Oxon- Bucks AA T & F Championships May 13/14 May at Horspath Stadium, Oxford

The Championships this year will again be held at Horspath and the final timetable and entry form will be available in due course. However, athletes and coaches may like to note the following.

It is essential that the length of the championships is not more than 8 hours on each of the days. This can best be achieved by removing some events (3000m, 5000m and 10000m; Steeple-chases and Pole Vault) to other occasions during the summer.

There will be also be some changes in the days on which events occur - the Javelin and Hammer will be on the Saturday, with the Shot and Discus on the Sunday. In addition, the U13 sprint hurdles events will be on the Sunday.

All entries this year will be conducted on-line with payment also being made on-line. In the event of this not being possible for an athlete, a paper copy of the entry form together with the entry fee should be sent to the Entries Co-ordinator. The closing date for entries will be 28 April. Late entries will not be accepted.

Each year there are some athletes who fail to include PBs for their events. This is essential for seeding purposes in the sprints and 800m. It also occurs where athletes have not previously attempted the event! The Championships are NOT the place for the latter.

In addition, we have included standards for some events; these will be especially in the U13 age-group where the sheer number of entries can cause time-tabling problems. The standards will be included with the entry information.

To aid the smooth running of the programme, we are asking each of the T & F clubs in Oxon to nominate ONE helper for each of the four half days of the championships. This is in addition to the qualified officials they provide. We need this extra help as the two counties do not have enough officials to maintain all the events. We are agreed that these helpers will never be asked to run any event without the support of more senior officials. To achieve this aim, can ALL clubs please let the meeting managers know who is available to help (one named individual for a given half-day) by the 3rd May?

Thank you.

John Sear

Chairman, OAA