Perhaps the bright cloudless skies over Leicester Saffron Lane stadium were an omen for the first ever Steeplefest event for 'Steeplechase and nothing else' which took place on 6 May. With 50 entrants from all points across the home countries, the event found itself centre stage for those looking for early season times and ESAA qualification, plus an attempt on the all-time British best time for women's 1500m SC.
Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, is to take part in the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k, acting as a guide for a blind runner who helped set up a running community in the city for those with visual impairments. This is the first time that Marvin has signed up to the 10k event, and he is set to guide Chris Blackabee, from Hereford, who helped set up VI Runners Bristol, a group that supports visually impaired runners.
England Athletics are launching a series of Road Shows for the club road running community. 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.
The Lillebaelt half-marathon was held on Saturday 5 May in Middelfart, Denmark in clear blue skies with the thermometer being fairly kind to the runners, peaking around 19C. Team England performed admirably with Peter Huck taking the men's victory by a huge margin, and Dani Nimmock and Emily Waugh 2nd and 3rd for the women.
Masters runners from across the UK gathered in Birmingham over the weekend to compete in an England versus Celtic Nations match incorporated within the Simplyheath Great Birmingham 10k. 130 runners from approximately 75 affiliated clubs and representing age groups V35 through to V85, joined world class athletes, Olympians and senior England internationals on an elite start line.
On Bank Holiday Monday 7 May 2018, Cambridge charity Power2Inspire is organising a new Super Sensory 1k event at Histon and Impington Recreation Ground as part of the annual Impington Festival of Running. The event celebrates inclusion and getting disabled and non-disabled people participating in physical activity together.
England Athletics sent a team of 4 men to compete in the Attnanger Mile event held in Austria last week on the 28th April. The event was well supported and 8 nations were represented in the field of runners. After a very close and competitive race, England came away with Silver and Bronze medals from Phil Norman and Josh Carr respectively.
The England U20 teams brought home silver and bronze following a successful afternoon of road-racing in Oderzo, Italy, where the men's and women's teams were led home by Julia Paternain and Nathan Dunn who both earned individual silver medals with two fine performances.
DW Fitness First - the UK's leading gym and retail company - have become our Official Retail and Fitness partner, as well as the lead partner for RunTogether. To celebrate the this partnership, Olympian Jenny Meadows will be our special guest with opportunities for QA at the DW Sports Fitness in St Helens on 7 June and in Newcastle on 18 July.
The England 5k Road Championships return to Kingsley, Cheshire this Friday evening 27 April. The 5k distance was added to the England Road Championship series of races in 2017, and proved popular with track, road and cross-country specialists alike. The Championship race is part of the popular Mid-Cheshire 5k series for which entries have closed at capacity.