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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.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth

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

Beacon Hill Country Park

Beacon Hill Country Park, close to Woodhouse Eaves, is owned and managed by Leicestershire County Council. Rising to a height of 245m, Beacon Hill is one of the highest points in Leicestershire and boasts spectacular views of Charnwood Forest and the Soa

Loughborough University

Loughborough is extremely proud of its reputation for providing the best student experience. From its earliest days Loughborough University has produced research that matters, with strong links with industry, commerce and the professions.

Kids Run FREE

Kids Run FREE

Kids Run Free is a charity that organises fun, running based activities for children in their local parks and schools.

Harborough Athletics Club

Harborough Athletics Club

Get involved in athletics & running in Market Harborough.

Heidi Bradley

Club Support Manager

07968 498701

Partners

  • Charnwood LSA
    Safeguarding
    Active Partnerships
    Active Leicester
    Sport England
  • H&B LSA
    Equality Standard
    NWL LSA
    O&W LSA
    Harborough LSA
  • Active Rutland
    Leicestershire County Council
    Blaby LSA
    Melton LSA

Partners

  • Active Rutland
    Blaby LSA
  • H&B LSA
    Active Leicester
  • Active Partnerships
    Safeguarding
  • Charnwood LSA
    NWL LSA
  • Sport England
    Equality Standard
  • O&W LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Melton LSA
    Harborough LSA