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May 2024: Performance round up

With lots of places on international teams up for grabs, May saw fierce competition in every event. Read our round up of English athletes in action throughout May from track and field, the mountains and on the roads.
Masters athletes with England flag at Manchester Half

Age group action at the Masters International Half Marathon in Manchester

The annual England v Wales International Half Marathon fixture took place on Sunday 26th May as part of the well-established AJ Bell Great Manchester Run event. For hundreds of athletes aged between 35 and their early 80s, the 13.1 miles represented the opportunity to pull on their respective home nation white or red vest, having earned the right to qualify at one of the six qualification races.
Tom Rutter javelin

Excellent English performances at the Pickering Memorial Throws International

The English throwing contingent were in action at the Pickering Memorial Throws International on bank holiday Monday held at Loughborough University. Showcasing some of Europe's best pathway athletes, it was an excellent event honouring the Pickering family and throwing as a whole
Charlotte Payne hammer throw Loughborough International 2024

Charlotte Payne: How far can she throw post-cochlear implant surgery?

Having lost all remaining hearing in her “better ear” in December 2023, Charlotte Payne (Paul Dickenson, Reading AC) made the difficult decision to have cochlear implant surgery. The surgery was a success and she has come back stronger, hoping to achieve some big goals in 2024. We caught up with her at Loughborough International to discuss her journey.
Cameron Corbishley at La Coruna race walk.

English Race Walkers take on the World Athletics Race Walking Tour

A small team of four athletes travelled to La Coruna in Spain to compete at the World Athletics Race Walking Tour. It was all to play for as the senior athletes were chasing European and Olympic Qualification times, hoping to take advantage of the famously fast course in the north west of Spain. The weather was favourable, damp and cool, offering excellent racing conditions whilst the UK basked in the summer sunshine.
Selected Olympic Marathon athletes

England marathon athletes among first selected for Paris 2024

We are delighted to announce the first athletes selected for the Paris 2024 athletics team are six English marathon runners. All six are set to compete at their first Olympic Games this summer. In the women’s race, two athletes will compete having qualified with the identical time of 2:22:17 - Charlotte Purdue and Calli Haugher-Thackery. The third female athlete selected is Rose Harvey. For the men, joining Phil Sesemann will be fellow Leeds teammate Emile Cairess and Mahamed Mahamed.
General view of Night of the 10,000 PBs

All eyes on North London for the Night of the 10,000m PBs and Olympic trial

Ask any endurance fan about the Night of the 10,000m PBs and their eyes will light up with memories, excitement, or intrigue. We were lucky enough to attend the 2024 edition last weekend at the newly refurbished home of Highgate Harriers to watch as athletes not only fought for spots on Olympic, European and World Junior teams, but also to improve their own personal bests.
Madeira masters team

"You’re never too old to challenge yourself" - Masters action at the European Off-Road Championships

The European Masters Off-Road Championships in Madeira in early May saw a small but successful British team pick up plenty of medals over three action-packed days. Athletes faced either an up and down 9km race, a vertical kilometre, or a tough 32km in the mountains the island is so well known for. Or all three for a hardy few!
mountain running start 2024 at Glenshee

Double win for England at Senior Home International mountain race

This year's Senior Home International mountain race was hosted by Scotland and was an uphill only race, held north of Perth at the Spittal of Glenshee. The international race was incorporated into the open race; 7km in distance with an ascent of 670m. The weather was warm and sunny with a slight breeze.

Kick-starting the season at County Champs

This weekend marked a major milestone in the athletics calendar, as County Championships across England took place. With the majority of the country bathed in glorious May sunshine, the championships provided a fantastic showcase of athletic ability, as well as dedication from the teams of volunteers at each venue, without whom such events simply could not take place.