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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.

#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

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
0121 347 6543
Contact Email
enquiries@englandathletics.org
University of Northampton Students' Union

University of Northampton Students' Union

Various University sports clubs ranging from Volleyball to Cheerleading.

Running Mate Grange Park

Running Mate Grange Park

Running groups and one to one sessions, for beginners and beyond.

Billing Joggers

Billing Joggers

We are a friendly Jogging group welcoming beginners through to experienced runners. We offer regular beginners courses of 6 weeks and speed and hill sessions for those who would like more of a challenge!

Rugby & Northampton Athletic Club

Rugby & Northampton Athletic Club

Rugby & Northampton AC is an all-age, all-ability club, promoting recreational and competitive athletics within the community. If you are interested in track and field, cross country, road running - or just fitness - we could be just what you are after.

Northampton Athletic Club

Northampton Athletic Club

An inclusive, friendly, athlete focussed club based solely in Northampton, providing quality coaching, delivered by practitioners with a track record in athletics. Working with athletes of all abilities helping them to develop and reach their potential

Running Mate Towcester

Running Mate Towcester

Running groups and one to one sessions, for beginners and beyond.

Athletics

Daventry Athletic Club

An athletic club based in Daventry competing in track and field and cross country leagues.

Junior and senior athletes of all abilities are most welcome.

Running Mate Daventry

Running Mate Daventry

Running groups and one to one sessions, for beginners and beyond.

Silson Joggers

Silson Joggers

Road running, Cross-Country (Chiltern League), Multi-terrain. Training and Racing.
Based in Silverstone and Towcester area.
Junior and Senior athletes welcome.
Silverstone 10k Race organisers.

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun is a free weekly 2k event for children aged 4-14 years of age.

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun is a free weekly 2k event for children aged 4-14 years of age.

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun is a free weekly 2k event for children aged 4-14 years of age.

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun is a free weekly 2k event for children aged 4-14 years of age.

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun is a free weekly 2k event for children aged 4-14 years of age.

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun is a free weekly 2k event for children aged 4-14 years of age.

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun is a free weekly 2k event for children aged 4-14 years of age.

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun is a free weekly 2k event for children aged 4-14 years of age.

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun is a free weekly 2k event for children aged 4-14 years of age.

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun

Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun is a free weekly 2k event for children aged 4-14 years of age.

Young Athlete Grant Scheme

Young Athlete Grant Scheme

1:00am - Sat 12th February, 2022

The AAA has a fund to support English Athletes under the age of 23 who are in full time education and active in athletics.

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.