News Archive

NEWS added 27 August 2021

Mike Williams

Mike WilliamsIt is with deepest regret that we must announce the unexpected and sad passing of Mike Williams, known to many involved with athletics in Hampshire for over 40 years. Mike has been the Hampshire Athletics Honorary Secretary for almost 20 years and, from 2013 until 2018, was the Championship Secretary of the Track & Field Championships.  Read more

NEWS added 10 May 2021

Pete Spelman

Pete SpelmanIt is with great sadness that Winchester & District AC must advise that Pete Spelman, its successful club Chairman between 2013 and 2017, has passed away peacefully, after a protracted illness that was bravely endured. Read more

NEWS added 21 March 2021

Pat Butcher

Pat ButcherThe City of Portsmouth Athletic Club are saddened to announce the death of Pat Butcher.

Pat joined the club in the 1970's as an enthusiastic parent and was quickly appointed as the Young Athletes Coordinator, a role which oversaw the club's up and coming athletes, many of whom went on to county, national and international success.

Pat became a middle-distance coach and also served the club as a team manager.

NEWS added 26 January 2021

Tracey Jones - Volunteer of the Year Award

Southampton AC's Chairperson Tracey Jones has been announced as the England Athletics National Volunteer of the Year for 2020.

This is a well-deserved recognition especially of her commitment and determination in steering her club through the dramatically challenging Coronavirus lockdowns.

Not only is she a well respected leader of her committee, but she has coached jumps athletes through to very successful outcomes.

Some of Tracey's achievements are also described on the Southampton AC website when she was awarded South East Regional Volunteer of the Year in November.

NEWS updated 23 March 2021

Ray Scovell

The sad death of Ray Scovell, a name known to many in the county and especially on the Isle of Wight, has been announced as a very unfortunate statistic of the Coronavirus pandemic, as he was taken to hospital with an unrelated illness.

Ray was self-taught in coaching field event athletes and over the past nearly 30 years had brought athletes both from the Island and other parts of the UK to the Commonwealth and International stages.

As the Island's Community Development Officer for sports he encouraged large numbers to take part in the local Medina Park Runs. He expanded this to bring in juniors as he was determined to see children more active.

A comprehensive tribute to Ray has appeared in the Isle of Wight County Press.

Unfortunately, there was further bad news to follow when Ray's wife Rosemary died a short time later, also from Covid. Our thoughts go to Ray and Rosemary's family who will always remember Ray as living his life for sport and the local community where they lived.

NEWS added 15 February 2017

Mike Clarke

Sadly we have to report that Mike Clarke, former Chairman of Stubbington Green Runners, passed away last week.

Many of the Hampshire athletics community will know Mike, who was Club Chairman from 1996 to 2009. His daughter has told us that he "had planned a few aspects of his funeral already, as most of you can imagine with very strict instructions!"

The funeral will take place on Monday 27 February at 1:00pm at Portchester Crematorium, Upper Cornaway Lane, Portchester, PO16 8NE. Dress Code: NO black, NO suits, NO ties; casual wear, shorts, t-shirts, football tops or running tops. Ladies bright summer dresses! No flowers, all money to the Rowans Hospice. All will be welcome back to The Crofton Pub, Stubbington, afterwards for drinks and food.

NEWS updated 12 November 2016

Stacey Burrows and Lucy Pygott

The whole athletics world has been shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic incident which led to the deaths of two young Aldershot, Farnham & District athletes, Stacey Burrows and Lucy Pygott, on the evening of 8 November.  read more

NEWS added 28 November 2014

John Lofts

John Lofts receiving Services to Officiating award in 2009John receiving the Services to Officiating within the South East award from Christine Benning (England Athletics) in 2009 (photo: England Athletics)

Everyone connected with Hampshire Athletics was sad to hear of the death of John Lofts in the early hours of Friday 21 November.

Although John suffered from ill health over recent years, he was very happy in Knellwood Carehome in Farnborough, where they looked after him really well.

His sister, Sheena Fitzmaurice, and her husband John would visit John twice a week. "John was always pleased to see us, and we kept him up to date with all the news.

"John looked really well on Friday 14 November, when we went to the Mayor of Rushmoor's afternoon tea at the council offices. John was wearing his AFD President's chain of office, and he enjoyed chatting to many of his close friends from his wheelchair. John even won two prizes in the raffle! This is how a lot of people will remember John as his last meeting."

John's funeral is on Friday 12 December at 12.15pm at the Aldershot Crematorium, Guildford Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU12 4BP and afterwards for refreshments at The Royal British Legion, 51 Cambridge Road East, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 6QB

Family Flowers only with Donations to Knellwood c/o The Co-operative Funeralcare, 68 Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hants GU14 7PH.

John achieved and contributed so much in athletics during the decades, and will be missed by so many in the world of athletics.

NEWS updated 7 April 2014

Gerry North

We were sad to hear that Gerry North passed away late on Tuesday 1 April after a period of illness.

A past President of Hampshire Athletics, Gerry was an invaluable coach, team manager and road race director for City of Portsmouth AC, and before that a renowned cross-country and road athlete representing Great Britain and England, and his clubs Blackpool & Fylde and then Belgrave Harriers.

Gerry's funeral will take place at Portchester Crematorium on Monday 14 April at 15:00. Before the service, at 14:00 the coffin will be carried along the home straight at the Mountbatten Centre Athletic Track. Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome. After the cremation there will be a reception back at the Mountbatten Centre.

NEWS added 16 January 2014

Graeme Lowndes

Everyone connected with Hampshire Athletics has been sorry to hear of the sudden death of Graeme Lowndes on Wednesday morning.

Graeme was involved with Winchester & District AC since the 1990's and had been a Hampshire Team Manager for several years. In particular, he helped organise the Hampshire teams that have visited Coutances in France every November for 30 years and the return visit of the French athletes to Portsmouth last October.

Graeme was as passionate about athletics as he was about game angling, where he was a professional angler and instructor, both of which he approached with his typical enthusiasm.

We send our condolences to Graeme's family at this sad time.

NEWS added 30 September 2013

Accommodation needed for Coutances athletes

Hampshire Athletics have invited a number of athletes from Coutances to compete in the forthcoming BUPA Great South Junior 5k which takes place on Saturday 26 October.  Read more

NEWS added 19 September 2013

Level 2 Officials' Course for all disciplines

We have arranged a Level 2 Course for all Disciplines at The Sports Academy, Andover on 6 October.  Read more

NEWS added 21 June 2013

VACANCY - UK Counties Athletics Union Secretary

The UK CAU are looking for someone to take on the role of Secretary.  Read more

NEWS added 23 January 2013

We have a new web address...!

We're on the move!...but we haven't gone far - like moving to a new house just round the corner from the old one. We've brought all our content with us, and even given the oldest stuff a lick of paint so it matches the rest. And with twice the space, pages won't have to be deleted to make room for new ones.

We'll also add some new features - keep a look out for these in the coming weeks.

So that you don't get lost, visitors are being redirected here from our old address. But that might not last for ever - update your favourites or bookmarks now, before you forget. And if your club website has links to this site, please update those as well: just replace athletics.hampshire with hampshireathletics.

Now, how long before those nice people at Google notice that we've moved...?

CLUBS added 13 January 2013

We welcome Hedge End Running Club

Hedge End Running Club, a recently-formed club for the Hedge End, West End and Botley area, have affiliated to Hampshire Athletics.

We welcome them to the Hampshire Athletics community and wish them every success for the future.  Club website

NEWS added 16 November 2012

England Athletics Affiliation Update

England Athletics is to hold three meetings where plans for affiliation and membership for 2013 will be discussed with clubs.   Read more

NEWS added 19 October 2012

SEAA Virtual Eligibility Committee

The South of England Athletic Association are looking for someone who can represent the South on the Virtual Eligiblity Committee.  Read more

ABOUTUS added 26 September 2012

New Treasurer for Hampshire Athletics

For personal reasons, Steve Squires has resigned as Treasurer with immediate effect.  Read more

NEWS added 12 September 2012

Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme open for applications

The 2013 Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme is open now for applications (generally for those ranked in top 15 'Power of 10' Track & Field in 2012 - see detailed criteria in link below).  Read more

NEWS added 28 April 2012

Hampshire Athletics website

The website has been "rebranded" following the renaming of the Hampshire Athletic Association as "Hampshire Athletics".
The web address (URL) will still be to qualify for free hosting by Hampshire County Council, and so all existing links from other sites and bookmarks will continue to work.
But you can also get here by entering
Finally, typing "Hampshire Athletics" into search engines should rank the home page at the top of the list.

NEWS added 26 April 2012

AGM Minutes and Reports

Minutes of the Hampshire Athletics AGM held on 16 March are now online, as well as all the reports presented at the meeting.  Read more

NEWS added 24 April 2012

Hampshire Athletics Update - April 2012

We are rapidly transitioning from winter training and competition to the 2012 Olympics Summer Track & Field season!  Read more

ABOUT US updated 24 April 2012

REMINDER - 2012 Affiliation Fees are now due

Please send cheque for 50.00 payable to "Hampshire Athletic Association" to:-
Hon Treasurer, Steve Squires, 65 Oval Gardens, Alverstoke, GOSPORT, Hampshire, PO12 2RD

NEWS added 3 April 2012

Club and School Athletics Conferences

"I have pleasure in forwarding information on the two conferences taking place in Leatherhead on 25/26th May."  Read more

NEWS added 5 February 2012

UK Youth Development League 2013 - Consultation in Hampshire

There's a new date and venue in Hampshire for a consultation on the UK Youth Development League proposals:

Monday 20th February 2012: Winchester Sports Stadium - 18:45-21:00

Read more

NEWS added 7 January 2012

Saucony and Hampshire Athletics announce Partnership Deal

Saucony logoSaucony and Hampshire Athletics have announced a three year partnership agreement which sees the UK's fastest growing running brand join forces with its local county athletics association.
Read more

NEWS added 30 November 2011

Nominations open for the Hampshire & IOW Sports Awards 2012

Nominations are now being accepted for the Hampshire & IOW Sports Awards 2012.  Read more

NEWS added 4 April 2011

Graeme Lowndes elected Hampshire AA President

At the AGM on 11 March, Graeme Lowndes was elected President for 2011/2012.
Updated Executive and Meeting dates for 2011/12

NEWS added 24 December 2010

National French Gold Medal for Sheena Fitzmaurice

Sheena Fitzmaurice, Hampshire Ladies' Cross-Country and Track & Field Team Manager, has recently been presented with the highest National Distinction for involvement in Sport and Education of young people in France. This is the Gold Medal of Sport & Youth, which is the French equivalent of a British M.B.E. in Sport.  Read more