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by Val Baxter

May 30, 2014

DACBG National Championships – CANCELLED

Message from Ed Lown:-

Absolutely gutted to inform you that the National Athletics Championships in Wales has been cancelled (official statement to follow). This is the first cancellation in over 50 years and in the 25 years that I have been attending. I would like to thank the 10 Birtley athletes who are County Champions who were delighted to be selected and had committed themselves to travelling away to Wales next weekend – I know you will all be disappointed – Dillon Openshaw, Michael Graham, Jack Todd, Matty Cleugh, Mia Openshaw, Lea Brown, Grace Laidler, Sarah Murray, Zoe Brown and Emily Laws.
Official Statement from DACBG

Unfortunately due to circumstances outside our control the National Athletics event due to take place in Cardiff on Saturday 7th June 2014 has been cancelled. We are extremely disappointed that Wales have cancelled this very popular event which has been running for the last 52 years.

Following the closing date for entries last weekend the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wales have issued the following statement:

“We are extremely disappointed to have to cancel the National Athletics at such short notice but this is due to lack of officials from Wales. BGC Wales confirmed with Welsh Athletics some time ago that June 7th was a free date in their programme calendar and the English counties also confirmed that the date was suitable for them. However due to the Commonwealth Games schedule Welsh Athletics have brought forward and rescheduled their events which has left the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wales no other option but to cancel this year’s event. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this has caused and the disappointment for the young people who were looking forward to the trip and participating in what is always such an enjoyable day. Chief officer of Boys and Girls Clubs Wales Joff Carroll stated Athletics is one of our favourite events and we look forward to again hosting it next year.”

So while the event for this year has been cancelled Wales have strongly committed to hosting it next year. The next date in our diary of events will be the County Cross-Country at Birtley in October followed by our AGM / Presentation night at Ramside Hall on Tuesday 21st October and then the National Cross – Country Championships in Essex on 18th January 2015. We hope to see you then.

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