News - South East

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Ron Stonehouse: 1928-2018

It is with great sadness that England Athletics learnt of the passing of Ron Stonehouse. Ron was a stalwart of Farnham Athletics Club and after amalgamation, Aldershot Farnham and District AC. He was a high-achieving athlete and then becam a coach to a number of top runners including Bernie Ford, Christina Boxer and Roger Hackney.

Goodgym and Mencap working together in Bexley

Almost a year ago, Bexley Mencap were lucky enough to be the first recipients of the good deeds carried out by the local GoodGym initiative. GoodGym are a Bexley group who combine keeping fit with performing handy tasks and jobs - running to and from their tasks. Last month Bexley Mencap RunTogether group worked alongside Bexley GoodGym for a session tidying up one of the local alleyways!

Team Spirit Champions bring bigger smiles to the faces of your volunteers

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.

Mencap RunTogether group member inspires at parkrun

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!

Bracknell AC helping to pave the way in supporting athletics volunteers

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.

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