Four important updates below dated 02/12/2022

December 2nd, 2022

Please see the 4 important updates below dated 02/12/2022

a) SWVAC Club Place for the 2023 TCS London Marathon
We have just had it confirmed that SWVAC have been given one club place in the 2023 TCS London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April. As in previous years the place will be available to SWVAC members with the following conditions.

1). We will accept nominations from 1st & 2nd Claim SWVAC members but 1st Claim members will be considered first. If no 1st Claim members put their name forward then we will consider 2nd Claim members.

2). All candidates must have been SWVAC members for at least 12 months as at 1st December 2022.

3). We willnotconsider candidates who have been lucky enough to have had a SWVAC Club place in the past.

4). All candidates must be fully paid-up members as of 1st December 2022 - you have had plenty of opportunity to pay your membership fees since they were due on 1st April 2022.

5). All candidates must have applied in the open ballot for the 2023 TCS London Marathon and been rejected. We will need to see your rejection notification from the TCS London Marathon organisers.

6). All nominees must be prepared to pay the entry fee to the 2023 race.

7). We need your nomination along with a copy of your rejection email from the TCS London Marathon 2023 organisation by 4pm on Friday 16th December 2022.

8). If we get more than one eligible nominee then we will conduct a SWVAC ballot to decide on the “lucky member”.

9). We will decide on the “lucky member” over the weekend of 17th / 18th December and notify everyone of the result by 4pm on Sunday 18th December as the details of the “lucky member” have to be with London Marathon by 4pm on Tuesday 20th December.

10). Please send your nomination with a copy of your email rejection to SWVAC Club Secretary Alison White by 4pm Friday 16th December

Please direct any questions to Alison

b) BMAF 2022 AGM Saturday 17th December
The BMAF Chairman Peter Kennedy has sent an email out to all BMAF members today with notification of the 2022 AGM at 10.30am on Saturday 17th December. The meeting will take place via ZOOM. Anyone wishing to attend must register no later than 15th December. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Anyone not familiar with ZOOM should read the notes in at this link

Peter says “This is a critical change in the life of Masters Athletics in the UK and attending the meeting will enable you to have say in how we can improve our organisation and deliver the vision agreed at last year's AGM. Please spare the time if you possibly can.”

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The key documents for you to read in advance are as follows:

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Incorporation Slides with notes at this link

Why Incorporate – questions at this link

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Draft Articles of Association for BMAF Ltd at this link

The agenda for the meeting is to be found at this link

The reports from the Executive Officers are attached as links on the agenda.

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The main item on the agenda will be the proposal for incorporation of the BMAF as a limited company and BMAF Services Limited will become a subsidiary of the new company.The initial discussions with the Council were positive but the documents presented at the AGM are not necessarily the final versions. We wish to get general approval to the documents while giving opportunity for anyone who wants to make comments or suggest alternatives. If the proposal is approved by a two thirds majority of those present at the meeting, then we can update the documents in accordance with the feedback and take professional legal/tax advice on our status of the proposed organisation. An extraordinary general meeting can then take place separately to wind up the BMAF and hand over responsibility for masters athletics in the UK once the new company is established.

c) Kevin’s letter for the 2023 Inter Area Indoor T&F Challenge
Hello All,

I hope you are fit and well and perhaps up for some Indoor competition in the New Year. This is my early first recruitment letter to try and put together a SWVAC team (male and female)for the E.M.A.A. Indoor Inter Area Track and Field Challenge, to be held at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, North London, on Sunday 26th February 2023.

Age-group bands are 35-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+. Last year, a full event list was available for the younger two age-groups and a reduced event list for the older two.

The timetable is not yet available, so it’s a case of register your interest first, and we’ll sort the detail when the full information is available.

As a guide, the last competition track events were: 60m; 200m; 400m; 800m; 1500m; 3000m; 60m Hurdles; Walk; 4x200m. Field events were: LJ; HJ; TJ; Shot; Pole Vault.

There is only one athlete per event, per age-group, allowed, so consider registering interest for more than one event. Selection will be based on current/recent performances, or outdoor equivalent performance, where necessary.

If you are considering this event for the first time, the good news is that there are no entry fees! However, you must compete in the SWVAC vest, and supply me with your date of birth and England Athletics registration number.

So, please express your interest as soon as possible, and by January 29th latest. After that date you will not be considered unless there is a vacancy, or one arises.

So that people can make necessary arrangements, the team will be finalised by February 5th (unless there are still vacancies/late defections), so don’t just rely on performances close to the fixture date – express your interest early and then try and find suitable competition fixtures!

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Kevin Archer

d) Reminder - SWVAC 2022 Road Grand Prix
Just a quick reminder to jog your memories:-
The 2022 SWVAC Road Grand Prix is based on the format used by the Road Running Club (RRC) in their annual Road Championships, i.e.

a) Fully paid-up SWVAC members can run any “licensed and accurately measured” road races between 1st January and 31st December 2022 in the following categories; 5km (this includes parkruns), 10km, 10 Miles, ½ Marathon, Marathon.

b) It is the members responsibility to submit their best performances to Alison White by 31st January 2023 at the latest – members can inform Alison of their results during the year if preferable and submit more than one per category but only their best time will count towards the Grand Prix in each category.

c) Male & Female 5 year age categories – we will calculate your age-grading percentage based on your age on the day of the individual races.

d) The final results will be published during February 2023.

e) Overall Male and Female SWVAC Road Champions will be determined by results (based on WAVA calculations) from the best 3 events out of the 5 and will be awarded in February 2023. The winners will be announced in Veteranews and on the SWVAC website and Facebook page.N.B. to be included in the 2022 Grand Prix results you have until 31st January 2023 to submit your 2022 results to Alison White

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