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Club Voting Now Open on Preferred Option

18/9/21: We had a productive Gwent League Zoom meeting on Wednesday night (our first!), discussing the various options to link the women's and men's races. These are summarised here. NB these proposals cover the senior races only, and would only take effect after Cardiff (over which, as part of the British Athletics Cross-Challenge Series, we have no control this year). There will be no change to junior race distances.

The next step is to establish which of the four options is the favourite amongst clubs. Please ask your club to consider this issue, and arrange for a senior representative to cast the club's votes. NB The league does not hold a comprehensive list of club contacts, so, if you are not on your club's committee, please alert someone on your club committee who can engage with this.

There is a link for voting, together with a more detailed description of the process, in this email sent to all on our mailing list.

Please don't vote if you are not authorised by your club. Voting closes for this first round on Sunday 26th September. There will then be a second round to establish whether or not this option is preferred to the status quo.

Proposals for Linking Men's and Women's Distances

3/9/21: We had a productive AGM earlier in the summer, discussing and refining options for linking the men's and women's race distances. These are summarised here.

'Town Hall' Zoom Meeting on Wednesday 15th September at 6:30pm

We'll be holding a meeting via Zoom to present these options in more detail, and field any questions. There won't be a vote at this meeting, which is purely so that league members can get a better idea of the pro's and con's of each option. If you attended the AGM you will probably be familiar with these anyway.

You can find further details, including a link for registration, in this newsletter which has just gone out to all those on the Gwent League mailing list.

Gwent League AGM - Friday 18th June 2021

15/6/21: We have so far received these names to attend Friday's AGM. If you're not on the list and would like to attend (or vice versa) please contact the chairman immediately as below. Please remember that MASKS MUST BE WORN, and on this occasion no refreshments will be provided.

4/6/21: The 2021 Gwent League AGM will be held at the Village Hotel, Cardiff, off the M4 Jn32, gathering at 7pm for a 7:15 start.

There is a strict limit of 30 in the room, and places must be booked with The Chairman by Monday 14th June (please also provide your club name and a contact phone number). We regret no refreshments will be provided on this occasion. Masks must be worn.
2021 Agenda
Notes from 2019 AGM
Current Committee and Fixtures 2021-22
Results from 2020 Survey

Two awards will also be decided at the AGM and citations are invited:
The Sheila Crump Memorial Award awarded to the Volunteer who has contributed most to the League.
The Gilbert Legge Award awarded to a Club which has shown sportsmanship, endeavour and achievement.

Welcome to the New Gwent League Website

23/3/21: Welcome to our new Gwent League website. As well as bringing over all the old favourites, including complete results since the year 2000, we've added a host of new archive and history pages, including a complete list of league winners since 1963, and a (nearly) complete list of fixtures, together with some associated memories.

Do please have a good look around, and if you have any feedback do please let us know.

Positions Vacant

25/2/21: The League is still looking for a new Honorary Treasurer. Please contact E Roland Sherwood if you can help out.

Final Two Fixtures Cancelled

13/12/20: The Gwent League Committee, in conjunction with the clubs organising what would have been the last two fixtures, feel that there is no prospect of staging these events in a way which would be both safe for both volunteers and participants, and also have the blessing of land-owners and support of first aid providers. We have therefore decided to cancel the remaining fixtures for this season.

Details of the AGM in spring 2021 will be follow in due course. Club representatives, if you haven't done so already, do please sign up for our mailing list, so you won't miss out on this important meeting.

Mailing List

23/9/20: We're gathering contact details so that we can get in touch more easily. If you regularly attend Gwent League fixtures (whether as a team manager, athlete or official), or would just like to follow us, please sign up here

AGM 2020

16/9/20: Due to the Welsh and English Governments' 6 person rule, we are postponing the AGM and reviewing the situation regularly, and will update the web site when possible.
Due to the above, the Committee does not envisage any fixtures before the Christmas break.
We will review fixtures after Christmas at a later date.
2020 Agenda
2019 minutes
Current Committee
Fixtures 2020-21

Two awards will also be decided at the AGM and citations are invited:
The Sheila Crump Memorial Award awarded to the Volunteer who has contributed most to the League.
The Gilbert Legge Award awarded to a Club which has shown sportsmanship, endeavour and achievement.

Development Survey

At the end of last season we undertook a survey to gather your views on all aspects of the League.
Many thanks to Geraint Torrington for compiling and presenting the results that are now available.
The PDF version is here
The Word version is here

More Old News

2020