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County ‘Services to Athletics’ award

The Merseyside County Committee has decided to introduce a new award for Meritorious Service to Athletics within the County. I have attached a document giving the criteria for the award, who can nominate, and who will decide the winner.
Can you please read the attached document and then submit any nominations to me by the end of February 2018.
Thanks very much for your help. Anne Brimage, Merseyside County Secretary

2017 Grand Prix Awards

The presentation of Road Grand Prix awards will again take place after the November Halewood 5k (on 4 November). Race starts at 10.00am and presentation will take place at about 10.45am. Could clubs ensure award winners are aware of these arrangements and confirm they will be able to attend the presentation. Grateful if 5K runners too could stay after the race and support the winners. See List of award winners.  Tim Warn

Merseyside County Fell Championships Results

The Merseyside County Fell Championships were held at the Pendle Fell Race at Barley in Lancashire on the 1st April 2017 with no club managing to field a whole team.  There were representatives from Wirral AC, Pensby Runners, Southport Waterloo and Penny Lane Striders.

Results from Merseyside Athletes who were eligible to run and entered the county championships are as follows:

Men:  

Position       Merseyside             Name                            cat             Club
position

20                  1                                John Hunt                 M50          Wirral AC
59                  2                                Simon Fox                 M50          Wirral AC
70                  3                                John Sprackland         M50          Southport Waterloo AC
82                  4                                Simone Capponi         M40          Penny Lane Striders
142                5                                Andie Gow                 M60          Pensby Runners

Women:

Position        Merseyside             Name                           cat
position

12                   1                               Lisa Grantham           F40           Pensby Runners
27                   2                               Sarah Jackson           F                Penny Lane Striders

 

Road GP

The next two GP races are the Birkenhead Park on 7th June and the Penny Lane 10K on 25th June.

Northern Inter Counties

At its executive committee meeting on 8th May, Merseyside County AA noted that the English Schools T&F Cup Final was to be held on 1st July and the English Schools Nat’l T&F Champs a week later on 7th and 8th July.  They reluctantly decided that, for this year, they would not send a team to the Northern Inter Counties U15/U17 T&F Champs in Hull on Sunday 2nd July 2017.

Merseyside record

When it comes to athletic families, there are surely few stronger in the UK than the Kearney clan of Merseyside.
Six of the family were picked for their county team for the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships recently and their results included: Ellen-Mary (63rd in the under-13 girls’ race), Aileen (116th in the under-20 women’s race), Ieuan (144th in the under-17 men’s race), and Arran (218th in the under-17 men’s race).
In addition, Emily Kearney was fourth in the Merseyside Championships but unable to run at Prestwold Hall as she is studying in the United States, while their mum, Sarah, was also selected to race and travelled to the event but was unable to run on the day. (© Athletics Weekly, March 2017)

XC I/C teams, 2017

See links for the teams selected to represent Merseyside at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Loughbrough, on Saturday 11th March;  Female teams | Male teams

XC Champions

A successful Cross Country Championships were held on 7th January on a compact Sherdley Park course, well organised by St Helens Sutton AC and county Cross Country Championships Secretary, Mike Dooling.  The races were well attended with numbers of finishers much the same as last year. However, at 147 the number of female finishers was a Championships record! Click here for our Champions and other award winners.   Cross country stats also updated.

Officials courses

Two courses are coming up at Wavertree shortly.

Level 1 Track & Field Official; Sunday 19th February.  This is the course for new Track and Field officials, ie Field Judges, Track Judges, Timekeepers, Starter / Marksmen.  Attending the course and officiating at 4 or 5 meetings is enough to get a basic Level 1 qualification.  There is also a Health and Safety element, mandatory for all officials.

Level 1 Endurance Official; Saturday 4th March .  This is the course for new endurance officials, ie working at Road, Cross Country and Fell Running.  The course covers Risk Assessment and all the varied duties of an endurance official. Again, completing the course and working at 4 events will gain a Level 1 qualification.

Brief course details   Application Form.   It will be another 12 months at least before another T&F course will be available locally.  For the new endurance official, this is one of only two course in the country and it could be a long time before another opportunity arises locally.

Northern Athletics Survey

In early 2014, Northern Athletics (NA) faced a situation whereby financial reserves would run out within 2 to 3 years and asked athletes, coaches and volunteers to complete a survey, to establish the level of support and the key priorities for NA (from those responding to the survey) to be identified.  … More