Track Reopening + Health & Wellbeing.

As I mentioned last week, the enthusiasm of many of the junior endurance group remains undimmed despite there being no club organised training on the Welcombe Hills on Sundays.
Above and below are the athletes who finished 1st and 2nd in their respective races at the recent 1 mile time trials pairing up.
L to R : Ellie Deaner and Olivia Robinson & Alex Adams and Taylor Stubbins
Choosing to do their training on a Saturday are Abbi Cooper and Martha Peters.
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This week we have some important information from the SUAAC Welfare Officer Nikki Hillard on Health & Wellbeing – Mental Health.

Apart from that there is a message from Jack Sumners in the US of A and we also have our kit item of the week.

Take Care

Best Wishes.

David Jones
Return to training at the track
Paul Bearman

As the lockdown finishes on 2nd December the good news is that Stratford School are reopening their facilities and SUAAC can resume training from Thursday 3rd December. Although this is good news, it will unfortunately be short-lived as the school will be closed over the Christmas holidays.

On our return, the days, timings Covid protocols that we introduced in the summer will again be the way we do things. I need to stress that Stratford School are allowing use of their facilities for all clubs on the basis that protocols meet their approval to try to curtail the spread of the virus. They are already aware that some other clubs have been less than vigilant, however, we will continue to ensure that we stay vigilant and work to the rules.

Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health

Nikki Hillard – SUAAC Welfare Officer.

As a club, SUAAC considers the wellbeing of our members to be a cornerstone of the way we do things. We also pride ourselves on the level of support we give each other especially when things get difficult and can appear to be overwhelming. During 2020, with the restrictions that have been introduced to try to keep Coronavirus at bay, the need for this support has become even more evident.

Beyond what we do within SUAAC to support one another, England Athletics have recently published what amounts to a helpline of support entitled ‘Coronavirus and you or your family’s wellbeing’.

If you’re worried about anyone, including a child, or you need advice and support for coping with anything affecting mental health or wellbeing there are many different ways to seek help. The NHS website contains a lot of valuable information:, which includes advice about talking to children about feelings and spotting signs of depression in adults, children and teenagers.

England Athletics have also recently published what amounts to a helpline of support entitled Coronavirus and you or your family’s wellbeing and that is outlined below.

Hopefully we are seeing the “light at the end of the tunnel” but the impact of Coronavirus and all the implications that go with it are likely to go on for a long time yet and so this information may be worth keeping for reference if needed.

A Message from England Athletics……

You might be worried about coronavirus and how it could affect your life or that of a family member or close friend. This may include not being able to train with a group, being asked to stay at home or avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful but there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.

Click here for guidance from our friends at Mind, the Mental Health Charity about coronavirus and your wellbeing.

Below are links to other organisations that may be of help.

The Mental Health Foundation


Provides advice on how to look after your mental health including ten practical ideas such as keeping active, eating well and talking about your feelings.


Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)



Provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.

Mind Infoline

Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am5pm Monday to Friday)



Mind provides confidential mental health information services. With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind also has a network of nearly 200 local Mind associations providing local services.


Telephone: 0800 1111



ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything no problem is too big or too small.


YoungMinds offers free confidential online and telephone support to anyone worried about the emotional and mental wellbeing of a child or young person up to the age of 25.

  • call the free parents’ helpine on 0808 802 5544 from 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
  • email and YoungMinds will respond to your query within 3 working days

The charity also has information for parents and carers about mental health.

Jack in the USA.

A message from Jack Sumners

Hello from chilly Iowa

The US election was a fun period of time (!) but honestly with how hectic everything has been it kind of came and went.

My winter training has been going well but there have been a few bumps in the road, including a 14 day quarantine as well as getting Covid myself but since then I’ve been feeling faster than ever and getting back in to hurdling felt great. The higher hurdles feel natural now and I was moving fast over and in between, which is a good thing for me to feel like I’m improving.

Unfortunately training has now been paused due to the high Covid rates at my university but we will continue to work and prepare for the first competition on the 9th of January and hopefully see some huge pb’s.

I hope everyone is well and I’ll see you sometime next year.


And Finally.
Item of the week is the Stratford AC Fleece lined waterproof jacket with embroidered club emblem and name. Prices from £30