With big fields taking to the start line to charge up the famous start of the Parliament Hill course there was a tremendous atmosphere for 'The National'. While Phoebe Low and Adam Hickey took the senior crowns, there were some hugely impressive displays across the other age groups as the younger athletes were clearly unintimidated by historically tough course.
It's a busy weekend of action coming up - as well as the the English Cross Country AssociationNational Cross Country championships at Parliament Hill, there's the England Age Group indoor championships in Sheffield and Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow. This year's cross country event at Parliament Hill is in fact the 16th time that a Championship has been held at the iconic venue since the first in 1950. The traditional uphill start is planned again.
St Helens Sutton AC's RunTogether group Sutton Beginners took part in one of this year's 140+ #RunAndTalk organised runs. And they were lucky enough to be joined by Jenny Meadows during one of their weekly RunTogether group sessions.
The England Athletics Club Portal, which can be used by clubs for a range of functions, now has a new Help Support section to help guide clubs in their day-to-day activities and in making the most of the full range of functionality. This includes how to manage club members, how to utilise online payment and management of club subscriptions, information on queries about the DBS / welfare matters and how to use the club portal for communication with members.
Before Christmas, we held pilot sessions for our brand-new Team Spirit Champions training. These free, fast-paced, interactive sessions will send you back to your club with plenty of ideas to bring bigger smiles to the faces of the people that make our sport happen: you, the volunteers! Here is a flavour of what our attendees had to say about it.
Many of our England Athletics registered athletes, coaches and RunTogether members take part in their local parkrun. One local Mencap RunTogether group has encouraged some of its members to take up the parkrun challenge. Matt Lett recently completed his 50th parkrun and has inspired some of his group to also take up the challenge!
Would you like to increase the number of younger people supporting you through volunteering at your club and would like some help to make that happen? It's less than 2 weeks to go until applications close for the Game Changers Youth Volunteering Programme!
Bracknell Athletics Club got involved last year as a pilot club for our new Game Changers Youth Volunteering Programme. They have since been supporting 10 young people through their Coaching Assistant Course. As a bonus, the club's Chairman is researching volunteering and has an online survey you are invited to take part in to better determine how to mobilise more people to help support athletics.
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.
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).