Enter Kent T&F Champs by 16 April

KCAA have received a permit to allow the Kent Championships to go ahead as planned next month (8th & 9th May). Unfortunately to get support from the SE Regional Council for the permit they did have to take time and events out of the usual programme (for most time gain it was unfortunately some of the longer events & for numbers it was less well supported events) but when the KCAA T&F committee next meet they will see if they can run at some other time.

Information is on the Track & Field ( page of the KCAA website.

KCAA have set a closing date for entries which currently is 16th April 2021, but if, due to venue COVID capacity, they need to cap numbers, entries will be considered in order of receipt.

Please be aware of the latest EA COVID guidance at: Track and Field Operational Gudiance 2021 ( which all are required to follow as a condition of the permit.

For the KCAA Championships this means in particular:

1.       No one should come to the stadium if they feel unwell or have had a positive COVID test.

2.       Travel to and from the stadium should be alone or where that is not possible in either household or Support bubble transport

3.       Everyone will need to register on entry (following directions as required to do so) confirming name and contact details to comply with the legal requirements of Test & Trace

4.       Spectators are not allowed (that includes parents & coaches) with the exception that 1 parent or career for a child or vulnerable athlete

5.       Parent, Career and athletes will need to Social Distance when not competing.

6.       Trophies should not be brought to the venue, our Trophies Secretary will be in contact about collection, but we do plan to award medals.

7.       Once an athlete has completed their events they must leave the stadium, to enable this athletes may find that we have planned heats and finals are closer together than usual but still within UKA rest time guidance.

8.       Failure to comply with COVID requirements will be treated as a conduct warning by the meeting organisers and athletes need to be reminded that 2 conduct warnings (of any type) across all events will mean that an athlete can no longer compete in the Championships for any event or on either day. Please note that the UKA latest rule book specifies that athlete spitting may attract a conduct warning.

The first KYAL meeting at Dartford on Sunday, 23rd May is likely to still be under similar limitations as outlined above, so team managers will need to consider transport limitations, athletes leaving after their last event and social distancing of the team.

The fixture dates on the KCAA website fixture list are right but a couple of venues may change due to operational difficulties and will be updated shortly.


David R Ralph

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Running Safely 2021

UK Athletics in cooperation with the Home Country Athletics Federations have published updated safety advice for runners and joggers as well as suggested guidance for non-runners.

The advice was refreshed following some recent high-profile cases of harassment of athletes training in public areas.  Any abuse or threats against athletes whilst training are completely unacceptable, and the safety guidelines published are to support athletes, recreational runners and other sports people exercising in public to feel prepared for any eventuality.

In addition – guidance for non-runners has been published to highlight how some behaviours may cause harm or upset, even unintentionally.

The guidance is here.

Updated CoronaVirus Advice

As part of the Covid 19 opening-up plan, and in accordance with England Athletics guidance, we re-commenced the senior Tuesday night 7 mile run on 30 March. The three paced groups have separate start times as before with the Slow group at 6pm, the Medium group at 6.45pm, and the Fast group at 7pm. We are using the Knole Park circuit. We hope to re-start the Thursday speedwork session in late April and await news from Sevenoaks School on possible access to the track.

Guidance from England Athletics dated 26 March on the return of athletics and running following the UK government roadmap is here.

Running Safely

RunTogether has put together some useful tips to help you run safely and ensure you get the maximum enjoyment out of your runs. See the advice here.

There are also tips on dealing with negative behaviour here.

AGM 2016 - Change to Committee

At the Annual General Meeting on 22nd April 2016, ladies section co-ordinator Happy Fisher stepped down from the Committee to be replaced by Nicola Thompson. However, Happy will stay as women's team manager for the Kent Fitness league cross-country and will also organise the men in that competition from 2016/17 season onwards.

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