Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well.
Floodlights this week
There is some remedial work taking place on the floodlights at Battlebridge on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to replace the failed floodlight, straighten the column and fit a timer. As a result of this, it is very unlikely that we will be able to switch them on tomorrow evening (16th March).
Return to Senior Training
Senior training returns from 29th March. We are planning to hold sessions at the same times and in the same groups as we had after Lockdown 2 at the end of last year. Full details are on the noticeboard.
The Club AGM - a date for your diaries
The AGM will be held on Monday 26th April. Please add this date to your diaries. More details are on the Noticeboard.
Please note the very important information about nominations being needed for the post of Club Chair. There is an updated description of the Chair role here.
We will also be awarding senior trophies to the 2020 Club Champions and to other competition winners.
England Athletics are running a consultation about the future formal “membership” of UK Athletics, which is equivalent to the shareholders in a company limited by shares. Full information about the various options proposed are available on the EA website.
If you want to input to this consultation, which could have a significant impact on the level of control that we (as athletes) have over the future of our sport in the UK, then please contact Ginevra or Malcolm () with your views on the various options, by no later than Friday 26th March. We will then respond to the consultation on behalf of the club.
The Surrey Slog
MABAC have advised that they plan to hold the Surrey Slog on Sunday 25th July. This is described as "a challenging half marathon around Holmbury Hill".
We will be asking for volunteers nearer the time. More details are available on the MABAC website. There is also a link to enter the event, but at the time of writing it is not working; I have been assured that it will be up and running in the next day or two.
The Summary Minutes from February's Committee Meeting are here.
Our friends at the YMCA are holding a virtual quiz night fundraiser this Friday (19th March) at 7pm. They are looking for teams of up to 6 people to enter. The cost is £5 per person. There is a maximum entry of 20 teams. If anyone is interested in entering a team they can do so here.
At the time of writing Kate Knight is 470 miles into her 600 challenge with just 16 days left to complete it. Kate has had to walk all of this distance so far as she has not been allowed to run following surgery on her neck just before Christmas.
She tells me that she is allowed to run again from this week though, so I expect she will complete her goal well inside the deadline. Well done Kate! Her fundraising page is here.
London Marathon 2021
The next Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 3rd October 2021. Assuming we are allocated place(s), the recipient of the place(s) will be decided by a draw.
To be eligible for the draw you must:
- have been a member of the club for 2 years
- have been rejected in the ballot
- not have had a club place in the last 3 years
- have done some volunteering for the club in the last 24 months.
For 2021 only there will be no additional place available for members who have helped at the start of the marathon. This is a decision by the London Marathon organisers, not us.
If you have any questions or would like your name entered in the draw, if/when we receive any places, please contact Ginevra
Keep in touch
It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.
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