Well done to Lily (U19W), Will (U15B), Elsie (U15G) and Alice (U15G) who competed for East Wales in the British Intercounties Fell Championships on Sunday 15th May at Great Whernside. They all mixed it well with the best. Fantastic performance!
Welsh Athletics recently introduced a new Secretary’s Portal to help athletics clubs manage their club online. For more information about the Secretary’s Portal, please click here.
For a guide on how to use the Secretary’s Portal, please click here.
To use the Secretary’s Portal to it’s full benefits, clubs will need to have a configured Stripe account to take online payments. Full details can be found here.
A Welsh Athletics sample Club Constitution may be downloaded here:
The family of athletics In Wales are saddened to hear the news of Mary’s passing after a long illness bravely borne. We wish to offer our most sincere condolences to Sally, David and family.
Mary came into athletics supporting her husband John who was a sprinter. Both of Mary’s children were athletes and Mary attended many grass roots meetings encouraging them in their chosen events.
Following the death of her husband Mary returned to athletics and trained as an official. Mary was one of the first women starters and marksman in Wales. She later qualified as both a track and field judge in the 1980s.
Mary officiated at both Valley and Gwent cross country leagues. She was an important member of Gwent AAA where she undertook the role of Championships secretary for many years. She represented East Wales at the General Council in 2010.
Mary was a life member of Cwmbran Harriers. Shewas Treasurer of Torfaen AC which became Cwmbran Harriers where she continued in this role and also became membership secretary of Cwmbran Harriers. She represented her club at Welsh Athletics AGMs and would always uphold the views of the club and area.
As Coordinator and Treasurer of the South East Wales Track and Field League Mary made a significant contribution to the development of grass roots athletics in Wales.
Mary also served Welsh Athletics as both a track and a field technical official. She served as a Field Official at the Welsh Championships at Cwmbran in 1994, a Field Official at the Welsh Games in 2002 and a Field Official at the Wales v England v Ireland v an International Select Indoor International in 2003.
Mary was appointed part of the Welsh Athletics management team at the Celtic Games held at Mary Peter’s Stadium, Belfast.
In 2001 Mary was presented the Welsh Athletics Meritorious Award, followed by the Award of Honour in 2013.
Outside of athletics Mary was a FE Lecturer, in dressmaking, at Pontypool College. She could frequently be seen behind the wheel of the Mayoral car as she was a part time chauffeur for the borough.
Another of Mary’s passions was her caravan. She travelled across Wales, even transporting athlete’s poles to the Welsh Championships in Wrexham.
Mary will be remembered as a champion of grass roots athletics. She loved our sport and was greatly respected by her friends, colleagues, and athletes alike.
Joyce Tomala, Life Member Cwmbran Harriers
Lynette Harries, Honorary President Welsh Athletics
Mary made the decision for a pure cremation, with no funeral or service. The family have said that if anyone wishes to make a donation in Mary’s memory, please support Parkinson’s Disease research.
Junior Mountain Running Development Days
Welsh Athletics and the Welsh Fell Running Association will be joining forces to support Junior Mountain Running Development in Wales. This exciting collaboration will see regional development days hosted at the following venues in North and South Wales:
Sunday April 3rd – Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig, Conwy, LL24 0ET
Sunday April 10th – Margam Country Park, Abbey Road, Margam, SA13 2TJ
The provisional itinerary for the day is as follows:
9:30-10:00 – Arrival and Registration
10:00-12:00 – Practical session on the hills focusing on descent technique
12:00 -12:45 – Lunch (not provided)
12:45-13:45 – Indoor session – Mountain safety and kit requirements for Training and Racing 14:00-15:00 – Practical session on navigation and map reading
15:00 – Close
These sessions will be open to Junior Athletes in the Upper U15 (Year 9) to U20 age groups. The sessions are FREE to all WFRA and Welsh Athletics affiliated young athletes. No prior experience in mountain running is required to attend the sessions. To register for the day please fill out the registration form
If you have any queries about this opportunity please contact Liz Davies (Endurance Talent Development Lead – Welsh Athletics) – email@example.com
16th February 2022, via Microsoft Teams (link emailed to all club secretaries on 4th Feb)
2. Conflict of Interest (new declarations)
3. Finance Report: (KM)
4. Safeguarding Update: (JJ)
5. Club Updates – (Rhymney Valley (RP) & Spirit of Monmouth (AJ)
6. Club Development Manager Update: (TC)
7. Officials Update: (SH)
8. Cross-Country /Road Report: (DO)
9. Cross -Country Championships review: (DM/SC)
10. Track & Field report: (JT)
11. T & F Regional Championships indoors (JT)
12. T & F Regional Championships Outdoors 2022 (JT)
13. T & F Inter Regional Championships 2022 (JT)
14. GC Report (JT)
15. Endurance Report: (SM)
16. Regional Development Plan:
a. Themes for future meetings
b. Date of next Meeting: 13th April 2022
Hi East Wales athletes, parents and coaches
Unfortunately I have the disappointing news that all junior regional development programme sessions in Wales organised for 18th December, including the East Wales endurance training session at Bryn Mawr track, have been cancelled. This decision has been made due to the increased threat of Covid 19 moving into the Christmas period. It is felt that bringing large groups of individuals together from different clubs at a time where we could see a rise in Covid cases was not a sensible option, especially with some indoor activities planned on the day.
Thank you to all athletes and coaches who had already signed up for the training session. I am very sorry for the disappointment, I know I was really looking forward to the session and am very disappointed it is not now able to go ahead. We are looking to see if alternative dates can be arranged, but with a full fixture calendar of indoor races in January and cross country races in February and March still currently going ahead, I am not sure if a free date will be available.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Steve Mitchell(East Wales Welsh Athletics regional coordinator for endurance)
Currently we have a vacancy for an East Wales Endurance Officials Secretary
VOLUNTEER ROLE PROFILE East Wales Endurance Officials Secretary
- Attend East Wales Regional Meetings (either in person or via video link) six times a year
- Represent East Wales Region at Welsh Athletics Endurance Officials Committee Meetings (either in person or via video link) six times a year
East Wales are seeking to appoint an Endurance Officials Secretary. The appointment is on a voluntary basis and the term of office is initially for one year, renewable at the East Wales Region Annual General Meeting; generally held in June each year.
The key responsibilities are set out below:
- Promote, East Wales officials’ education and personal development.
- Assist with maintaining a register of East Wales Officials, in conjunction with Welsh Athletics Officials Secretary.
- Liaise with Welsh Athletics in all matters relating to officials, including courses and the deployment of officials.
- Promote Officials’ Conferences.
- Update officials on all officiating developments.
- Assist with the implementation of the strategy for recruitment and development of new officials, and the retention of officials within East Wales.
- Nominate officials of the appropriate levels for regional events
- Assist with the appointment of officials, including Chief Officials, for all regional Championships and events promoted by East Wales, including joint promotions.
- Establish links and liaise with Clubs within the Region
- Notify clubs of requirements for officials at regional events
If you are interested on taking on the East Endurance role, please contact
What is a regional council?
Regional Councils play a key role in the Governance of Welsh Athletics. Every Region has a nominated person for each discipline group who will represent the views of the Region. The Regional Councils are also a place for clubs to discuss and share challenges and opportunities for future development.
Every Region supports a competition structure, including Regional and Inter-Regional Championships – events that play a key role in athlete development pathway across all age groups.
Full details on the Regional Councils can be found in the byelaws of Welsh Athletics.
Full details on the Officials committee can be found in the Welsh Athletics byelaws Terms of Reference: Byelaw 18.104.22.168
TO BE THE NUMBER ONE SPORT FOR PARTICIPATION AND OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS WALES, UNDERPINNED BY A WORLD CLASS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME. WE WILL ACHIEVE THIS BY BEING A SECTOR LEADING ORGANISATION FOR GOVERNANCE, COLLABORATION, INNOVATION AND MODERNISATION.
This vision is underpinned by:
- A One-team approach – everyone working towards a common objective.
- Clarity of purpose – for everyone including regions, clubs, volunteers.
- Support our clubs to overcome the challenges they have highlighted.
WE HAVE DISTILLED DOWN THE FEEDBACK AND DISCUSSIONS INTO OUR 6 GOALS:
Our vision supports the overall Vision for Sport in Wales
Welsh Athletics is happy to announce the opening of the Welsh Athletics Service Award for 2021.
Service Award Nominations Now Open!
20/08/2021 00:00, In Blog /
Welsh Athletics is happy to announce the opening of the Welsh Athletics Service Award for 2021.
The Service Awards include; the Award of Meritorious Service, Award of Honour and the Athlete Achievement Award (see below). Further information please visit the awards section of the website: https://www.welshathletics.org/en/page/welsh-athletics-awards
To nominate for the 2021 Service Awards, please use the following form: https://forms.gle/xWTZ44WWGrdbXog59
All nominations will be considered by the Welsh Athletics Service Awards Panel and nominations will be presented at the Welsh Athletics AGM at the end of October.
Note: The closing date for nominations will be Wednesday 22nd September 2021.
The Service Awards include; the Award of Meritorious Service, Award of Honour and the Athlete Achievement Award
Award of Meritorious Service
- This award is open to individuals for services to clubs, schools, regional or national level.
- This award is made in recognition for services to athletics over a minimum period of fifteen years of active service to our sport. All achievements relating to the individual should be fully documented in the citation for the award and the records held by Welsh Athletics Ltd
- Individuals are only eligible to receive one Meritorious Award for services to athletics in Wales.
Award of Honour
- This award is open to individuals given in recognition of exceptional service to athletics in Wales.
- The award is made in recognition of a minimum of twenty-five years of active service to the sport at club, schools, regional and or national level.
- Individuals would normally have already received Meritorious Award but in exceptional cases, the award may be given for outstanding services to athletics in Wales.
- An individual may only receive an Award of Honour once but all achievements should be fully documented in the citation for the award and the records held by Welsh Athletics Ltd.
Athlete Achievement Award
This award is open to athletes who have competed for Welsh Athletics at a senior level who do not meet the criteria to be included in the Welsh Athletics Hall of Fame but have given outstanding service as an athlete to our sport. These include;
- Athletes who have competed in at least two major championships will apply to all athletics disciplines.
- Athletes who have won at least ten Senior Welsh Championships in any of the recognised athletics disciplines.
- Consideration may also be given to an outstanding contribution given by an athlete to the club, regional and national representation over an extended period of time.
- Selection for this award will not preclude an athlete from being considered for the Hall of Fame at a later date.
28th August 2021, Carmarthen
Congratulations to all East Wales athletes who took part in the Inter-regional Track and Field Championships on 28th August, Carmarthen.
The team gelled well together and produced some excellent performances to secure 3rd place overall.
Joe Edwards, Brecon AC won the U13Boys 800m with a Championship Best Performance of 2.23.22, an outstanding performance.
Other winners were:
U13 Girls – Grace Hawker, Rhymney Valley AC U13 Shot,
U15 Girls – Scarlett Cargill, Newport Harriers, 75mh, Lily Oakenfield, Newport Harriers 800m,
Esther Kazeem, Scarlett Cargill, Alyssa Fitzgerald, Jocelyn Higgs 4 x 100m relay
U15 Boys – Cameron Eley, Newport Harriers 80mh,
Four athletes gained second place in their respective events
Ten athletes gained third place in their respective events
Personal best performances were achieved by sixteen of our athletes.
A total of fifty two athletes from Blaenau Gwent, Brecon AC, Cardiff Athletics, Cardiff Archers, Newport Harriers, Rhymey Valley AC, represented East Wales.
May I thank all athletes and Officials for their commitment to East Wales as well as spectators who supported the East Wales Team.
Joyce Tomala (Chair East Wales RAC)
|EAST WALES RAC||U13G||time|
|Murphy||Amiele||Brecon||4 x 100m||3rd||56.46|
|EAST WALES RAC||U15G|
|Kazeem||Esther||Npt||4 x 100m||1st||51.59|
|EAST WALES RAC||U13B|
|Bowd||Efan||BGw||4 x 100m||3rd||57.97|
|EAST WALES RAC||U15B|
|Mitchell-Fofana||Sebastian||Npt||4 x 100m||3rd||50.08|