Our much anticipated Track & Field Championships are now open for entries - the champs this year will include our 5k Championships (inc. Eric Appleby Track 5k Trophy for M65+). There is also an Open Mile event at 2pm, this is open to non-NEMAA members including seniors.
The 3k Champs will be taking place in match 3 of our league on July 5th, so keep an eye open for those entries to open shortly.
Darlington Harriers stalwart Ian Barnes set a new M85 age group record for the 3k at Monkton stadium tonight, finishing in 16:34.42. Great running from Ian, well done!
We hope you all enjoyed your first outing in over a year at the T&F league last night! Aside from the weather, which unfortunately (and literally) just couldn't hold its water until we'd finished, the night seemed to go pretty well, and despite the restrictions that we had, I'm pleased to report that most of you seemed to enjoy the night.
This isn't officially validated yet by our record keeper, but I think it needs to be highlighted that a new NEMAA member, Lawrence Cummings of Darlington, smashed the M80 record for 3,000m by more than 17 seconds, to romp home in 14:20.6 - amazing stuff, well done Lawrence! Additonally, our lovely Kath Stewart also set the track ablaze with new records in the 100m and the 400m for W80 - well done Kath, amazing! On the subject of records, I must apologise for the lack of updates in that department - this is entirely down to your T&F sec/webmaster not getting her finger out and getting them online, and not Jacqui Etherington who is doing a fab job of keeping the records updated! This will be rectified in the next few days, apologies.
Entries for the next meeting will be opening shortly so keep your eyes open. If you bought a season pass, I will be emailing you with details of how to submit your next event choices, so don't worry that you haven't heard anything yet, it's in hand. Also, because of the last minute change of throws, there will be some changes to the upcoming timetable (TBC).
Lastly, entries will also be opening shortly for our T&F Champs on the 19th June - we are confident that the cage problems will be rectified in time for the event, so we will be having a full line-up of events for you to choose from!
PS I''m aware that the grand prix points aren't correct for the Long Jump competition - this will be rectified in a few days, apologies.
A lovely video courtesy of Darren Towart
Unfortunately, due to difficulties gaining permission for land use during Covid restrictions, we have had to postpone the NEMAA Road Relays - replacement date to be arranged. Apologies from all at NEMAA.
Two important bits of information to pass on to you all regarding the NEMAA Track & Field meeting on Monday 17th May. The first is that I'd like all participating athletes to read this page carefully as it contains essential information for a safe meeting. It also has times for each heat which you'll need to look at, as you won't be allowed into the stadium until ten minutes or so before your heat time - all warm ups must be done on the outside track. Field eventers can go in half an hour before your event time to warm up.
I'm also sorry to say that NO SPECTATORS ARE ALLOWED. I realise that this will be disappointing to some of you, but hopefully it'll just be in place for this first match, while we all find our feet coping with Covid restrictions.
The second important item I need to bring to your attention is that unfortunately the cage at Monkton has failed its safety inspection, and we are unable to hold a hammer or weight event. We could substitute shot, and I'll be contacting all athletes who have entered these events, to give them the option of changing disciplines or getting a refund. I'm so sorry about this but it's totally out of our control.