As you will be aware, this evening the Government have updated their advice on Covid 19. As a result SNHAC will, like many other clubs, be suspending all our activities with immediate effect. This will include all training sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays Thursdays and Sundays. Following England Athletics' announcement this morning (17th March) this will be until at least the start of May although it may well be necessary to extend this further. This is a highly unusual step but it is clear that in the current circumstances we have a responsibility to ensure that we do all we can to reduce the risk to all of our volunteers, members and parents. We will of course keep everyone updated in relation to both training and competition through the website and Facebook page.
Following EA and Government Guidelines SNHAC will currently continue training as normal. However, as circumstances are changing quickly and new guidelines being brought in this will be reviewed daily. Please check the club’s Facebook page and website before each training session.
Should any of our coaches have to self- isolate due to ill-health, age or underlying health conditions we will endeavour to amalgamate groups if practical but it may be necessary to cancel sessions for groups at short notice.
If any athlete feels that due to an underlying health condition (severe asthma etc) they do not wish to attend training they should contact their coach to see if there is training that can be completed away from the club.
The Club has a duty to protect all our athletes, families and volunteers so may we remind all members that they must not train or compete for at least 7 days from the onset of any symptoms of the virus and that parents/family members should not be dropping off or picking up if they are unwell.
We are working with SBC and our volunteers to ensure the facility is cleaned regularly. We will also not be using the kitchen or hall for the foreseeable future to protect those who attend or run Little Learners.
Obviously this is a rapidly changing situation and it would appear likely that further changes may occur at any time.
We are happy to announce that the new Stevenage and North Herts Athletics Club website is now live! Here you will be able to catch up with the latest news, view our upcoming fixtures, learn more about the club and membership, view our photo gallery, download and complete application forms and more... Of course over the coming months, we will be adding additional pages and photographs also.
We would also like to thank the team from A1 German Car & Bike Specialists (Independent BMW, Mercedes, Audi, VW Service and Parts Centre in Stevenage) who have sponsored the new website build.
Competing at England Athletics Age Groups Championships in Sheffield over the weekend U17 Tyler Wannerton produced a season’s best performance of 4.23.13 for fifth place. Also competing in the U20 400m were Joel Evans and Freddie Reilly who ran 51.75 and 52.20 in their heats. Bhuvanesh Ramnauth ran 7.65 in his heat of the 60m.
The Brunel Jumps festival saw a personal best in the triple jump of 13m71 from U20 Ike Laseinde who also recorded 6m04 in the long jump, Nathan Gardner competed in the pole vault.
At the Lee Valley Open U15 Lucy Baverstock opened her indoor season with 1m35 in the HJ and 3m99 in the LJ while Nyah Temple jumped a PB of 3m64 in the long jump.
Senior Man Oscar Jopp competed in Lewisburg USA clearing 3m85 in the pole vault.
Half a dozen Stevenage and North Herts Athletes were in action in the Eastern Athletic Association Championships at Lee Valley over the weekend. Improving progressively in each round, U17 Jessica Astill won her heat of the 300m followed by the semi final and final. Recording 41.00 in the final gained her the gold medal (42.51 heat, 41.87 semi-final). In the same event Niamh Day reached the semi-final (44.13 heat, 43.75 semi-final). Aimee Taylor cleared 2m80 to win the U17 pole vault. U20 Nile Odejimi- Riley won the triple jump with a fine sequence of jumps the best being 13m23. Senior Woman Shannon Rapacchi and U13 Oscar Whitely brought home silver medals. Shannon clearing 3m20 in the pole vault and Oscar running 29.86 in the final of the 200m.
Competing in Staten Island, New York on Friday Senior athlete Oscar Jopp came fifth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.87.