All new members can ONLY attend on the FIRST Thursday of the month. They will be required to undertake an induction session and their parent/guardian must accompany the athlete.
Please see the Fixtures section on the club website for the full timetable of the 2014/14 Cross Country and Middle Distance season. Included also is details of all the competitions and some handy hints.
Every year St Albans AC compete in the Eastern Young Athletes League (EYAL) along with 30 + other clubs in the eastern region. At the end of the season the top 6 scoring clubs from the overall league contest the Cup final and the 7th-12th placed clubs contest the Plate Final. This time last year we managed to scrape into the Plate final at 12th, and again this year we managed to scrape through, again in 12th place to make the Plate final.
We (somewhat ambitiously) booked in advanced, a relatively large 70-seater coach for the EYAL Plate final this year - and I was delighted to see it almost full to capacity as we set off from Westminster Lodge at 8:30 in the morning on the 2 hour drive up the A12 to Ipswich.
I am pleased to report we managed to come 3rd on the day, beating both Shaftsbury Barnet and Dacorum & Tring – overall scores below:-
PROVISIONAL TEAM RESULTS: (subject to minor change):
1st. Chelmsford 612.5
2nd. Ipswich 583.5
3rd. St Albans 482
4th. Cambridge & Colderidge474
5th. Dacroum & Tring 459.5
6th. Shaftsbury Barnet 394.5
In addition to our 3rd overall place on the day we also won an individual title on the day for the U17 Women and we were an agonising 1 point shy of taking the U13 girls team title on the day.
Tim Higman and I both want to say a big THANK YOU to each and every athlete who took part this season, as it is your efforts that got us into the Final – and we witnessed a great team spirit across the entire team in yesterday’s final – I really enjoyed the whole experience on the day. We also had many young athletes stepping up to compete in events that were outside of their comfort zone in an extraordinary effort to help bring in those important extra points; this paid dividends, and we left with heads held high.
Results for the met are on the Results section of the club website.
Team Manager (EYAL)
The last EYAL league match is this Sunday 7th September. Unfortunately there are no non scoring athletes allowed in the finals, so we have had to try and pre-select a team of "A" and "B" string athletes for this match.
If you have been pre selected for this match then you should have already received an email fro Chris James/ or been told by Chris or Tim.
What: Last match (in Plare Final) of the Eastern Young Athletes League
Where: Ipswich, IP4 3DJ
When: Sunday 7th September, 10:30 arrival - 1st event starts at 11:30 with other individual events running continuously through till 17:00
Transport: Meet at in W/ Lodge Car park for 08:15 Sunday morning to board coach £2/athlete, £5 parent/family – alternatively make your own way to Ipswich.
Who can compete: Pre select team with email confirmation sent out to each individual.
Any queries at all, around this particular match, please contact Chris James on 07811 144369 or email him on C.P.James@btinternet.com
Sunday 21st September is the annual colts club championships (years 4-7). Registration is at 9:30am with the events starting at 10am and concluding around 1pm.
Second session athletes: please note that Sunday training that week is cancelled for the club championships.
The format of the championships will be similar to the prior years with all athletes completing in a variety of different events. Run throw and jumps.
The overall winners in each age group will be calculated based on the score across all events and will be announced at the annual club championships.
As we are expecting a large turnout of athletes on the day, there will be some standing around whilst others compete. Please can you ensure that athletes come with layers of clothing, and waterproofs if the weather is poor so that they can put on warmer clothes when not taking part.
Parents, Grandparents, Carers: As you will expect, an event like this requires lots of help to run and to ensure that athletes have a positive experience. Please can everyone who is available make themselves known to the coaches and officials so that they can help out. From holding a tape measure to collecting shot, or raking a sand pit, the jobs don’t require athletics knowledge but help out massively on the day. We will let you know who to contact in due course.
Due to our annual Club Championships being held this Sunday (10th Aug) over at Jarman Park in Hemel Hempstead, this Sunday's training (the 2nd session between 11:00 and 12:00) will be cancelled.
Club Champs for year 6 and older is this year being held in August as a trial. There is also some events for under 11's. IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOR ANY CLUB MEMBER TO COME ALONG AND TAKE PART.
Timetable this Sunday's Club Champs at Jarman Park:-
11am 400m-300m Hurdles Hammer,Pole Vault,Triple All and High Jump (Female)
11.45 HJ Male,Shot female
12.05 150m for under 11
12.30 Shot under 11-13 boys, LJ under 11-13, Girls 200m
1.30 Sprint hurdles
1.45 Javelin u 15,17,jun,sen,vet, Long jump u11-13 Boys
2.15 600 under 11, Javelin all age groups, 800m all
2.30 Discus under 11-13 boys, Shot u15/17/jun/sen/vet male, Long Jump u15/17/jun/sen/vet female
3pm 70m under 11, 100m all
3.15 Javelin u11/13 boys, Discus all female
3.45 3000m, Long Jump u 15/17/jun/sen/vets Male
4.30 Discus u15/17/jun/sen/vetsMale
4.35 Steeplechase 1500
4.45 steeplechase 3000
4.55 steeplechase 2000
5.30 fun relays
Please support club champs if you can . If you email the events you would like to enter to
Tim - email@example.com
Chris - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 3rd August at Peterborough was a successful day for us as a club. We qualified for the Plate finals of the EYAL league, due to be held on 7th September (venue tbc).
A big push from everyone involved meant we pushed past Thurrrock (we had to beat Thurrock on the day in order to qualify for the finals) by some 30 points by the half way stage and finished the day 60 odd points ahead of them to come 3rd overall on the day out of the 7 competing clubs. Many will remember that this time last year we scraped though to the plate finals of this league - and then went on to win the final in September!
All the age categories did us proud on the day - and as has been the trend all season our U13 girls stood out with their impressive numbers and with their enthusiasm - all this in spite of the summer holidays depriving us of many of our regular athletes. We managed to pull together a reasonable size squad (around 35 athletes) in spite of the holiday season; this number included quite a few new first timers, who's help with the overall points scored on the day, was really appreciated and helped us reach the finals - thanks to every single athlete who took part and made this the success that it was in reaching the finals.
We were desperate for field officials at this match - you know we're short when both Tim Higman and Chris James have to muck-in and take turns in officiating field events - Chris officiating High Jump and Tim (yes that's right, Tim Higman) officiating the Shot Put); several parents did a stint (or 2) in helping out in the field events and our "Mr reliable" Phil Yaxley turned up (as always) and took care of business as track judge on the day - thanks for your once again Philip.
Our next EYAL match (Plate Final) is Sunday 7th September – further details will follow
PROVISIONAL TEAM RESULTS FOR 3rd August in Peterborough (subject to minor change):
1st. Norwich 695
2nd. Colchester Harriers 533.5
3rd. St Albans 502
4th. Thurrock 435
5th. Peterborough 258
6th. West Norfolk / DRT 120.5
7th. West Suffolk 112
Individual result performances will be on the Results section of the website by 7th/8th August.
Team Manager (EYAL matches)
Our last EYAL club match is at the end of this week and we want to try and get the biggest side out yet this season.
If we beat Thurrock at this match we get through to the finals in September (7th), if Thurrock beat us at this match, then we are not in the finals and this would be our final match of the season.
What: Last match in the Eastern Young Athletes League
Where: Bishop’s Road, Peterborough, PE1 5BW
When: Sunday 3rd August 10:30 arrival - 1st event starts at 11:45 with other individual events running continuously through till 17:00
Transport: Meet at in W/ Lodge Car park for 09:15 Sunday morning to board coach £2/athlete, £5 parent/family – alternatively make your own way
Who can compete: Any St Albans AC club member between Year 6 and Year 11 (inclusive) regardless of ability level, as includes non-scoring athletes
What do I do next please send me an e-mail or text message with a Yes or No for this particular match - it helps me to know EITHER WAY your availability
Club vests: must be worn at these matches - vests will be available for sale on the day, £17 each
Those who need to arrive at the track a little later, or leave earlier than 5pm due to other commitments, just let me know – no problem with this.
If you know of anyone who isn’t getting these emails (and would like to compete with us) pls pass my email onto them to get in touch with me.
EYAL Team Manager
Due to holidays and YDL matches the training sessions will be cancelled this Sunday. Training will be on as normal on 3/8/14.
The coach to Guildford, for our last Y.D.L. match of the season, will leave from Westminster Lodge at 9.00am on Sunday 27th July. Please be there promptly to ensure a quick getaway. Cost for coach travel will be £2 for athletes and £5 for accompanying adults. Please let Tim (email@example.com ) or Caroline (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you will be travelling by coach.
If you would like to compete next Sunday (27th), are u17 or u20 and haven't already been in touch, please contact Tim or Caroline (see above for email addresses) as soon as possible. We'd love to see you in the team.