England Athletics representative opportunities for Race Walking

England Athletics representative opportunities for Race Walking

England Athletics is looking to support developing athletes and provide international experience towards major Championships, in particular the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2020 Olympic Games.  EA will look to select individuals for appropriate international competition given their current performance level.

The 2018 England season highlight will be the Commonwealth Games 20km Race Walks on 8th April in Gold Coast, Australia with Gemma Bridge, Tom Bosworth & Callum Wilkinson competing! Focus will then shift to Great Britain Teams at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China on 5th & 6th May, and the European Championships in Berlin from 7th to 12th August. In addition, there are full GB&NI Team opportunities at the European U18 Championships in Györ, Hungary, and the IAAF World U20 Championships from 10th to 15th July in Tampere, Finland.

England Athletics National and International Competitions

The competition calendar below details international competitions with links to selection policies and principal domestic opportunities for race walk athletes.  Given the range of competitions available coaches and athletes must ensure they have read the relevant information in the selection briefs carefully.

The selection committee consists of Andy Day (EA Head of Competition), Spencer Duval (EA Coach & Athlete Development Manager, Endurance), Andi Drake (EA Technical Advisor, Endurance) and a representative from the Race Walking Association. Queries on selection, in the first instance, should be addressed to Andi Drake (adrake@englandathletics.org). Priority for selection for England Athletics Teams will be given to athletes competing in England Athletics Championships. Events are listed below.

The England Athletics 10km Race Walk Championships at Coventry on 11th March will provide a level of competition appropriate for qualifying for international teams.

Team Management opportunities

It is the aim that England Athletics team management opportunities will be offered to volunteer coaches where possible, with an aim that 50 percent of team management will come from outside the full time professional England Athletics ranks. Coach and Athlete Development Managers will work to identify potential team managers and offer international coaching opportunities through the Teams and Competitions Manager where appropriate. Full support will be offered to all new team managers, under the direction of the lead coach for each team and feedback will be offered to all team staff after each competition. All team managers will be expected to feedback to the lead coach and personal coaches on the performances and other observations of athletes.

To be part of the England team staff or management at internationals, coaches will need to be actively engaged in England Athletics programmes such as:

  • Charter Mark Universities  
  • Targeted events (Steeplechase / Marathon / Walks / 400m H)
  • Talent programme  
  • Club Run and Tracknights
  • Javelin Development Project

2018 events

7th January

England Indoor Championships & Winter Race Walk Challenge:
U13/U15 B/G 1000m, U17/U20/Senior 3000m.



Walks Results (PDF 364kB)

20th January

Winter Race Walk Challenge: 
U13/U15 B/G 1000m, U17/U20/Senior 3000m.

Lee Valley


24th January

Elan Indoor Meeting: 5000m Men, 3000m Women

Bratislava, Slovakia

The winners of the Men's and Women's races at the England Athletics Indoor Championships (3000m) will be selected to compete.



Walks Results

11th March

England Athletics 10km Championships, Coventry Godiva Molly Barnett Open, & Winter Race Walk Challenge Final: 
U13 2km, U15 3km, U17 5km, U20/Senior 10km.




11th March

Lugano Trophy 15th Memorial Mario Albisetti:
Senior 20km
Advised standards: 20km Men 1:28:00 Women 1:40:00.

Lugano, Switzerland

Senior competition opportunity as preparation for the Commonwealth Games.




24th March

Slovak National Championships:
Senior 50km
Advised standards: 5km Men 4:14:00 / Women 4:40:00


Dudince, Slovakia

Athletes judged to be capable of performing better than or close to the BA Guidelines for the European Athletics Championships.

50km: EA recognise the importance of development opportunities at all international distances and will consider supporting athletes to this event who are considering moving up distances and have shown the potential to go on to further senior Championship level performances, or who are showing form consistent with a qualifying mark for the European Athletics Championships in 2018.

Selection: 8th January 2017 (contact Andi Drake if you are seeking selection for this event)

This event forms the British Athletics European Championships Trial for 50km.


Report and Results

7th April

International match:
Senior M/W 20km, U20 M/W 10km.

Advised standards: 10km U18B 48:00; 5km U18G 25:00; 10km U20M 46:00 / U20W 52:30; 20km M 1:28:00 / W 1:40:00.

Podebrady, Czech Republic

EA aim to select 2 per event Seniors, 1 per event Juniors and 1 per event U18 boys and girls.  EA will retain some flexibility with numbers depending on the standard of performance achieved in each age group.
Selection: 11th March 2017.  Athletes judged to be capable of performing better than or close to the BA Guidelines for the World Race Walking Team Championships, the European U18 Championships, or the World U20 Athletics Championships will be considered.




17th June

England U20/U23 Championships
(BA Trials:


British Athletics trials / qualifying opportunities for World U20 Championships / European U18 Champs* 10000 m.

*athletes seeking opportunities for the European U18 Girls' 5000m please contact Andi Drake

29th July

England Athletics AAA & UK CAU Senior Championships; England Athletics Senior Disability Athletics Championships: 3000m



15th August

Manchester International:



26th August

England Athletics U15/U17 Championships: 3000m / 5000m



15th Sept.

ESAA Combined Events & Walks: 3000m / 5000m



Race Walking Association Championships 2018

29th April: Inter-area match, Nuneaton
20th May: British Athletics + RWA + CAU Championships: 10km & Younger Age Group Championships, Coventry
2nd September: 50km Championships, Douglas

GB & NI Team Competitions 2018

General selection info on UKA website

18th February: British Athletics Championships (Senior 5000m), Birmingham
25th February: Muller Indoor Grand prix (Men 3000m), Glasgow
5-6th May: IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships (50km; 20km; 10km U20), Taicang, China
24th June: British Grand Prix of Race Walking, including RWA Championships & World Championships Trials: (20km), Leeds
     20km race will also include a 10km event as an opportunity to qualify for World U20 Championships.
1st July: World Championships Trials & British Championships: (5000m), Birmingham
5th-8th July: European U18 Championships: (Boys 10000m, Girls 5000m), Györ, Hungary
13th-16th July: World U20 Championships: (10000m),  Tampere Finland
7th-12th August: European Athletics Championships: (20km / 50km), Berlin