January Backtrack out now!
The January edition of Backtrack is out now! Packed full of great articles!
We have interviews with Libby Clegg and Adam Cotton, columns by Beth Dobbin and club president, Katharine Merry. Plus a touch of nostalgia looking at Colin Jackson's indoor career. Also reflections on Bill Nankeville and club stalwart Jack Miller following their recent deaths.
There's club news, regular column from our chairman, as well as a look at the future of the Diamond League. As we were forced to scrap our annual awards last season, we take a look back over the last decade of BASC annual awards, plus more on the club's history.
So make yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up and settle down for a great read when your copy arrives!
BBC broadcasts World Indoor Tour
The BBC have announced broadcast details for the World Indoor Tour gold events. All are currently set for transmission on the BBC red Button except the 9th Feb which is only to be on-line or the iPlayer.
- Lievin, France - Tuesday, 9 February - 19:15-21:30 - iPlayer and BBC Sport website
- New York, USA - Saturday, 13 February - 21:00-23:00 - BBC Red Button, iPlayer and BBC Sport website
- Torun, Poland - Wednesday, 17 February - 17:00-19:00 - BBC Red Button, iPlayer and BBC Sport website
- Madrid, Spain - Wednesday, 24 February - 17:00-19:00 - BBC Red Button, iPlayer and BBC Sport website
Keep an eye on the BBC web site as they sometimes make late changes to schedules.
Also follow World Athletics as events may not be shown by the BBC but can be viewed on YouTube usually live and then can be viewed for some time after.
At this time of year, we would normally be encouraging last-minute bookings for the BASC Dinner as well as inviting everyone to the BASC AGM. Regrettably, this year will be different.
Until the government introduced its rule changes in September, we had anticipated that larger functions would be possible in the autumn. However, at the point where we had to commit to the event or not, the likelihood of larger functions being possible disappeared. The changing nature of what is allowed in this pandemic also means that, whilst it might have been possible to plan the event, there was a significant chance of rules changing at short notice, forcing cancellation of the event. Reluctantly, and with disappointment, we decided that we had no choice but to cancel this year’s event. Those members that have paid will have received full refunds by the time you read this article.
BASC stalwart Jack Miller's death announced
Sadly, the death of former BASC Chairman Jack Miller, has been announced. As many members will know, Jack has been in poor health for some time. Unfortunately, he was admitted to hospital with an infection but whilst there he tested positive for Covid-19 and whilst he initially seemed to be fighting the virus, it got the better of him and he died on Tuesday 15th December. BASC's condolences go to Jack's family.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of events, the BASC Committee has decided that it is not appropriate to have any of our annual awards this year – this affects the Athlete of the Year, the Susanna Ingram Award and also the junior awards. Our hope is that there will be sufficient competition next year to be able to reinstitute our annual awards.