Athletics Re-start Update

On May 15th there was an update form UKA who (along with England Athletics) have been working with the Government to plan a return to activity following the lock-down period.

At the present time the Isle of Wight Athletic Club is not re-starting training sessions – or using the Track in Sandown.

However, the club committee are looking at ways to do this in the coming weeks safely – of course bearing in mind that the local council have responsibility for the track and the changing facilities.


The full advice is on the England Athletic website (Link– IWAC will be using this to manage activity in the future. There have been a few questions already. Some coaches may already be working with these guidelines, unfortunately it is not available to every discipline or every member of the club due to the present guidance. NB this is at the coaches discretion and so will be initiated by coaches as and when they see fit. Of course valuable lessons are being learned on how to manage sessions going forward and it is likely to benefit us all as things return to a more normal status. Activity is not currently at the track / club house.

For the full update please click on the link below (taking you to the EA statement on the UKA website): Link

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Club Training Suspended

Following the latest advice today from England Athletics the Isle of Wight Athletic Club is suspending training. Club competitions are also suspended (so for example the forthcoming Wessex League matches have been postponed).
This is until further notice – but rest assured that the club coaches, managers and volunteers will be keen to recommence training and club activities as soon as advice changes. We will keep in touch with the membership as and when this period ends – but we expect it to be until after Easter at the earliest.
Individual situations will vary, however, we do want to maintain a happy and healthy club, and we all know how important sport is in peoples lives. Although this announcement will be disappointing news for many we understand that keeping fit is really important – whether following a training plan from an IWAC coach or just running in the local park regularly.

On behalf of the club committee we wish you and your families a good break – and look forward to seeing you soon.
Simon Lewis – IWAC Chairman

English Schools’ Cross Country Championship 2020

IWAC members (all of the IOW runners) from the English Schools XC event in Liverpool at the weekend had good runs. The Junior girls had two Island runners – really unusual – and they were part of the bronze medal team. Great results!
Junior Girls
Robyn Fossa 6th
Maisie Kent 84th
Hampshire & Vectis – 3rd Team
Intermediate Boys
Campbell Laird 37th
Senior Boys
Henry McLuckie 14th

UK CAU Inter Counties XC

At Prestwold Hall, Loughborough. The Island had 5 athletes selected to represent Hampshire and wear the prestigious white and green county vest. The course was very tough, with long open hills and very muddy woods, but all of the endurance athletes completed their events. All of the Island Athletes are members of the Isle of Wight Athletic Club (Henry trains with Geoff Watkin, the others with Paul Simpson). Henry’s race was early in the programme of events and is another huge achievement in a very experienced field, 3rd overall in U20 Men and driving hard over the last kilometre to get the placing.
UK CAU Inter Counties XC
U20 Men – Henry McLuckie (3rd)
U15 Girls – Robyn Fossa (25)
U17 Boys – Campbell Laird (45)
U13 Boys – Archie Pearson (62)
U17 Girls – Mabel Lewis (200)

National Cross Country Championships 2020

National Cross Country Championships (Saturday 22 February 2020)

Well done to the IWAC & Island runners taking part in the events at the weekend:

Scottish Championships

Campbell Laird – U17 Boy – 7th

An excellent result to be in the top 10 of this event – well done Campbell.

English Championships

Milly Bacon – U17 Girl – 192nd

(Running for Portsmouth AC) – Charlotte Despard – U17 Girl – 117th