IMPORTANT - No spectators today, sorry. All entrants have already been informed of this, but just in case you were thinking of coming along to support today, please don't!
Please email me ASAP and we'll try and sort something out. I am aware that some of you are having issues with checkout on the site, apologies for that.
If you want to compete in the NEMAA T&F Championships, entries close on Saturday 12th June and there are NO LATE ENTRIES!
Entries and info HERE
Just in case you missed it on the Track & Field page, here's the link to the results from Monday's match. Please have a look and check your results - if you have any queries, please email me, don't just leave a comment on here which might get missed.
Regarding the high jump (or lack of), I'd like to offer an apology for the event not being available last night. This was down to a lack of communication between NEMAA and the officials involved, who were in no way to blame, and who did a sterling job last night coping with the huge entries for the field events. Without them, there wouldn't be any events, and I think we all realise what an amazing bunch of officials we have here in the North East.
The night at least offered us some lovely weather after the first damp match of the year, so let's hope for more of the same for the remainder of the season - well done to all who competed, and if any of you haven't got your Champs entries in yet, then get a move on as the closing date is the 12th June! Entries available HERE.
Video of the 200m, courtesy of Darren Towart
Full info for the match on 7th June including start lists, timetables and important safety information is given on THIS PAGE. Warmups will take place on the cinder track at the front of the stadium as before, with athletes being called into the stadium 10 minutes prior to their race (30 mins for field athletes).
Please note - because of the current situation with Covid variants and a possible resurgence, we are still not allowing spectators into the stadium. I realise that this is disappointing to many of you, but we have to take into account the fact that many of our athletes are higher risk due to both age and health problems, as well as our officials, and we already have a large number of athletes attending the match - allowing more people to mingle is an unnecessary risk, and one which we are unwilling to take until the government has lifted all restrictions. Apologies for this, but we hope you understand and appreciate that we are trying to look after everyone.
Two more things to mention:- BRING YOUR OWN PINS, and DON'T FORGET YOUR BIB!!
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.