Information about the Midland League.
The Midland League is a joint men's and women's track and field league for seniors (including U17 and U20s.) There are four fixtures each year which are usually based in the Midlands!
We have been particularly successful in recent years in the Midlands League (champions for two consecutive years.) There are only two spaces per event so competition to get into the team is high and as such, you may not be selected even if you are available.
We are always looking for new athletes to compete in the league so if you are interested please contact Team Manager Athena, using the contact form on the right of this page.
Visit the Midlands League website for more information.
At the end of the 2009 season, after many years competing in the Southern Men’s and Southern Women’s Leagues, there were discussions around whether we should continue in the Southern Leagues or join the Midland League.
There were several reasons for the discussions, the main one being the fact that the Midland League offered a joint men’s and women’s team compared to the Southern League where men and women competed in two independent leagues. In the end, it boiled down to:
- a joint men’s and women’s league would probably foster a greater sense of team spirit and generate more interest
- we would be put a lot less pressure on our volunteers and officials (without whom we wouldn’t be able to compete) by halving the number of athletics meetings each year.
Joining the league
It was a bit daunting at first, everything was new and with the first meeting being on a cold day in Nottingham it was a challenging start. I believe the first points for Abingdon were scored by Liz Purbrick and Sam Edgerton in the Long Jump and Tom Clarke and Steve Pomeroy in the Hammer. We finished 3rd out of 7 teams (2 points off 2nd place) which was a great relief as we realised we could be competitive in the new league.
Onwards and upwards
Since our first season in 2010, results have been excellent, none more so than the last two seasons. In the last 7 years, we have been promoted on 4 separate occasions, League Champions of Division 7, Champions of Division 5 and Champions of Division 4. We have never been relegated, though in 2012 we did require a restructuring of the league to survive!