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Newham Athletics Network are proud to announce that there is a 'High Jump' workshop with Great Britain international high jumper, Samson Oni.
Open to all coaches from Network clubs who either coach high jump or have an interest in coaching high jump. All athletes from Network clubs who compete in high jump are welcome to attend.
East London Mini Marathon (Used as trials for the Virgin London Mini Marathon) Sunday 10th February 2012 @ Redbridge Cycling Centre Age 11-17yrs of age. If you’d like to compete for Newham, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.Follow @londonathletics
Sunday the 27th January saw Shaftesbury Barnet Sebastian Rodger, (coached by: Steve King) make his fist senior international debut for the England team in Bratislava. The athlete better known for his exploits over the hurdles was representing England in the indoor 400m event. Leading from gun Rodger didn't take long to establish a lead before the bell winning race 2 in a time of 47.79 which is a new indoor personal best. The Italian Severi Roberto was second in 49.42.
On his selection and the outstanding season at Shaftesbury, the England under 23 champion said: “Really pleased to get this opportunity, it’s a great start to 2013 on the back of what was a great year (2012). It’s great to complete for England in an individual event and it’s my first senior international so that’s nice, it’s a huge honour.”
Carpe Diem “seize the day” The year of 2012 was always going to increase the interest in our sport with the main focus point of the 2012 games being the Olympic stadium in East London, and what a stadium it was too. Chair of the London regional council recently featured in Athletics Weekly in the ‘Spotlight’ section, in an article titled:”London 2012 launch pad”. There Tony Shiret (Chair) explained how London has built on the opportunity of hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
Sunday the 3rd of February will see the Officials conference held at St Mary’s University College, Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham TW1 4SX. The SEAOA are striving to continue the legacy of the exceptional standard of British officiating that the games showcased on the world stage.
England Athletics support's this type of event as it is part of ensuring that athletes have the competition opportunities that they want. Without the offcials we have no sport.
The conference begins at 10:05am with welcome speeches, followed by workshops and guest speakers until around 17:00pm. The conference looks to be a very useful opportunity to any official with all levels of experience. We must also express our apprecation for the work the SEAOA has provided our sport in recent years. Without their support our sport would'nt continue to grow.Follow @londonathletics
The Westminster Mile event was welcomed into the limelight yesterday by the 4 time Paralympic Gold medallist, David Weir. As a partner of the event, the England Athletics Run! project were delighted to be present at the launch. Ellie Wood, Athletics Activator for Westminster: “Welcoming the new ‘Westminster Mile’ into the borough is really exciting. It will definitely be a fantastic event and with such a high profile will be a terrific way of capturing continued motivation for running off the back of the Olympics. I am already working with the local authority and other partners to promote and develop Run! training sessions to prepare and take part. People are enthusiastic and motivated to be involved so hopefully they can be successfully signposted into the regular athletics activities in the borough afterwards.”
The first anniversary of the opening of London 2012 on July 27 could be marked by the Olympic Stadium hosting the London Grand Prix athletics meeting. Discussions have already taken place with the London Legacy Development Corporation to move the event, which is part of the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF) Diamond League circuit and due to take place on July 26 and 27, from Crystal Palace to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.
Sunday 13th January saw hundreds of people once again attend the now famous ‘Vault London 2013’ at Sutton Arena. This year’s festival of pole vaulting saw 86 Pole Vaulters competing in the third edition of Vault London and it duly delivered every inch of its promise.
This was the first time that Vault London has been held in January instead of its usual March date. Considering that the competitors were in the very early stages of their indoor competition programme, the performances are simply amazing.
- 64 Lifetime Best Clearances were produced by 26 Athletes
- Plus a further 44 Athletes had Seasons Bests.
- Several Athletes lifted themselves to the top of their UK Age Group Rankings.
- Numerous Competitors also attempted lifetime best heights.
- 31% of the field set Lifetime Best Performances.
- 82% of all the Competitors cleared Seasons Best heights.
- We also had a new British Under 13 Age Group Record.
But most impressive of all was the atmosphere generated by some of the best pole vault supporters around. Considering that none of the competitors were into their competitive stride this winter the support of the appreciative audience lifted the vaulters to some impressive performances.
Outstanding Performance Awards:: FEMALE AWARD goes to 11 year old Cerys Ralph (Southampton AC) who performed exceptionally well in supportive but daunting circumstances for one so young. Cerys achieved multiple personal bests and we wish her every success on her pole vaulting journey.
MALE AWARD goes to 11 year old Jack Harris (Lewes AC) who had several Personal Bests which are a fair and well earned reward for his gritty determination and commitment.
Both Athletes receive a £25 Voucher from Neuff Athletic Equipment Ltd that they can redeem against any of their pole vaulting needs. Full list of medalists can be downloaded form the foot of this page.
Meeting director Alan Williams said: “Wow! Can we throw a pole vault party or what, If you have ever wondered about the future of British pole vaulting... It was alive and kicking and in great form at Sutton Arena on Sunday 13th January as were once again treated to a fantastic festival of pole vaulting." Williams continued: "Congratulations to you all. I'm sure that many of you will have a very bright pole vaulting future and some fantastic times ahead..."Follow @londonathletics