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Spring 2001

Amanda Bailey top in South West
Amanda Bailey won the minor event for Dorset at the South West Schools Cross Country event held at Ferndown on Saturday3 Feb well ahead of the second placed runner. Amanda has been improving steadily throughout the season and the fast but muddy course suited her flowing style. There were also good runs by Laura Dixon, Alice and Lucy Harwood, Tim Harris and Bill Pearson. Even Pole Vaulter Jocelyn Hird got in on the act just to show that you need the stamina for pole vault as well as any other event. Amanda is now hoping for great things in the remaining fixtures including the final Wessex League fixture at King's Park Bournemouth on Sunday 11 March.

In the last issue we told you about Eve Serrao and Jocelyn Hird's positions in the under 17 rankings. Since then the other rankings have been published. You will have read all about Nick Fradgley's Number 1 ranking in the UK for the under 13 boys high jump. You may also know about the stupendous achievements of Louise Watton appearing in the rankings in Javelin, Shot and Discus. Perhaps you don't know that 2 of our younger members Katie Constable and Daniel Jones also appear in the Sprint rankings for the Under 11s for the 2000 season. Our inside knowledge on the under 11 rankings comes from our very own Sandra Watton who is now the national co-ordinator for those under 11 rankings.

Wimborne 10
March 4 is the day when hundreds of athletes take to the Pamphill and Shapwick lanes to compete in the Wimborne 10. This event is organised by the club and attracts runners from all over the south. A small committee is responsible for the organisation of this major event.

The County Championships were held at Canford School on Sunday 4 February and there were some excellent performances by new champions Louise Watton and Lauren Bennett. There were also wins for Nick Fradgley, Tim Catton, Alyssa Eggertsen and Lisa Donavan under other colours. Our performance in the league has been disappointing, partly because some of out athletes have to compete for their schools. We need to give Sportshall more attention but this has been difficult because Peter and Steve have been busy organising the event. Peter has now retired from Sportshall and hopes to give more time to managing the teams unless there is anyone else out there who could help.

Could you organise a skittles evening or a pool competition, quiz, table tennis or a chocoholics night. We would like to develop a series of small scale social events to further improve club morale. If you have any ideas or can put on an event let us know.

Help I need somebody

Just before Christmas we sent out letters to parents asking if they could help. It was gratifying that some parents came forward and pitched in to help with things like selling food at the Sportshall matches which yielded about 40 profit.
We need to take that one stage further to ask parents for help with some basic tasks to do with the organisation of matches. On Saturday 7 April parents are invited to attend the morning training session for coffee but also to learn some basic points about officiating.; stopwatch
We are going to concentrate on track judging, long jump and shot putt. It is not energetic but without some of this basic help we are unable to run athletic matches.

Girl Runner Ladies Day
Just a week before Mothers Day we are offering mums and indeed any lady over the age of 17 the opportunity to have a go at athletics. Our highly trained and immensely sympathetic coaches will guide you through any event you may wish to try. Maybe it's an event you have a burning ambition to try or you want to try something that you did at school and enjoyed. Come and join us at Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre on Saturday morning 17 March at 10.00am and we will put you through your paces.

Midweek training sessions at Ashdown
Monday night is Club Night at the Ashdown track. Come and join us from 6.30pm. We will be pleased to see you. Steve will be running a session especially for the under 13s but the general session is available to all ages and all abilities.

Wednesday night is Technical Night at Ashdown when local coaches share their skills with anyone who is at the improver stage. If you have mastered basic skills we can take you forward and will be concentrating on Sprinting/Hurdling, Throws and High Jump. High Jump is available for anyone clearing a minimum of 1m20. Starts at 6.30pm. Pay at the Sports Centre desk.

Peter still has a supply of spikes available at reduced prices. Phone him on 01202 880767. No reasonable offer refused. Beth also has spikes for sale and can be contacted on 01258 480222.

Schools Liaison
We still need volunteers to act as out point of contact with schools in the area. if you can maintain a contact with the Head of PE at your local school then please let us know. We will provide you with literature and we may be able to arrange in-school or after school coaching sessions. Please pass any offers of help through Ed Arnold 01258 451882 or Tim Watton 01202 632468.

Road Running

Beach Run Keep up-to-date with the road runners with a copy of their very own newsletter. Jerry Shield has copies and you can contact him on 01202 881085. If you want a good energetic session try Graham Starmers Wednesday night beach session. For full details contact Jerry or Barbara Frampton on 01202 884957.

Good luck to all those who have secured a place in this years London Marathon.

Pole Vault
Dave Pearson's sessions are going well and the other clubs in Dorset are showing considerable interest. Why not give it a try. Dave is always looking for new recruits and can be reached on 01258 837057.

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