UK Athletics

It's All About The Losing

Alex Hawley | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Sport
Alex Hawley

The previous week, before terrorists took back the news, a few of us were talking about track & field, in particular the World Championships in London. Along with the rest of humanity I was hoping that Usain Bolt would win his last races as well. It's not like he needed it of course; I'm sure his pool room has very little room left for any more baubles.

Let's Not Forget Justin Gatlin Is Human Like The Rest Of Us

Harbir Singh | Posted 20.08.2017 | UK Sport
Harbir Singh

His moment on the podium could have been the moment which made all of the challenges worthwhile. Instead, he will be remembered by most, as the two-time drug cheat, who beat bolt and was booed. Let's not forget, he's human like the rest of us, there are two sides to every story and we've moved on from being spectators at gladiator games in ancient Rome.

In Defence Of Institutions: The Danger Of Losing Faith In Sporting Organisations

James Fenn | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Sport
James Fenn

The huge global events that are so irresistible can't exist without international bodies that can bring together all parties to bring out the best in the game. If we lose faith, we risk losing these bodies, and the value they bring to our sport. So for the sake of sport's future, we must remain sceptical, remain inquisitive, but not lose our hope, not give in to cynicism. Sometimes having faith is more important than having doubt.

National Lottery In Twitter 'PR Disaster' After Stunt Horribly Backfires

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK

The National Lottery has said it is “hugely sorry” after an attempt to thank the British public for supporting UK athletes at the World Championsh...

This Badass Sprinter Ditched Spikes For Regular Trainers, But Still Ran 100m In Sub-11 Seconds

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Jamaican Olympian Elaine Thompson has cemented her status as one of the world’s greatest athletes having won a 100m race - in trainers. Athletes usu...

Pushed To The Limit

Perri Shakes-Drayton | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Sport
Perri Shakes-Drayton

In general, I think what I'd say to anyone who feels pushed to their fitness limits, or is experiencing a fitness barrier, is to stay strong! Pain is short-lived, but the joy of beating your fears or overcoming obstacles will remain with you for long time. That's what I've learnt to do and I'm a much better athlete for it.

Jazmin Sawyers, And Realising I Was Part Of The Problem

James Fenn | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Sport
James Fenn

Jazmin Sawyers once again shone a light on an issue that is chronically brushed under the carpet, despite affecting millions of female athletes from elite to amateur. If I have learned anything, it's how easy it is to become part of the problem.

What Can We Learn From The Diets Of Elite Athletes?

Rick Miller | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rick Miller

People often ask me what we can learn from these phenomenal people. Is there anything we can do to enhance our own performance from following their lead?

Mental Health Awareness

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

It was Mental Health Awareness Week again last week. It is a mystery to me as to why it's not Mental Health Week every day of the year? And what do they mean by mental health anyway? How can you be mentally healthy in a world that's nuts? If you feel like you're a normal person, the chances are that you're not mentally healthy, you're delusional.

Colin Jackson On Race Day Disappointment

Alana Gray | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alana Gray

I'm no stranger to race day disappointment, having dropped out of a marathon a year ago around mile 19 in a lot of pain from a recurring injury (but clearly still not over it). Yet I've been surprised at how many London Marathon 2017 runners I've spoken to who, despite completing that amazing feat, are still feeling down about their race time.

Fears Over British Sprinters' Futures After Motorbike Accident

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK

Two British sprinters are “conscious and stable” after being injured in a potentially career-ending motorbike accident in Tenerife. British Athlet...

Top Athlete Admits Attempted Murder Of British Athletics Official

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK

A former fell-running champion has admitted the attempted murder of a British Athletics official and assaults on two other men who stepped in to help ...

Why Athletes With A Learning Disability Should Have More Opportunities At The Paralympics

Stephanie Moore | Posted 09.09.2017 | UK Sport
Stephanie Moore

I have trained most of my life to reach the top level in sport, and there are many more athletes like me who are being excluded from being able to compete at the highest level. We need to see better equality for athletes with a learning disability.

Team GB Is In Great Shape, Shame About The Rest of Us

Andrew Keith Walker | Posted 27.08.2017 | UK Sport
Andrew Keith Walker

But why are we making such a big effort to succeed in an international sporting arena that appears to be rife with cheats, corruption, dirty politics and whatever you call Ryan Lochte? Has the balance of public sport funding swung to far towards the bling and away from the council footie pitch?

Brits Call For Mo Farah To Be Knighted After Star's Superb Fourth Gold Medal Run

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK

Mo Farah tonight became the first runner in 40 years to win back-to-back long-distance doubles at the Olympics by defending his gold medal place in th...

Is Olympic Nudity a Feminist Victory?

Emma Louise Pudge | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Louise Pudge

With women making up 45% of all competitors and a record high of 47.5% of events open to female athletes, this year's Olympic Games in Rio is closer t...

Newsflash, Olympic Female Athletes Are Not Your Barbie Dolls

Tasha Okeke | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

These athletes sacrifice a lot to work hard and travel to Rio to compete and achieve greatness from their athletic ability which gets dwindled down to how they look. It ignores the countless hours, pain they've endured to work so hard to be recognised in their talent and craft

Team GB's Martyn Rooney Admits He 'Ran Like A D***'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK

Martyn Rooney has delivered a brutal review of his failed attempt to make the Olympics Games’ 400m final, conceding that he “ran like a dick”. U...

Contrary to the Headlines, Athletics Is Clean and Rio Will Be Incredible

Ewan Somerville | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

With the Rio Olympics fast approaching, track and field athletics is once again embroiled in scandal, controversy, and disgust. Or in the media it is. On Friday night I was lucky enough to bear witness to the electricity meter at the London Olympic Stadium explode with the buzz of the Anniversary Games. It was just fantastic for the world to focus solely on the talent...

Why Athletics Needs to Move Away From the Runner's Body Uniform

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Sport
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

Tomorrow is the first, official National Eating Disorder Awareness Day and in response to this worldwide recognition of need for awareness, I thought ...

London Olympics 'Sabotaged' By Russian Athletes, Doping Report Says

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Sport

London's 2012 Olympics were more or less sabotaged by allowing Russian athletes to compete when they should have been suspended for doping violations,...

The Lessons We Must Learn From the IAAF and Fifa Scandals

Damian Collins | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The crisis that has now engulfed the IAAF shares many of the characteristics of the crisis at Fifa. Again we see allegations that another group of old men of considerable power and standing within their sport, have exploited the lack of independent governance and scrutiny within their organisation, to make money out of cheating.

Is Justin Gatlin's Decision to Boycott the Media Right?

Melissa Davis | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Sport
Melissa Davis

The modern media is so geared up for scandal and gossip that I'm not sure whether anything can rise above that, whether it's the royal family or sports. It will be interesting to see whether other athletes stand up to support Gatlin or even take a similar approach - if they do, it'll be a revolution of sorts.

Paula Radcliffe's Blood Data Has Just Been Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Sport

Paula Radcliffe's historic blood test data has finally been revealed, just hours after the former British athlete claimed she wouldn't be pressured in...

A Record Breaking Athletics Goal Achievement Lesson From The Environment In China!

Gordon Bryan | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Sport
Gordon Bryan

As I watched the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing, I was struck by the amount of records broken, and I found myself shaking my head at ha...