Below are a list of short videos highlighting some of the statistics we have discovered through our research of Track & Field in the U.K. More videos will be added over the coming weeks.
With just over two years to go until the next Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022, Team England have announced that Kukri Sports will be the home nation’s official kit supplier for the third consecutive Commonwealth Cycle.
Kukri Sports have designed and produced Team England kit for the last two Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast 2018 and Glasgow 2014 and have been brought back on board for a home Games. As part of the deal, Kukri will create the kit that athletes will represent their country in, encompassing 19 different sports, including eight para sports.
In keeping athletes at the forefront of the design process, Team England and Kukri have today hosted a virtual athlete panel. Each National Governing Body that represent Team England athletes in Birmingham 2022 were invited to nominate up to two athletes to be involved in creating the design for the kit and be part of creating the Team England identity.
The panel, held via a virtual video conference, included 23 elite English athletes from 17 of the 19 Birmingham 2022 sports. Also joining in their capacity as Commonwealth Games England board members, were the three athlete representatives, Aimee Willmott, Ama Agbeze and Ali Jawad. In addition, Commonwealth Games England President, Denise Lewis OBE, took part in the panel. She said:
“It’s fantastic that athletes have agreed to give up their time and contribute to such an integral part of Team England’s identity.
“The look, feel and the general WOW factor of the team kit for our home Games in 2022 is so important. When it comes to kit, each sport has specific requirements and needs, therefore the functionality of the apparel produced has to be right. It’s also important that we look and feel like ‘One Team’.”
Originally, the kit panel was due to take place in person, with Team England bringing together athletes from Commonwealth sports. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been held virtually for the first time. In both Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018, athletes were involved in the kit design, but over double the number of athletes have joined ahead of the 2022 Games kit design, with athletes at the forefront of planning more than ever before.
Each athlete was sent a design package consisting of a design book with blank sketch pages and coloured pencils which they filled in and fed back to the team.
Athletes were given an overview on the kit development process between Kukri and Team England over the last two Games cycles in Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 and were asked to provide feedback on previous Games kit as well as the first design concepts for Birmingham 2022. Following on from today’s panel, the athletes will remain involved along every step of the way as the design concept develops.
Paul Blanchard, CEO of Commonwealth Games England, said:
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Kukri Sports again for Birmingham 2022. With a home Games, we know our kit has to be impactful and create a strong image of our Team England values but most importantly the athletes need to feel comfortable in what they perform in. The process we’ve been through with Kukri over the last two cycles has worked to refine our kit with a focus on performance and we will build on that to show off our best in Birmingham.
“It’s been incredible, given the unprecedented impact of Covid-19 that we have been able to engage with so many athletes in an innovative way and I would like to thank our partner Governing Bodies for their support in this process.
“The size of our kit project is huge with the complex nature of accommodating for 19 different sports, including eight para sports, and over 600 people and Kukri have proven time and time again that they are up for the challenge. We’re really looking forward to seeing the designs come to life after today and we can’t wait to share it.”
For the Gold Coast 2018 cycle, 38,000 items of kit were produced by Kukri for Team England as they travelled across to Australia, where the athletes returned with 136 medals.
Chris Marshall, Director of Sales at Kukri Sports, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Team England for the 2022 Games, which will be our third cycle alongside the team. As an English brand working towards a home Games, this collaboration has been made all the more special.
“Our renewed partnership has been the culmination of a project undertaken after the Gold Coast Games in 2018. We have always been proud of our heritage in providing truly bespoke apparel, however in 2018 we knew we had to be innovative and bold in developing a new capability and product range to work with Team England again, as they prepare for Birmingham.
“The England team want to be at the pinnacle of their performance at every competition, so we developed with them. With this in mind, the range we are designing, with the input of the Team England athletes, will be a new chapter in the company’s history and one we cannot wait to launch.”
The kit design, which will be worn by over 600 athletes and staff at Birmingham 2022 will be revealed ahead of the Games when the athlete vision is brought to light.
Esteemed coach Peter Stanley was awarded with the prestigious Ron Pickering Memorial Award for Services to Athletics as part of today’s British Athletics Writers Awards in London.
Set for retirement next year after almost 40 years of helping British jumpers to the top of the sport, Stanley’s service to athletics have seen him serve as coach to Jonathan Edwards throughout a career that saw him break the world record and win both Olympic and world titles, while at present Stanley continues to serve in the position of UK Athletics’ Head of Field & Combined Events.
On the individual accolade front for athletes, Katarina Johnson-Thompson (coach: Bertrand Valcin, club: Liverpool Harriers) scooped the Cliff Temple Award for Female Athlete of the Year following her magnificent performance in Doha to clinch world gold and claim the British heptathlon record.
Fellow world champion Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie, Blackheath & Bromley) was second in the voting following two British record runs to win world 200m gold and 100m silver before then contributing to the British 4x100m team winning world silver.
Laura Muir (Andy Young, Dundee Hawkhill) was third in the voting following a year that saw the Scot retain her 1500m and 3000m European indoor titles before then returning from injury to run a blistering time of 3:55.76 for a fine fifth place over the 1500m in Doha.
The John Rodda Award for Male Athlete of the Year went to Adam Gemili (Rana Reider, Blackheath & Bromley) following a superb season that saw the Londoner win British 200m gold in a championship record time before then going on to finish fourth and just outside the medals in the same event at the World Championships. Days later, Gemili played a starring role as the British 4x100m quartet won world silver.
Scottish marathon star Callum Hawkins (Robert Hawkins, Kilbarchan) was second in the voting following his inspired run for fourth place in the marathon in Doha, while hammer thrower Nick Miller (Tore Gustafsson, Border) and Sir Mo Farah (Gary Lough, Newham & Essex Beagles) shared third.
A week on from the conclusion of the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, grand-slam champion Sophie Hahn (Leon Baptiste, Charnwood) was once again crowned Female Para Athlete of the Year following consecutive world records over the 100m and 200m to retain her T38 sprint world titles. The Paralympic, World, Commonwealth and European champion now looks forward to Tokyo 2020 with ambitions of retaining both Paralympic titles having won double gold in Rio in 2016.
In the men’s equivalent, Thomas Young (Jon McDonnell, Charnwood) joined Hahn in winning the award for the second consecutive year following the best performance of his career to win world silver in Dubai. Heading to the championships with aspirations of making the podium, Young broke the European record in his heat before lowering it once again with a time of 11.00secs to win his first global medal.
The Jim Coote Memorial Award for Junior Male went to Max Burgin (Brian Burgin, Halifax) following the then 17-year-old setting a British junior record of 1:45.36 over 800m earlier this year in Bedford, while the Lilian Board Memoral Award for Junior Female was won by Amy Hunt (Jon McDonnell, Charnwood) in the year that saw Hunt break the world junior 200m record with 22.42 before going to win the European junior title in the same event.
An award newly re-named after the trailblazing sports correspondent who sadly passed away earlier this year, the Vikki Orvice Inspiration Award was presented to James Ellington (Newham & Essex Beagles) as the sprinter continues to battle back from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in 2017, with his return to competition seeing him race at the Muller Anniversary Games back in July.
Awards presented by the British Milers Club (BMC) saw Male and Female Athlete of the Year Awards go to Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman) and Laura Muir respectively, while Max Burgin and Isabelle Boffey (Luke Gunn, Enfield & Haringey) won those same awards in the junior athlete categories.
The BMC Coach of the Year was awarded to Andrew Henderson following his successful tutelage of a host of both senior and junior athletes in 2019, with the BMC Lifetime Service to Coaching award presented to Phil O’Dell, and the Frank Horwill Award for Outstanding Services to the British Milers Club awarded to Phil Hayes.
This Monday, August 26th at 8:00 am, UTMB® week celebrates its 17th edition with the departure of the PTL® (300km 25,000m of vertical), followed at 10:00 by the MCC (40km 2300m of vertical), the race for volunteers and locals. These two distinctly different events have truly each found their own audiences, and each in its own way has brought together residents of the region.
The Little Trotte à Léon, the PTL®
His name is already legendary. Léon Lovey, longtime friend and Swiss co-president of the Association les Trailers du Mont-Blanc, was looking for a name for this new race. With his Swiss sense of humor, he teasingly offered up his own name as a little joke—but the name stuck! La Petite Trotte (Or “Léon little trot”) was born: about 300 km long with 26,000 m of vertical, accomplished together as a team, with a 152h 30 minutes time limit and with complete self-sufficiency. This year features 125 teams of 2 or 3 runners (the 314 total runners include 41 women) from 30 countries. The French still have the greatest numbers, with no fewer than 119 participants signed up for the adventure, ahead of Belgium (19 participants) and Italy (18).
A specially created course that crosses the Rhône
One of the unique features of the PTL® is that the route and theme of each year’s race vary from year-to-year. For the first time, the PTL® will pass through the Swiss Valais town of Fully, between the Rhône river and neighboring vineyards. Participants and supporters will enjoy the warm welcome of the Valaisans and high-quality local products of the Fully region, notably the Petite Arvine grape. PTL®2019 remains true to its values: it offers an enlarged version of the Tour du Mont-Blanc, via little-known, technical and very wild trails, often difficult to reach and featuring breathtaking views. This adventure is not a competition (there are no rankings), and it explores the very frontiers of trail running. It has a unique set of requirements: evidence of racing history among its participants, specific regulations and guidance, the team requirement, an adapted mandatory gear list, and the presence of mountain guides on certain sections of the course.
The route will be technical from the very first climb, which features ladders along the Rognes trail, the historic route to Mont Blanc with its aerial views over the Chamonix valley. Runners will then cross the Col de la Seigne to join the life base at Morgex, where they can count on a warm Italian welcome. They will then pass over the rough and wild topography of Mount Fallere, with its view of the Aosta valley glaciers. Once in Switzerland, runners will be able to regain some strength courtesy of the Fully life base, before embarking on the beautiful and highly technical climb of the Grand Chavalard and the Dent de Morcles. They will finish their epic by passing through Col de la Terrace, their final ascent before finally reaching Chamonix.
Over the years, this event has always had a strong sense of team spirit. The teams themselves feature names that say a lot: “Lolo’s Little Troop”, “Living the Good Life”, “We’re Just Out for a Little Walk”… There will be a gathering on Friday, August 30th at la place Triangle de l’Amitié in Chamonix to know if the finish time of 100 hours can be bettered.
MCC Lures Local Runners
Dedicated to volunteers, local runners and race partners, the MCC has caught the eye of residents of the Chamonix valley, with this year no fewer than 189 registered runners from the villages of Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix and Argentière. So that the race maintains a lively spirit, particular care has been given to the entertainment along the course, with some fanfare taking place at Col de Balme, and musical entertainment in Argentière’s village center.
Local runners who can be followed include Cecilia Flori (Italy), César Costa (Switzerland) and Sacha Devillaz (France). Columbia volunteers will offer entertainment to encourage the runners along the course, as well. Without a doubt, this year’s MCC will once again have a high level of energy and enthusiasm.
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Mahamed Mahamed (coach: Peter Haynes, county: Hampshire) and Phoebe Law (Mick Woods, Surrey) took emphatic wins in the senior races at the Inter-Counties at Prestwold Hall on Saturday to secure the overall British Athletics Cross Challenge titles.
The fifth and final fixture of the series on the quagmire-like course near Loughborough produced plenty of close finishes in the standings.
None more so than in the senior women’s section, where Law pulled away in the second half and with a 12-second margin added to her win in the English National and Southerns last month. So heavy was the going that she was held back to 32:51 for the 8km course.
2014 European cross-country champion Gemma Steel (Liz Nuttall, Leicestershire & Rutland) was second with Abbie Donnelly (Rob Lewis, Lincolnshire), who enjoyed the best run of senior career, just nine seconds behind in third.
Such was the winner’s effort that she collapsed to the floor as soon as she had cut through the tape. Though ending on equal on points with Steel, the series title was decided on positions here, therefore the Kingston athlete took the senior title for the first time. Having finished fifth last year and third the year before, Law’s rich vein of form saw her replicate the Inter-Counties win she scored as a junior.
Law, who was 10th at the European Cross in December, said: “It was really tough today. Especially with Gemma chasing me, which was really terrifying.”
The Kingston & Poly athlete added: “This is definitely the course for me. Mick (Woods) makes me strong.”
Explaining how she ended up at the floor after the finish, she said: “I was exhausted at the end. I thought they were closing on me.”
Steel, who is preparing for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships later this month, was disappointed to lose out on the series title, complaining of stomach trouble.
Mahamed has enjoyed a breakthrough season and this was another leap forward for the 20-year-old.
The Hampshire athlete pulled away from his only close pursuers, Sam Stabler (Rob Denmark, Leicestershire & Rutland) and Adam Hickey (Eamonn Martin, Essex), at the start of the second lap and stretched away for a 49-second win over the 12km course.
“I’m really happy with that. It was my last cross-country of the season so I just wanted to see how I felt and go for it,” said Mahamed, who was 12th in the U23 race at the Euro Cross this winter. “I felt good and nobody came with me. I thought Sam (Stabler), Andy (Vernon) and Adam (Hickey) might have worked together and caught me but fortunately they didn’t so I was happy.”
Stabler described the race as the hardest he had ever run as he secured second in the race and in the series. Meanwhile, Hickey was another seven seconds behind in third, 27 seconds ahead of Andy Vernon (Nic Bideau, Hampshire), who was third in the standings.
Earlier in the day, Tom Mortimer (Christopher Brown, Gloucestershire) took the junior men’s race by 12 seconds over Nathan Dunn (Peter Crook, Lancashire) to end his season on a high after a disappointing pre-Christmas.
The 19-year-old, who won bronze at the English National, said: “Nobody pushed it on [at the start]. It was really slow. Once I got to the top of the hill, I thought I may as well go, I’ve got a bit of a gap anyway. I thought I could win it but I didn’t think I’d win it by that much.”
Behind Dunn in third, Cardiff’s Jake Heyward (James Thie, South Wales) was another eight seconds behind as he did enough to confirm the overall Challenge win. It shows the incredible range of the British Athletics Futures Academy athlete who only set a PB of 8:00.93 over 3000m indoors last month.
Niamh Brown (Mick Woods, Surrey) made a move at about halfway to come away to a nine-second win in the junior women’s race.
It capped a fine season for the 18-year-old, who was 12th at the Euro Cross for GB&NI in December who said: “I’ve had a good season, so far so it was really nice to end it with a win.”
In the early stages, Brown had to battle Cambridgeshire’s Julia Paternain (Mark Vile, Cambridgeshire), who walked away with the Cross Challenge title for the very first time.
Brown added: “Once I was clear I had to stay mentally strong and confident to not let it fall back, but I think I did a good job.”
Morpeth’s Rory Leonard (North East) was a surprised winner of the U17 men’s race, crossing the line 21 seconds clear of Thomas Keen (Mark Vile, Cambridgeshire), who prevailed in the series standings.
It was a vast contrast in fortunes for him compared to two weeks ago at the English National when he fell and ended up concussed, unable to finish. Zakariya Mahamed (Peter Haynes, Southampton) was third, 16 seconds adrift of Keen.
Grace Brock (John Knowles, Cornwall) took the U17 women’s race and with it the overall challenge title after pulling away about 3km into the 5km race. Describing it as the best win of her career, she was 20 seconds clear of Holly Smith (Andrew Carter, Cheshire). India Pentland (David Lowes, North East) was third, ahead of National winner Ella McNiven (Lynn Webb, Merseyside).
In the U15 boys’ race, Will Barnicoat (Trevor Raggett, Surrey) left it until about three quarters of the way through his 4.5km race to take the lead and moved away to finish three seconds clear of Samuel Martin (Alli Crossman, Surrey) and Liam Rawlings (Colin Lancaster, Shropshire) who wrapped up the podium positions. Mohamed Ali (Steve Mann, Middlesex), the English champion, was fifth which did enough to win the Challenges series in the age group.
Beth Cook (Sussex) used the uphills to her advantage in the U15 race to win by 18 seconds from Lily-Jane Evans-Haggerty (Scotland West), who was crowned Challenge champion, with Anna Hedley (Scotland East) third in the race at Prestwold Hall.
William Rabjohns (Mark Paulley, Dorset) secured an U13 title hat-trick for 2018 and the Challenge win as he pulled away at the start of the home straight to take a close race. The Poole runner had already won the Southern and English National this year. Joshua Blevins (Lee Morgan, North East) was six seconds behind in second as Zena Saez (Bedfordshire) was third.
Maisy Luke (Cornwall) took the victory in the U13 race by three seconds over Beth Rawlinson (Shropshire). In third, Holly Weedall (Pauline Thom, Cheshire) captured the Challenge title after a consistent run across the series.
Full results can be found here under the Loughborough tab. Overall Cross Challenge Standings will follow shortly.
British Athletics Indoor Championships head to Birmingham for 2018
• Athletes targeting major championships required to attend British championships
• Müller Anniversary Games returns to two-day format
• “The Para Meet” accompanies “The Meet” as new fixture at the London Stadium
Chief Executive of UK Athletics, Niels de Vos said:
“2018 will build on the success of 2017, when over one million tickets were sold for UK athletics events, showing that the appetite for track and field remains very strong. Elsewhere we have already had massive pre-sale interest in our new summer event “The Meet”, an event we expect will deliver another London Stadium sell-out.
“2018 will be the year we elevate both our British national championships, starting in February with the bold step of taking the Indoor Championships to a world class venue (Birmingham), just two weeks out from the already largely sold out IAAF World Indoor Championships at the same venue.
“Critically too, a mandatory condition of selection for major championships is to be present at the British championships, guaranteeing to showcase all the best athletes in the UK.”
February 17-18: British Athletics Indoor Championships
The British Indoor Championships will take place at Arena Birmingham on the weekend of February 17-18.
Being staged in Birmingham for the first time, the weekend will replicate the world championships experience ahead of the World Indoor Championships at the same venue two weeks later. Athletes vying for British team selection are required to compete at thIs event, guaranteeing the highest quality field and plenty of head-to-head rivalries.
February 25: Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow
The world’s top-ranked indoor meet and the final of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow returns to Scotland at the Emirates Arena.
Taking place seven days before the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, the field is certain to include all of the world’s top indoor athletes.
Saturday 30 June – Sunday 1 July: British Athletics Championships
Held across two days, The British Athletics Championships will see the best in Britain descend on Birmingham to compete for the honour of being crowned British Champion. Competition is mandatory for those targeting British Athletics places for August’s European Championship, so you can be sure that all the top British athletes will be competing.
Saturday 14 July: The Para Meet and The Meet
Saturday 14 July sees the London Stadium play host to two new fixtures, “The Para Meet” and “The Meet”. The Para Meet will showcase many of the world’s top performers from last summer’s World Para Athletics Championships, while The Meet will see Britain’s best athletes take on their rivals from the USA in an innovative head-to-head team clash.
Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 July: Müller Anniversary Games
Returning to a two-day fixture for 2018, the Müller Anniversary Games will be held at the London Stadium across the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July.
A meeting which has played host to a number of memorable track and field moments since its inception in 2013 – including Kendra Harrison’s 100m hurdles world record and Laura Muir’s British record over 1500m – the Müller Anniversary Games will once again be the world’s biggest non-championship athletics meeting of the year.
Saturday 18 August: Müller Grand Prix Birmingham
The Müller Grand Prix Birmingham takes place at Alexander Stadium on Saturday 18 August, coming shortly after Berlin’s European Championships.
This is the perfect date to guarantee athletics fans the involvement of the best athletes in the world, because it will be the last opportunity for athletes to secure qualification for the IAAF Diamond League finals. Expect the top ranked athletes in every event.
Ticketing information in relation to British Athletics events can be found here, while fans can ensure they are kept up to date with all event and ticketing news by signing up to the British Athletics mailing list here.
The start lists are now live for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, which takes place at the Barclaycard Arena on Saturday 18 February.
A total of five Rio Olympic champions will be among 25 current global medallists competing at the world’s top indoor athletics meeting, which is the final of the IAAF World Indoor Tour.
Sir Mo Farah (coach: Alberto Salazar) will be one of those Olympic champions as he competes in the 5000m. The four time Olympic champion and five time world champion will face a field including Scotland’s Andrew Butchart (Derek Easton), who ran the third fastest 3000m in the world this year with a time of 7:41.05 in New York on Saturday.
Another Scot in superb form is Laura Muir (Andy Young), who will be aiming for Kelly Holmes’ 13 year old British 1000m record at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix. This year Muir has already set British indoor records over 5000m with a time of 14:49.12 and 3000m with a time of 8:26.41 and will be hoping for another on Saturday.
Hot from retaining his British title, the world’s number one 60m hurdler Andrew Pozzi (Benke Blomkvist) will face outdoor world record holder Aries Merritt and fellow Brits David King (James Hillier) and David Omoregie (Blomkvist).
The highlight of the field events could be the women’s long jump, which will be a repeat of Sunday’s British Athletics Indoor Team Trials as world indoor bronze medallist Lorraine Ugen (Shawn Jackson), heptathlon specialist Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Olympic finalist Jazmin Sawyers (Kelly Sotherton) all go head to head in a battle of Britain.
The sprints in particular are expected to provide major excitement, with mouth-watering clashes in both the men’s and women’s events.
Britain’s European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie), who equalled the world leading time of 7.13 seconds in Karlsruhe last week, will go head to head with double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica and world indoor 60m champion Barbara Pierre of the USA, in the 60m. Newly crowned British champion Asha Philip (Steve Fudge) will provide further British interest in a world class field.
The legendary Kim Collins will make his fiftieth appearance on British soil, and his tenth appearance at the Barclaycard Arena, when he lines up in the men’s 60m on Saturday. He will clash with European indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty (Michael Khmel), European 100m champion James Dasaolu (Lloyd Cowan), European relay gold medallist CJ Ujah (Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo) and Olympic long jump champion Jeff Henderson of the USA, who also competes in the long jump.
Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, who support the event, said: “I am delighted to welcome back the Müller Indoor Grand Prix to Birmingham, an event which Birmingham City Council is very proud to support. We’ve now hosted indoor athletics for 25 years and in that time we’ve seen 15 world records set at the Barclaycard Arena and witnessed some of the best ever indoor athletics performances. With the line up that has now been confirmed, I’m sure Saturday’s action will be extremely exciting and yet more records could be broken right here in Birmingham.”
Start lists for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix can be viewed at: http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/british-athletics-series/muller-indoor-grand-prix/migpbschedule/
The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is the number one ranked indoor grand prix in the world. A very limited number of tickets are still available at www.britishathletics.org.uk
Heineken has been announced as the National Supplier of beer and cider for both the IAAF World Championships London 2017 and the World Para Athletics Championships.
The deal will see Heineken – the UK’s leading Cider and beer business – granted exclusive rights to sell in concession units in and around the stadium during both events.
This year will bring together more than 3000 world-class athletes from more than 200 countries, who will compete in 30 sessions across 20 jam-packed and action-fuelled days as both the World Para Athletics Championships (14-23 July) and IAAF World Championships London 2017 (04-13 August) are hosted by the same city in the same summer.
Niels de Vos, Championship Director of London 2017 Ltd said, “We are pleased to have secured Heineken as National Supplier of beer and cider for this summer. The Summer of World Athletics will create a festival style atmosphere with fans and we’re delighted they will be a part of that.”
Andrew Turner, Trading Director South, commented on the new agreement “We are delighted to have reached this supply agreement with the World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017.
“We’re proud to have been involved with the stadium since its opening in 2012 and understand that fans desire really great quality facilities to help make their visit a day to remember. To support this, we’ll be able to offer our leading beer and cider portfolio, but also undertake the significant logistics to ensure that great visitor experience. I’m personally looking forward to the championships in the summer, which will once again put London on the world map.”
Thousands to RunTogether in new national programme breaking down barrier to participation
Latest research from England Athletics reveals that a third of British women have received some form of harassment whilst running on their own.
The poll* of 2,000 members of the This Girl Can Run Community also revealed that a large proportion of women (over 60 per cent) feel anxious when running alone, with nearly half of those surveyed stating that it is due to personal safety concerns that they have such fears. Of those who had experienced harassment, shouting and car horns beeped by passing motorists were the most common.
Despite these findings, most of the women surveyed insisted that they would not be put off running altogether, with over half of women (56 per cent) saying that running with others would make them feel safer. Further insight of over 7,000 runners**, by England Athletics throughout 2016, found that those that only run on their own are 25% less likely to be regular runners than those running in a group.
The research was commissioned ahead of today’s launch of RunTogether, a national programme from England Athletics to get more people jogging and running regularly and enjoying the mental and physical health benefits this brings.
The RunTogether website provides instant access to a rapidly growing network of over 700 local running groups which offer fun, organised jogs/runs with other people, led by qualified group leaders. The structured sessions, with warm ups and cool down help to reduce injury and cater for all running levels, whether you’re starting with your first a walk-jog or training for a marathon.
Sam Mollaghan, the current face of the This Girl Can Run campaign and a qualified Run Leader says: “When I started running a couple of years ago, I was a little self-conscious about how others would perceive me, so I completely empathise with how many runners feel anxious when running alone. Now I’m a Run Leader, I’m able to help others to enjoy the benefits that regular running in a group has to offer – it’s such a great way to improve fitness and socialise at the same time. I’m also more confident when I run, as I know I’m doing something that benefits my health and mindset. I’ve made some great friends in running groups and would encourage as many people to join their local group.”
Commenting on the findings, Matt Birkett, Head of Running Participation at England Athletics, said: “We are constantly examining why people choose to run or not, and it was shocking to find out that such a large proportion of the women surveyed have had an unpleasant experience when running alone. We understand that personal safety is a concern to many, which is why we offer over 700 RunTogether groups across the country, providing a reliable, safe and friendly environment in which people can enjoy the benefits of running with others.
“We know that running with others is more effective in changing behaviour, making people more likely to sustain a running habit and we know how much of an impact that running has upon improving emotional health and well-being. We want to get 1 million more people into regular athletics and running by 2020 and ensure that everyone in England has access to a local RunTogether group across the country.”
Visit www.runtogether.co.uk for more information and to find your local RunTogether group.
One of the UK’s greatest ever Olympians offers an unprecedented insight into his life in MO FARAH: NO EASY MILE, the incredible life story of a man who has become not only the most successful track athlete in modern Olympic Games history, but also a British hero.
MO FARAH: NO EASY MILE follows Mo’s remarkable personal journey from Somalia to four-time Olympic champion, revealing a uniquely personal look at his life off the track and a side to him we have never witnessed before. Mo opens the doors to his home and is joined by his family and his team in the build up to and throughout the Rio Olympic Games whilst looking back over his spectacular career.
In his own words, Mo reflects on the most memorable, emotional and impactful moments of his life with contributions from his closest family, friends and sporting peers including Usain Bolt, Thierry Henry, Lord Coe, Haile Gebreselassie, Alberto Salazar and Tania Farah.
MO FARAH: NO EASY MILE is produced by Fulwell 73, the creators of acclaimed documentaries Class of ‘92 and In the Hands of the Gods. Directed by Joe Pearlman, MO FARAH: NO EASY MILE is produced by David Soutar, Executive Produced by Leo Pearlman, Ricky Simms and Gabe Turner and distributed in the UK by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group. Fulwell will be releasing the film across 4 screens in London in November.
With never-before-seen content and extraordinary access, MO FARAH: NO EASY MILE is essential viewing on DVD and Digital Download from 5th December 2016.
DIGITAL & BLU-RAY / DVD DETAILS
- Title: Mo Farah: No Easy Mile
- Release Date: 5th December 2016
- Format: DVD and Digital Download
- Run Time: 76 mins
- DVD special features: “Mo’s Video Diary” (27 mins)