On the 4th April 2018 the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games will be getting underway on Australia's Gold Coast. Last month, Team England announced which athletes had been selected to take the 75 allocated places on the athletics squad, and those athletes will now be preparing for what is considered the competition pinnacle for England representative teams. We will be catching up with various members of the squad as they set their sights on next year's event in Queensland.
Wednesday 15th November saw a celebration evening in honour of Charlie Kelly winning the Award for Services to Athletics for the West Midlands Region. Charlie Kelly has influenced a number of athletes, coaches and parents, in his decades of service in our sport. So, what better way to celebrate than invite as many of his athletes, past and present, over the years as possible!
England Athletics has secured funding from Spirit of 2012 to support you to improve the experience of volunteering in athletics and running clubs and groups across England. We have events on Tuesday 28 November in Manchester and Monday 11 December near Bristol where you can get involved.
No-one could have predicted the snowball effect that stemmed from Nick Taylor's decision to give his time to the Athletics and Running Community. Co-founder of Didsbury Runners based in the North West, Nick has inspired many to take up volunteering through his enthusiasm and dedication. And this year he has been awarded with the England Athletics National Volunteer of the Year award in recognition of his determination.
The English Schools' AA 37th Cross Country Cup Final takes place this Saturday 27th November at Sevenoaks School in Kent. Competing for the school team title are Juniors (years 7/8) and Intermediates (years 9/10). This year's course is around the school, with the course going slightly uphill at the start and from about half way round the final section it is flat and fast.
Club Matters is Sport England's one stop shop for sports clubs. Club Matters provides free, convenient and practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club. This month we let you know about the road ahead for Club Matters, effecive use of social media, a volunteer in the spotlight, and new animations which bring volunteering to life.
It's Black Friday on 24th November, the busiest online shopping day of the year, which could be HUGE for an athletics club's fundraising if they are signed up to easyfundraising! It's estimated that over £1.4bn will be spent online on Black Friday - as people, including a Club's athletes, committee, friends and family, plus coaches and officials who help at your club shop online. When fundraising is as easy as collecting a free donation when you shop, if everyone who shopped online this Friday did it via easyfundraising, over £28m would be raised for good causes, including your club!
With 2018 on the way we have published our list of track and field championships for 2018. Our championships page also includes details of other national events and a downloadable PDF of other key events on the fixture list.
The Virgin Money London Marathon have opened club entries and published the entry process and place allocation for the 2018 event.Club secretaries must submit their application by 5pm on Friday 8 December.Applications for a championship entry into the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon are also now open.Runners will need to submit their application by 5pm on Monday 8 January 2018.
While the 30th British and Irish Masters Cross Country International was taking place in Northern Ireland over the weekendthere was plenty of other action both overseas and in the UK, including road racing and cross country both at home and abroad.