Former UKA Performance Director Neil Black passes away

21/04/2020 by Matthew Quine

It has been confirmed this morning that Neil Black, the former UKA Performance Director, has passed away over the weekend. Shocked and saddened to hear of the death of the former UK Athletics performance director Neil Black, I had known him for over 20 years and considered him a good friend RIP Neil … Read more

James Ellington taking legal action against Nigel Levine for 2017 motorbike accident

01/11/2019 by Connor Craig-Jackson

A new twist in the comeback of former British international James Ellington has seen him take legal action against his Olympic team-mate Nigel Levine over a motorbike crash in early 2017 that left Ellington out of action until 2019. Levine was driving the motorcycle with both athletes on during a tr … Read more

Eilish McColgan and Michael Rimmer escape “horrible” car crash unharmed

26/10/2019 by Connor Craig-Jackson

European silver medallist Eilish McColgan has been involved in a sudden car crash during a holiday in India with her boyfriend and fellow athlete Michael Rimmer. The Great South Run winner described in an Instagram post how she and her partner had been on a four hour taxi journey to their hotel in A … Read more

Women’s marathon world record falls in Chicago

16/10/2019 by Connor Craig-Jackson

An unbelievable run from Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei saw her win the Chicago marathon in 2:14:04 to smash Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing marathon record of 2:15:25. After more than 16 years of efforts from the top female marathon runners in the world, the day that many thought would never come has arrive … Read more

British Athletics organise major UK competitions and support top athletes. Photo: Richard Phipps via Flickr.

Neil Black to leave UK Athletics performance director role

08/10/2019 by Alex Seftel

Neil Black is to leave his role as UK Athletics Performance Director, the governing body has announced. Black had recently spoke out about the need to “play back” previous decisions he made in the wake of a ban on Sir Mo Farah’s former coach Alberto Salazar. The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) handed … Read more

No woman ran faster over 100m and 200m this year than Dina Asher-Smith in 2018. Photo: MV4R Photography

British Athletics name 72-strong team for Doha World Championships

03/09/2019 by British Athletics

British Athletics have announced a team of 72 athletes for the 2019 IAAF World Championships, which begin later this month in Doha, Qatar from September 27-October 6. Dina Asher-Smith (club: Blackheath & Bromley; coach: John Blackie) and Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Liverpool Harriers; Betrand Val … Read more

Christian Coleman at the 2018 Birmingham Diamond League. Photo: MV4R Photography.

Christian Coleman will compete in Doha after missed drug test case dropped

02/09/2019 by Alex Seftel

American sprinter Christian Coleman is free to compete at the IAAF World Championships in Doha this month after a charge relating to him missing three drug tests was dropped. The 23-year-old world silver medallist looked in danger of receiving a one year ban until investigations were ended by the Un … Read more

Plagued by injuries, fuelled by success: Sally Pearson retires a true athletics great

06/08/2019 by Connor Craig-Jackson

It was a career that simply had it all. As she bids farewell to athletics, the Olympic, world and Commonwealth champion Sally Pearson can sit safe in the knowledge that every title possible to win sits gleaming proudly in her illustrious trophy cabinet. The 32-year-old can look back on a hugely sati … Read more

Stock field. 2018 Manchester International. Photo: MV4R Photography

Manchester confirmed as host of British Athletics Championships 2020-2022

27/06/2019 by British Athletics

British Athletics have today confirmed that the Manchester Regional Arena will play host to the British Athletics Championships from next year (2020) through to 2022. The three-year partnership means athletes will be competing for British Championship titles and team places at the Tokyo Olympic Game … Read more

British Athletics selects European leaders and junior record holders in first wave of European Junior selection

26/06/2019 by British Athletics

Seven European leaders headline the first round of selections for the British team that heads to the European Under-20 Championships in Sweden, including British junior record holders Max Burgin (coach: Brian Burgin; club: Halifax) and Alastair Chalmers (James Hillier; Guernsey). Burgin, who won Eur … Read more

British U20 record holder Chalmers and European leader Hunt head full 20-strong team for Mannheim Gala

26/06/2019 by British Athletics

British Under-20 400m hurdles record holder Alastair Chalmers (coach: James Hillier; club: Guernsey) and European U20 100m & 200m leader Amy Hunt (Joe McDonnell; Charnwood) will headline a full 20-strong British team for the Mannheim Gala in Germany this weekend (29-30 June). Having already been … Read more

Max Burgin breaks more U20 records in Bedford

24/06/2019 by Cherisse Walley

The crowd knew they were in for something special when it came to the U20 Men’s 800m Final yesterday afternoon in Bedford, but were they ready for 1:45.36? Absolutely not. Off the back of a UK U18 best of 1:46.80 at Loughborough BMC just days earlier, 17-year-old Max Burgin stormed to take victory a … Read more

British quartet set for Berlin Fleight International Match

19/06/2019 by British Athletics

British Athletics have today announced the four athletes set to compete at the Berlin Fliegt international match in the German capital this Saturday (June 22). Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (club: Sutton & District), Jodie Williams (Herts Phoenix; Stuart McMillan), Harry Coppell (Wigan & District; … Read more

Stock track, British Athletics, Alexander Stadium. Birmingham Grand Prix 2015. Photo: NS53 via Flickr.

New chair appointed to lead UK Athletics

18/06/2019 by British Athletics

Following the conclusion of an open recruitment process, UK Athletics is delighted to confirm the appointment of Chris Clark as Chair to the organisation. The appointment was made following the unanimous recommendation of the Athletics Appointment Panel (AAP) and approved by the UKA Board. As a form … Read more

Eight athletes selected for European Combined Events Team Championships

18/06/2019 by British Athletics

British Athletics have today announced an eight-strong team for the European Combined Events Team Championships Super League in Lutsk, Ukraine on July 6-7. Fresh from adding a first national outdoor title to his maiden indoor crown in Bedford last month, John Lane (club: Sheffield & Dearne; coac … Read more

Zoey Clark at the Birmingham Diamond League. Photo: Matthew Quine

British Athletics launches performance consultation

17/06/2019 by British Athletics

Organisation to conduct wide-ranging review of Performance Strategy Survey open to the sport until 14 July with workshops planned for late summer Aspiration to engage and unite the athletics community behind new post Tokyo strategy British Athletics has launched a wide-ranging independent review of … Read more

1:46.80 for 17-year-old Max Burgin at Loughborough BMC

16/06/2019 by Cherisse Walley

Like a re-run of last year’s win at Manchester BMC, the Halifax teen Max Burgin took to the oval stage in Loughborough in the men’s A race, the youngest in the field yet again by some margin. Over the first 200m, the fastest 15-year-old 800m athlete in history took to the front of the field, nestlin … Read more

Injury ends Niamh Emerson’s medal-winning season

12/06/2019 by Alex Seftel

World junior champion Niamh Emerson says her 2019 season is over after undergoing surgery following a knee injury. The 20-year-old heptathlete, a runner-up at this year’s European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, wrote on Instagram that she had partially torn her patella tendon. The tissue connects … Read more

Caster Semenya at the 2018 Paris Diamond League. Photo: Matthew Quine

Caster Semenya allowed to compete after ruling by Swiss court

04/06/2019 by Cherisse Walley

Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya has been granted permission to compete freely without taking any medication until at least the 25th June, after the Swiss Supreme Court ordered the IAAF to suspend their testosterone regulations. At the beginning of May, Semenya lost her case to CAS (Court of Arb … Read more

Katerina Stefanidi (Kat Stefanidi) competing in the Diamond League. Photo: Matthew Quine

Six world champions from London 2017 announced by British athletics legends for Muller Anniversary Games

31/05/2019 by British Athletics

Six world champions from the IAAF World Championships London 2017 will return to the scene of their triumphs, at the Müller Anniversary Games in the London Stadium on 20 – 21 July.   Olympic and double world 400m champion Wayde Van Niekerk (RSA), London 2012 Olympic and double world 100m hurdles cha … Read more

Steph Twell at the 2018 British Championships plus Melissa Courtney and Eilish McColgan. Photo: MV4R Photography

Eilish McColgan has precious possessions stolen from her home

30/05/2019 by Connor Craig-Jackson

European 5000m medallist Eilish McColgan has been left “upset and angry” after thieves broke into her house on Wednesday. The Scottish long-distance runner has been in Sweden preparing for Thursday’s Diamond League race, with partner Michael Rimmer leaving their house in Manchester at 8am on Wednesd … Read more

Khai Riley-La Borde leading the 110m hurdles at BUCS 2018 in Bedford. Photo: Jack Anderson

British athletes chosen for World University Games

24/05/2019 by British Athletics

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) and British Athletics have today announced a team of 22 athletes set to compete at this summer’s World University Games, which will be held in Naples, Italy in July. Loughborough University student Jessica Judd (coach: Mick Judd) returns to the Games … Read more

Kare Adenegan sets a new world record at the 2018 Anniversary Games. Photo: MV4R Photography.

Track Academy as official charity partner for Müller Anniversary Games

22/05/2019 by British Athletics

British Athletics has confirmed that it will be working closely with Track Academy in 2019, announcing that it will be the Official Charity Partner to the Müller Anniversary Games at the London Stadium this summer (20-21 July).   Founded over 10 years ago by former international triple jumper C … Read more

Strong British U20 team set for Loughborough International

14/05/2019 by British Athletics

European Under-18 3000m gold medallist Thomas Keen (coach: Mark Vile; club: Cambridge & Coleridge) and 400m silver medallist Ethan Brown (Lloyd Cowan; Blackheath & Bromley) lead a 48-strong British Under-20 team for Loughborough International on Sunday, 19 May. Fresh off the back of setting … Read more

Provisional suspension on doping charge for hammer thrower Mark Dry

14/05/2019 by Cherisse Walley

31-year-old Commonwealth Games bronze medallist from 2014 and 2018, Scotsman Mark Dry, has been provisionally suspended by UKAD on doping allegations. Embed from Getty Images The Scottish hammer thrower has been charged with rule violation contrary to IAA Anti-Doping Rule Article 2.5 “tampering or a … Read more

Nethaneel Michell-Blake winning the 2018 British Championships. Plus Adam Gemili and Leon Reid. Photo: MV4R Photography

GB team win bronze at IAAF World Relays in Yokohama

12/05/2019 by British Athletics

Great Britain & Northern Ireland won men’s 4x100m bronze and finished fifth and sixth in the men’s and women’s 4x400m respectively on the second and final night of the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan. The British men’s 4x100m quartet of CJ Ujah (club: Enfield & Haringey; coach: Jonas Do … Read more

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake at the 2018 Anniversary Games. Photo: MV4R Photography.

British teams advance on day 1 of IAAF World Relays in Yokohama

11/05/2019 by British Athletics

The Great Britain & Northern Ireland team advanced to three finals and set a world leading time on the opening night of the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan. The British men’s 4x100m quartet of CJ Ujah (Enfield & Haringey; Jonas Dodoo), Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Sutton & District; Benk … Read more

Laura Muir confirms for Müller Grand Prix In Birmingham

10/05/2019 by British Athletics

Laura Muir (coach: Andy Young, club: Dundee Hawkhill) has today been confirmed as the first star-name to compete at this August’s Müller Grand Prix Birmingham on Sunday 18 August. Taking place at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, Muir will return to a city she knows so well to compete in a soon-to-be- … Read more

BAL cancels opening fixture in Bedford

09/05/2019 by Connor Craig-Jackson

The British Athletics League (BAL) has had to cancel the opening fixture in Division 2, 3 and 4 after a shortage of officials left the meetings unable to take place. Bedford International Athletics stadium was due to host the combined opening match on Sunday 12th May. However, a congested calendar t … Read more

Kipchoge to skip Doha 2019 in a bid to break 2-hour barrier

07/05/2019 by Cherisse Walley

Newly crowned London marathon winner, Eliud Kipchoge, has announced that he will not be competing at this year’s IAAF World Championships in Doha which starts on 28th September. Barely a week after setting the second faster time in history for the marathon in London, he pledges to attempt to break t … Read more

Mo Farah at the 2014 London Marathon. NH53 via Flickr

Farah & Purdue win British titles and Hawkins breaks Scottish record in London

28/04/2019 by British Athletics

Sir Mo Farah (coach: Gary Lough; club: Newham & Essex Beagles), Charlotte Purdue (Nic Bideau; Aldershot Farnham & District) and Callum Hawkins (Robert Hawkins; Kilbarchan) all starred at the London Marathon as the battle for British Championship medals brought out a string of great performan … Read more

Mo Farah at the 2014 London Marathon. NH53 via Flickr

Mo Farah could return to the track at Tokyo 2020

24/04/2019 by Connor Craig-Jackson

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has once again hinted at a possible return to the track for Tokyo 2020 despite his retirement in 2017. The former 5000 and 10,000m runner won silver and gold at the IAAF World Championships in 2017 before competing in his last track race at the Weltklasse Zü … Read more

Reece Prescod and Zharnel Hughes at the 2018 Birmingham Diamond League. Photo: MV4R Photography.

Big names announced for Müller Anniversary Games in July

24/04/2019 by British Athletics

Four of the world’s very best 100m sprinters have today been confirmed to compete at this July’s Muller Anniversary Games at the London Stadium, including the second quickest man ever and Britain’s two leading lights in the event. Having established himself as Britain’s number one man at current in … Read more

British Athletics organise major UK competitions and support top athletes. Photo: Richard Phipps via Flickr.

Stanley set for retirement in 2020

24/04/2019 by British Athletics

British Athletics has announced that Peter Stanley, Head of Field and Combined Events will retire from his position at the National Governing Body following the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Stanley, who in 2018 was awarded the UK Coaching Lifetime achievement award, has had an illustrious car … Read more

Sam Gordon (Wales) and James Williams (Liverpool Harriers) at the 2018 Manchester International. Photo: MV4R Photography

British Athletics confirm two team changes for IAAF World Relays

22/04/2019 by British Athletics

British Athletics have today confirmed two changes to the British team selected to compete at the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan from May 11-12. Matthew Hudson-Smith (club: Birchfield Harriers; coach: Lance Brauman), who claimed the European 400m title last summer and helped the British 4x400m … Read more

Dina Asher-Smith winning the 2018 British Championships. Photo: MV4R Photography

British Athletics summer 2019 selection policies now available

15/04/2019 by British Athletics

All British Athletics selection policies for the remaining major international competitions this summer have now been published and are available to view online. British Athletics has sent teams to five international events so far this year, most recently the IAAF World Cross Country Championships i … Read more

Erika Kelly at the 2018 British Championships. Photo: MV4R Photography

Strong British team of eight selected for European Race Walk Cup

09/04/2019 by British Athletics

British Athletics have today announced eight athletes, including a full men’s team for the second successive edition, to compete at the European Race Walking Cup in Alytus, Lithuania on Sunday 19 May. Callum Wilkinson (club: Enfield & Haringey; Andi Drake) earns selection a matter of days after … Read more

Anna Chicherova is said to be the last Russian to have returned a medal over a year ago. Photo: Grzegorz Jereczek via Flickr

Five more Russian athletes approved to compete internationally by IAAF

28/03/2019 by Cherisse Walley

A further five Russian athletes have been approved to compete internationally as neutral athletes in 2019, by the IAAF Doping Review Board. The five athletes; Elizaveta Kamenets (heptathlon), Alexander Komarov (decathlon), Rail Kutuev (long jump),Liliia Mendaeva (1500/3000m U20)  and Aleksey Shevchu … Read more

Stock Cross Country XC photo. Runnerspace library.

Piasecki named British team captain for World Cross Country Championships

27/03/2019 by British Athletics

Four-time European Cross Country Championship medallist Jessica Piasecki (coach: Robert Hawkins; club: Stockport) has been named the British team captain for Saturday’s IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. After a five-year absence from cross country, the 28-year-old has enjoye … Read more

British team selected for IAAF World Relays in Japan

13/03/2019 by British Athletics

British Athletics have today named a team of 26 athletes with 78 major international outdoor medals between them for the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan from 11-12 May 2019. The 26-strong British team includes seven Olympic, 17 World Championship and 21 European Championship relay medallists. A … Read more

24 selected for British team ahead of World Cross Championships

12/03/2019 by British Athletics

A host of European Cross Country medallists will headline the 24-strong full British team that will head to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, later this month. 2018 European Cross senior team silver medallists Jess Piasecki (Robert Hawkins; Stockport) and Kate Avery (Shi … Read more

Significant adjustments to IAAF Diamond League structure in 2020

11/03/2019 by Cherisse Walley

After an IAAF Diamond League Board meeting earlier this morning in Doha, the IAAF have announced significant changes to the event structure from 2020 onwards. This comes just 53 days before the first meeting of the Diamond League schedule in Doha, where the World Championships will also be held late … Read more

Inter Counties Cross Country Championships Round-Up

09/03/2019 by British Athletics

Adam Hickey (coach: Eamonn Martin; county: Essex) & Jenny Nesbitt (Chris Jones; Worcestershire) led the auto-qualifiers for the British team ahead of the World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark at the end of the month. In incredibly difficult conditions, Nesbitt produced a remarkabl … Read more

Britain’s best ever haul at a European Indoor Championships

04/03/2019 by British Athletics

The final evening of action at the European Indoor Championships saw a record Great Britain & Northern Ireland team deliver spectacularly as golds from Laura Muir (coach: Andy Young, club: Dundee Hawkhill), Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (Jon Bigg, Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) led the way. Winning … Read more

Pozzi advances to 60m hurdles final as Duckworth sits second in heptathlon in Glasgow

03/03/2019 by British Athletics

There may have only been three British athletes contesting events on Sunday morning at the European Indoor Championships but reigning champion Andrew Pozzi (coach: Santiago Antunez, club: Stratford-upon-Avon) progressed to the 60m hurdles final and Tim Duckworth (Toby Stevenson, Liverpool) remains i … Read more

Reigning Champions Philip, Pozzi and Kilty lead the way on morning two in Glasgow

02/03/2019 by British Athletics

There was a clean sweep of sprint and sprint hurdles qualifications on morning two of the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, while Tim Duckworth’s (Toby Stevenson; Liverpool) search for a first senior medal on the international stage began strongly as he heads into this evening with a 38-poin … Read more

Learmonth voted as captain by teammates for European Indoor Championships

26/02/2019 by British Athletics

Guy Learmonth (club: Lasswade; coach: Henry Gray) has been voted by his fellow athletes as captain of the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team for this week’s European Indoor Championships on home soil in Glasgow from 1-3 March. Learmonth, who made his major senior British international debut a … Read more

Andy Pozzi after winning the 2018 British Championships. Photo: MV4R Photography

World Indoor Champion Pozzi confirmed for Glasgow

25/02/2019 by British Athletics

World indoor and defending European indoor 60m hurdles champion Andrew Pozzi (club: Stratford-upon-Avon; coach: Santiago Antunez) has had his participation at this week’s European Indoor Championships on home soil in Glasgow confirmed. Pozzi was selected onto the British team for the Championships b … Read more

British Athletics team update: Grice withdraws from European Indoor Championships

21/02/2019 by British Athletics

British Athletics have today confirmed that Charlie Da’Vall Grice (club: Brighton Phoenix; coach: Jon Bigg) has withdrawn from next week’s European Indoor Championships with Sam Atkin (Lincoln Wellington; Rob Lewis) set to replace him. Grice has recently been setback with a foot injury yet still cla … Read more

Defending 60m Champion Richard Kilty receives invite from European Athletics

20/02/2019 by Cherisse Walley

Two-time European Indoor Champion Richard Kilty has within the hour received a special invite from European Athletics to compete in Glasgow next week. The news comes after British Athletics released their record 48 strong team after the Müller Birmingham Grand Prix just last weekend, which only feat … Read more

Strong Scottish team set for home crowd

18/02/2019 by Scottish Athletics

“Scottish athletes savouring a record representation at Glasgow 2019 are reaping the rewards for many years of hard work – and coaches and clubs have played a huge role, too.” That’s the verdict of Stephen Maguire, Head of Performance and Coaching at Scottish Athletics, in a special video interview … Read more

Emerson receives pentathlon invite for European Indoor Championships

18/02/2019 by British Athletics

British Athletics have today accepted a European Athletics invite for Niamh Emerson (club: Amber Valley & Erewash; coach: David Feeney) to compete in the pentathlon at next week’s European Indoor Championships on home soil in Glasgow. Emerson became only the second British athlete ever to win th … Read more


17/02/2019 by British Athletics

British Athletics have today named a record equalling number of 48 athletes for the European Indoor Championships on home soil in Glasgow from March 1-3. Double European indoor champion Laura Muir (club: Dundee Hawkhill; coach: Andy Young), Asha Philip (Newham & Essex Beagles; Steve Fudge) and A … Read more

Laura Muir on her way to win the 2018 Diamond Trophy in Brussels. Photo: Matthew Quine

Tefera with new world record and Muir claims yet another British record

16/02/2019 by British Athletics

A stunning world indoor 1500m record by Samuel Tefera of Ethiopia was backed up by an emphatic smashing of the British record by Laura Muir (coach: Andy Young, club: Dundee Hawkhill) on a world-class day of athletics at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham at Arena Birmingham. Lowering the great … Read more

Cross country XC stock photo

12 British athletes selected for 24 hour World Championships

11/02/2019 by British Athletics

British Athletics has today confirmed that a team of 12 will represent the country at the IAU 24 Hour World Championships in Albi, France – with each athlete covering between 210-275 kilometres – over the weekend of 26-27 October 2019. 2016 IAU European 24-Hour Champion Dan Lawson (coach: Allison Be … Read more

Shara Proctor warming up at the 2018 Birmingham Diamond League. Photo: MV4R Photography.

British Athletics place 114 athletes on 2018-19 funding list

13/11/2018 by Connor Craig-Jackson

Distance runner Laura Weightman and long jumper Shara Proctor have been returned to the British Athletics World Class Programme (WCP) after clinching European bronze in Berlin. Proctor, who also won world silver in 2015, takes her place in a 14-strong Olympic Podium group, while Weightman is placed … Read more

Kevin Mayer breaks decathlon world record

16/09/2018 by Matthew Quine

Kevin Mayer has broken the world record for decathlon with a performance of 9126 in Talence, France.   BREAKING: @mayer_decathlon has broken the decathlon world record with 9126 at @decastar_off in Talence! — IAAF (@iaaforg) September 16, 2018 The Frenchman’s mark bet … Read more

Eliud Kipchoge at the London Marathon 2018. Photo: Marco Verch via Flickr.

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

16/09/2018 by Matthew Quine

33-year-old marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge has bettered the world record mark for the marathon, lowering the leading mark to 2:01.39. 2:01:40!! THE GREATEST OF ALL-TIME IS NOW THE FASTEST OF ALL-TIME ELIUD KIPCHOGE BREAKS THE MARATHON WORLD RECORD. — Chris Chavez (@ChrisCh … Read more