Nov 2020 Endurance training day

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The first training day since COVID took place in Parc Bryn Bach on Saturday 28th November and everyone who took part was delighted.

Liz Davies sent this message via Facebook
“A huge thank you to Steve, Deb, Dave, Luke and all the other East Wales coaches who made today happen. Great to see athletes across the region training together again”

Find the session notes from Coach Steve here:

2020 Welsh Athletics Awards

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Nominations now open for the Welsh Athletics Awards for 2020. See: https://www.welshathletics.org/en/blog/post/live-the-2020-welsh-athletics-awards

Please note:  the timeline for nominations is extremely tight (with nominations closing onSunday 29th November) so it doesn’t give you much time to get the word out and get nominations in!

Direct Link to the Nomination Form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=1-RDfO1nXUekdsPXx6hqNipqiQc4DehLqV9DjC_PviNUNFVLRDhPU1BSRkJIRVhTSDE2MVBaSVFCTC4u

J J Williams – RIP

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EWRAC Chair Joyce Tomala has expressed condolences on behalf of the region following the death of JJ Williams.

“It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of JJ Williams. 
The athletics community of East Wales would like to extend our sincerest condolences to his family; Wife Jane , sons James and Rhys and daughter Kathryn.”

Welsh Government

National ‘Fire-Break’ lockdown for Wales.

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Club activities to halt for 2 weeks. Please encourage your members to abide by these new restrictions.

  • People must stay at home, except for very limited purposes, such as for exercise.
  • People must work from home wherever possible;
  • People must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with either indoors and outdoors
  • No gatherings will be allowed outdoors, such as Halloween or fireworks/Bonfire night or other organised activities
  • All non-food retail, hospitality businesses, including cafes, restaurants and pubs (unless they provide take-away or delivery services), close contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, and events and tourism businesses, such as hotels must close
  • Community centres, libraries and recycling centres will be required to close
  • Face coverings must be worn in indoor public spaces, which remain open, including on public transport and in taxis.

During this time:

  • Adults living alone or single parents will be able to join with one other household for support
  • Primary and special schools will re-open as normal after half-term
  • Secondary schools will re-open after the half-term for children in years seven and eight and most vulnerable children. Pupils will be able to come in to take exams but other pupils will continue their learning from home for an extra week.
  • Universities will provide a blend of in-person and online learning
  • NHS and health services will continue to operate
  • Local parks, playgrounds and outdoor gyms will remain open.

Following the end of the fire-break, a new set of national rules will be introduced, covering how people can meet and how the public sector and businesses operate.

East Wales Athlete takes British Marathon Championship

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Massive congratulations to Natasha Cockram who stopped the clock in 2:33.19 to claim a maiden title and prove her place as the top British marathoner on the day. This was particularly impressive as a mysterious ankle injury had affected her preparations for the marathon showpiece. Read the full story here:

https://www.welshathletics.org/en/blog/post/natasha-cockram-storms-to-a-maiden-british-title-in-london

Vacancy

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East Wales Track & Field Officials Secretary 

East Wales are seeking to appoint a Track & Field Officials Secretary to continue the excellent work established by the late Linda Cushing. 

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 terms of reference are set out below.

If you are interested on taking on this role please contact Chair@eastwalesathletics.co.uk by Monday 24th August 2020.  

Terms of Reference:
a) Attend East Wales Regional Meetings (either in person or via video link)
b) Represent East Wales Region at Welsh Athletics Track & Field Officials committee Meetings (either in person or via video link)
c) Promote, East Wales officials’ education and personal development.
d) Assist with maintaining a register of East Wales Officials, in conjunction with Welsh Athletics Officials Secretary.
e) Liaise with Welsh Athletics in all matters relating to officials, including courses and the deployment of officials.
f) Promote Officials’ Conferences.
g) Update officials on all officiating developments.
h) Assist with the implementation of the strategy for recruitment and development of new officials, and the retention of officials within East Wales.
i) Nominate officials of the appropriate levels for regional events
j) Assist with the appointment of officials, including Chief Officials, for all regional Championships and events promoted by East Wales, including joint promotions.
k) Establish links and liaise with Clubs within the Region 
l) Notify clubs of requirements for officials at regional events

East Wales Endurance Programme update

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Hi East Wales Endurance Athletes and Coaches
I hope you are all well and keeping safe. Thank you to all the coaches and clubs who have continued to provide training plans and suggestions for athletes during these difficult last few months. And well done to athletes for keeping training and remaining fit and healthy.
An update on the East Wales endurance programme. Normally myself and the support coaches would be deciding who to invite onto the East Wales endurance programme for next year (2020-2021). Those athletes who have actively engaged in the programme this year (2019-2020) would be re-invited. We would also look to see who else deserved to be invited. The programme is for athletes from school years 9 – 13 for the 2020-2021 school year. Therefore we would be looking at which athletes moving into year 9 this year would be invited onto the programme (there are a number of strong athletes in this school year who would be invited) and whether there are any older athletes who have significantly improved and would be deserving of an invite. We would also look at athletes invited last year but who did not engage in the programme, and decide if any of them were worthy of an invite again this year or not.
We would also normally be shortly releasing dates for both the regional training days and the hub training sessions for 2020-2021, with the first regional training day set for the end of September as we start to prepare for the cross country season.
However we are not currently sure what format will be possible with the East Wales endurance regional programme for next year. There are promising signs off lockdown easing, groups beginning to train together again (following social distance rules) and the potential of some sort of athletics competitions in Wales by mid to the end of August (though with significant differences to what athletics competitions have looked like previously). However it is still a very variable situation, and therefore can not clarify further details as of yet for the East Wales endurance regional programme. Therefore we will wait for further clarity before inviting athletes and coaches onto the programme. However, if you coach any athletes not on the programme last year who you believe should definitely be invited, or indeed work with any athletes invited onto the programme last year who are no longer engaging in athletics or no longer deserve an invite in your opinion, please let me know. Also, if there are any coaches who you believe deserve to be invited onto the programme, please let me know. We will take these opinions into consideration when invites are sent out, whenever that will be.
Finally, as always, if you have any questions about anything athletics related, please feel free to ask.
Cheers
Steve Mitchell(East Wales Welsh Athletics regional coordinator for endurance)

Congratulations to James

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James Williams confirmed as CEO of Welsh Athletics

Welsh Athletics announce that James Williams has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive on a permanent basis. James had been in the role of interim CEO since January of this year, taking over from Matt Newman who moved to become the full-time CEO of Run 4 Wales.

All of us at East Wales Athletics offer our congratulations to James and wish him well in his role. We look forward to working with him.

Full story here>>https://www.welshathletics.org/en/blog/post/james-williams-confirmed-as-ceo

Welsh Athletics – Ask Us Sessions

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At Welsh Athletics we have been working hard with Sport Wales, British Athletics, the other home country athletics federations and other partners to plan and try to keep the sport as active as possible during these unprecedented times.

As we know, the sport of athletics is diverse and we want to keep in touch with as many of you as possible. As a result, we are launching the ‘Ask Us’ series of regional webinars with the aim of trying to further connect the full athletics community of Wales. 

REGISTER HERE

The aim of the ‘Ask Us’ sessions is to be as open as possible and will be looking to provide some brief updates but, most importantly, to also engage with attendees and allow for questions and discussion. The webinars will feature James Williams (Interim CEO of Welsh Athletics) as well as all Heads of Department who will be available to both listen and answer questions as appropriate.

The feedback and questions will also help to provide more focused and relevant support for the sport in Wales.

The sessions will take place from on the following dates:

‘Ask Us’ (East Wales): Thursday 21st May 

‘Ask Us’ (South Wales): Thursday 28th May 

‘Ask Us’ (North Wales): Thursday 4th June 

‘Ask Us’ (West Wales): Thursday 11th June