Road Running teams

England Athletics value the importance of competitive road running opportunities for athletes looking to earn international representative honours for the first time, as well as those athletes looking to further develop themselves through international competition. We aim to both reward and acknowledge athletes meeting the selection criteria for the first time as well providing opportunity for those athletes with the potential to challenge for future global championship teams, including the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Selection information

The selection panel consists of:

  • Andy Day (England Athletics Teams and Competitions Manager)
  • Spencer Duval (Coach & Athlete Development Manager – Endurance)
  • Charlotte Fisher (England Athletics Road Running Manager)

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.

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.

To be considered for selection, athletes must satisfy the following:

  1. Be eligible to compete for England (i.e. full British passport holder);
  2. Have achieved a relevant England Athletics development standard within the qualification period associated with the different Team opportunities.

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 website; the Coach & Athlete Development Managers; and the England Athletics eNews. 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.

All questions related to the selection policy and the selection races (not including Masters events) should be directed to the England Athletics Road Running Manager, Charlotte Fisher at

The England Athletics development standards are as follows:

  • 3k men 8:30, women 9:40
  • 5k men 14:40, women 16:40
  • 10k men 30:30, women 34:30
  • 10 miles men 50:15, women 56:50
  • Half marathon men 1:07.00, women 1:16.00
  • Marathon men 2:22.00, women 2:39.00

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

2019 selection events

14 FebruaryArmagh 5k/3k International (Ireland)Click for Selection Policy
24 FebruaryGranollers Half Marathon (Spain)Click for Selection Policy
TBCGreat Ireland Run (Dublin, Ireland)
19 OctoberScotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (Canada)

Selection policies for these events can be downloaded from the menu on the right hand side of this page.

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 Hurdles)
  • Talent programme
  • Club Run and Tracknights
  • Javelin Development Project