Message to all our playing and non-playing members.
Our 2018/19 AGM date has been set for Thursday 11th July – all welcome to attend and have a say on how your club is run.
Starting at 6:30pm prompt
AN EVENT TO BE PROUD OF
Over 30 Years of History
The Wilmslow Half Marathon was established in 1984, at the height of the marathon boom, by Dr Ken MacKay and Neil Pringle, who were both members of the Rugby Club Squash section. Ken says the main objectives at the time were to raise money for the Rugby Club and, as a Doctor, he was keen to encourage people in the local area to keep fit. Ken and Neil led the organisation through the Rugby Club for the first four years.
Sid Bailey of Dee Striders has run in every race and recalls “The first year the medal looked more like a bottle top than a medal but I still have it, along with all the rest.
In 1989, the original organising team decided they didn’t want to do it anymore and Bruce Philips, a member from Handforth Athletics Club, took it on for a year . That year was a tough one for Bruce, as he had little support from the Handforth Club and the race was in jeopardy of folding. For the following year it was taken over by Maurice Minns and Les Raynor and supported by Malcolm Fowler, Paul Sanders, Tony Hulme and Arabella Woodrow all members of Wilmslow Running Club. From that point on, it was a shared effort amongst the Running Club, the Rugby Club and the Hockey Club, who were later reinforced by other sections of Wilmslow Phoenix Club.
For the first five years, the race started at the Rugby Club and headed out towards Morley, then then Bird in Hand at Mobberley, past the Frozen Mop, the David Lewis Centre and over to Nether Alderley, down London Road in Alderley Edge, past the Kings Arms roundabout and back to the Rugby Club.
In 1990, the last 3 miles changed and the race finished in Racecourse road and then following a couple of further changes in the early 2000’s we settled with the course we’ve known for some fifteen years.
Running Bear has been a sponsor since 1990, supporting a variety of major sponsors over the years: Adidas and Mars, Co-op, Asics and Waters Corporation.
In the early years there were about 1100 entrants, growing to a self-imposed maximum of 5200 and a waiting list. Over the last couple of years, filling entries places has been more challenging with the increase in Half Marathons and the popularity of other professional races.
The Race Today
The profile of the race has seen changes with the number of Club runners decreasing and more fun runners joining. Undoubtedly nowadays the pipeline for new runners is coming from Park Runs.
The race was turned into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) four years ago, with a committee of charity trustees appointed in addition to the organising committee, led by Maurice.
Our set up and our purpose is very different to professional races. As a charity, our beneficiaries are local sporting clubs, in particular WRUFC, WRC and Wilmslow Phoenix, and also the Scouts and Guides. Each year, we retain a contingency fund for future years and all of our surplus cash goes towards the local sporting community and other local deserving groups. We’ve also had a Charity partner each year, with the Christie being our most recent.
Over the past 10 years the Half Marathon has donated in excess of £600,000 to local sports clubs, Scouts and Guides groups and other local organisations.
Looking to Our Future
The race charity committee and organising team feel passionately about preserving this Club organised event for the benefit of our local community. We’re aware that the event needs to move on and be relevant in order to be attract more runners in the North West.
In the charity committee we have Keith Winterbourne, Nicky Mowat and Tony Kersh and in the Race Management Team we have Nick Bishop, Steve Kinsella, Steve Heaney, John Irwin, Malcolm Fowler, Peter Bream and myself. We’re supported by Paul Sanders, Simon Muckle, Simon Fenton, Richard Harrison, Catherine Machin and many more much appreciated volunteers. If you’d like to join us, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
In 2019 we will be:
• taking our first steps towards a Running Festival, with the addition of a 10k and a Kids Fun Run
• building on the Corporate Challenge launched in 2018
• introducing a new team challenge and marketing it to North West Running Clubs
• working through social media to attract more first time Half Marathoners
• partnering with North West Air Ambulance as our charity partners
• Partnering with Waters and Running Bear as our key sponsors
• making significant costs savings to be more efficient
In doing these things and many more, we aim to increase participation in our event and our surplus cash, which will be donated to WRC, WRUFC, Phoenix and other the local community clubs and groups.
We’re now live with Half Marathon entries and will launch the 10k closer to Christmas.
We appreciate everyone’s support, especially on the big day, and hope you’ll continue to join us. In the meantime, if you use social media, please help by sharing any posts that you see with your colleagues, friends and family. If you’re a runner, now’s a good time to enter, just click here!
Finally, this is a good opportunity to recognise the many volunteers over the years who’ve dedicated so much of their time for the Half Marathon and the good it brings, in particular Maurice, who stepped down as chairman this summer.
Many, many thanks
We hope you can all make our new SIGNING ON DAY this Saturday, 14 July 2018 starting at 10.30.
Complete your membership paperwork and arrange your payment options then enjoy the day.
Players and general members membership signing on
Phoenix 6s coaching sessions followed by a game
Family FREE BBQ from 1pm
Welcome to the new season! As part of this year’s preparations there are some areas that the National Lacrosse Committee (NLC) requires clubs need to be made aware of and have plans in place:
- RESPECT Policy- EL’s code of conduct for players, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators
- Playing Ages
- Head and Neck Injury
- AED/First Aid
Last year we introduced our Respect policy for all participants emphasising the expected standards of conduct in relation to participating in lacrosse.
Why is this important?
We are all aware that protection issues are high on the agenda for all sport. NLC would like to make it clear that we all have a responsibility to do our utmost in ensuring that every person has a right to participate in a safe, sporting environment, and that unacceptable, abusive and violent behaviour is removed from our game.
Last year there were a number of incidents that were reported from matches and also through social media posts where individuals demonstrated unacceptable, abusive and violent behaviour. To be clear, such behaviour is totally unacceptable and any incidents breaching our RESPECT, Equality or Safeguarding policies must always be reported to the appropriate League, Regional or English Lacrosse contact for appropriate action to be initiated.
As lacrosse’s popularity increases and more events attract spectators the behaviour of our players and coaches, and other participants in such circumstances need to be considered. Through our policies and procedures highlighted above, we clearly set out our expectations for the behaviour required to further grow the sport.
We also need to consider the growth in social media related to lacrosse and be aware that the standards of behaviour expected within a game context also relates to posting of comments and imagery.
Clubs are requested to ensure that all of their members are made aware of the contents of the RESPECT Code of Conduct, and that they are proactive in addressing issues within their teams and members, and not wait for disciplinary action to be taken by league committees.
English Lacrosse prioritises a safe environment for young people to enjoy the sport of Lacrosse.
NLC would like to remind all individuals and clubs that safeguarding policies must be adhered to by all, regardless if clubs have junior sections or not. Players under the age of 18 participate in senior competitions and the same protection procedures apply to vulnerable adults.
Worryingly, it has come to our attention that a number of clubs within our organisation have no safeguarding policy in place, or despite having a policy, do not put it into operation or ensure that best practice is maintained. The reasons for this are varied, but the most common is that Safeguarding is understood to relate to children, and therefore is relevant only to clubs that have junior teams.
This is not the case and this misunderstanding has been highlighted by a number of incidents over the last couple of years. Some of these incidents have involved police enquiries, which have highlighted our policies and procedures have not been followed at the local level and this has put at risk the reputation of our sport and the clubs concerned. We cannot be complacent on this subject.
As highlighted above almost every senior team in our organisation has the potential to include players who fall within the legal remit of our safeguarding responsibilities. Therefore, all clubs should have a safeguarding policy in place and ensure that the policy is adhered to and that considerations are made in respect of the welfare of players with this being communicated to all members.
There is ongoing discussion within the organisation at how we can raise awareness and compliance of our clubs and participants within this area, but in the meantime every club should ensure that it has in place a Welfare/Protection Officer, who is DBS accredited, and has undergone the relevant awareness training.
It is also important that those participants acting as match officials have received the relevant level of training for their role, and are familiar with the rules of the game and how they should be applied.
English Lacrosse provide support and advice to clubs through our dedicated safeguarding officer, Karen Hughes. Karen can be contacted on email@example.com
More information will be issued shortly regarding this matter, meanwhile all clubs must review their existing protection provision, and the awareness training of key volunteers, as well as ensuring that they comply with current English Lacrosse procedures and age guidelines.
EL has already issued guidance to clubs that the playing age for all senior competitions (including club organised events) is 16 for male participants. A review is being conducted by NLC to define the minimum age for females to participate in senior competition, and we would welcome your input into this decision.
Players in junior age groups may play up an age group when the following occur:
- Written permission from the parents
- Agreement from the opposing coach prior to the game
- When the player is in the upper age band for their current age group (ie. a 12 year old/year 7 can play in U14 games)
Head and neck injury
An area of concern for all of us is the safety of our participants, and you will have seen the advice from the Medical Officer regarding concussive injury and how dangerous this can be. As an organization we want to see the incidence of such injuries reduced as much as possible
Guidance has already been issued in respect to the dangers of concussive injury, and clubs should be taking steps to ensure that player awareness of the risks is improved.
Consequently we shall be issuing clear guidance to all officials that fouls which deliberately target the head, neck and throat should be considered as very serious, dangerous, and excessively violent and dealt with appropriately, including the consideration of the issue of a straight red card in Women’s matches, and expulsion in Men’s.
Head injury policies and procedures are reviewed on a regular basis and it is important that all participants take a collective responsibility to treat suspected head injuries seriously.
AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Policy
Why do we need an AED?
English Lacrosse recommended that all lacrosse clubs have access to an AED.
The incidence of Cardiac Arrest within our sport is thankfully very low, even so there have been isolated incidents. There are ongoing national campaigns to ensure that access to AEDs generally is increased. The reason for this is the high proportional success rate linked to the early use of such machines when there is a Cardiac incident.
Recovery rates linked to the immediate use of CPR after Cardiac Arrest indicate a survival rate of less than 10%, as low as 6%. CPR is applied to attempt to maintain oxygen and blood flow to the body to delay organ shutdown, it is not in itself a treatment for the condition.
When AEDs are used the survival rates are recorded to be as high as 90%. However, this is when the machine is in operation within one minute of the event. Survival rates are thought to decrease by 10% for each additional minute before the AED is used.
Issues around the costs of purchase are understood but as machines are available for under £1000 and the availability of supportive funding from a range of organisations this should not be regarded as insurmountable.
The Medical Officer’s Guidance
The Medical Officer has advised that AEDs should become a required piece of safety equipment for our clubs. AEDs should be available, preferably pitch side, but certainly able to be deployed within 3 minutes of a cardiac incident.
A number of responses have been received suggesting that AEDs are available within club premises and it is impractical for them to be deployed pitch side.
The guidance is very clear that the aim should be to ensure easy and swift access to AEDs in the event of an emergency. All clubs should review their circumstances and ensure that relevant risk assessments and procedures are in place to meet the advised standards.
In addition, although AEDs do not generally require dedicated operational training (they are designed to be used by complete novices), it is advisable that all relevant personnel including volunteers, coaches, managers, nominated first aiders etc are made fully aware for the arrangements for access, the reasons for use, and a familiar with the equipment to prevent avoidable delays in deploying the equipment.
Where emergency equipment is a shared facility, procedures must be in place to inform all users if the equipment is faulty or cannot be used for any reason.
A reminder of the relevant advice and guidelines will be issued annually to all clubs, and requests for advice in respect of the guidelines and the carrying out of Risk Assessments should be directed to the relevant Regional or League body.
We hope that you enjoy the new lacrosse season and best of luck!