Many of our England Athletics regstered athletes, coaches and RunTogether members take part in their local parkrun. One local Mencap RunTogether group has encouraged some of its members to take up the parkrun challenge. Matt Lett recently completed his 50th parkrun and has inspired some of his group to also take up the challenge!
Would you like to increase the number of younger people supporting you through volunteering at your club and would like some help to make that happen? It's less than 2 weeks to go until applications close for the Game Changers Youth Volunteering Programme!
Youth Panel member Phoebe Harland has written a blog about the latest England Athletics Youth Panel meeting, what updates, reports and ideas were discussed and the benefit of the outcomes of some of the Youth Panels initiatives.
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.
Last week saw the first two of our England Athletics Road Running Roadshows take place in London and Peterborough. The next three take place during evenings this week and there's still spaces for you to attend and find out about all the road running opportunities we offer. Monday: Exeter, Tuesday: Tamworth, Wednesday: Leigh.
Bracknell Athletics Club got involved last year as a pilot club for our new Game Changers Youth Volunteering Programme. They have since been supporting 10 young people through their Coaching Assistant Course. As a bonus, the club's Chairman is researching volunteering and has an online survey you are invited to take part in to better determine how to mobilise more people to help support athletics.
An evening race, in early February, in Northern Ireland seems an unlikely choice for a quick 5k or 3k - yet continues to attract high class fields from both side of the Irish Sea, as well as Europe and the USA. For many of the athletes the race provides a great opportunity to get off the mud and run fast before transitioning to the track season or Spring road races.
A dark January Monday evening at a sports centre in Bexleyheath, south east London. And it's time for Bexley Mencap's regular weekly keep fit session for people with Learning Disabilities. Initially set up nearly four years ago, as a pilot with England Athletics, RunTogether group Bexley Mencap now runs regular physical activity classes specially for members which combines fun with fitness.
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.