Agata stood at the edge of the athletics track and heard the patter of feet stream past. 8 sprinters training, as they do four times a week. Both her sisters were part of the training group and their older, blind sister, wanted to be part of that running world as well. She didn't know how to get a foot in the door or whether it was completely unrealistic to even be thinking about it.
This Sunday sees thousands of runners taking to the streets of London for the Virgin Money London Marathon. The event also incorporates the England Athletics Marathon championships for both individual and team medals for men and women. We wish everyone taking part the best of luck and to heed the hot weather warnings and prepare accordingly.
The University of Exeter, supported by England Athletics, are looking for participants to help with a research study looking into the training practices, injury and social identity of adolescent distance runners, aged 13 to 18 years old.
After a rapidly progressing Diabetic Retinopathy when she'd had perfect vision her whole life, Samantha became isolated, stopped going out, which caused depression and massive weight gain. Unfortunately the depression fed the isolation and weight gain and vice versa. She decided to make a change after she was matched with her guide dog Lizzie.
County championships will be taking place across England this summer. The vast majority of events will be happeningon the weekend of 12 and 13 May with some counties also arranging additional events to take place at other times.
England finished third in the athletics medals table with five golds, five silvers and seven bronzes. But medals alone tell only part of the story. Here is a closer look at some of the numbers behind every English gong plundered Down Under.
Lily Hill Park in Bracknell was the venue for the 21st running of the Bracknell Schools Invitation Cross Country Relays. There are 4 races which were all about team running as the athletes took on the woodland and meadow course in a relay format. This year the event was made possible through financial support from England Athletics.
The City of Portsmouth AC has been working very hard over the last 12 months to extend the availability of competitive sport to a wider sector. Their Super Series is to provide a competitive outlet for athletes who would not normally have regular competitive opportunity. There's also a very successful U17 / U20 squad who receive extra benefits and incentives.
It was another busy weekend with Commonwealth Games action, the national road relays and Brighton Marathon but other highlights included the Garmin Great Ireland Run, plus other road races from Italy and Boston USA, Stafford and Norwich Half-Marathons, Derby and Mersey Tunnel 10k races. There are also track and field round ups from the USA.
The annual England versus Ireland road running challenge took place yesterday in Dublin's Phoenix Park, with a team of three men and three women taking on Ireland's best in a bid to win the Sean Kyle team trophy. The event also combines Athletics Ireland's 10k Championships and consequently attracts strong fields from across the host nation.