County Championships and the return to competition

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8 March 2021

It seems unlikely that Oxfordshire AA will be going ahead with a full County Championships event on Saturday 8th May. The present guidance from England Athletics – at 

https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/guidance-update-2021/

leaves the sport in a situation where many athletes will probably not be fully prepared for this level of competition.

Many counties have already decided to cancel, reschedule or defer their main track & field championships. In Oxfordshire, the Track & Field Sub-Group of the County Association has been monitoring the situation. It has not yet taken the decision to cancel or postpone, partly because we are hoping for further guidance from the governing bodies during the coming days. We estimate that the very latest date for any decision on holding any event on 8th May would be Friday 26th March, but we hope to make an announcement well before that date.

Regardless of whether an event is held on 8th May, we are very conscious of the need to provide appropriate opportunities for competition for all athletes in our County. This includes school-age athletes who may be looking for qualification for a slimmed-down (but three-day) ESAA Championships on 9th – 11th July, in Manchester. We intend to support Oxfordshire Schools AA in any ways we can to provide competition opportunities for those who feel they have the potential to make the ESAA qualification standards.

In this unusual year, no formal fixture list has yet been issued. For the benefit of our officials (who normally receive an availability list in January or February), as well as for athletes, coaches, parents and all others concerned, we have now put together a draft list of fixtures that may take place this season, if there is no slippage in the current Government Road Map and its athletics equivalent. This appears as a separate document on this website.