We send our congratulations (1) to Donna Fraser (Croydon Harriers) who was awarded an OBE for services to equality, inclusion and diversity in the workplace and (2) to Susan Deaves (Woking AC) who was awarded an MBE for services to athletics.
(2) PEGGY BURCHELL 1923 - 2021
It is with sadness that we report the death on New Years Day of Peggy Burchell a Life Member of the County Association. Peggy was for many years the person who issued the competitors numbers to the male athletes at the County Track & Field Championships. She stopped doing this when she became unsteady on her feet and was concerned that she would be a liability. On being made a Patron of the County and subsequently a Life Member she was entitled to attend County Committee meetings. When she started to attend these meetings she achieved a rare distinction in that she was the third generation of her family to be a member of the Surrey committee - her father, W H Child, represented Mitcham AC in the 1920s; her son Keith has been a committe member since the 1970s and she joined in the 1990s. Peggy gave tremendous service to Croydon Harriers and was their treasurer for many years and was a leading fundraiser for the project that saw the club build its own headquarters at Croydon Sports Arena
(3) IDRIS OJURIYE 1984 - 2021
Herne Hill Harriers are saddened and shocked to advise that Idris Ojuriye, their popular and talented sprinter, sadly passed away suddenly on Monday 4th January. Idris was an valuable member of their BAL national league team for over fifteen years competing over 100m and 200m and sprint relays and was a regular competitor in indoor and outdoor championships ranging from Surrey to National champs. He represented Surrey on a number of occasions including competing at the Inter Counties championships and won medals at the Surrey outdoor and indoor championships. Idris was a popular, inspiring competitor and team member who was heavily involved in coaching in schools and local South London tracks where he inspired many youngsters to start athletics.
Bill Nankeville died on 8th January 2021 aged 95. Bill, a member of Walton AC, was one of the leading middle-distance runners in Britain in the 10 years following the Second World War. He was 6th in the 1500m Final at the 1948 Olympics and was a semi-finalist four years later at Helsinki. In 1950 he set a British record when finishing 3rd in the 1500m Final at the European Championships in Brussels. From 1947 - 1953 he was a medallist every year in the Mile at the AAA Championships, finishing first on 4 occasions. After retiring from competition he maintained his links with Walton AC and regularly attended club functions until recently.
Gordon Biscoe died in Epsom Hospital on 12th February 2021 aged 88. Gordon had been a member of Belgrave Harriers for 68 years. In addition to being a staunch Belgravian he regularly attended Surrey Championships and volunteered as an official on many occasions.
There have been some changes to the website. In particular some of the menu buttons at the top have moved. All the buttons relating to competition entries and results are now in the second row. Race Walking results are now split between those on the road and those held on the track with the former accessible from the "Road Walking" button and the latter accessible from the "Track & Field" button.
The results database has been enhanced - previously it was primarily track & field but now road and cross-country events have a similar focus. This has meant that the athlete profiles have been expanded and now include links to the events where performances were achieved. All-time rankings now include the Under-23 age group.
Significant changes have also been made to the structure of the historical "News Headlines" so that for recent years it provides an account for all the Surrey related activities for a year in chronological order. This information is complete for recent years and is being progressively updated for earlier years as far back as 1920 when the AAA started to regularise County athletics.
If you find any errors or omissions please contact Webmaster.
(8) TRACK & FIELD RANKINGS 2021
As we appear to be moving towards having competitions it is time to prepare for the provision of the Surrey Rankings which many take an interest in. Therefore, I am seeking volunteers to compile the lists for one or more of the following age groups:-
We try to update the rankings once a week, primarily using the data held on Power of Ten, and it can take a couple of hours at busy times of the year. If you are interested in finding out what is involved then please contact Keith Burchell.
Following the first publication of this item Sirkka Kirkby has agreed to look after the Under-17 Women rankings. I have also had an offer to look after the Under-15 Girls which is looking likely to be confirmed. I am still hoping for further volunteers particularly for the male age groups.
(9) SURREY COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021
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(10) SURREY SCHOOLS OPEN TRIALS, SATURDAY 12TH JUNE 2021
The Surrey Schools Athletic Association (SSAA) has decided that they will hold Open Trials on one day only.
Under 15's in the Morning and Under 17's in the Afternoon. There will be no Senior Events - Senior athletes are encouraged to enter the SEAA Championships (June 12/13) and Open Meetings to gain ESAA Standards.
A link to the Entry Form + Payment proceedure will appear later in April on the SSAA website.
* Athletes may only enter ONE Event
* There will be a £3 fee for each athlete's entry to cover costs.
* Timetables and Conditions of Entry will be published in due course.
** This will be a Covid Safe Meeting - all public health regulations will apply.**
(11) SURREY SCHOOLS OPEN COMBINED EVENTS MEETING, WEIR ARCHER ATHLETIC CENTRE (KINGSMEADOW), 31ST MAY 2021
PRIORITY FOR ENTRY IS GIVEN TO SURREY SCHOOLS ATHLETES UNTIL SUNDAY MAY 2ND
Do you want to try Combined Events? Surrey Schools are hosting an open event, to give U15 and U17 athletes an opportunity on Monday 31st May, at Weir Archer Athletics and Fitness Centre, Kingston. Please note, there is an entry fee of £10 per athlete – click here to enter and access payment details. Club or school vests can be worn on the day.
Athletes from all counties are welcome, but places are limited to 16 athletes from each age group/gender. Entries will be on a first come, first served basis – so get your entries in quickly! Entry will be closed at 12pm on Friday 21st May, or once fields are full – whichever is sooner.
(12) WORLD ATHLETICS RELAYS, CHORZOW, POLAND, 1ST/2ND MAY 2021
Jessie Knight (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) and Dwayne Cowan (Hercules Wimbledon AC) are members of the 4x400m squads selected to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland. The heats were held on Saturday.
In the Women's 4x400m heat 3 Jessie Knight ran the third leg for the team which won in 3:28.83 to qualify for Sunday's final. In the Men's 4x400m heat 3 Dwayne Cowan ran the final leg for the team which finished 5th in 3:10.63 following a fall by the runner on the second leg.
In the Women's 4x400m final held on Sunday Jessie Knight ran the last leg for the team which finished third in 3:29.27.
(13) SURREY COUNTY BEST PERFORMANCE UNDER-20 WOMEN 1500M STEEPLECHASE, 8TH MAY 2021
Martha Collings (Woking AC) set the fastest time by an U20 Woman for the 1500m Steeplechase when she finished second with a time of 5:00.80 at the Yeovil Open Meeting on 8th May. Unfortunately, because the organisers included some Under-15 Boys in the race it was a mixed gender event and so Martha's time does not qualify as a County record. The County record remains as the performance of 5:07.07 set by Zoe Tompkins in 2018.