Press Report: County Champs Postponed

THE highlight of the county track and field season has been postponed.

Hopes of West Cheshire Athletic Club hosting the Cheshire County Track and Field Championships at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on the weekend of May 30 and 31 have been postponed due to the current Covid-19 crisis.

Cheshire Athletics Association made a decision to postpone the annual fixture during their recent online committee meeting.

A statement on the Cheshire AA Facebook page reads: “The Cheshire County Track & Field Championships, scheduled to be held on 30th & 31st May, has been postponed.

“A decision on a rearranged date will be taken by the County Committee after it becomes clear when athletics competition can resume.”

Other postponed fixtures which were scheduled to be held at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track this summer include the English Schools Track and Field Cup County Round, and the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional B Final.

Cheshire Schools AA and English Schools AA have announced the cancellation of all schools athletics competitions this summer, apart from the Combined Events Championships scheduled for September.

This includes both the Cheshire County Schools Championships which were scheduled to be held on June 13 at Warrington’s Victoria Park, and the English Schools Track and Field Championships which were planned to be held at Manchester on July 10 and 11.

Meanwhile, the English Cross-country Association has produced dates for the next cross country season, which understandably could change if the Covid-19 crisis isn’t over by the autumn.

Cross-country league designated dates are: October 10, November 7, December 5, January 16, and February 13, with a sixth date of March 13 if required.

The English National Cross-country Relays are to be held in Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, on October 31.

The National and Inter Counties are swapping dates in 2021 due to the World Cross-country Championships being in Australia on March 20. So the Inter Counties will be at Loughborough on February 20, and the English National Championships will be at Parliament Hill, London, on March 6.
Other major cross country dates are:

Trials for European Championships on November 28, with the European Championships in Dublin on December 13.

County Cross-country Championships – January 9; Area Cross-country Championships – January 30; British Universities and Colleges Cross -country Championships – February 6; English Schools Cross-country Championships – March 20; andΒ  Schools International – March 27.

Posted by Dave Alexander
29th March 2020

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