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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.

This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

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

National Governing Bodies

British Athletics

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
0121 713 8400

England Athletics

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
0121 347 6543
Contact Email
enquiries@englandathletics.org
Community Sports Foundation

Community Sports Foundation

Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF) is the official charity partner of Norwich City Football Club and helps over 38,000 people every year achieve their goals through sport, supporting some of the most disadvantaged, disabled and talented people

Norwich parkrun - Catton Park

Norwich parkrun - Catton Park

Weekly Free 5km Timed Run

Thorpe St Andrew Ladies Running Club

Thorpe St Andrew Ladies Running Club

A ladies only running club in Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, Norfolk. 10 week beginners course and mixed ability groups to choose from.

Norwich parkrun - Eaton Park

Norwich parkrun - Eaton Park

Parkrun is a free, 5km run - it's you against the clock.

UEA Sportspark

UEA Sportspark

Sportspark originally opened its doors for the first time in 2000. Funded primarily by the Lottery and Sports England it has become one of the most successful community sport facilities in the UK.

Brundall parkrun

Brundall parkrun

Free 5k run every Saturday at 9am

Costessey Running Club

Costessey Running Club

Give running six weeks of your life and see where it takes you!

Parkrun - Mulbarton

Parkrun - Mulbarton

Free, 5k run every Saturday at 9am

4ward sports

4ward sports

4ward Sports provide nurseries, schools and communities with qualified coaches to implement sporting opportunities.

Our objectives are simple; we want as many children involved in sport as possible.

4ward sports provide bubble football and archery t

England Athletics Facilities Support Fund

England Athletics Facilities Support Fund

1:00am - Fri 23rd April, 2021

Facilities Improvement Fund for affiliated clubs and facility owners / operators to access as we look towards the start of the new outdoor season.

The over-arching aim of this fund is to support clubs to become safe, sustainable and welcoming so they can be the best they can be and create vibrant environments for their members.

England Athletics Club Support Fund

England Athletics Club Support Fund

1:00am - Fri 14th January, 2022

Our Club Support Fund aims to provide financial assistance for the athletics and running community.

Participation Programmes Manager

England Athletics is the membership and development body for athletics and running in England. We work in partnership with the wider athletics family, especially our member clubs and bodies, UK Athletics, Sport England & commercial partners, to grow opportunities for everyone to experience our sport and to enable them to reach their full potential. England Athletics also provides national level competition and is responsible for athlete development beneath world class performance level.

Tania Spurling

Club and Coach Support Officer (Norfolk & Suffolk)