The AGM this year was again held at the Ramada Hotel in Solihull attended by officials from our Groups around the country. We also had a significant number of national prize winners including several who had travelled all the way down from Scotland.

Following the pattern of recent years, we started with a workshop in the morning. The presentations may be found on the website in the Documents library here.

Jon Fairclough presented the new Age Records System which supports both National and Group records. See the Records section here and the relevant Group section for those Groups that operate their own age records. Geoff Perry presented the NEC review into Proportional Standards with a recommendation not to pursue this option at present. He also gave a response to the letter in the December Veteran on a possible alternative way of presenting standard times. The Chairman explained a proposal to automate the results of our season long competitions by integration with the CTT website. The benefits of automating the competitions results were clear and there was a helpful discussion on how we might raise the additional funds needed to do this. Watch this space for further updates.

After lunch, Rachael Elliot hosted the presentation of the annual awards. Rachael gave an enjoyable overview of the season’s performances for each of the prize winners present on the day. You can see all the 2019 trophy winners on the website here. As always there were many outstanding performances across the entire vets’ age range. In a poignant moment the Bricknell Trophy for outstanding services to the Association was awarded posthumously to Steve Lockwood who dies tragically last year and had been a key Group and National official especially on the revision of the standards.

At the AGM the Chairman gave highlights from the annual report and a review of the annual accounts. Our membership remains fairly steady between 2700-2800 and national finances remain adequate even after further investment in the website. Most of this year’s motions were administrative, improving and clarifying various regulations. A motion to introduce separate new tandem and trike awards in championships was referred back to the NEC with a request to consider a more thorough review of the overall structure of awards in national championships and the season long competitions. The revised Constitution with the updated Rules and Regulations is available on the website here.

Overall this was a positive gathering of the Association as we continue to modernise and move forward with some promising new ideas and facilities for our members.