This Sunday sees thousands of runners taking to the streets of London for the Virgin Money London Marathon. The event also incorporates the England Athletics Marathon championships for both individual and team medals for men and women. We wish everyone taking part the best of luck and to heed the hot weather warnings and prepare accordingly.
County championships will be taking place across England this summer. The vast majority of events will be happeningon the weekend of 12 and 13 May with some counties also arranging additional events to take place at other times.
The City of Portsmouth AC has been working very hard over the last 12 months to extend the availability of competitive sport to a wider sector. Their Super Series is to provide a competitive outlet for athletes who would not normally have regular competitive opportunity. There's also a very successful U17 / U20 squad who receive extra benefits and incentives.
The 11th Annual English Cross Country Association Open meeting will be held on Saturday 19th May at the Smart Aston Court Hotel, Derby. All Clubs affiliated to England Athletics for cross country running are eligible to attend and vote. The meeting will start at 12 noon.
The ERRA Men's 12 Stage And Women's 6 Stage National Road Relay Championships held in Association with us at England Athletics will take place at Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 14th April. The Road Relays are the highlight of the calendar for many athletics and running clubs and always provide an exciting competition.
A photo of three Bexley Mencap runners taking part in Bexley's 5k parkrun has been shortlisted in Bexley Council's Stronger Communities exhibition. The three Bexley Mencap runners, Luke, Emmanuel and Matt, like to keep fit, and are regular members of Bexley Mencap's Run Together group which provides Keep Fit classes for people with Learning Disabilities.
The Hurricane Striders marked their launch and affiliation to England Athletics with a special treasure hunt event over Easter.
Safe Athletics is a new initiative developed by UK Athletics and Home Country Athletics Federations that seeks to raise standards of safety within athletics via best practice guidance and information made freely available to anyone involved in its delivery. The Safe Athletics resources will provide the best opportunity to avoid accidents and injuries and help ensure the safety of everyone.
County teams from across the South West will be competing in two regional events this October - the Great West Run at Exeter and the City of Gloucester 10k.
Tom Bosworth and Anyika Onuora have been named co-captains of the Team England athletics squad for the Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast.