England Athletics representative opportunities for Road Running

England Athletics representative opportunities for Road Running

England Athletics value the importance of competitive road running opportunities for athletes in preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Team long distance events, e.g. the 10,000m and Marathon. England Athletics therefore intend to select athletes for competitive opportunities who the Selection Panel believes have the potential to challenge for selection in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Team. England Teams will be selected based on performances at the England Athletics Championships.

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Selection: England Athletics Team Events

The first two eligible athletes at the England Athletics 10k, 10 miles, Half Marathon and Marathon Championships will be selected for an England Athletics Team opportunity. Selection policies for Team opportunities will be publicised via the England Athletics Web Page; the Coach & Athlete Development Managers; and the England Athletics eBulletin. Given the range of competitions available coaches and athletes must ensure they have read the relevant information in the selection briefs carefully. The Selection Panel will select further athletes based on athletes’ form, fitness and competition history up to and including the given selection date given. Eligible athletes who competed at the associated England Athletics Championships will be prioritised for selection.

Selection: England Athletics Invitations

Alongside the England Athletics Team Events detailed above, we also receive invitations from on an ad hoc basis from other race organisers. We will publicise these opportunities via the England Athletics Web Page; the Coach & Athlete Development Managers; and the England Athletics eBulletin. The Selection Panel will select athletes based on athletes’ form, fitness and competition history. Eligible athletes who have competed at the England Athletics Championships will be prioritised for selection.

Selection Panel

The selection panel consists of Andy Day (England Athletics Competitions & Team Logistics Manager), Spencer Duval (England Athletics Coach & Athlete Development Manager - Endurance) and Charlotte Fisher (England Athletics Road Running Coordinator).

Questions about senior teams

All questions related to the selection policy and the selection races (not including Masters events) should be directed to the England Athletics Road Running Coordinator, Charlotte Fisher at cfisher@englandathletics.org.

For information about Masters Marathon teams, including contact details, please click here.

Eligibility

To be considered for selection, athletes must satisfy the following:
a. Be eligible to compete for England (i.e. full British passport holder);
b. Have achieved a relevant England Athletics development standard within the qualification period associated with the different Team opportunities.

Qualification

The England Athletics development standards are as follows:

Event Men Women
3k 8:30 9:40
5k 14:40 16:40
10k 30:30 34:30
10 miles 50:15 56:50
Half Marathon 1:07:00 1:16:00
Marathon 2:22:00 2:39:00

Where no athlete has attained this level of performance numbers will not be back filled to meet team size aspirations.

Team Managers' Development

The role of Team Management was highlighted recently with England Athletics competing in the Commonwealth Games. It is now important that the foundations are laid for future events and ensuring that volunteers have the necessary skills needed to fulfil this function.

Opportunities for team management and/or to shadow existing team managers/coaches will be offered to coaches on the England Athletics' National Coach Development Programme (NCDP). If an athlete is selected to compete for the England Athletics Team in one of the road running fixtures their coach will be offered support from the Coach & Athlete Development team if they are not already linked to the NCDP.

2017-2018 Selection Events

Date Event Location Info
4 February 2018

Granollers Half Marathon, Spain
England Teams will be selected based on athletes’ form, fitness and competition history up to and including 31 October 2017. Eligible athletes who competed at the 2017 England Athletics Championships 10 mile and Half Marathon (Great North and Greath South Runs) will be prioritised for selection.

Catalonia, Spain

Granollers HM Selection Policy (230kB PDF)

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15 February 2018

Armagh 5k International, Northern Ireland
England Teams will be selected based on performances at the 6 & 4 Stage National Road Relays on (7th October 2017).  The Selection Panel will select athletes based on form, fitness and competition history up to and including 7th October 2017.  The Team (3 men and 3 women) will be selected on 31 October 2017.

Northern Ireland

Armagh 5k Selection Policy (200k PDF)

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18 March 2018

Parelloop Brunssum 10k, Netherlands
England Teams will be selected based on performances at the 2017 Age UK Leed Abbey Dash 10k England Athletics Championships (5th November 2017).  The first two eligible athletes will be automatically selected for this event. If athletes decide not to take up the invitation then the next eligible athlete in the event will be selected.  The Selection Panel will select athletes based on athletes’ form, fitness and competition history up to and including 05 November 2017.  The Team (maximum of three men and three women athletes) will be selected on 30 November 2017.

Brunssum, Netherlands

Parelloop Brunssum 10k Selection Policy (200k PDF)

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1 May 2018

Oderzo 5k and 10k, Italy
England Athletics will be sending a team of up to a maximum of five men (10k) and five women (5k). The first three runners in each category will score for the team with the men’s and women’s team scores being added for an overall team score.  England Teams will be selected based on performances achieved between 01 April 2017 and midnight 01 April 2018.  There will be no trial or domestic Championship event for the purposes of selection for this event and a range of performances will be considered.

Oderzo, Italy Oderzo 5k 10k Selection Policy 2018 (200k PDF)
14 October 2018

Rennes 10k, France
England Athletics will be sending a team of up to four men and four women in both the U20 and U23 age groups to compete in a match against teams from France, Italy and Portugal. The course is a flat lapped route, run on a 1250m loop (eight laps). The first three runners in each category will score for the team and the overall winning team will be ranked by the times across the four races. England Teams will be selected based on performances in 2018, between 01 January 2018 and midnight 09 September 2018. There will be no trial or domestic Championship event for the purposes of selection for this event and a range of performance will be considered.

Rennes, France Rennes 10k Selection Policy 2018 (200k PDF)