Club Champs 2020.
Report – Paul Bearman.
On a crisp sunny morning a scaled down, Covid safe version of the Stratford upon Avon AC club champs, which is the biggest and most important in the club’s calendar, enabled over 130 athletes, expertly marshalled by nearly 50 of the club’s volunteer officials and coaches to enjoy what was for some, the first and only time they could compete in this summer’s blighted track & field season.
The athletes have continued to train hard this year despite the severe restrictions placed upon them and after only being allowed back to training at the track 2 months ago the performances of the athletes surpassed all expectations with over 200 personal bests being recorded and a few club records being broken too.
Paul Bearman, the meeting coordinator, commented afterwards, “it really was a terrific team effort and achievement by everyone concerned to put the champs on in such a short timescale and getting it licenced to the stringent, safe standards required by England Athletics only 5 days before leading up to the champs made it touch and go to run the event”. He added “Covid has decimated the track and field season and so without the commitment, hard work and attention to detail to make things safe by the small army of volunteers the Champs simply wouldn’t have happened”.
Athlete Millie Leighton said “the Club Champs was a great way to end an incredibly short season and for many of us was the only chance to compete this year. Nevertheless, everyone seemed to rise to the occasion and produce some great performances. It was definitely a challenge having gone so long without training, but I think it’s safe to say we have all missed competition and it was nice to restore some amount of normality. Considering the lack of competition preparation and training at the track over the last 6 months, along with the majority of athletes, I was very surprised and pleased with my results managing to get a PB in two out of my three events. Given that it’s unlikely that we won’t be able to have the Club awards evening this year, it was nice to see all of the club enjoying being together”.