4-20 Jun 2020
The event celebrates the masters road relay championships at Sutton Park and the 5k championships at Horwich, which were cancelled due to coronavirus.
Teams: Entry is FREE to UKA affiliated clubs, with an optional donation to MacMillan Nurses charity, for as many masters athletes as they wish, all whom should be UKA registered, They will be grouped automatically into multiple teams in 10-year age bands (down-aging allowed), based on their ages as of 20th June: M35-44: 6 stages; M45-54, W35-44: 4 stages; M55-64, M65-74; M75+, W45-54, W55-64, W65-74; W75+: 3 stages. Individual entries also welcome from anyone.
Awards: Certificates to each member of the first three teams in each age group based on sum of times and to the fastest three athletes in each age group.
The Course: One or more circular or out and back loops totalling 5k, with the start/finish close together. You must be fully aware of the dangers involved in participating and be responsible for your own safety, especially if this involves use of public roads.
PLEASE ABIDE BY CURRENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES DURING THE COMPETITION.
Submitting Results: Athletes must record their performances using GPS devices and submit evidence with their result submission (via Strava or Garmin Connect) in order to qualify for an award.
Full details and entries/entry lists can be found on the BMAF website HERE
Given that the UKA/EA lockdown date is now June 30th at the earliest, we have now taken the decision to cancel the league matches and the Championships in June. There may be scope to have some simple time and distance events later in the year, but this is very dependent on government and governing body advice, as well as the availability of both officials and a track licence. We will keep you updated of further developments as the situation becomes clearer over the following weeks and months.
Please consult the BMAF website for regular updates on their events - their own championships have also been cancelled, but currently the North of England Masters Championships are still going ahead on September 13th. The EAMA Inter-area Outdoor T&F challenge has been cancelled.
Additionally, keep checking the BMAF website for information on a virtual BMAF Road Relay on June 20th - encourage your fellow club members to get a virtual team together and enter!
IMPORTANT NEWS - Cancellation of all NEMAA fixtures until mid June due to ongoing Covid-19 Situation
IMPORTANT NOTICE - please read! Following the statement issued by EA this morning (shown below), all NEMAA events, including the track and field league, are cancelled until at least mid June or until further notice. Regular updates will be published on the website. We realise you will be disappointed with this news, but we're sure you all understand the importance of following this advice and keeping both yourselves, your families and our officials safe at this difficult time.
Anyone who has purchased our Season Pass will of course receive a full refund (this may take up to 7 days to process so please bear with us).
The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus. Whilst it has not issued any ban on public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.
Rick Betts reports on North East Masters at the British Indoor Championships March 7th/8th 2020 Lee Valley
The British Masters Athletics Federation 2020 indoor Championships took place at London’s Lee Valley indoor athletics centre the weekend of the 7th & 8th of March, with a relatively small but ultimately very talented group of athletes from the North East representing NEMA. Not many silver or bronze medals were won during the two day competition but 17 golds were brought back to the North East by 7 athletes, and a British record was thrown into the equation too.
Pride of place must go to North Shields Polytechnic athlete Kath Stewart. Competing in the W80 category Kath claimed a stunning 3 gold medals one with a new world indoor record and the other two in British record times.
Competing in the 400 metres Kath set new wold indoor figures of 1 minute 30.37 seconds, eclipsing the previous record of 1minute 31.14 set by Italian, Emma Mazzeenga in Budapest in 2014. That time was also less than a second away from the outdoor world record set by Rietje Dijkman of the Netherlands at last year’s European Masters Championships.
Earlier in the day Kath competed in the 200 metres carrying on where she left off in the Scottish indoor championships taking the 200 metres in a British record time of 39.13 seconds. Kath then completed her remarkable treble, treble by winning 800 metre gold in 3 minutes 57.33 seconds yet another record. There's a write-up by Athletics Weekly on Kath's performance here.
Another athlete to take 3 gold medals was John Wild. John (Veterans Athletic Association North East), was top of the tree when it came to throws in the M65 age group. John won the Hammer with a throw of 35.51 metres, he also took gold in the discus with a personal best of 42.28 metres which moved him into the top 10 on the British all-time list. Johns third gold came in the weight throw where his weight landed 12.91 metres from its starting point. In the same age category Trevor Straker added to North Shields Polys medal tally taking gold in the shot put with a great throw of 10.39 metres and bronze in the discus behind Wild with 33.98 metres and only 1 centimetre behind silver.
Busiest athlete of the weekend and also a triple gold medallist was Dash Newington (Gateshead Harriers). Contesting the W35 age group Dash in only her second year in the sport certainly made an impact at Lee Valley. Following on from her success in Scotland in January Dash set a personal best of 9.66 metres to win a close triple jump gold medal. Dash then went on to take Gold in the high jump with 1 metre 40 and she showed her versatility taking the 3000 m walk in 20 mins 51.84 seconds. Not content with the three golds Dash then went on to take two more medals, this time of the bronze type in the 60 metre hurdles and the weight throw.
In the M40 men’s category there were 4 golds medals, two apiece from Keith Hutchinson and Dan Upton. Despite only taking up track athletics 3 years ago following a career in non-league football Keith Hutchinson (Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers) came away with two personal bests and two gold medals. On Saturday Keith won the gold medal in the 400 metres. Competing in his first ever indoor 400 metres Keith ran a superbly timed race to take the tape in a time of 52.38 seconds. Returning on the Sunday to race the 800 metres Keith had what he described as “the race of his life”. Lining up against the 1500 metre Champion Andrew Brown (Dunbar), Keith tracked his opponent for three laps, before unleashing a telling kick just before the bell to take his second gold medal of the weekend, running under two minutes for the first time recording 1 minute 59.81 seconds. Also competing on the track and winning medals was Steven McMahon (Sunderland). McMahon claimed well deserved bronze medals over 800 metres (2:07:73) and 1500 metres (4:14:47).
In the M40 field events it was Dan Upton who claimed four medals, two of them Gold. Dan (Richmond and Zetland Harriers) took double gold in the Hammer (32.24 metres) and the weight throw with 10.90 metres. Dan then showed his versatility taking two silver medals in the shot (12.41 metres) and discus (38.85 metres. Dan also competed well in the javelin finishing in fourth place.
In the M45 competition Raymond Robinson (NEMA) took the gold medal in the 3000 metre walk in a time of 18 minutes 27.61 seconds. An honourable mention should also go to Martin Telford (Wallsend) who finished fifth in the m60 400 metres in a good time of 65.88 seconds in only his second 400 metres race in over 7 years.
Jacqueline Etherington of NEVAC followed up on her successes at Glasgow last month with a win in the 1500m in a season's best time of 4:58:70, followed by another gold in the 800m the following day.
If their successes have inspired you, the North East Track and Field League starts in May, with a season Pass (six matches for the price of five) now available for purchase in our online store. Individual match entries now available too, check out the store for details of each match.
All matches will take place at Monkton Stadium on Monday evenings, with field events beginning at 6.15pm and track events at 6.30pm prompt.
Full timetable details and rules are available here.
Match 1 Monday 4th May
Match 2 Monday 18th May
Match 3 Monday 8th June
Match 4 Monday 29th June
Match 5 Monday 6th July
Match 6 Monday 27th July
Championships on Saturday June 20th
I went to Lee valley to compete in the British masters championships, M60, 200m’s, finishing 7th of 8 in the final in 31.08 secs a PB, and 400m’s finishing 7th of 8 in the final in 68.84 secs a PB.
The European Masters Non-Stadia Championships 2020 are taking place on the island of Madeira on 2-4 April.
The programme is:-
2nd April: 10 km road race and 10 km race walk 3rd April: cross country relays and nordic walking
4th April: half-marathon road race and 20 km/30 km race walks
There are both individual and team medals to be won in each age group. Watch the video, check out all the details and make your entry on the website here
They also hosting the European Masters Mountain & Trail Running Championships on 27-29 March.
It was great to see so many Masters out at this weekend's champs, and there were some top performances from them in the field events on Saturday. Everyone threw and jumped well, but the following athletes also set new Championship Best Performances:-
Long Jump Masters Men over 35
Paul Waddell, Jesmond Joggers
Previous Championship Best =4.59 New Championship Best=4.67
Shot Put Masters Men over 40
Daniel Upton, Richmond & Zetland Harriers
Previous Championship Best =10.85 New Championship Best=11.81
60m Masters Men over 65
Chris Fenwick, Tynedale Harriers
Previous Championship Best = 9.23 New Championship Best = 8.81
Full results from the weekend can be seen here and a report by Bill McGuirk can be seen here.
Fantastic start to the 2020 Track and Field Season by NEMAA athletes.
The Scottish Masters Indoor Athletics Championships on the 2nd February 2020 turned out to be a fantastic event for the NEMAA athletes that made the trip to Glasgow.
Collectively they brought home 9 gold medals, 3 for Kath Stewart, 2 for Lourdes Bradley, 2 for Guy Bracken (all North Shields Poly), 1 for Jacqui Hodgson (Durham City) and 1 for Darren Towart (Tynedale).
Added to the gold medals were 2 silver, Paul Dodds (North Shields) and Phil Pitt (Morpeth), and 4 bronze medals, Paul Dodds, Norman De Bruin (North Shields), Conrad Kennedy (Durham City) and Lee Henry (South Shields). The event also saw a bunch of indoor PB’s from the medal winners and also from Paul Fisher and Stuart Lynn (both North Shields).
However, the highlight of the meeting came in the shape of another two British records from North Shields Poly legend Kath Stewart who smashed the previous 400m Indoors record by an amazing 16.41s (only 1 second outside of the world record) and then went on to smash the 200 record for good measure.
For those who attended the Emirates Arena they enjoyed the best indoor facility in the UK, what’s more the hospitality received and organisation around the event was superb. It would be fantastic to see more NEMAA athletes who participate across the summer Track and Field league give it a try.
Cross Country Championships - East Cramlington Nature Reserve