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League cancelled for 2020, regretfully

Most people should now be at degree level with the coronavirus, after all the unprecedented media coverage and scientific insight and advice. Sufficient to mention that although we have the input from all the experts throughout the world, nobody pretends to know the outcome or progress of this pandemic, but all agree 'safety first' is the key.

The first three match dates are within the 12 weeks self isolation for those over 70 or with certain underlying health issues. This covers pretty well all of our officials.

So outside those 12 weeks, the fourth and last match in July, at Aldershot Military Stadium, where the track has now been held inoperative indefinitely. Although just outside that 12 week window, this would mean asking those vulnerable officials, subject to the stadium being opened, to attend and officiate, with the pressure of persuading them not to let us down, despite any future changes in circumstances for the worst. We should not be asking this of them. Plus there are experts that believe by then, and beyond, gatherings will still be outlawed amongst the elderly.

Also, the necessary issue of a UKA Track and Field Outdoor permit would need to have details of what graded officials would be available, and well prior to the actual date.

SCVAC have already stipulated that there would be no Finals match for the league winners because of the obvious earlier matches that would not go ahead on government and UKA stipulations.

The SCVAC Track & Field League Secretary Arthur Kimber has acknowledged that any affiliation fees, paid by clubs for this season, will be reimbursed.

Regards,

Pete Spencer
League Coordinator

About the league

Hampshire is one of seven divisions of the Southern Counties Veterans AC Track & Field League. It was known as the Hants & Surrey Division until 2016, but was renamed as all member clubs were then based in Hampshire.

The other divisions are:

  • Herts & North Middlesex
  • Kent
  • Mid London
  • South London
  • Sussex (currently operating independently of League)
  • Western

Each division stages a series of matches, usually on Monday evenings in April, May, June and July, at various venues within its geographic area. The men's and women's champions, plus the runners-up in the Kent Division, then compete against each other in the League Finals which take place in early September.

This site is intended for clubs and athletes competing in the Hampshire Division. It is not directly connected to the Southern Counties Veterans AC and any views expressed on it are independent of and not necessarily those of SCVAC.