Junior Section

Elgin Amateur Athletics CompetitionApril ’17 – October ’17  (term time)

Cooper Park

October ’17 – April ’18  (term time)

Elgin Academy

Tuesdays and Thursdays  6.00pm – 7.00pm

The Moray Roadrunners Junior section meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6pm to 7pm.  See above for details.  Juniors are welcome from 9 years upward.  Parents are asked to contact the coaches before registering their child, owing to a shortage of coaches.

The children are put into a group with a coach and given training appropriate to their needs and ability. Progress within the group, or into another group, is as a result of the efforts and determination of the athlete and the coaches.   Training covers running, throwing and jumping skills to prepare them for competition in any of the following type of events:   cross country, forest runs, track distances from 100 metres to 3000 metres and field events such as long and high jump, shot putt, discus and javelin. By offering a range of different events, young athletes are not subjected to overuse of limbs and joints at any one discipline. They are expected to cover all events throughout the year.

It is very encouraging for the coaches, who are all unpaid volunteers, when youngsters try some of the winter or summer competitions.     However, this is not compulsory.

During winter the athletes do running as well as circuits and conditioning work.   We also offer a wide range of the Norwich Union Indoor Awards.   These aim to improve the athletes’ fitness and ability at many different disciplines. There is a cross-country league for 9 years upward with 6 races each season.   For the enthusiasts there are District and National Cross Country Championships.

Throughout the summer the different track and field events are practised, as it is hoped that the athletes will participate for the club in league competition.   Again this is for 9 years upward and there are 4 meets at Inverness track during the summer. The keen athlete also has the opportunity to participate in District, National and Schools championships. For the track & field specialist there is now the opportunity of Indoor competition in Aberdeen during the winter months.

Competition is within age groups starting with U11 years (must be 9 yrs.), U13, U15, U17, U20 and then seniors. There are both male and female sections within each age group.

In order to compete athletes must be registered with a club and also with Scottish Athletics and wear a club vest (purchased from the club). All information is given to athletes as and when they are ready for competition.

Moray Road Runners are committed to providing a safe environment for children/young people under the age of 18. Essential to this commitment, is to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to protect children/young people from the inappropriate use of their images in resource and media publications, on the internet, and elsewhere.

Photographs can be used as a means of identifying children and young people when they are accompanied with personal information, for example, – this is X who is a member of Hometown Athletic Club who likes Westlife and supports Manchester United. This information can make a child vulnerable to an individual who may wish to start to “groom” that child for abuse.

Secondly, the content of the photo can be used or adapted for inappropriate use. While this is rare in athletics, there is evidence of adapted material finding its way onto child pornography sites. Athletics Clubs and County Associations therefore need to develop a policy in relation to the use of images of children/young people on their web sites and in other publications.

When assessing the potential risks in the use of images of athletes, the most important factor is the potential of inappropriate use of images of children.

Please view the PDF policy below to read further guidelines and information:

Guidelines Parents Consent 3      Guidelines Day Pass 2     UKA photographic policy for stadiums and clubs (2017)

UKA Photographic Policy 2009