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Samantha Harrison’s running journey: from beginner to chasing the Olympic dream

Crossing the 2023 TCS London Marathon finish line as first female Brit in a time of 2:25:59 is no mean feat, and for Samantha Harrison (Charnwood, Vince Wilson) she is still only in the infancy of her running career. From representing Team England at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games to winning a team medal on the international stage at the World Half Marathon Championships, Harrison certainly has an impressive CV, but where did it all start? We recently caught up with Sam at the National Running Show to gain a little insight into her running journey so far.
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Our year in pictures

As the new year edges ever closer, it’s time to pause and take a look back at some of the fantastic athletics and running moments of the last twelve months. Take a look at our 2023 photo album!
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Athletics and running achievements in 2023

2023 has been another highly successful year of athletics achievements. We have seen athletes and runners receive awards and be placed in podium positions at international sporting events. We have shared progress against the England Athletics Strategic Plan and once again our Regional Volunteer Awards highlighted the huge contributions volunteer individuals and teams make to the success and enjoyment of our sport. 
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Inspirational moments of 2023 - from our Athletics and Running family members

For many, 2023 was a great year of athletics. We spoke to a few of our club volunteers, coaches and officials about what was the most inspirational moment of 2023 for them. We are sure this reflects the thoughts of many of our athletics and running family!
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The Commonwealth Youth Games

What better way to start the festive season than to look back on an event that brought nothing but cheer? The 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games which were held on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, the first ever Games to be held in South America, certainly brought that festival feel. With an Opening Ceremony full of colour, energy and carnival vibes, the first night set the tone for a brilliant few days of competition.
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Podcast #55: Commonwealth Youth Games offers glimpse of next generation

In the latest England Athletics podcast, Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallists Maddie Down and Phoebe Gill join Team Leader Scott Grace and podcast host Alex Seftel to reflect on their experience in Trinidad and Tobago.
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Terrific Thursday for Team England at the Commonwealth Youth Games

As the curtain falls on the first ever Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in the Caribbean, Team England’s athletes can look back on the week with pride. There were PBs, Championship records and medals a plenty, and the final day of the track and field competition was no exception.
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Medals galore on the third day at the 2023 Trinbago Commonwealth Youth Games

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Middle distance magic and 400m medals for England on Day 2 of the Commonwealth Youth Games

Day 2 saw English interest in the 1500m finals, men's 400m Hurdles semis, both one lap flat finals and the men's long jump final. And Day 2's session of action resulted in a 1500m bronze for Lyla Belshaw.
Loughborough 23 May 2021. Isabelle Boffey (Eng) on her way to winning the women's 800m. Photo by Mark Shearman.

Issy Boffey reflects on the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

Despite this being her first year as a senior athlete, Issy Boffey (Luke Gunn, Enfield & Haringey/Birmingham Uni) already has an impressive list of titles to her name.  Not only did she become British Champion over four laps of the indoor track earlier this year, Issy also has multiple European gold medals to her name from both the U20 and U23 Championships.  She was also part of the winning England Team at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.  Issy placed a fantastic 4th in the final of the 800m.