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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.Licensing: This podcast features as its backing track an edited version of Beach House by Eme Hache, used under the following licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/legalcode

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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.Licensing: This podcast features as its backing track an edited version of Beach House by Eme Hache, used under the following licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/legalcode

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The England Athletics Podcast

Latest release on Jan 22, 2021

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Rank #1: #24: Lucy-Jane Matthews on succeeding despite the pandemic

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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 upcoming year.

Photo: Trevor Painter

Jan 22 2021

33mins

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Rank #2: #23: Mental health in depth with Jack Green, Joe Fuggle and Darcey Kuypers

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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 recently founded a platform called 'The Athlete Place', aimed at improving mental health. Darcey, who runs an Instagram page called 'Not Just Physical', is an international sprinter who has battled with anxiety disorders from a young age.

Looking for help or guidance? Check out the 'Supporting Mental Health' section of englandathletics.org.

Nov 18 2020

30mins

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Rank #3: #22: Crowdfunding delight for Harry Hughes plus EA Covid-19 update

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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.

Alongside that, England Athletics' Head of Coaching and Athlete Development, Martin Rush and Competition Partnerships and Innovation Manager, Nichola Skedgel provide a coronavirus update, looking back on how the 2020 season has gone, outlining current guidelines and looking ahead to plans for cross country and indoor competitions over the next six months.

Oct 26 2020

33mins

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Rank #4: #21: Junior doctor Phil Sesemann combines running with A&E work

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In our latest episode you will hear a chat with international distance runner Phil Sesemann, who combines athletics with working as a junior doctor in an accident and emergency department in Leeds.

Meanwhile, Chris Jones has visited Peterborough and Nene Valley Athletics Club to learn more about their success since merging to form one club last year, and to see how they are managing the impact of coronavirus restrictions on track and field activity.

Photo Credit: Mark Hookway.

Sep 01 2020

27mins

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Rank #5: #20: Businessman Barrie Wells on giving £2 million to help athletes

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What would you do if you had the chance to give away millions of pounds?

Entrepreneur Barrie Wells decided to donate the money to fund athletes including Katarina-Johnson Thompson on their journeys towards the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Barrie - the grandson of a former world pole vault record-holder - has also supported a huge number of seriously ill children as part of an initiative called Box4Kids.

After being awarded an MBE earlier this year, he took some time out to talk to Alex Seftel about his career, philanthropy, and his love of sport.

Jul 30 2020

28mins

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Rank #6: #19: Alex Bell on taking positives from 2020

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After postponing plans including her wedding day, 800 metre runner Alex Bell talks about where her mindset is without a major competition to focus on this year.

She also reflects on the agony faced over selection and funding issues and hopes she can be a "brick in the wall" when it comes to changing the sport.

Meanwhile, England Athletics' Andy Anstey joins Alex Seftel to discuss an exciting set of virtual competitions on offer, including the chance to create your own challenge with friends.

Photo: Matthew Quine

Jun 30 2020

39mins

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Rank #7: #18: Young shot putters Serena Vincent and Lewis Byng

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Young international shot putters Serena Vincent and Lewis Byng tell Alex Seftel about the best things they've learnt in their careers to date and explain how they've been competing virtually in lockdown.

Meanwhile, Chris Jones has been on a tour of Lincoln Wellington Athletic Club, where he met RaceRunning teenager Thomas Talbot, and Invictus Games champion Debbie O'Connell.

May 31 2020

41mins

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Rank #8: #17 Kelly Sotherton and Gavin Johnson-Assoon

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Olympic medallist Kelly Sotherton speaks about her excitement after being named as Team England's track and field Team Leader for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, having started out as a kickboxer, 37-year-old athlete and artist Gavin Johnson-Assoon says he feels "as powerful as ever" after claiming the England javelin title last summer.

You'll hear interesting discussions at Stratford AC, while we also take a closer look at some of the activities that can help you stay active or continue training while restrictions are in place.

Photo: Wiltshire Council via Flickr. Creative Commons licence: https://bit.ly/3f35Onc

Apr 25 2020

53mins

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Rank #9: #16: EA advice and Marilyn Okoro on overcoming uncertainty

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Join us for a panel discussion with advice on how we can all adapt to the coronavirus situation including information on support available from England Athletics.

Fresh from being rejuvenated by a charity dance competition, Olympic medallist Marilyn Okoro chats to Alex Seftel about her fight for a place in the sport, whether to prove to her mum that she had chosen the right career path, or to gain selection for major championships.

Hurdler Daniel Rees also shares positive, motivational messages from coaches around the country.

Check out englandathletics.org and our social media channels for the latest updates.

Mar 26 2020

44mins

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Rank #10: #15: Kelly Massey on life after athletics

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Olympic medallist Kelly Massey chats to Alex Seftel about what she does and doesn't miss now she's hung up her competition spikes.

Kelly opens up on the anxiety around choosing when to call it a day and tells us about a study she is doing on athletes who have retired from elite sport.

You'll also hear from young hurdler Joe Harding, while Chris Jones has been on a club visit to Guernsey and has caught up with colleagues back from a recent European Athletics Congress meeting in Estonia.

Feb 29 2020

40mins

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