Timetable for OGMs 2021 released

Wed 7th AprilWed 21st AprilWed 5th MayWed 19th May
Meeting CancelledMeeting CancelledMeeting CancelledMeeting Cancelled
Wed 2nd JuneWed 16th JuneWed 30th JuneWed 14th July
Meeting CancelledMeeting Cancelled7.00pm 100m
7.25pm BMC
8.00pm 1500m
No times over 5.30 
7.15pm Long Jump
7.00pm 400m
No U13’s
7.30pm 800m
No times over 2.45
9.15pm 3000m
No times over 11.00
7.15pm High Jump
Wed 28th JulyWed 11th AugustWed 25th AugustWed 8th September
7.00pm 200m
7.30pm 400m
No U13’s
8.05pm 1500m
No times over 5.30
7.15pm Triple Jump
7.00pm 100m
7.25pm BMC
8.00pm 800m
No times over 2.45
9.15pm 3000m
No times over 11.007.15pm Shot
7.00pm 200m
7.30pm 400m
8.05pm 1500m
No times over 5.30
7.15pm Long Jump
7.00pm 200m
7.30pm 100m
7.50pm 800m
9.15pm 3000m

7.15pm High Jump

Field Events are subject to additional qualified officials volunteering to help us, if you are prepared to help please email Richard at whogm@watfordharriers.org.uk.

Update on training, minors and Open Graded

In line with Government Guidelines Junior and Senior T&F training will re-commence on Tuesday 30thMarch, numbers will still be restricted so please contact your Coach well in advance to confirm your attendance, potential new members should email – info@watfordharriers.org.uk to ascertain when they will be able to attend training sessions. We are very pleased to confirm that subject to Coaches availability we will be providing additional training sessions on days and times other than our normal Tuesday & Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.

Unfortunately, our Minors coaches still feel that maintaining a Covid-secure environment whilst satisfying the very considerable numbers that regularly attend the Sunday Minors sessions will not be achievable, we will therefore not re-commence these sessions until Step 4 of the EA Roadmap has been reached, the first meeting will be on Sunday 27th June.

Given the huge popularity of our Open Graded Meetings we feel it will be impossible to maintain social distancing and remain fully compliant with the regulations required to maintain a Covid-secure environment, we will therefore not be resuming these meetings until after Step 4 of the EA Roadmap has been reached on the 21st June with the first meeting being on Wednesday 30th June, entries will open on 3rd June.

Club activity to cease with immediate effect

There seems to be little doubt that Boris will announce another full lockdown this evening, but regardless as to whether he does or not I do reluctantly agree that we should cease training immediately, I am aware of 3 cases at the track in the lead up to Christmas and the app that I’ve been reporting on for the last 7-8 months is advising of a 90% increase in cases in Watford last week to 2053, I believe the local population is circa 150000 so the infection rate is horrendously high.

The NHS is clearly at bursting point and I believe we all have a personal responsibility to take whatever measures we can to contain the spread as best we can, there is a committee meeting scheduled for next Monday so we can review again then.

Richard Parles, Club President.

Lockdown 2.0 England Athletics Club Support

Athletics & Running @Home 

As you will hopefully see from our latest e-bulletin we have re-launched the Athletics and Running @Home section of the EA website and re-posted some content from the first lockdown, plus some additional content that has been developed by various colleagues at EA. We have launched new virtual challenges for you to try at home or whilst out running with others from your household or 1 other person outside of your household. Visit https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/ to see the full range on content available

Over the next few weeks we will be running the following webinars, forums and training courses:

  • Variuos dates, LiRF to CiRF courses – for more information, dates and booking details visit https://www.englandathletics.org/coaching/development/lirf-to-cirf/
  • 9th November, Learning Disability in Sport Awareness Workshop – developed through a partnership between Mencap Sport and Special Olympics Great Britain this workshop looks at learning disability and sport. It aims to help clubs, coaches and providers of sport understand how to support people with a learning disability to access sporting opportunities in an inclusive environment. Please contact Jon Stonebridge on jon.stonebridge@mencap.org.uk for more information and to book a place

§     10 November, Road Race Webinar – England Athletics & runbritain are hosting a road race webinar to discuss the current situation. Tom Bedford (Richmond Runfest) and Barry Hopkins (Sporting Events UK) share a realistic look at the practicalities of putting on events during a pandemic. Presentations followed by an Q & A opportunity.https://englandathletics.clickmeeting.com/road-race-organisers-putting-on-events-under-covid-19-guidance/register?_ga=2.123756042.1859981932.1603277962-629073852.1602962449

A recording of last weeks webinar on the latest plans for coach and leader education over the autumn / winter will also be posted on these pages over the next couple of days

New Guidance Announced

As I’m sure everyone is aware from today (5th November) until 2nd December the UK government is requiring everyone to stay at home except for specific purposes and not to mix with people from other households, again except for specific purposes. Our latest guidance reflects these changes and outlines full details of all activities that have been suspended as a result. More details can be found at https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/new-guidance-announced-for-athletics-and-running-following-latest-national-lockdown-restrictions/ and we will continue to update the guidance as we get clarity on some outstanding queries. We will as ever attempt to get clarity on how any lifting of restrictions impacts our guidance in advance of 2nd December when the current lockdown is due to end.

Coaching Conferences

Speed & Power Virtual Conference (14-15 Nov) From the comfort of your own home, our Speed & Power Virtual Conference will put you in front of elite-level athletes and coaches, strength and conditioning experts and leaders in sport psychology who will present on technique, training, planning, physical prep, plyometrics and the mindset to pull it all together! Our speaker presentations, split over two days, will focus on a range of topics and will offer a fantastic development opportunity to improve technical, tactical and psychological understanding of how to coach speed and generate power from athletes.  Our conference aims to benefit individuals including coaches, leaders and athletes in athletics, running and other sports – plus all attendees will be offered FREE access to the EXOS Absolute Speed module (normally £147) and will be able to access recordings of all sessions post-event! Discounts are available for individuals registered with an affiliated EA club. For more information and to book visit  https://www.englandathletics.org/speedpowerconf

International Virtual Youth Development Conference (5-6 Dec) We’re delighted to be hosting our International Virtual Youth Development Conference! If you’re a coach or leader working with young athletes (U18s), and you want to ensure they have a positive athletics experience and maximise their potential, then BOOK NOW as our conference is for you! Our two-day International Virtual Youth Development Conference will be hosted via Zoom and will feature a fantastic line-up of speakers who will deliver engaging presentations and sessions across the weekend. As an added bonus, all attendees will also be given three months FREE access to the Athletics 365 XL App content. Discounts available for individuals registered with an EA affiliated club. For more information and to book your place visit  https://www.englandathletics.org/youthdevconf

Watford Harriers AGM 02/11/20

Watford Harriers AGM 2nd November 2020 8.00pm online

This year the format has changed to ensure compliance with the latest social distancing guidelines.

The AGM will be via Zoom – just click on the link from your mobile device to join.  Please ensure you have downloaded the app in advance.

Join Zoom Meeting


Or enter the meeting ID and Passcode

Meeting ID: 846 7541 6234

Passcode: 358251


➢ Welcome

➢ Apologies for absence

➢ Adoption of last year’s minutes

➢ Chairman’s Report – Stewart Dearman

➢ Secretary’s Report – Pat Van Tromp

➢ Treasurer’s Report – Mark Wales (Adoption of the accounts to 31.03.2020)

➢ Election of Officers

o Chairman

o Vice Chairmano Treasurer

o Secretaryo Welfare Officer

o Membership Secretary

o Marketing Manager

o Social Media Controller

o Infrastructure Manager

o Coaching Coordinator

(The Chairman & Vice Chairman have expressed their wish to continue)

With so many positions vacant it is essential that you become involved in the organisation of the club to ensure its continued existed. If you are interested in a position you can express your interest in advance or ask to be considered on the night. If more than one person is interested in a position a vote will be taken of members present.

➢ Any Other Business

(topics can be forwarded in advance to ensure covered) 

The agenda is flexible but all of the above will be covered.  The meeting is expected to last approximately one hour.   Please show your support.

Thank you

Watford Harriers – Training update (10th June 2020)

As stated on the 1st June the club remains closed. We appreciate this is a difficult time and we hope to be up and running again sometime in the very near future. As per government and england athletics guidelines, athletes are allowed to meet up in groups of up to 6, but social distancing must be adhered. Please note these will not be considered official Watford Harriers sessions.