London

London

Welcome to the pages for the London area. In this section you can find out more about who we are, what we do and how to get in contact with us and some of the people we work with to help promote and improve athletics in the London area. It became a separate Area of England Athletics on 1st April 2013.

The team in your area

To find out more about who you should contact about different matters please see below, or view the London Athletics website here: www.londonathletics.org

London Area Manager

Club & Coach Support Officers

London Regional Council

Councillors have responsibility for individual areas (known as Portfolios), such as coaching, schools, etc. New Portfolio responsibilities will be outlined below in late June.  Each member of the council will take on an area of responsibility, which not only reflects areas of interest, but also their experience in athletics.  It means too that there is always someone you can contact with any questions, ideas or concerns.

Tony Shiret (Chair)    tshiret@englandathletics.org

Tony Shiret has been Chair of the London Council since September 2008. He is also Chair of the England Athletics National Council (the Chairs of the nine England regions) and an England Board member. He was elected to both of these posts in mid 2013. The National Council represents the interests of the sport’s volunteers.

Tony is a past President (and Life Member) of Newham & Essex Beagles and was the manager of the Beagles team that won the British League in 2008 and 2009. He has also historically managed the early careers of two famous Beagles, Iwan Thomas and Matthew Yates.

He is a Financial Analyst and Chartered Accountant by profession. His two sons run for Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers where he is an occasional Coach and Official.

Tony is working with the EA Board to improve accountability and governance for the sport’s volunteers. He also works closely with EA’s Participation Group to increase overall running levels in England – London already achieves levels one third higher than the national average.
In November 2013 to allow better focus on London (given the increase in Tony’s national duties) the role of London Chair was moved to a sharing arrangement with Tony and Peter Crawshaw becoming Co-Chairs.
     
Lorna Boothe   lboothe@englandathletics.org

Lorna is a double Olympian and Commonwealth Gold and silver medalist in the 100m hurdles and GB team manager for 9 years which included being the Senior Team Manager for the Sydney Olympics.  She worked for the IAAF and was part of the Academy Management Group responsible for the setting up of the IAAF Academy and World Class Coaches Club.  She was also a part of the consultation team and then a development officer for the setting up and management of the Lottery Funded World Class Performance Programme.  As a member of English Sports Council Racial Equality Advisory Group she worked with the Commission for Racial Equality to set up the now high profiled Sporting Equals programme.  She is currently the European Athletic Coaches' Association’s General Secretary and on the Board of the Olympians Committee UK.  At present she is enjoying a successful time coaching sprints and hurdles - primarily at junior level - and this year set up the Surrey hurdles squad with colleagues Judy Vernon and Marina Armstrong.     

Steve Bosley   stevebosley1@aol.com

Steve has been a member of Herne Hill Harriers for over twenty five years and has also been president of Surrey County and club as well as county team manager at cross country, track & field and sportshall in addition to being chair of the South London Athletics Network.  He has organized events in all facets of athletics including co-organizer of athletics at London Youth Games.  He enjoys all aspects of athletes whether dealing with newcomers having their first introduction to the sport or Olympic athletes.   

Geoff Morphitis  geoffrey.morphitis@capeandd.com

Geoff has been Treasurer and team manager for Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers for too many years to remember. The winner of the prestigious "Houdini" award from the British Athletic League for maintaining SBH in the BAL Premiership for ten consecutive years when all the pundits forecast relegation each year, he has also been an active member of the BAL F&GP committee. He was a founder member of the London Inter Club Challenge which has grown year on year with a record 430 competive performances at the first round of the 2010 competition.  Most recently, he helped form the North London Athletic Network.

Peter Crawshaw   peter.crawshaw@achilles.org  01737 761626

Peter has worked in the City of London in a range of senior Finance roles over the last 30 years, during which time he has also been closely involved with athletics as a:

• Competitor:  Hertfordshire 800m champion and a Blue at Oxford University

• Club administrator:  Achilles Club team manager, Membership Secretary and Treasurer for over 20 years and closely involved with the organisation of university athletics

• Field official: after years as an ungraded helper, Peter took the exam in 2001 and at the end of 2008, was promoted onto the National Officials’ list.  For the last five years, Peter has been a member of the SEAOA Field Sub-Committee and has served for the last year as a member of the General Committee.

Benjamin Noad  bennoad76@gmail.com

Ben has been in athletics in one capacity or another since he started competing at an age of 11 years for Bath and Percy AC followed by Bristol & West AC and presently Highgate Harriers who he joined in 2004. During his competitive years he won a couple of English Schools titles, won a scholarship to Providence College, RI, USA where he was coached by Ray Treacy (brother of Irish great John Treacy) and competed and trained alongside Mark Carroll (multiple Irish record holder and ex European champion) and became a GB Junior and Senior International.

These days his competitive appearances are confined to putting in the occasional shift for Highgate Harriers in Cross Country League fixtures and Road Relays. More time these days is split between running his own personal training business, his role as South London Athletics Network Coorindator, SAL Track team manager for Highgate, Coach to numerous distance runners based in London, working towards becoming a level 2a Time Keeper, until recently a Quadkids Coordinator, Sportshall team manager for SLAN and Father to a 2 year old boy with another baby on the way in January. He is a passionate supporter of Club Athletics and hopes to use his position on the London Council to raise issues that impact on Athletic Clubs at grass route level. From his role with Quadkids and organiser of the London Youth Games he is particularly interested on how the sport can attract and retain children through exciting competition formats. (this does not necessarily need to be confined to junior competitions).

Tim Soutar  Tim.Soutar@CliffordChance.com

Tim has had a long and varied involvement in athletics, starting with X-country at Bradford GS in the 60s, then as a member of the Blackheath track & field team of the 70s and 80s and, for a time, as a marathon runner based in Hong Kong. He is currently the Chairman of the Executive Committee at Blackheath & Bromley where he also manages their Junior Women's track & field team.

London Council ‘Co-Opted Members’  

Susan Cook

Susan is a relative newcomer to competitive track athletics, having joined the Weir Archer Academy last September as a wheelchair racer. In her first year she has completed the Silverstone half marathon as her debut event and won her second the Vitality Hackney half marathon in June. Alongside that she has also competed for GB in the inaugural Invictus Games, winning two silver medals. Before being medically discharged due to a neurological disorder in 2011, she had served in the British Army for 5 years and before that lived in West Wales where as a child she enjoyed running, competing in cross country and hurdles for her school. Susan is also active as a volunteer

Richard Pettigrew

Richard is currently the Tooting Area Sports Team Manager which includes managing Tooting Bec Athletics Track home to Herne Hill Harriers Athletics Club, where he recently facilitated an upgrade to the track making it a grade “A” facility. He represented England basketball as a Junior, competing at European Championships and took a Sports Management and Sports Science degree. He has then worked in local authority leisure management in various positions across London, with a brief stint at University of East London “Sports Dock” one of the training venues for Team USA for the 2012 Olympics.

Anthony Soalla-Bell

Anthony is a veteran of the 1998, 2002, and 2006 Commonwealth Games, where he competed for Sierra Leone in Athletics (Shot Put and Discus) and in Weightlifting; and is the holder of each of the country’s relevant National Records. He is now a PE Teacher at a school in South London. In his spare time he coaches the throws at Tooting Bec Athletics Track, and competes for Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers. He is a Team Manager for 'England (South East)’ at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games, and for several years he was the Secretary of London Schools AA  

 

London Strategy plan - 2012 and beyond

The London Strategy Plan for Athletics has been prepared following consultation with the London athletics clubs and endorsed by UK Athletics, England Athletics, LOCOG and the Mayor of London’s Office. This is a team effort and London already benefits from national strategies funded in particular by Sport England and McCains, which have together funded seven Athletic Networks in London – encouraging clubs and coaches to work more closely together for the benefit of the sport.  The London Strategy plan provides an essential review of the situation in London, and offers important suggestions for additional ‘acceleration’ activity that will make a big difference.  With the Olympics only two years away, this is an ideal time to invest in athletics in London and to ensure we reap the maximum rewards from the Games' legacy." 

The framework is set to achieve two main aims:
This plan seeks to build on the work already in place in a way that will allow London to take advantage of the long term benefits that the 2012 Games will bring to the city.  London Athletics (the London Regional Council of England Athletics) would like to thank everybody who has contributed to the formulation of the London Strategy Plan. Working together we now have to seize the opportunity to make the sport great in London.  

If you would like to discuss this strategy further, please contact London Area Manager Bob Smith (bsmith@englandathletics.org), or Chair of the London Council Tony Shiret (tshiret@englandathletics.org).

Downloads:

You can download the Executive Summary (1.1MB) and the full document (3MB) below.

  • Using the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a catalyst for the first stages of regeneration of athletics in London; and
  • Providing access to the sport for 1.5-2.0m Londoners who currently have little or no chance of participating in the sport meaningfully, because of the lack of clubs in the Inner City boroughs in particular.
  • London Strategy Plan Exec Summary
  • London Strategy Plan Full Document