I can honestly say that it has been many years since I was so disappointed at a County Schools championship; the 2018 track & field championships were lacking in atmosphere,competitors and the enthusiasm  of spectators. The years spent  in building up local school championships and giving some freedom to the athletes to choose events and allow them to enter themselves to allow for the oversights or other errors was wiped away in a single championships. I am certain that I am not alone in thinking this and that some friendships are now strained,so be it.

I encourage those who share my disappointment to share their thoughts. 

I could say more but feel sure that others will share their thoughts and encourage positive actions.


Many areas give their athletes a "last chance to impress" and send athletes to an Inter County competition;such an event is held every year in Birmingham - THE MASON TROPHY sees 10 counties competing in friendly rivalry at the school age "Junior" and "Inter" Boys & Girls  age groups.

The 2018 results can be seen here                                                                                                                                      Results will also appear in AW and PO10 here   https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=234457


Are we being served and managed correctly by our sports governing body?

Are we non professionals who are in the sport for pleasure not profit getting value for money?

How much sponsorship or financial assistance do the professionals receive; are there any professionals?

Why do I have to belong to a club in order to enjoy athletics competition with fellow athletes?

What do we actually pay for when we enter a competition, what does the governing bodies sponsorships pay for?

Many more questions to ask and to be answered so ASK THEM

or are you satisfied that all is good with athletics?

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