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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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Contact Telephone
0121 713 8400

England Athletics

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Contact Telephone
0121 347 6543
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Halifax Harriers & AC

Road Running, Fell Running, Track - Sprinting, Field Events, Trail, Under 11 (8-10), 11 Years and above, Under 11 (8-10), 11 Years and above, Must be 8 years or over to join the Harriers. The club has 18 qualified coaches and 34 volunteers

Active Rotherham

Active Rotherham is Rotherham Council's Sports development team. The Active Rotherham Team aims to increase participation in sport and physical activity with additional focus on those most inactive, young people, older people, people with disabilities, wo

Wakefield District Harriers And AC

The Club meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays Evenings (All age groups catered for) at Thornes Park 6pm - 8.30pm.

Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield

Founded in 1896 we are an running, track and field athletics club Sheffield providing coaching and competition in run, jump and throw events.

Running coaching (and sometimes jumping)

Running coaching (and sometimes jumping)

Running session for Ages 8 + covering sprints, middle distance and long distance, hurdles. At times also some long jump or high jump included.

Junior Throws Coaching

Junior Throws Coaching

Junior session for 8 years and above focusing on athletics throwing events

Casual Coaches

Casual sports coaches required to support the delivery of Foundation sports sessions across Kirklees.

Emma Hurst

England Athletics Club and Coach Support Officer



Nick Settle

Club & Coach Support Officers

07968 498710


Sarah Friday

Acting North Area Manager

07912 070640

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