The end of this month sees the best young athletes in the country go head to head in the England Athletics indoor Under 20, Under 17 and Under 15 Championships on 24 to 25 February. It's a great event that not only provides two days of incredible head to head action, but more importantly it also provides the perfect opportunity to look into the future and see just how strong athletics will be for many years to come.
We are pleased to announce that tickets are now available to buy ahead of time for the England Athletics Age Group championships which will take place on 24 to 25 February at the EIS in Sheffield.
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.
Online entry is available for both our Age Group indoor track and field championships, which take place at the EIS Sheffield on 24 - 25 February (U20, U17 and U15 Individual) and 10-11 March (U17 and U15 Combined Events). Closing date for Individual champs is today Monday 5th February!
The Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) has a fund which is able to support English Athletes under the age of 23 who are in full time education, active in athletics and not receiving other funding. So if you know someone who missed out on the recent Ron Pickering Memorial Fund grant awards, try the AAAs - applications are welcomed, and note the deadline is 10th February 2018.
A record number of 640 applications to the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund (RPMF) were received at the end of 2017, which made for an incredibly difficult selection process. Not only were the overall numbers high, the quality of the applications and the demonstration of need was the highest the RPMF had ever received.
Registered Guide Runner Colin Johnson continues to put visually impaired running on the map. He was recently filmed for BBC Inside Out West where he was helping a visually impaired 9-year-old to train for a parkrun and get his whole family active.
There is still time to enter the England Athletics U20, U17 and U15 Indoor Championships and the England Athletics U17 and U15 Indoor Combined Events championships which both take place at the EIS in Sheffield.
One of the most prestigious Cross Country races of the Winter takes place in Seville, Spain this Sunday when the 36th Cross International de Itlica is staged. The English Cross Country Association has four teams in action representing England.
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.