We recently held our first Team Spirit Conference which was attended by almost 200 volunteers from across the sport. Among those who attended was Margaret Connarty, a regular parkrun runner and volunteer. Here she tells us about her experiences of the day.
Run Leaders, Running Coaches, Athletics Coaches and Assistant Coaches are invited to join Jo Meek and Tina Chantrey for two inspiring presentations about their experiences in their roles as a Physiotherapist and GB Mountain trail athlete, Women's Running writer and Athletics Coach.
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.
To hold a valid UKA licence for coaching (including Coaching Assistant and Leadership in Running fitness) you must have a current DBS check. We would strongly urge all coaches to check that their DBS check is up to date and that their profile has their correct details so that a DBS reminder can be sent to you.
Did YOU #runandtalk between Saturday 27th January and Friday 2nd February to improve mental wellbeing through running, share mental health experiences and removing stigma? Jenny Meadows and Mara Yamauchi did, as guests of Chorlton Runners and Ealing Eagles respectively.
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Amateur Athletic Association will be held in the Olympic Suite at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on Thursday 9 March 2017 at 12 noon. You can find all the information such as Accounts, Agenda, Annual Report, etc. at www.englandathletics.org/AAA-AGM
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.
Saturday 3rd February saw our very first conference for all volunteers in our sport, funded by Spirit of 2012, take place in the University of Birmingham's Great Hall. Volunteers from all areas of the Athletics and Running community came together to grow, learn, share and celebrate with one another at our first Team Spirit Conference.
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.