Young athlete leagues and competitions
Abingdon AC are part of three different track and field leagues, the Oxfordshire Junior League, the Midlands League and the Southern Counties Veterans League.
League competitions are important to us as a club because we compete as a team to earn points to determine where Abingdon AC finishes in each league.
Junior League - for U13/U15/U17/U20
Events for 2017: 9 April Horspath, 9 July TBC, 13 August Banbury.
Phil and Julie Kelly are our new team managers and will be selecting the team. We want to try and improve our league position this year by getting as many of you as possible to compete. You are allowed to compete in three events plus a relay and we want you to compete in as many events as possible to earn points for the team.
Please help us to do better as a club in this league this year by supporting your team managers.
Midlands League - for U17, seniors and vets
Events for 2017: 6 May Tipton, 4 June Coventry, 16 July Tilsley, 5 August TBC
We have been particularly successful in recent years in the Midlands League (champions for two consecutive years.) Athena is the team manager and chooses the team that will compete at each meeting. If you are interested please get in touch.
Championship events are where you can win medals against athletes who are the same age and gender. There are different types and you may not be able to compete in all of those listed below so please read the descriptions carefully.
Oxfordshire County Championships
3/14 May 2017
County Championships are at a county level and everyone at Abingdon AC can attend. You need to apply on the Oxfordshire AA website and the deadline is roughly four to five weeks before the event. We will send an email and Facebook reminder around. You must compete if you wish to be selected to run for Oxfordshire.
South of England AA, Area Championships
Senior/U20 Crystal Palace 10/11 June
U17/U15, Crystal Palace 19/20 August
The South of England AA Championships are a big Championship event but you do not require a qualifying time to compete. There will be some very fast people at these championships so if you are nervous about competing this may not be for you!
English Schools Championships
7/8 July, Birmingham
This is one of the most prestigious championships at a junior level. To qualify you need an entry standard and you need to attend a competition which your school will organise on the 9/10 June. Entry standards can be found under ES in the table on the ESAA website. There are usually 25 places in the Oxfordshire Team.
England Athletics Championships
Senior Championships - 30 June - 2 July
U23/U20 Champs, Bedford 17/18 June
Masters, Birmingham 24/25 June
U17/U15 Championships, Bedford 26/27 August
Again this is a large championship event and there are qualifying times for this. These will be made available on the England Athletics website at some point during the spring.
Combined Events Championships
28/29 May Javelin Fest Loughborough
24/25 June English Schools Combined Events Regions
22/23 July Southern Outdoor All Ages Combined Events Championships, Oxford
12/13 August England Athletics U17/U15 Combined Events Champs, Bedford
16/17 September English Schools AA Combined Events and Walks, Boston
If you wish to be a mulit-eventer (so you will compete in lots of different athletics disciplines!) Then some of the events above may be of interest.
Open meetings are a good start for those of you who are nervous about competing. For open meetings you put down your personal best for a given event and you compete against people with similar personal bests. This means you will probably compete against people of different ages and genders.
For most open meets you enter on the day, usually an hour before your event but please check individual clubs entry requirements via their websites for more details.
There are hundreds of open meetings across the country and a full list is available on the Powerof10 website - look for Open Meets.
There are selection of local open meets for 2017 for athletes 13 and over on the track and field fixtures page.
Selection to compete for Oxfordshire
Some of you may be selected to compete for the county. Athletes are chosen from County Championship results and Powerof10 rankings. County matches this year are:
U13s - Inter-counties, Kingsmeadow 29 July
U15/U20s - Inter-counties, Horspath 9 Sept
Seniors - Inter-counties, Kingsmeadow
Town vs Gown - 2nd July, Iffley Road
Junior Athletes Sportshall
Indoor Winter League for young athletes. Visit the Sportshall page for full details.