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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.

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

Brundall parkrun

Free 5k run every Saturday at 9am

OSS Leisure Swim School LTD

From its base in North Walsham, OSS Leisure Swim School offers swimming lessons for children aged 3-14 years.

SwanSports

Family Centered Athletics developed by a family centered approach.

The longer term goal of SwanSports is to make available time for families to participate in sport together, leading to child and family empowerment primarily to keeping fit, encompassin

Sheringham parkrun

Free timed 5k run

Gorleston Cliffs parkrun

Free weekly timed 5k run

Thetford Parkrun

Free, timed 5k run every Saturday at 9am

Costessey Running Club

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

Norwich parkrun - Catton Park

Weekly Free 5km Timed Run

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

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.

Special Olympics Athletics - Disability Sport All Ages

Special Olympics Athletics - Disability Sport All Ages

Special Olympics is a global organisation that provides year-round sports training and competition to nearly four million children and adults with intellectual disabilities in almost 200 countries.

Special Olympics Athletics - Children's Athlete Group

Special Olympics Athletics - Children's Athlete Group

Special Olympics is a global organisation that provides year-round sports training and competition to nearly four million children and adults with intellectual disabilities in almost 200 countries.

Special Olympics Athletics - Disability Sport All Ages

Special Olympics Athletics - Disability Sport All Ages

Athletics training focuses on walking and running races, relay races, standing and long jump and soft and hard ball throwing.

Tania Spurling

Club and Coach Support Officer (Norfolk & Suffolk)