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Ray Scovell

It is with great sadness that we write that Ray Scovell has passed away. As part of the foundation of the Isle of Wight Athletic Club Ray inspired countless children to throw further, jump higher and run faster than they thought possible – but it was his enjoyment of the sporting community that shone through even more than the coaching and leadership Ray shared. Our thoughts are with his family.

Cross Country Awards 2019-2020 Season

Cross Country Awards   2019-2020 Season  were presented at the track on last Wednesday.

 Managers Awards  Awarded to 

Archie Pearson. An outstanding first season competing. 6th in the Hampshire League, 9th at the Hampshire Championships, represented Hampshire at the UK Cross Country Championships.

Maisey Kent. 8th at the Hampshire Championship, 8th at the Hampshire Schools Championship, 11th overall in the Hampshire league and represented Hampshire at the English Schools Cross Country Championships

Achievement  Awards  awarded to

Cam Laird

  • Gold at the Hampshire Clubs Cross Country Championships
  • Gold at the Hampshire Schools Cross Country Championships
  • Third in the Hampshire Cross Country League
  • Represented Hampshire at the English Schools Cross Championships
  • Represented Hampshire at the United Kingdom Inter County Cross Championships, helping the team to a very creditable 6thplace.
  • Team gold and 7thindividual at the Scottish Cross Country Championships.

Achievement  Awards  awarded to

 Mabel Lewis

  • Eighth in the Hampshire league aggregate standings
  • Eleventh in the Hampshire Championships
  • Eleventh in the Hampshire Schools Championships
  • Represented Hampshire at the United Kingdom Inter County Cross Championships, where the team finished in a very creditable 8thplace.

Endeavour Awards   to be awarded when they  arrive

Lily Barclay

Milly Bacon

Freya Taylor

Noah Patey


Trophies for all team members if you did not pick up your award on Wednesday Evening let me know. You can pick them up from my house or I can deliver them.


 Team Members

Lily Barclay                       Rob Holdsworth

Freya Taylor                     Steve Haggerty

Noah Patey                      Katie Lewis

Dylan Holdsworth         Henry McCluckie

Mabel Lewis                    Martin Carbajosa

Cam Laird                         Isaac Kent

Maisey Kent                     Max Collins

Archie Pearson               Oliver Flood

Jacob Patey                      Jackson Hill

Abigail Fancourt            Naomi Holdsworth

Mia Stillwell                    Charlotte Fancourt

Evie Taylor                       Niall Powell     

Paul Simpson and Katie Lewis    Team Managers.

Athletics Re-Start Update (iv)

To all members of the Isle of Wight Athletic Club:
I trust that this message finds you well.
The Spring and Summer have posed many issues – and the club just wanted to let you know where we are now.
We are following the guidance of England Athletics (working with Public Health England) & the Council (owners of the track we use in Sandown).
Some training was allowed to re-start and this has proved quite successful. Although it is limited for the time being we are reviewing what is possible and looking at ways to enable more athletes to return to regular training sessions in the coming weeks. There have been a few modifications at the track to allow us to train – including a one-way in/out system, restrictions on parents being inside the track area and a portaloo. The last of these is important because as it stands there is no access for us to the sports centre – meaning we have no changing facilities (including toilets).
Of course the coaches and other volunteers all have slightly different groups and disciplines which need co-ordinating in order to try and grow the participation safely.
There will be another committee meeting in a week or so and we hope to have more positive news then. As a large number of athletes are not able to attend training at the moment there will also be an update on how the forthcoming cross country season is likely to work.
Kind regards,
Simon Lewis
IWAC Chairman

Athletics Re-Start Update (iii)

With activity now permitted at the track (by England Athletics / Public Health England and the owners of the track IWC) the club has some new guidelines.

Although this is only for a limited number of athletes currently it is expected that some of the recommendations will remain in place for some time to come. At the same time it is also expected that restrictions on the club will continue to be lifted – and so eventually all club members will be able to return to training in some way.

The documents prepared by the club committee are in the links (below). It may be good information for all IWAC members.

IW Athletics Club Risk Assessment Version 1

IWAC Code of Conduct – Running Version 1

IWAC Code of Conduct – Throwers Version 1

There is also a supplemental document covering First Aid

IWAC First Aid during Covid Version 1

We look forward to being able to return to a full programme of activity – in the meantime please see this as a positive step IWAC are taking towards a safe re-start.


Athletics Re-Start Update (ii)

The IWAC, like many sports clubs, has been reviewing advice as it has changed throughout the period of lockdown. The committee had a meeting to discuss next steps and how to start club activities safely and within current rules. The main advice we are using is from Public Health England, the UK government and England Athletics. The Track is managed separately and our landlord is also involved in allowing access when appropriate.

The meeting was held with the principle that no club member (athlete, coach or volunteer) should be expected to do something that is not right for them. Although some Island sports clubs have re-opened at the IWAC we believe we can not do this safely at the current time. The track is not able to be used for training and this is likely to remain the case for the coming weeks.

Some coaches are able to take small groups when the track does re-open, but this will vary between discipline. For example managing throws and jumps equipment is different from a sprint group. It is also the case that whilst there are very unlikely to be any U11 competitions this season (with the Wessex League having been cancelled) there are likely to be Cross Country races in the Autumn. It is a complicated background.

Coaching volunteers at the club will be looking to discuss with some athletes training sessions. This won’t, unfortunately, be for most of the club membership in June, and for the 5-6 pm group on a Monday it won’t be before September. Whilst this is disappointing for many we trust that our members understand the situation – and the club is trying very hard to enable as many athletes as possible to be involved in a session as soon as possible. Please wait for the coach to contact you – and look out for future announcements here on the website. There are also club records to look through as well as an archive of club achievements from the past few years.

Things can change quickly, and the committee and other volunteers aim to re-start as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.

England Athletics Current Update (June 1st)

On behalf of the club.

Simon – Chairman