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We want to hear your stories, feature your club and discuss the issues that matter to you in athletics, covering everything from participation to performance, nostalgia and mental health. Interact with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share your views. Licencing: Please see soundcloud.com/englandathletics/ for details of the music used in this podcast.
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Abi Pawlett discusses what it means to make the British squad for the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow, where she will be competing in the pentathlon after setting a big personal best recently as part of an England Athletics team in Tallinn.Host Alex Seftel also catches up with UK indoor 1500m champion Georgia Bell, who will compete …
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The England Athletics Podcast goes behind the scenes of a winter training session at the London Marathon Community Track with Newham and Essex Beagles sprinter Emmanuel Sosanya and his coach Coral Nourrice.Emmanuel talks to host Alex Seftel about balancing athletics with being a fashion model, discusses meeting Wayde van Niekerk at the track at the…
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UK javelin champion Bekah Walton joins the England Athletics Podcast to talk about her dream of becoming both an Olympian and an engineer. The 24-year-old tells host Alex Seftel about the role of her mum, her dog and netball in propelling her athletics career.Photo: Getty Images for UK AthleticsEngland Athletics
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In the latest episode of the England Athletics Podcast, world 400m hurdles semi-finalist Chris McAlister joins host Alex Seftel to reflect on his career to date.The 27-year-old discusses how he combines athletics with being a government civil servant and describes his enjoyment of his training group led by coach Marina Armstrong.England Athletics C…
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Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallists Maddie Down and Phoebe Gill join Team Leader Scott Grace and podcast host Alex Seftel to reflect on their experience in Trinidad and Tobago.England won 24 medals to top the athletics table in August, with Down sealing T38 100m and long jump gold and Gill winning the 800m.…
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England Athletics Chair Gary Shaughnessy and CEO Chris Jones join the podcast to reflect on the 2023 season.They discuss how all levels of the sport can benefit from an excellent World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Youth Games, before talking about priorities for the future of athletics including supporting clubs and competition provider…
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Hammer thrower Anna Purchase says it has been a "journey of determination" to make it to her World Athletics Championships debut in Budapest.The 23-year-old started competing as an Under-11 athlete at Notts Athletic Club, and tells of how she persevered through a number of 4th and 6th places at English Schools Championships, before getting on the p…
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This podcast is a World Para Athletics Championships special, with three of the nation's accomplished stars - wheelchair racer Karé Adenegan, sprinter Tom Young and high jumper Jonathan Broom-Edwards - talking everything from challenges they have overcome to best career moments and achieving more recognition.This episode also marks the announcement…
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In this final episode of the Coaching Voices series, Olympic coach Tom McNab describes his memories of watching great athletes and what he has learned from them.Referencing discussion from the ten other coaches he has interviewed during the past year, the author and former athlete tells Alex Seftel how coaching has developed during his time in the …
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In this latest Coaching Voices special episode, host Tom McNab talks to former international cross-country coach Hamish Telfer about his career in athletics.Hamish coached the likes of Olympians Liz Yelling and Spencer Duval as part of World University Cross Country Championships teams.England Athletics
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Malcolm Arnold, the former UK Athletics Head Coach and personal coach to hurdlers including Colin Jackson, Eilidh Doyle, Dai Greene and Andrew Pozzi talks about his life in athletics.In this latest Coaching Voices special on the England Athletics Podcast, he describes to host Tom McNab about going to Uganda to coach the sport, where he worked with …
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European champion athlete and musician Rio Mitcham joins host Alex Seftel to talk about his running and rapping talents.In the same month that Rio was performing on the global stage, helping Great Britain and Northern Ireland to win the 4x400m title at Munich 2022, he released a dedicated song called "Euro Champs".Also in this episode, England Athl…
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In this episode, we hear from five people who play important roles in athletics from volunteering and coaching to officiating, team managing and event organising.Ben Pochee is the race director of Highgate Harriers' Night of the 10,000m PBs, one of the nation's most popular and influential track meetings. He talks to host Alex Seftel about how the …
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This weekend sees the return of the TCS London Marathon with around 50,000 runners expected to pass through the start line.As a registered athlete in a club affiliated with England Athletics, you can gain spots to take part in this prestigious race. In this episode, we meet two athletes from Hereford Couriers who have just done that - Kate Morris a…
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Former shot putter and UK Athletics Vice President Mike Winch coached Judy Oakes for 25 years. During that time, Judy won three Commonwealth titles between 1982 and 1998, bringing their total number of medals in the Games between them to eight.The pair join Tom McNab and Alex Seftel to discuss their best memories and what they're currently doing in…
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The latest episode of the Coaching Voices podcast from England Athletics features international jumps coach Frank Attoh, who has worked with established athletes such Yamile Aldama, Larry Achike, Holly Mills and Greg Rutherford.In conversation with hosts Tom McNab and Alex Seftel, Frank - who was a keen footballer, table tennis and basketball playe…
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A panel from England Athletics reflect on the positives from the year so far and discuss key issues and priorities ahead of the outdoor season.Chair Gary Shaughnessy, Chief Executive Chris Jones and Head of Talent Development Sarah Benson join host Alex Seftel to reflect on topics such as competition, coaching, officiating and supporting athletes.…
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The latest episode of the Coaching Voices podcast from England Athletics features Birchfield Harriers Chair Tony Hadley, the former coach of 400m runners Derek Redmond, Phil Brown, Du'aine Ladejo and Matt Hudson-Smith.Tony provides a powerful eyewitness account of the famous moment when Derek's father Jim - who sadly passed away last October - help…
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Peter Stanley coached Jonathan Edwards, the world record holder in men's triple jump, for nine years. In that time they won Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles together, with Jonathan famously jumping 18.29m in Gothenburg in 1995.Peter, who got into athletics through his daughter, coached alongside a full-time job in civil engineering,…
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This episode is a journey through the indoor season, starting with 20-year-old Keely Hodgkinson who has won medals at all four major athletics championships in the last two years. Her coach Trevor Painter also explains the environment he tries to create in training to allow her to flourish.Also this month, highlights from the UK Athletics Indoor Ch…
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Until a few years ago, running was something 27-year-old Sam Harrison did just for fun and to keep fit.After joining an athletics club for the first time in 2018, her tumbling times and the guidance of her coach Vince Wilson, encouraged her to take the sport more seriously.That resulted in a first Great Britain vest in 2020, before she made England…
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Olympic 400m hurdles champion and former world record holder Sally Gunnell discusses the winning mentality that powered her to global success. She opens up on pressure and the impact of becoming a star athlete. In conversation with host Alex Seftel, she also gives advice for people of all ages and abilities to get into exercise and gives her though…
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It's awards season! A range of great athletes give their reflections as a wonderful year - highlighted by a brilliant Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games - draws to a close.European champion Alex Haydock-Wilson and Olympic medallist Katharine Merry talk about succeeding after disappointment and two-time Olympian Tom Bosworth discusses his recent ret…
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Former national athletics coach Gordon Adams joins host Tom McNab for the final part of the first series of England Athletics' Coaching Voices Podcast.He initially competed as a high and triple jumper in the 1950s and still holds Watford Harriers' record in the latter event, with a jump of 13.90m in 1967, but his move into coaching was accelerated …
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Lorna Boothe is a respected coach and administrator who won the 1978 Commonwealth Games 100m hurdles title as an athlete. She was a team manager for British Athletics for nine year which included the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.In this episode of England Athletics' Coaching Voices podcast series, she talks to Tom McNab about her transition from the t…
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Peter Warden, a two-time medallist at the 1966 Commonwealth Games and former national coach, is the guest for the third part of England Athletics' Coaching Voices podcast series, which aims to capture the wisdom of renowned coaches.Predominantly a self-taught hurdler, he has coached ten English Schools champions during a distinguished career which …
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High jump coach Carol Jackson is the guest for the second part of England Athletics' Coaching Voices podcast series which looks to capture expertise, personality and opinion from renowned coaches.Carol is an accomplished coach and event organiser who has worked with the likes of Olympic silver medallist Robbie Grabarz and former British record hold…
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Tom McNab has enjoyed a long and successful career as an Olympic coach and novelist after starting out in athletics as a triple jumper.The former RAF Flying Officer's experiences also include preparing Great Britain's bobsleigh team for the Winter Olympics and England for the Rugby World Cup. He was also Technical Director of the Oscar-winning film…
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Commonwealth 4x100m relay champion Jona Efoloko discusses his journey from junior to senior success in the sport, having had a phenomenal breakthrough season winning medals at all three major championships in 2022.Complimenting that conversation is England Athletics' new Head of Talent Development, Sarah Benson, who discusses her background as a st…
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England Athletics CEO Chris Jones and Chair Gary Shaughnessy join the podcast to reflect on some of the challenges facing the sport and how they can be seen as opportunities to make positive changes and improvements. We cover everything from athletes and officials to coaches to competitions, clarifying the difference in focus between UK Athletics a…
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As our #EAJourneyto22 nears its conclusion, Team England athletes Matt Hudson-Smith and Holly Mills preview the Commonwealth Games. Hudson-Smith, the British 400m record holder says it's 'nostalgic' to be picked for an event hosted in the home stadium of his Birchfield Harriers club. Mills asserts that she is going for gold and is excited about the…
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As we continue our #Journeyto2022, this episode features three talented athletes looking forward to big summers. Olympic steeplechaser Aimee Pratt, who has gone from strength to strength making international teams over the last few years, discusses her beginnings in the sport at the age of 14 and the disappointments she has learnt from.European und…
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This month's episode focuses on The Art of the Athlete exhibition, which showcases the likes of Olympic 800m medallist Keely Hodgkinson. The project at London's Zari Gallery during the month of May is raising money for the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund and Lloyd Cowan Bursary Fund.One of the artists, Marli Jessop talks to host Alex Seftel about the i…
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Olympic semi-finalist and three-time British champion sprint hurdler David King talks about falling back in love with the sport while based in Arizona and how he made the World Athletics Indoor Championships final in bizarre circumstances.Also this month, an England Athletics discussion on what the legacy of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games m…
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In this special episode for International Women's Day, four women who are passionate about athletics come together in conversation to celebrate, reflect, discuss barriers and where they would like to see change in the sport.Former international medallists Jenny Meadows and Kelly Massey are joined by respected coaches Sharon Morris and Janice Kaufma…
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High jumper Joel Clarke-Khan - the 2020 British champion - joins host Alex Seftel to talk about everything from his senior international debut last year, to his 2022 Commonwealth Games ambitions. The 22-year-old also discusses representing his city of Worcester and being a model on the side.Meanwhile, CEO Chris Jones has been to visit Windsor, Slou…
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Two-time British hammer champion Jess Mayho discusses the incredible rise that has seen her go from having a 63-metre best in 2018 to 69 metres last season, giving her aspirations of success on the international stage.Also in this episode, seven-time Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft talks us through the very beginnings of her journey in the spor…
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Self-coached 400m runner James Williams talks about combining athletics with being a maths teacher and a brilliant couple of years that have seen him win his first British title and break through on the international stage.The European indoor relay medallist and Liverpool Harrier only took up the full-lap distance in his late twenties, having previ…
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England Athletics has launched its 'Journey to 2022' campaign to celebrate a wide range of individuals in the sport ahead of next summer's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.In this episode, you will hear from a teenage runner dreaming of a place in the team, and his Midlands club which is hoping to benefit from the Games. Telford Athletics Club's Ch…
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This end of season review episode includes an exclusive interview with the British Milers' Club - which describes 2021 as its 'best year ever'.Also on this month's England Athletics Podcast, our top team discuss the positives to take from the past ten months, as well as the challenges currently being tackled.…
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In this episode of the England Athletics Podcast, you'll hear from some of the stars of the Olympic Games who are getting excited about the idea of competing for Team England at next summer's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham including Jazmin Sawyers, Daryll Neita and Jodie Williams. We also get soundbites from Keely Hodgkinson and Holly Bradshaw as…
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As athletes eagerly await the start of their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, it is a great time to remember the individual journeys that each competitor has been on in order to reach the most prestigious sporting stage of all.63 of the Team GB squad are England athletes competing across track and field, with a range of youth and experience, as w…
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Hear Scott Lincoln's delight as the 12-time British shot put champion reacts to achieving the Olympic qualifying standard for Tokyo 2020.Also in this episode, hear from five newly-crowned champions at the England Under-20 and Under-23 Championships in Bedford.Photo: Mark ShearmanEngland Athletics
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Holly Mills is one of Britain's most exciting young talents - a winner of multiple titles in the long jump - she decided to take on the challenge of switching to the heptathlon in 2018.Three years later, the 21-year-old is in contention to compete at the Olympic Games after forming a great partnership with Olympic sprinter and Commonwealth gold med…
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In this episode, you will hear a panel discussion on what we have learnt over the past year and what positives clubs around the country have taken. Topics covered include everything from virtual and covid-secure competition, to running a club during a pandemic, and supporting and engaging athletes and volunteers. Joining us are Emma Hurst (England …
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In this episode, you will hear from England Athletics Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Team Leader Kelly Sotherton who has been chatting to Rob Walker about her excitement for next summer's event.Also looking to be there is The Athletics Museum and you can get involved if you have any ideas for objects that could feature.We also catch up with Tha…
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England Athletics' Martin Rush and Nichola Skedgel are joined by Cherry Alexander OBE for an episode about competition.Having enjoyed the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Torun, now is a great time to look forward to what is to come in 2021. In a week where we published guidance on the return to competition, you'll hear us take positives …
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In spite of all of the COVID-19 restrictions of 2020, plus several injuries, sprint hurdler Lucy-Jane Matthews had a fantastic breakthrough season, coming second at the British Athletics Championships aged just 17. Find out how she did it, and hear from England Athletics CEO Chris Jones, who reflects on the last 10 months and shares hopes for the u…
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Alex Seftel is joined by athletes Jack Green, Joe Fuggle and Darcey Kuypers for an in-depth discussion on mental health, covering everything from pressure to burnout and comparison to wellbeing within the sport.Jack is a two-time Olympian and a long-time advocate for speaking out about depression. Joe is an English Schools-winning 400m hurdler who …
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British javelin thrower Harry Hughes has high hopes for 2021 after successfully raising £5,000 through a GoFundMe campaign to pay for surgery on his elbow. Last year the 23-year-old became the first Brit to throw a javelin over 80 metres since 2012, but he has had to battle with a number of injuries in recent seasons and has two screws in his elbow…
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