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The England Athletics Podcast
41 minutes | Nov 25, 2022
#44: England Athletics' awards season special
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 retirement along with what a hypothetical Netflix series on athletics should include. Also joining host Alex Seftel is Commonwealth champion Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker who wants to be a role model as a para sprinter, while Yemi Mary John remarks on her rise to win the world junior 400m title. Photo: Mark Shearman.
20 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
Coaching Voices with Gordon Adams
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 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 by an ankle injury picked up while playing football. Among his career highlights is working with the silver-medal winning men's 4x400m relay quartet at the 1984 Olympic Games.
23 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
Coaching Voices with Lorna Boothe
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 track to the boardroom, the structure of competition within the sport, and the importance of high quality training for coaches.
21 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
Coaching Voices with Peter Warden
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 led him to be awarded with a British Empire Medal for services to athletics in 2019. At the time, he joked in an interview that he has been so engrossed in the sport, that he'll one day be buried in a long jump pit. Photo: Mark Shearman.
23 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
Coaching Voices with Carol Jackson
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 holder Mark Naylor, but there is one thing about her that may surprise you. "Never in my life have I cleared a high jump bar," she says. "I was a long jumper...I loved athletics but I was the basic, good team member that would do any event that you wanted me to...but for the points. In this episode, she talks to interviewer Tom McNab about the biggest influences on her career and her desire to increase the number of female role models.
29 minutes | Oct 12, 2022
Coaching Voices with Tom McNab
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 Chariots of Fire. In this episode, Tom talks to producer Alex Seftel about a time where there were no coaches in the UK, the idea of 'sliding doors' moments, and his emphasis on creative thinking. This is the introduction to a five-part special series for England Athletics, in which Tom sits down for conversations with coaches to discover more about their personalities, knowledge and expertise.
39 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
#43: Jona Efoloko's journey to the top and Sarah Benson's role in nurturing talent
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 steeplechaser, what the athlete journey pathway entails and her vision for the role. Photo: Mark Shearman
31 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
#42: Our Chair and CEO discuss improving the sport
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 and ourselves, and discussing what we can do to embrace technology and increase numbers of participants, spectators and volunteers. We also talk up the wider health and community benefits of the sport, including links between schools and clubs, while analysing the potential impact of the cost of living.
21 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
#41: Matt Hudson-Smith and Holly Mills preview Birmingham 2022
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 new experience of going into a senior championship as a major contender. Also in this episode, you can hear from European under-18 gold medallist Ophelia Pye who set a 400m hurdles championship record in Jerusalem this month.
38 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
#40: Aimee Pratt, Ben Pattison and Isabelle Boffey look ahead to big summers
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 under-20 800m silver medallist Ben Pattison talks about his recovery after being asked to stop athletics by doctors who told him he required an operation on a heart problem. After winning double gold at the British Universities' Athletics Championships for the University of Birmingham, European under-23 800m champion Isabelle Boffey describes the buzz around the city which will host this summer's Commonwealth Games. You'll also hear from an official preparing for the Games as part of a visit to the Norfolk County Championships by our CEO Chris Jones. Photo: Mark Shearman
22 minutes | May 24, 2022
#39: Unique athlete art exhibition includes multi-talented hurdler Marli Jessop
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 inspiration behind her art and also discusses what it meant to receive her first Great Britain call-up to the Loughborough International event, in the same month that she showed celebrities how to hurdle on television for ITV show The Games. Photo: Marli Jessop / Instagram
32 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
#38: David King on a bumper 2022 season, plus our vision for Commonwealth Games legacy
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 might look like. Photo: Mark Shearman
31 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
#37: IWD Special - Celebrating women in athletics
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 Kaufman. Jenny is a former European indoor champion over 800m who now plays an important role in British Athletics' Futures Programme. She has also turned to broadcasting over the last few years and has recently become a mum. Kelly is a former 400m runner and a mainstay in successful British relay teams in recent years. She is now a UK Anti-Doping educator who also does research around elite athlete mothers. Sharon has worked for British Athletics for 16 years. She oversees GB teams at international age group championships as Team Manager and is also a coach with Birchfield Harriers. Janice is a Non-Executive Director on the England Athletics board. A coach with Gateshead Harriers as well as an official, she won a BBC Unsung Sporting Heroes award together with her son for the legacy they have created at her club.
28 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
#36: Joel Clarke-Khan, Eton visit and BUCS reaction
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, Slough, Eton & Hounslow, and we catch up with Jake Watson, who won pole vault gold at the British Universities' (BUCS) Indoor Athletics Championships. Photo: Mark Shearman
25 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
#35: Jess Mayho and Hannah Cockroft
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 sport as part of a feature that will continue across England Athletics social media platforms in the coming months.
26 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
#34: Self-coached athlete and maths teacher James Williams' international breakthrough
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 previously done the shorter sprints. Also in this episode, our CEO Chris Jones has been to Mansfield Harriers who recently returned home to a revamped Berry Hill Park track after a nine-year absence.
30 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
#33: European gold has Charlie Carvell dreaming of Commonwealth Games
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 Charlie Carvell fell off his bike and broke his arm during lockdown, which prompted him to take athletics more seriously. The 17-year-old won European junior 4x400m relay gold in his first competition abroad. You'll also hear from Gary Shaughnessy, the new Chair of England Athletics on his background in community sport, his quest to raise awareness of Parkinsons, and his vision for track and field.
33 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
#32: End of year review including the British Milers' Club's 'best year ever'
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.
20 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
#31: Olympic stars round off seasons plus Hercules Wimbledon visit
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 they round off their seasons after picking up medals in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Chris Jones has been to visit Hercules Wimbledon, where the club are seeking to raise awareness of the need to renovate their track. World 4x400m medallist Dwayne Cowan and coach and author Patrick Hutchinson were there.
41 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
#30: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Special
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 well as eligibility to build on Tokyo by representing Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in a year’s time. Ahead of the Olympic athletics getting underway, we sat down with four athletes in Japan, namely race walker Tom Bosworth (Tonbridge AC, Andi Drake), high jumper Emily Borthwick (Wigan and District, Fuzz Caan), hammer thrower Taylor Campbell (Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow, John Pearson), and pole vaulter Harry Coppell (Wigan and District, Scott Simpson). Photo: Dick Thomas Johnson via Flickr with creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
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