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The Gwent League AGM (Updated)

The AGM of the Gwent League will be held on Friday the 17th June from 19:00 to 22:00 (“7pm to 10pm”) at The Village Hotel Cardiff CF14 7EF (M4 Jn32).

13/6/22: Update: Peter Burton has been looking at how we could support advance online registration of athletes (agenda item 11a). He has produced a short video of his prototype registration system, which you can view here. NB Having such a system is a prerequisite whether we move to bar code scanning or chips (and it would even make the current system easier to manage!). This can be discussed at the AGM.

7/6/22: The agenda for the meeting can be found here. The minutes of last year's meeting are here. A list of officials, proposed dates for fixtures, and possible venues is here.

Clubs are invited to send up to two voting delegates to the meeting (others can attend as observers). We are (as always) short of volunteers to help out with the committee and on the day, so if you might be able to help out in any way please contact Roland. Uncollected medals will be available at the AGM.

Medals and T-Shirts for Collection and To Order

25/3/22 19:00: For news about uncollected medals and T-shirts, to order additional team medals, and queries about the awards, please see our latest newsletter. 26/3/22 9:30am: Counts of senior and junior runners at the final fixture are now on the Registered Clubs page.

Results and Medals from the Final Fixture

20/3/22 11am: Junior and women's results are now up, men's will follow shortly.

A big thank-you to Derek, Russ and various helpers for getting the junior presentations done at Swansea. We may have made a mistake in the U13 girls teams on the day (2nd should be Cardiff, 3rd Swansea), due to mis-calculating the number to add for an incomplete team. However, we hope that you will agree that it was much better to make the presentations as best we can, rather than collecting the medals at a later date. NB while the results show a number of equal places, the medal order is sorted by the best place in the final fixture.

UPDATE for Saturday's Swansea Fixture

13/3/22: Yes, it's on! However, the Swansea Parks department were very concerned about the potential for damage in some boggy places, so the lap has been re-routed and shortened around C on the course map. This means that the small and large laps are each 200m shorter, and race distances will now be U11 = 1,5km; U13 = 2,3km; U15 = 3.0km; U17/20 = 4,6km; SW = 6km; SM = 9km. Many thanks go to Brian Fox and Nigel Jones for ensuring that the fixture could go ahead.

Arrangements for the Last Gwent League (Including Presentations)

10/3/22: We have news about presentations at the final Gwent League match at Swansea, the payment of race fees, results not always appearing after they have been posted, and a fresh call for helpers, all in our latest newsletter.

Results from the Fourth Gwent League Match at Blaise Castle

21/2/22: All results from the Fourst Gwent League Match at Blaise Castle are now up. Please let us know of any corrections by Tuesday lunchtime, so we can finalise them and get them off to Power of 10.

I've been fielding a number of queries from people who can't see them. If they aren't visible, the most likely reason is that your browser needs to refresh the page (MS Edge is particularly bad at this).

A big thank you to all the volunteers, both from hosts Westbury Harriers, and league volunteers from all over South Wales, for making this event happen in very difficult weather.

UPDATE for Saturday's Blaise Castle Fixture

18/2/22: Yes, it's still on! Storm Estice has been and gone without much damage other than some debris. It will be windy with showers, so do bring extra strong tent pegs! Other than registration and picking up T-Shirts, use of the club house is only for officials, volunteers, and first aid. Please do not use it as a shelter, there isn't space.

I had hoped to put Gwent League T-Shirts out the front, but given the weather forecast they will be inside in the ladies changing room, turn left in the main room. This year registration is in the main (front) room, accessed from the front. We won't be using the rear (playground) access.

The charges in the main car park are NOT yet in effect (they will start on March 3rd).

Details for the Fourth Gwent League (Blaise Castle, Saturday 19th Febraury)

10/2/22: The details for the Gwent League match at Blaise Castle are now on our fixtures page. An overview, payment of fees, and reminder about guests, is provided in our latest mailing.

Wishing All Involved With The League a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

22/12/21: Season's greetings to all the many participants, coaches, managers, marshals, officials and parents/taxi drivers involved with the league over the year. We thought you might appreciate this sneek preview of the new course you'll be facing at Blaise Castle (U11s miss out point F on their first lap). The landlord at The Slaughtered Lamb is again offering foaming pints of Old Thumper to all finishers (half pints for Novices after the fiasco last time).

The Passing of Liz Collins

11/12/21: It is with great sadness that we have heard of the passing on December 6th of Liz Collins, wife of the league's founder John H Collin. The funeral will take place at Llanelli Crematorium, 2pm on Wednesday 15th December. For further details please contact the funeral Director 01792 581924.

The Third Gwent League Match at Pembrey, Hosted By Carmarthen Harriers

11/12/21: Many thanks go to Neil Thomas and all those from Carmathen Harriers for organising such a great event. You might like to read all about the Carmathen Harriers tradition in the league, and experiences of Club President Hedydd Davies MBE.

5/12/21: All results from the Third Gwent League Match at Brecon are now posted. If you spot any errors (including spelling mistakes) please let us know by Tuesday lunch-time before we send them off to Power of 10 (email addresses are on the Results page). There were issues with the U17 and U20 men's results due to some clubs not making it clear which finishers were in which age group. If you're down in the wrong category please let me know.

Uncollected 2019-20 Medals

3/12/21: We still have medals and plates for the following clubs. Please arrange for one person to collect all items for your club from the same table as the league T-Shirts:
Medals: Aberdare, Bristol, Lliswery, Merthyr, Neath, Pontyclun, Pontypridd, Porthcawl, San Dominico, TROTS
University Medals: Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, UWE
Team Plates: Bristol, Bristol Uni, Cardiff Uni, Forest of Dean, Martyn+Jenette Jenkins (Sheilah Crump), Micky Morris, Southville, Stroud, Swansea Uni, Torfaen, TROTS, UWE

Arrangements for the Third Match at Pembrey, Payment of Fees, West Wales XC Champs, Guests

1/12/21: As well as details on our Fixtures page, host club Carmarthen Harriers have also provided an excellent guide to Saturday's event.

Our latest mailing includes additional details (including car parking and payment of fees), instructions for clubs participating in the West Wales Cross-Country Championships, and a 'reminder' about running as a guest.

All Results from the Second Gwent League Match at Brecon Now Up

15/11/21: Results from the Second Gwent League Match at Brecon are now posted. If you spot any errors (including spelling mistakes) please let us know by Wednesday lunch-time (email addresses are on the Results page). We need to get the results off to 'Power of 10' and late amendments don't make the process easy!

Arrangements for the Second Gwent League Match at Brecon / Payment of Fees / Ballot Update / Clash with the English Schools

2/11/21: Arrangements for the Second Gwent League Match at Brecon are now on the Fixtures page. Please take the time to read them carefully before travelling.

Because of lack of manpower, we would appreciate it if clubs would pay affiliation fees and participation fees for the first and (guestimated) second fixture as descibed here. We have posted counts for junior and senior runners from each club on the Registered Clubs page.
Our latest mailing also includes an update on registration, league T-Shirts and the collection of 2019-20 medals, as well as an update on the linked distances ballot, and the clash with the English Schools Cross-Country Championships.

Full Results from the First Gwent League Match at Cardiff Now Up

19/10/21: Results for the First Gwent League Match at Cardiff are now posted. If you spot any further errors please let us know (email addresses are on the Results page). We had hoped to switch to include first names rather than initials in the senior races. This has been done for the women, but we've stuck to initials with the men as time was pressing (we use a database of old results to speed the inputting of names). First names will follow for the men in due course. We did have problems with some of the times, but hope they are now a reasonable representation.

We've been informed of participants in the U11 girls', U15 boys' and U17 women's races testing positive for Covid-19 after their races. Since it is likely there were others too, please be alert to the onset of symptoms in participants of all races. Being an outdoor event, the risk of onwards transmission is low but (since runners were close together at the start and while racing in packs) not negligable.

FOUND: A bag containing trainers (dark grey size 6 Nike), Nike girl shorts and black skin top. If you lost this, please contact webmaster who can put you in touch.

Arrangements for the First Gwent League Match at Cardiff (UPDATED) and Ballot Results

14/10/21: We've just emailed out further guidance about the First Gwent League Match at Cardiff, news of the second fixture, and the results of the Ballot. If you're not on our mailing list, you'll find it here. Information about arrangements was also send out last week which you'll find here.

Round 2 Club Voting Now Open on Option 2 vs Status Quo

30/9/21: The most popular option in round 1 was Option 2 (men and women run in different races, over the same distance of 8km). Voting is now open for the second and final round, to establish whether this option is preferred to the Status Quo (men and women run in different races, over distances independently determined at the AGM). Please ask your club to consider this issue, and arrange for a senior representative to cast the club's votes.

There is a link for voting, together with a more detailed description of the options, in this email sent to all on our mailing list. Please don't vote if you are not authorised by your club. Voting closes on Sunday 10th October.

Voting Results from Round 1

30/9/21: Provisional results from round 1 were circulated to all on our mailing list in this email. Votes/request for template from 2 clubs were somehow 'lost', and the final tally is:
Option 1: 11 votes    Option 2: 20 votes
Option 3: 14 votes    Option 4: 10 votes

Updated List of Club Contacts

23/9/21: We've updated the list of registered clubs, and have added all known club contacts to our mailing list, but don't have any contacts from the following clubs:
Aberystwyth AC     Clevedon AC     Croft Ambrey Running Club     Danecroft Primary School     Evencode School     GoodGym Race Team     Millfield School     Porthcawl Runners     Taunton AC     Thornbury RC     University of Bath AC     University of Swansea AC     University of West of England     Weston Athletic Club

If you are a team manager or a committee representative, and your club listed above intends to participate in this year's Gwent League, please sign up to our mailing list

Don't forget that Round 1 Voting closes this Sunday.

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