Revee Walcott-Nolan wins breakthrough award
Revee Walcott-Nolan is the BASC Brealthrough athlete from the European Team Championships following her victory in the 3000m in her debut GB&NI appearance. Revee ran a superbly timed race. As the pace picked up throughout the contest, the Briton kept a close eye on the leaders and on the final lap came through to earn a memorable victory for the British team.
Afterwards, she said, “I’m really happy to get a win. My last 3000m was eight weeks ago and my training has dropped down more to suit 800m/1500m, so coming into today I was a bit nervous as I wondered if I still had it there over 3000m. I felt good the whole way round, but it started to bite a bit on the last lap. I just knew if I could hold onto the girl in front, it would be anyone’s game.
“It is really good to be up against girls who have run quick times over the distance, it was a good test against them, and I’m really pleased to get the win.”
New look for Backtrack
The May edition of Backtrack is out now and it has had a makeover! It's a new look for the club members' magazine following on from the launch of a new logo, new image and new website. An article explaining the changes is featured in this issue.
Also featured are interviews with World 200m Champion, Dina Asher-Smith, and high-jumper, Emily Borthwick. Jamie Webb shares his experiences of the European Indoor Championships in Torun. Plus there are retrospectives on the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the circuit in the 2000s with Chris Lambert, and trip down memory lane with the AAA Club, a predecessor of the British Athletics Supporters Club.
Backtrack will arrive with members over the coming days.
Manchester Invitational Athletics 2021
The Manchester Invitational Athletics will take place on Thursday 27 May at the Manchester Regional Arena. A full programme of track and field events will run from 7pm to 10pm. (See flyer at end of article)
Attendance is limited to 1,625 and tickets are £10 for an adult and £5 for a child under 16.
The BASC Committee has agreed that BASC will sponsor awards for male and female outstanding performances of the evening. We look forward to seeing BASC members there.
Muller Anniversary Games on the move
This year's Muller Anniversary Games Diamond League event, due on 13 July 2021, will not take place in London. The announcement by British Athletics follows a dispute with the London Stadium over the stadium configuration required for the event.
John Standerline, chair of BASC, told supporters: 'As yet we do not know where this event will be moved to nor how ticketing will operate, though I suspect that the ballot set up for the London event may no longer apply and new arrangements will follow. Whatever happens, there will be a BASC allocation and you will be informed as soon as British Athletics establish the ticketing method.
'A reminder that BASC is not operating the ballot or ticketing and we are just ensuring that there are BASC preferred seats so you need take no action at this stage and we will keep you informed of British Athletics’ decisions.'
No go Tokyo!
Many BASC members will be disappointed that their hopes of going to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have been dashed, following the Japanese decision not to allow overseas spectators. Some members may be relieved with so much uncertainty over the Covid-19 situation. Most will certainly understand the decision, which has now been accepted by both the International Olympic and International Paralympic Committees.
With both Olympics and Paralympics still due to go ahead, at least supporters will be able to enjoy the TV and radio coverage.
If you have booked to travel to Tokyo please see our article about your consumer rights regarding refunds.