers in the main leisure centre if required. There will be portable loos and a refreshments available in the main field.

I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

Russell Godwin
Colwyn Bay Athletic Club

 

Wrexham XC

Dry and reasonably warm conditions ensured a good turn out for Eryri last Saturday in Wrexham. The ladies team are currently in first place, the four men that ran had great results but we need a few more of you in Colwyn Bay to count!
The next fixture is Colwyn Bay on the 19th of October both juniors and seniors.
It’s great fun, really sociable and good for the speed work!

2019/20 Cross Country Fixture list.

5th October-Shrewsbury
19th October- Colwyn Bay
23rd November- Dolgellau
11th January- Wrexham
1st February- Oswestry

North Wales champs -4th January in Northrop

Juniors will be held at Colwyn Bay on 19th October
Dolgellau on 23rd November
Bangor on 7th December
North Wales champs in Northrop on the 4th January

Club Presentation Evening Report

The Club Presentation Evening 09/03/2019:

Well, a great evening was had by the 42 of us who attended the annual club presentation evening on Saturday evening. The Split Willow did us proud with their excellent food, the trophies went down very well, & Russell Bentley’s address was interesting & thought-provoking. Just such a shame that from a membership of 200+, only 36 actual members were there to enjoy the social & acknowledge all the many achievements…

Huge congrats to the following winners:

Mountain Running:

Men

1st Gavin Roberts, 2nd Matt Fortes (v40), 3rd Craig Jones

1st V50 Russell Owen

1st V70 Alwyn Oliver

2nd v 70 Geoff Fielding

Ladies

1st Nia Albiston (v40), 2nd Andrea Rowlands (v40)

1st V50 Ellie Salisbury

1st V70 Maggie Oliver

Road:

Men

1st Arwel Lewis

2nd Steffan Evans

3rd Iorwerth Roberts

There were no ladies who had completed sufficient champs races

Cross Country:

Men

1st Matt Fortes

2nd Ben Beachell

3rd Russel Owen

 

Ladies

1st Elliw Haf

2nd Tammy Lewis-Jones

3rd Miranda Grant

Special Awards:

Outstanding Contribution to the club – Dyfed Whiteside Thomas

Angela Brand-Barker Ladies Mountain Running Special Achievement Award – Elliw Haf

Dewi Tomos Junior Award – Callum O’Donnell

Outstanding Athlete Award – Bronwen Jenkinson

Rory O’Donnell Most Improved Male Runner Award – Nic Brook

 

A big thanks is in order to our very generous sponsors:

X-Ray Minerals – SPJ

Cwmni Da – Dylan Huws

Joe Brown

Mafon Llanberis

Caffi Siabod – Paul Hodges

DMM Climbing