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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.


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


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.


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


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


  • 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

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0121 713 8400

England Athletics

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0121 347 6543
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University of Northampton Students' Union

Various University sports clubs ranging from Volleyball to Cheerleading.

Rugby & Northampton Athletic Club

Rugby & Northampton AC is one of the leading athletic clubs in the Midlands, competing in Track & Field, Cross Country and Road Running at a local, regional & national level.

Whatever your ability you are welcome to join the Club as an athlete, coach,

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!

Running Mate Daventry

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

Running Mate Towcester

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

Croft Church of England Primary School

Croft Church Of England Primary School is a small, family feel school who believe in a holistic approach to education so health and well being feature highly in our curriculum offer.

Running Mate Grange Park

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

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.

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.

Harborough Athletics Club

Harborough Athletics Club

Get involved in athletics & running in Market Harborough.


01604 366 976

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