While the US Championships dominated internationally and the British and BUCS championships were on domestically, other events of note included the Irish, Australian, German and French, Japanese, Czech, Dutch, Polish and Swiss championships! On the road, reports from Half Marathons: Hendy Tunbridge Wells, Kinross to Lossiemouth, Wokingham, and Llanelli.
Following the popular Chichester Priory 10k which took place over the weekend England Athletics are pleased to announce the first round of Age Group Masters qualifiers earning themselves an England masters representative vest later in the year.
We are pleased to announce the race walk teams for the Lugano Trophy 15th Memorial Mario Albisetti 20km in Switzerland and for the 37th edition Dudinska 50km in Slovakia. England Athletics have sent teams to these events for several years now and many athletes have had very successful races.
This week saw the first two of five England Athletics Road Running Roadshows take place in London and Peterborough. The events, designed for members of road running clubs, road running coaches and leaders, event organisers and anyone else involved with off-track running, saw members of England Athletics staff outline the various programmes and initiatives that England Athletics delivers for the off-track community.
England fielded Teams in the Easykit Cross Cup Competition in Rotselaar, Belgium. Against strong opposition the English Athletes gained form and experience with the Junior Women the most successful.
The major event over the weekend was the IAAF World tour in Boston. Indoor action of note from Scotland, Belgium, France, Sweden, and USA); on the road - news from the Barcelona Half-Marathon, and XC reports from the Belgian CrossCup (featuring an England Team), Kenyan Championships, Italian San Vittore Olona plus various XC leagues across England. The antipodean summer has ultra and TF reports from New Zealand.
England Athletics' series of Road Shows for the club road running community begin their tour around the country this coming week. The Road Shows are open to club officers, coaches, leaders and club members and offer an opportunity to find out more about some of the new and existing initiatives that aim to support road running clubs.
We are pleased to announce that tickets are now available to buy ahead of time for the England Athletics Age Group championships which will take place on 24 to 25 February at the EIS in Sheffield.
Following a highly successful switch to Prestwold Hall near Loughborough in 2017, the national school Year 5/6/7 cross country finals will again take place at the same venue on Saturday 24 March. This year sees the invitation extended to Clubs who wish to form teams of children.
The second Performance Group Athlete and Coach Marathon Weekend held as part of the development programme for the event has been held. As well as training sessions in the Forest of Dean the weekend included talks from physiologist Prof Andy Jones covering his work on the Breaking2 project and with elite athletes such as Paula Radcliffe, London Marathon winner 2:09 marathoner Mike Gratton, and performance and clinical dietician Renee McGregor.