England Athletics are delighted to announce new opportunities for endurance athletes in 2019. Our national road running championships will see a 5M title added, we are creating a ‘Champions of the Road’ series details of our road running championships and our 10,000m track championship will be held on Friday 7 June.
For the 2019 England Championships Road Running Series we are proud to be working with some of the best event providers in the country to be offering registered runners and affiliated clubs up and down the country the opportunity to compete as both individuals and teams in National Championship races. By adding the 5 mile distance to the Championship series we will now be providing six England Athletics championship race opportunities for road running enthusiasts.
In addition, we are be launching a 2019 ‘Champions of the Roads’ series offering individuals and club teams competing in three or more of the Championship races the chance to become the outright England Athletics Champion of the Roads. Special awards and prizes will be made in these categories, including bespoke kit designed for the series winners.
Each of the six races listed will be a stand-alone England Championship race with individual and team titles up for grabs at 5k, 5miles, 10k, 10 miles, Half-Marathon & Marathon.
However, in addition the results from each of these races will count towards the overall race series with opportunities for small, medium and large clubs to get involved.
- Race 1 – Sunday 14th April – BM10k, Brighton – brightonmarathonweekend.co.uk/events/bm10k/
- Race 2 – Sunday 28th April – Virgin Money London Marathon – virginmoneylondonmarathon.com
- Race 3 – Saturday 11th May – Ipswich Twilight 5k – http://ipswichtwilightraces.com/5k-race/
- Race 4 – Sunday 11th August – City of Preston 5 miles – cityofprestonroadraces.co.uk
- Race 5 – Sunday 13th October – Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run – greatrun.org/great-birmingham-run
- Race 6 – Sunday 20th October – Simplyhealth Great South Run, Portsmouth – greatrun.org/great-south-run
*Individuals and teams will be required to pre-register interest prior to their first in the series. Full details to follow at www.englandathletics.org/championships.
We are also delighted to be working with Orion Harries and the FASTFriday 10,000m at Walthamstowe to see the England Athletics 10,000m championships held there on Friday 7 June 2019. Since 2014 this event has grown and provided an important opportunity for athletes looking for a good quality 10,000m race. Further details will be available at www.orionharriers.com/fast-friday/.
Charlotte Fisher, England Athletics Road Running Manager said, “We’re delighted to be able to give details of the race series for 2019 with the opportunities that they represent to the endurance and road running community. Introducing the Champion of the Roads adds a new dimension to the championships series with the minimum number of races an achievable target for athletes to achieve to be eligible while still placing an emphasis on maintain performance through the series.”
Spencer Duval, Spencer Duval, National Endurance Lead, said, “Having a number of good quality options available at 10,000m is important for the ongoing development of our endurance athletes. We’re delighted to be working with the FASTFriday 10,000m and are confident including hosting our championships at this event will be beneficial to athletes. We believe this is a good opportunity for those athletes already racing at 10,000m on the track as well as those looking to move up from 5,000m or transition their road performances to 10,000m on the track.”