In 2015 Sue's stepson Pat took his life after struggling with depression and anxiety. Sue has used running to help her deal with what happened: "Running has been my crutch. I came to running late, 51 in fact. I had tried everything possible at school to get out of athletics. My first run was around 30 seconds.
Our England Athletics East Midlands regional Volunteer Awards presentation evening took place at the Crowne Plaza in Leicester on 24 September. Nine East Midlands Region winners received their awards and four worthy runners up were presented with certificates.
Ten years after being diagnosed with depression, Jools was with some friends who decided to enter a triathlon for fun! At this time, she hadn't been on medication for my mental health for 18 months and was starting to notice she was having more bad days. She started a couch to 5k programme on her own; she was so overweight and unfit she couldn't face letting anyone see hertry to run.
The Saucony English Cross Country Relays take place this year on Saturday 3rd November once again at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield. This is the 30th year that the event has been held on the compact course, with the venue and gathered club cross country enthusiasts generating a great atmosphere.
The all new England Athletics podcast will be available soon. We want to promote YOUR club, listen to YOUR stories, and hear from the legends of YOUR sport. Our monthly show will take a look back at some nostalgia, look ahead to upcoming events and explain the work we do, including all of the people that are a part of it.
Callum Davidson (Ribble Valley Harriers, self-coached) and Rory Domville (Reading AC / Bath Uni, coach: Derek Hawkins) both performed competently in a top quality field in the Smarna Gora Mountain Running Race in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Saturday. The race was the final round of the World Cup Series of 5 races.
The England Athletics endurance conference - hosted by the SW Endurance network aims to explore available technology in; health, nutrition, physical preparation, biomechanics, injury, planning, and performance prediction. There are a few places remaining - the event is open to all and not restricted to coaches.
Brian first had mental health problems after having a mini-stroke. He had to improve his physical health for his own survival and discovered the treadmill in a local gym, which was the start of his journey into running. He is now the founder of a Running Club and also a Mental Health Champion and a Run Leader Mentor.
Endurance officials work at all Licenced, off-track races across England. The number of off-track races each year is currently at an all time high, with over 3,400 licenced road races alone being licenced in England this year. More Endurance officials are now needed to keep up with this increased demand and support each licenced race across the country.
The Amateur Athletics Association is sad to hear of the death of Barry Willis at the age of 94. Barry was Honorary Secretary of the AAA from 1965 to 1982 and in 1977 received the AAA's Award of Honour.