While the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XCountry was the weekend's big event in the UK - with highlights footage and links to online coverage available - there was plenty of other action this past weekend. This included plenty of cross country league action,the South of England Indoor Champs took place at Lee Valley with the men's 60m won by John Otugade in a world indoor qualifier of 6.60. The Northern Athletics Championships at Sheffield included Adam Hague winning the pole vault with a 5.40m leap. Looking globally, in Qatar Gemma Steel and Chris Thompson claimed half-marathon podium places while Eilish McColgan clocked a winning 10km PB of 31:50.
England Athletics want to improve the experience of officials and make life easier for people who deploy officials to competitions and events. The Officials' Development Officer at England Athletics is Nikki English and she's written some information below which officials will find useful.
Higher Competition Athlete applications for 2018 are now open.Athletes are required to complete the 2018 Higher Competition Athlete registration form for new applications. More information regarding Higher Competition Athletes can be found in the UK Athletics Rules for Competition (21 S3 (4)).
If you are involved in the club road running in any role - as a runner, club officer, coach, leader or any other position - we have a series of FREE events designed specifically for you. This is an opportunity for you to share your ideas with senior members of England Athletics staff and to find out about the new and existing initiatives available to support road running clubs. At each of the sessions there will also be an interview and QA with an England Road Running International athlete or experienced coach about their experiences, training and club coaching environments.
The West Midlands Region 2018 London Mini Marathon Trials will take place on 17th February, at the Stourport Cycleway. These trials are for selection into the West Midlands team for the London Mini Marathon which takes place on 22nd April 2018.
The Sports Club Survey is undertaken by the Alliance in partnership with Sport England that aims to assess the health of sport and recreation clubs across the country. It features questions on a variety of topics such as membership and volunteer numbers, club finances, the key challenges sports clubs are facing and a clubs' relationship with its local County Sports Partnership. Ensure your club helps to provide valuable insight!
One of the many benefits of affiliating as a club with England Athletics is the opportunity to receive support from a Club Support Manager. Emma Davenport gives a brief overview of her role covering Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and West Yorkshire.
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? Following a successful pilot of the Game Changers Young Volunteer Programme, applications will be opening on the 15th January 2018 to support more clubs and groups to involve young people.
An England team will be part of the competition when the mixed 4x1k relays is held to contest the Stewart Cup at the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Cross Country on Saturday.
There's less than a month to go until our very first conference dedicated entirely to helping people make the most from volunteering in our fantastic sport. Being held in Birmingham on 3rd February, the Team Spirit conference, funded by our partners Spirit of 2012, will bring together volunteers from right across the sport to grow, learn, share and celebrate with one another.