Entries are now open for the Antrim International Cross Country at Greenmount on 6th January 2018. This is the 41st Edition of the competition which has been held at various venues across Northern Ireland since it began at Mallusk in 1977. The event is in its 9th year at Greenmount.
Foreign Athlete applications for 2018 are now open. Clubs are required to complete the Foreign Athlete Application form for new athletes that fall under Rule 21 S5 (5) in the UKA Rules for Competition.
As well as the Commonwealth Games, England Athletics sends teams to a variety of competitions and also works with other associations in England to provide competitive opportunities for athletes. We are pleased to announce the selection policies and events for our Mountain Runners - plus opportunities for young athletes to learn more about this discipline at various Camps.
We would encourage all athletes and coaches to read the UKA statement regarding the use of supplements. This statement sets out UKA's supplements position and provides clear advice to athletes, and those who support them, on how to reduce the real risk of inadvertent doping posed by supplement use.
Today marks the five-month countdown to the commencement of the Commonwealth Games athletics schedule in Australia's sun-drenched Gold Coast. Team England announced selections for the 75-strong athletics squad on 24th October, and those athletes will now have their sights firmly set on what is considered the competition pinnacle for England representative teams.
In the 10th year of the Tom Pink Relays event, the atmosphere at Lee valley recently buzzed with young athlete teams "Chasing Kelly", "Chasing Steve", and "Keeping Up with Paula" on the track. Meanwhile, others competed in events such as Caber Toss and Highland Steps, as well as more traditional Sportshall events like Standing Long Jump and Shot Put. The Tom Pink Relays also provided great opportunities for new volunteers to give officiating a try.
Once again the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash proved a popular choice for club runners looking for a high quality field and a fast 10k, with Sunday's race living up to its billing. And neither of the two new champions were favourites going into the race. In addition, 189 predominantly club runners broke 34 minutes, and 29 athletes broke the England Athletics road running development standards.
Check out the Athletics Weekly website for a look at what's been going on during the past week, including the Leeds Abbey Dash and XC Relays.
Mansfield hosted the traditional start of the cross-country season with its usual mix of mud on the top field and faster paced surfaces though the undulating woods making for an action-packed Saturday. This is the 31st time the championships has taken place and as it has done for more than three decades now, it proves a useful marker for athletes, coaches and team managers as to how things are progressing.
This weekend sees the last of the autumn 2017 England Road Race Championships - taking place in the city of Leeds. Strong fields in both the men's and women's races will compete for the title of England 10k Champion at the popular Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash.