Route map and road closures here:
Not sure if you'll be able to use the Blackwall tunnel to cross either, from looking at that. Could mean Dartford Crossing or the long way round
I'm confused. I thought the mandatory attendance was for seniors wanting to compete abroad. But the BF events calendar includes reference to juniors and cadets. Surely not?
If anyone is planning on going on the Sunday. I have a hotel room surplus to requirements thanks to BF change of format. If interested please contact me.
Reminder - closing date for the Nationals is today, enter via Sport80 as it's double entry fee from midnight.
So as of the closing date entry numbers are:
MF - 88
ME - 92
MS - 43
WF - 34
WE - 63
WS - 27
Compared to last year which was:
This is a significant improvement in all categories, changes to the 2-day format and presumably making it mandatory for internationals has definitely had an impact. Looking forward to a good event.
The two day format for 34 WF entries is quite simply a joke and a waste of athletes cash who are already feeling the pinch, it's not just the NGB who's had funding cuts. SportScotland and I presume the other support agencies have tightened their purse strings.
I think the Nationals entry numbers compared to the Birminghams the week before in some weapons is an eye opener, the Birmingham must be doing something right as they didn't need to use a stick to beat up their numbers!
MF - 88 +63%
ME - 92 +23%
MS - 43 +26%
WF - 34 +31%
WE - 63 +62%
WS - 27 +23%
I will say I'm glad to be on one of the one-day weapons though.
An increase from 250 to 347 fencers , 97 fencers at £50 each, increasing income by £4,850.
Some of the increased participation numbers are just down to the stick effect, forget about WC's as this only effects the elite in each weapon. But there is lots of fencers who compete abroad in the EFC U23 Circuit Adult events as well as Satelittes. This will count towards your noticeable upturn.
This isn't an increase in participating athletes supporting BF but athletes protecting their right to fence abroad.
ME 92 at both events
MF 120 at Birmingham 88 at the Championships
MS 33 at Birmingham 43 at the Championships the only event that is higher
WE 83 at Birmingham 63 at the Championships
WS 34 at Birmingham 27 at the Championships
WF 69 at Birmingham 34 at the Championships, and in WF you have to go back to 2011 to witness larger numbers at the Birmingham, so they're increasing numbers too.
Those Birmingham numbers are actually very heavily down in some weapons compared to just a few years ago, so probably not the best example!! That's about a third of what they used to get for MS!
Regardless of the reasons why people have entered the nationals, it is an increase. All the top British fencers are participating across all weapons at 1 event. That's good. Maybe it did need to be forced. BF have got much better at running events the last year or two so hopefully numbers will co tinue to increase next year. The nationals weren't viable based on last years numbers so what choice did BF really have other than forcing people to compete?
And then as has been mentioned - do we really want the nationals to have giant fields of over 100 per event anyway? Probably not.