An evening race, in early February, in Northern Ireland seems an unlikely choice for a quick 5k or 3k - yet continues to attract high class fields from both side of the Irish Sea, as well as Europe and the USA. For many of the athletes the race provides a great opportunity to get off the mud and run fast before transitioning to the track season or Spring road races.
A dark January Monday evening at a sports centre in Bexleyheath, south east London. And it's time for Bexley Mencap's regular weekly keep fit session for people with Learning Disabilities. Initially set up nearly four years ago, as a pilot with England Athletics, RunTogether group Bexley Mencap now runs regular physical activity classes specially for members which combines fun with fitness.
Following the popular Chichester Priory 10k which took place over the weekend England Athletics are pleased to announce the first round of Age Group Masters qualifiers earning themselves an England masters representative vest later in the year.
We are pleased to announce the race walk teams for the Lugano Trophy 15th Memorial Mario Albisetti 20km in Switzerland and for the 37th edition Dudinska 50km in Slovakia. England Athletics have sent teams to these events for several years now and many athletes have had very successful races.
This week saw the first two of five England Athletics Road Running Roadshows take place in London and Peterborough. The events, designed for members of road running clubs, road running coaches and leaders, event organisers and anyone else involved with off-track running, saw members of England Athletics staff outline the various programmes and initiatives that England Athletics delivers for the off-track community.
If the love of your life is athletics and running - whether you are an athlete, coach, official or volunteer - make sure you can access all the information on our website easily. DId you know we use lots of "friendly links" to help you get information instantly to your fingertips?
Take on the treadmill challenge in association with the 4 Athletics and Running Home Nations for the chance to win race approved Aftershokz headphones! From Monday 19th February to Sunday 25th February, choose to complete the Treadmill Challenge on your own (20km) or as part of a team (100km).
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.
England fielded Teams in the Easykit Cross Cup Competition in Rotselaar, Belgium. Against strong opposition the English Athletes gained form and experience with the Junior Women the most successful.
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.