A note from England Athletics about athletics competitions later in the summer
England Athletics, the governing athletics body in England, has recently published a programme for athletics competitions for the second half of the summer track and field season. It is based on an assumption that the Government will allow athletes, officials, helpers etc to get together for both training and competition from the beginning of July.
If this is allowed then we could perhaps see competitive track and field athletics – both weekend and midweek – from the middle of July and going through to the end of September. The note from England Athletics covers competitions for all ages and all levels – at inter-club level, county level, regional level, national level and international level. Their draft, for example, does allow for some form of county championships.
Of course if the Government won’t allow gatherings of, say, 50 and more then it’s difficult to see how the England Athletics’ plans could go ahead. Boris Johnson’s plans later on Sunday evening (May 10) may well touch on gatherings.
England Athletics do get a fair amount of stick but they deserve some credit for coming up with some plans.
(England Athletics are not responsible for school athletics – for example the Schools County Championships or the English Schools Championships. If schools do go back before the summer holidays then it will be for the relevant school bodies to take decisions about school athletics – as well of course as other sports.)
Phil Rogers’ exercises
Coronavirus unfortunately continues to rule the world and we hope that you are all coping with the restrictions and that you are all able to keep fit and well. Phil Rogers has been busy giving you things to do on our facebook pages and a number of you have submitted pictures of yourselves doing a number of these exercises.