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KENT AC NEWS BULLETIN
6 June 2021
(parkrun) BACK FOR FLAMING JUNE?
parkrun (always lower case) is expected to announce on 11th June whether UK events can recommence from 26 June. The decision is contingent on obtaining permission from about 90% landowners for events to go ahead. Currently 74% have done so; the latest list includes parkruns in Greenwich and Bromley but none of the Southwark and Lewisham parkruns- though there have been positive noises from these councils and decisions are expected shortly. We can also reveal that not one but two completely new south east London parkruns are in the final stages of planning – watch this space for further details.
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JUNE TRACK PASS
Need to train on the track for that scorching Saturday 5k? Track passes are selling like hot cakes.
Please remember to buy your new track pass.
Juniors pay £5 monthly. Their track passes will be required from this Tuesday, 8th June.
How to sign up?
No training unless you’ve signed up to the track pass. You can pay for a month or a year. Here’s how:
1) Make sure your membership has been renewed as you must be a paid-up member to use the track
2) Purchase your monthly track pass in advance of the session here
3) Sign up to the appropriate group and session using the links below, for more information about training groups see here
4) Upon arrival before your session, please show your Kent AC membership app, or a print out, at the gate.
5) As you may have gathered, we can’t just rock up and run these days, so everyone should all take their turn to check track passes, wield the hand sanitiser, etc. Thank you to all who have volunteered so far.
Please contact Heather if you are yet to volunteer with a date that would suit you.
Please see a helpful FAQs guide here
Group spreadsheets to register for sessions (links for payment this month and FAQs also here):
Men’s A group
Men’s B Group
Women’s Group (PB/EB)
Please arrive at the track @5:45pm on Tuesday.
A track pass and new sign up arrangement will be required from 8th June. More details in next weeks newsletter
Any questions please contact us.
A polite reminder about track etiquette:
Groups A, B & C
1. Athletes must go to their designated starting areas with their bags and bicycles.
2. Coaches should nominate their captains beforehand together with those running in their group.
3. Groups no greater than 12.
4. All to leave track straight onto the infield (not outer lanes) after each rep.
5. All groups to walk/jog on the infield – on the grass. Must not use the outer lanes.
6. Groups to stay apart.
7. Captains make sure their athletes regroup before the next rep and set off together.
8. Once overtaken, athletes to move into lane 1 immediately. Single file.
9. Athletes must leave the arena immediately after the session and cool down outside.
10. Note, lanes 1 – 3 available.
1. As above except use lanes 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
2. Lane 6 & 7 on the back straight for equipment, hurdles, etc, if needed.
IT’S NOT JUST THE RUNNING…
…but the volunteering that keeps our club so dynamic, as Heather, our volunteers co-ordinator, writes:
‘Now we’ve increased the Junior membership to the club, we’re looking for gate volunteers to run an early session on Tuesdays, as well as the existing session. Gate times are now 5:35pm-6:50pm and 6:30-7:45pm.
Please contact Heather if you’re free to volunteer and to find out which slots are available.
GET READY TO RACE
The first fixture in the southern athletics league is only two weeks away. It will take place in Sutcliffe Park, Eltham on the 20th June. The schedule can be found via the following link: https://www.southernathletics.org.uk/assets/files/SALtimetablex.pdf
For those of you not familiar with the SAL, this is a track and field league which ordinarily runs on 6 weekends throughout the spring/summer. There was no 2020 season due to Covid-19. This year they are holding four fixtures, subject to government guidelines on training and competition remaining unchanged.
For 2021 it has changed it to a local league, which has the upside of limited travelling. There will be no promotion or demotion in 2021. The other clubs in our league are:
Blackheath & Bromley Harriers
London City AC
The SAL fixtures are open to all first claim members for Kent AC aged over 15 on 31 Aug 2020. Second claimers can also compete as long as their first club isn’t in the same league. Only athletes affiliated to England Athletics (or other home countries) will be able to compete. There is no minimum standard and everyone is welcome. If you are one of our two quickest entrants at the event you will be scoring for the club, otherwise you will run/throw/jump as a non-scorer.
The dates and locations of the later 2021 fixtures are as follows. All fixtures take place from late morning through to late afternoon:
11 July: Eltham (Sutcliffe Park)
14 August: Erith (TBC)
11 September: TBC
Putting on these events requires several volunteers from each participating club. If anyone is interested in helping out please let Ian Ellwood know, it would be great to see some new faces this year. No experience is necessary, there will be experienced officials there to show you what to do, but qualified officials are particularly welcome as it helps with point scoring.
If you are interested in taking part this summer or have further questions, please drop either Ian Ellwood (men’s captain) or Victoria Buck (women’s captain) an email.
CLUB CHAMPS AND A SWIFT HALF
Club Champs are back on for 2021. Provisional dates and events:
Thursday 1st July – Sprints, 3000m
Thursday 15th July – Sprints, 800m
Thursday 29th July – 1500s
Thursday 19th August – 5000m
Please put the dates in your calendar. More details will follow soon.
KENT AC HALF MARATHON CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coach Ted writes:
The Vitality Big Half is scheduled to return for its 4th year running in 2021 and is set to be on Sunday 22nd August, 2021.
I have Community places for our club and am able to allocate these to runners on a first-come basis. The remaining names will be placed on a waiting list.
Below is the link for you to register an interest in a place. I will then send the registration link when you will have 72 hours to claim your place and pay. There is a registration fee of £10 per entry that is payable directly by the athlete to the organisers through their system.
Once you’ve raced to register, the place will be given to the next person on the waiting list if you don’t claim your place within the 72 hour period. Please note:
· A £10 Community place entry fee will be paid directly by you to the Big Half Organisers within 3 days of receiving the entry link
· The place will be handed onto others if you miss the 3 day deadline
· Applications are non refundable
· Places are non transferable
Please register your interest in the following link:
Kent AC Big Half Community Places 2021
I intend inviting non club members in a couple weeks if I don’t fill the quota so please grab your place now ….don’t miss out.
Kent AC Summer Racing Calendar
Another reminder to plan your summer of racing here! Everyone in the club can add races they come across to the list and we encourage you to do so.
You can find the doc here
THIS MONTH’S CASH PRIZE
Last night’s bonus ball in the national lottery was 17
which means Jules Gevers is this month’s lucky winner of £250.00
SUNDAY SPRINT SESSIONS
Sprints coach Juno Field has hired Ladywell track on Sundays at 9.30 – 11.00 for sprint specific sessions. He is opening up the opportunity for any members of the club who would like to join. For more details, including what the sessions will entail and costs please contact Juno directly.
Please note: This is currently not part of the club track pass, although this may change in the future.
Welcome to our new members this week, both senior and junior. We look forward to meeting you on the track soon.
Jeremy Kempe B Group
Siv Leila Eliasssen
Anwen Donaldson Schach
THE YOUNG ONES
Our junior taster day was a great success: we reached our goal of recruiting 20 new junior member s to the club. Thanks again for all those who helped out.
We’d really like the young contingent to be the beneficiaries of our fundraising, as Coach Ted explains below:
Donations for Junior Track & Field development:
The past year has been very tough for us all and has highlighted what is dear to our hearts. For many of us, we have missed the camaraderie that comes with the club and our sessions and keeping this going for ourselves and the younger generation for the future is something we would like to uphold in 2021. With that in mind, we thought we could maintain the spirit of the past 3 years of raising funds for our track and field, although, not a requirement to securing a place. We are asking for your continued support, if you are able, as again we understand that 2020 has been very hard on a lot of people financially, but all contributions welcome no matter how small.
Our Justgiving page is below. Transfer your donations when you can. Don’t forget to press the Gift Aid button.
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