43rd Metro Athletics Open 2019
Date: Sat 22nd June 2019 Venue: Mile End Stadium, London, E14 7TW
Hosted by London Borough of Tower Hamlets and GLL, supported by Carmen Butler Charities Charitable Trust and the Roden Family Foundation.
Metro Blind Sport – Welcomes athletes of all ages and experience throughout the UK to join us in our annual competition’s ‘43rd year!
The morning ‘Come and Try Coaching Session’ will once again provide those new to the sport a brilliant opportunity to try out running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, supported by qualified coaches. If you haven’t tried an event before and want to compete in the afternoon, or are looking to improve your performance this is the place for you.
The 2019 programme will be run under UKA/IBSA rules and is open to males and females of all ages. The athletics competitions are principally for registered blind and partially sighted people.
Every competitor will receive a free t-shirt along with either a medal and/or performance certificate. Free packed lunches will be provided for all competitors, coaches, officials and volunteers. *Guide Runners may be arranged with advance notice, you will need to provide an estimate of your track times.
Guest competitors are welcome but no medals or certificates can be awarded.
Come and Try Session starts 10.00am – 11.30am, open to all ages, an ideal opportunity to access specialist coaching in track and field disciplines.
Competition starts 12.00 noon, listed below are all events grouped under the relevant age ranges. Results will be uploaded to Power of 10 as soon as possible.
Event closes after final Medal Ceremony – 5.00pm
The track (Mile End Stadium) and the accommodation (Queen Mary University) are within walking distance of Mile End Tube Station (Central and District line).
- Athletes aged Under 12, 14 or 17 may take part in up to four individual events in any one day.
- Senior Athletes may take part in a maximum of five events. These will consist of either 3 track and 2 field, or 2 track and 3 field on the day.
- Electronic timing will be used on all track races.
- B3 and B4 athletes are reminded that competition rules do not allow any concessions to assist performance. (No Guide Runners)
- ALL B1 ATHLETES MUST PROVIDE AND USE THEIR OWN SHADES. Time permitting there will be a Fun Relay for all competitors during the afternoon including parents and coaches.
- Photos: A gallery of high resolution photos will be available in the week after this event. We will share a link with you where you can view and select, following a donation of your choosing, the photos you would like to keep. Please take note of the number/s and send these to firstname.lastname@example.org. Saul will setup an individual WeTransfer link (available for 7 days only) for you to download the Digital High Res Photo/s you have chosen to your pc. Photo requests are on a first come, first serve basis only and will be processed when time allows. Donations can be made via the website donate button http://bit.ly/MBSDonatePage
In order for as many events as possible to take place, it may be necessary to merge sight categories thereby ensuring the maximum number of individual ‘event requests’ are met. We recognise this could lead to a miss-match in functional sight levels, however our aim with the ‘Metro Athletics Open’ is to always offer the widest range of opportunities for athletes to compete. We view this as a preferable option to cancelling events with low numbers.
- The closing date for Entries has been extended to Wednesday 12 June 2019.
Accommodation: This will be available on Friday and Saturday night (21st and 22nd) at the aforementioned Queen Mary University of London. Please note there is a further reduction for those under the age of 18. A separate form is available for accommodation requests, please email email@example.com
Metro Guide and Runner Bibs
Do you Need one – more info here: http://bit.ly/GuideBibs
You can Find a Guide Below
Guide runners database for the Vision Impaired This new exciting project was launched by England Athletics with British Blind Sport. The database will enable visually impaired people to search for guide runners locally supporting them to take up or develop their running
Athletics Open 2018
Another great day was had by all at the Athletics Open 2018 and all at Metro would like to thank all the Official, Volunteers, Guides and our awesome Compere Peter Scott. Thanks to all the supporters who were in fine voice this year, cheering and encouraged our athletes to beat their personal bests, some great times and distances where achieve this year, so well done to all.
Also was great to see Noel Thatcher MBE, a British Paralympic runner who represented the United Kingdom at six Paralympic Games between 1984 and 2004, collecting a total of five gold medals compete again in this year’s Athletics Open – winning both 1500 and 5000. Congratulations to all who competed on the track with Noel, impressive times all round!
A big shout out to the Canary Wharf Group, Carmen Butler-Charteris Charitable Trust, London Stock Exchange, Olympus and Roden Family Foundation for their support
Results for 2018
Power of 10 link results: http://bit.ly/MBSPower10-2018
If there are any missed please use the above link and follow the instructions at the top of the page.
Mini Gallery below
Check out the full gallery from the event here: Athletics Open 2018 Gallery
Message from Roy Smith – Games Director
On behalf of the Metro Blind Sport Staff and Trustee’s we all hope you had a fantastic time on Saturday at Mile End Stadium and thank you for taking part in our 42nd games.
For those of you that missed the games this year please have a read below and visit our website to have a look at the great photos. These will show you all the achievements on the day and give you an insight into what is possible for people living with sight loss within the sport of Athletics. I hope that you will be encouraged to join us next year!
On Saturday we had 75 Athletes, 20 qualified UKA officials, 30 Volunteers including guide runners and supporters enjoying an excellent day of running, jumping and throwing. The whole games were professionally audio described so we could all enjoy everyone’s performances on the day.
We welcomed a large group from Worcester College and Berkshire Vision. There were plenty of children from schools in London and around the UK.
I watched an 8-year-old pick up his first medal and clapped and cheered at the 70+ year old who broke her PB in the 5000m race.
The weather was fine which always helps and we had some fantastic sponsors including a variety of help from the Thomas Pocklington Trust.
So far we have received some really positive comments from Volunteers including Officials, Guide Runners and those supporting key functions which make a day like this run as smoothly as possible.
Most importantly we want to hear from you, help us improve by telling us what worked and what perhaps didn’t for you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org All constructive comments and feedback gratefully received.
Combining all the important factors together ensured that everyone had a very friendly and successful day. Thank you and hope you can all join us again next year.
Athletics Open 2018 Event details below
Metro Blind Sport’s Athletics Open 2018 Venue: Mile End Stadium, Rhodeswell Road, London E14 7TW, Tower Hamlets, East London.
Metro Blind Sport are thrilled to announce that this year’s Athletics Open will be held on 16th June 2018 – 10.00am to 5.00pm, incorporating a Come and Try Coaching Session for vision impaired people, their families and friends. Thanks go to London Borough of Tower Hamlets and ‘Better’ for hosting us and for the generous support of the Canary Wharf Group, the Carmen Butler-Charteris Trust, Olympus, Professional UK, the Roden Family Foundation.
The Come and Try Session offers those new to the sport an opportunity to experience running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Qualified Coaches will be on hand to advise and guide you, all ages and abilities are very welcome. If you are looking to try a new event or wanting to improve your performance, this is the place for you!
Competition will begin after the Come and Try Session, Events will be held for Under 18’s, Seniors and Veterans. Entry is FREE plus souvenir T-shirts, medals and certificates, and catering. Results will be ratified for Power of 10 rankings for classified and non-classified athletes.
Downloads for entry and accommodation forms below:
- Entry Form please Email the completed form to email@example.com
- Accommodation Form please send the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks go to London Borough of Tower Hamlets and ‘Better’ for hosting us and for the generous support of Carmen Butler-Charteris Trust, Olympus, Professional UK and the Roden Family Foundation.
For further info on the classification process please contact British Blind Sport www.britishblindsport.org.uk or British Athletics (Parallel Success) http://academy.uka.org.uk/parallel-success/classification
If you are an experienced guide runner and/or available to volunteer on the day please get in touch.
We look forward to seeing you all on the day, please circulate this press release to all your contacts and friends.
University accommodation is available close to the track; contact us for further details.
Roy Smith (Metro – Director)
Tel. H/W: 020 8255 7788 or M: 07803 288083