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Athletics

Athletics offers the widest range of choice of any sport as its various disciplines provide the opportunity to throw, run or jump.

An Overview of Athletics

The range of disciplines across the track, field, road and off-road provides an incredible diversity of events for different people with different skills and abilities. For other people athletics is about fitness and participation but the range of age groups, events, competitions and clubs means that athletics really is a truly inclusive sport. In many different ways athletics really is one of the most exciting, diverse and vibrant sport there is. For many the sport provides the ultimate challenge to their competitive abilities.

Benefits

  • Field events such as shot put help develop physical strength
  • Cardiovascular benefits from the running disciplines.
  • Social benefits from group training sessions

Costs

Disciplines such as running only require the cost to purchase suitable shoes. There are many beginners running groups across the country that are free to join and some that charge a small price of £1-2 per session. For more specialised athletic disciplines a membership with a club is likely to be required.

Involvement

Everyone. The different disciplines suit different body shapes and sizes.

Equipment

Equipment needed is dependent on the discipline. But the key piece of equipment needed is some running shoes.

Facts

  • The very first race of the modern Olympics in 1896 was the men's 100m sprint.

Find Athletics Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

#RunAndRevise

The #RunAndRevise campaign, from England Athletics and supported by Mind the mental health charity, encourages students aged 16-18 at school, or aged 18-25 at college or university, to take a break fr

#RunAndTalk

#RunAndTalk programme, supported by Mind – the mental health charity, has been created with the aim of improving mental health through running in England.

Athletics 365

Athletics 365 is a multi-event, young people development programme, which introduces athletes to the fundamental skills of athletics (vital to every sport).

Find a Guide Database (Guide Running)

Running is a great way to get fit, enjoy the outdoors and meet other people. England Athletics and British Blind Sport have created the Find a Guide Database to help you start, get back to or stay run

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

National Governing Bodies

British Athletics

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
0121 713 8400

England Athletics

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General Information
Contact Telephone
0121 347 6543
Contact Email
enquiries@englandathletics.org
Tonbridge Athletic Club

Tonbridge Athletic Club

Local athletics club providing coaching for all ages and competitive league competitions

PADDOCK WOOD AC

PADDOCK WOOD AC

Paddock Wood Athletic Club was formed in 1986 and now has membership of over 350 members.
Membership starts from 8 years old, there's no upper age limit!
We train all year round. Run, jump or throw whatever you want to try. Beginner, improver or experi

Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing

Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing

Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing is a free magazine in the Sevenoaks District in Kent which hosts an annual Showcase Event for local sports clubs.

Medway Fit

Medway Fit

Medway Fit is a friendly Medway based running and fitness community group that seeks to promote physical fitness & well-being through well managed exercise, fun training experiences & positive relationships - And all for free!

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun

A free, weekly & timed 5km event open to people of all ages and abilities. Every Saturday at 9am.

Bexley ac

Bexley ac

Athletics club catering for all abilities from the age of 7. Track and field, and road running.

LimbPower

LimbPower

LimbPower was launched in November 2009 to engage amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity, sport and the arts to improve quality of life and to aid lifelong rehabilitation

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics offers a lifetime of learning through sport and benefits individuals of all ages and ability levels – from those with low motor abilities to highly skilled athletes.

Invicta East Kent

Invicta East Kent

Invicta East Kent is an Athletic Running Club, based in Canterbury.

Lloyd Cowan Bursary

Lloyd Cowan Bursary

The Lloyd Cowan Bursary will support the next generation of UK athletes by awarding grants of up to £500 once a year. They will be available to coaches, and to unfunded athletes, aged 16-23, for whom cost is a barrier to accessing developmental opportunities in athletics.