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Metro Sport’s Metro Athletics Open 2015

Metro Sport’s Metro Athletics Open 2015 is being held at the Mile End Stadium, London on Saturday the 20th June 2015. 
Metro Blind Sport are pleased to announce this year’s 39th Annual Athletics Competition will also incorporate a Festival of Athletics for vision impaired people, their families and friends. Both elements of the day are open to all UK residents.

The Festival (Endorsed by England Athletics) will offer those new to the sport a chance to try out running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Qualified UKA coaches will be on hand to advise and guide you. All ages and abilities are very welcome so come along and try!

Competition will begin after the Festival and we are hopeful to have a UKA talent spotter with us looking out for future Athletics Stars! Events will be held for Under 18’s, Senior’s and Veterans. Entry to the Festival and Competition is FREE. Results will be ratified for Power of 10 rankings http://www.thepowerof10.info/for classified and non-classified athletes.

For further info on the classification process please contact British Blind Sport http://www.britishblindsport.org.uk/classification/ or British Athletics (Parallel Success) http://academy.uka.org.uk/parallel-success/classification

The 2015 programme will be run under UKA/IBSA rules and is open to males and females of all ages. Every competitor will receive a free T-shirt along with either a medal 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.

The track (Mile End Stadium) and the accommodation (Queen Mary University) are within walking distance of Mile End Tube Station (Central and District line). Electronic timing will be used on all track races.

Time permitting there will be a Fun Relay for all competitors during the afternoon including parents and coaches.

* Under 14 and Under 17 athletes may take part in up to four individual events in any one day.

* Senior Athletes may take part in a maximum of 5 events. These will consist of either 3 track and 2 field, or 2 track and 3 field on the day.

* 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.

The Athletics Competitions are principally for registered blind and visually impaired people. Guest competitors are welcome but no medals or certificates can be awarded.