To support Time to Talk Day on 1st February, we are encouraging people to #RunAndTalk to improve their mental wellbeing through running and to break down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it.
Greg Rutherford, the defending long jump champion, has taken the decision to withdraw from Team England for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The 31-year-old (Marshall Milton Keynes, Dan Pfaff) took the difficult decision having reflected upon the challenges he faces following a period away from competitive athletics.
Applications for our Club Run programme are now open for off-track and road running clubs across the country.In the last eighteen months 64 clubs across the country have got involved in the Club Run programme with well over 100 club run visits having taking place to date and over 2000 running participants taking part in the sessions, involving 25 experienced coaches. A further 40+ clubs will have the opportunity to get involved in Club Run during 2018.
The British Athletics Supporters' Club (BASC) assists Coaches and Officials with bursaries throughout the year. BASC will award sums of up to £250 to successful applicants who wish to pursue higher standards. This might possibly, but not exclusively, involve attending a qualification course run by UK Athletics, England Athletics or similar organisations.
One of the most prestigious Cross Country races of the Winter takes place in Seville, Spain this Sunday when the 36th Cross International de Italica is staged. The English Cross Country Association has four teams in action representing England.
We would like to remind you of important information regarding Data Protection. A change in government legislation regarding data protection called The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)will be in place from 25th May 2018. Athletics and running clubs will have to ensure that they are compliant with the new Government regulations. Last November England Athletics produced guidance for affiliated clubs and associations to help with identifying the key areas that they should now be addressing as a result of the additional requirements arising from the upcoming introduction of GDPR.
Do you have some sports commentary or stadium announcing experience and are looking for ways to develop your skills further? We are pleased to announce that legendary sports commentator Stuart Storey has kindly agreed to work with us to share his expertise and knowledge with budding commentators who are enthusiastic to cover athletics events. You have until Sunday 21 January to register your interest.
The best of Britain will gather in Birmingham on the weekend of 17-18 February as they compete for the prestigious honour of being crowned British champion and battle for a place on the British team ahead of March's IAAF World Indoor Championships due to be held in the very same arena a few later.
It was a team of young English athletes who were given the opportunity to race in the 4x1k relays which is held to contest the Stewart Cup as part of the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XCountry.
As many a runner typically makes a few New Year's resolutions and competition goals at the start of each calendar year why not consider getting involved in some of our age group masters competitions. For the masters road running community we have representative teams at 10K and Marathon over a range of age groups.