HIGHLIGHTS from the British Athletics Indoor Team Trials

February 20, 2017 Rhianna Madden-Hansle

Hundreds of athletes journeyed to Sheffield on the 11-12 February 2017 with the hopes of being crowned British Champion and securing a place on the British team for the European Indoor Championships. In the preceding week, as athletes were confirming their attendance, questions were being asked: Would defending champion, Andrew Pozzi, current world lead, reclaim his men’s 60m hurdles title? With the absence of Dina Asher-Smith, how would Asha Philip fair in the women’s 60m? Is Katrina Johnson-Thompson the new Jessica Ennis and Britain’s heptathlon superstar? Carry on reading to […]

Indoor Champs

LUCA Indoor Championships Report

November 30, 2016 Rhianna Madden-Hansle

Last Sunday, over 250 athletes travelled to Lee Valley Athletics Centre to compete in the LUCA Athletics Championships. Best of luck to all competing @LUCA_athletics @LeeValleyAC today šŸ‘šŸ‘ ā€” Seb Coe (@sebcoe) November 27, 2016 The morning got off to a great start with Sebastian Coe (IAAF president) wishing those competing the ‘Best of Luck’ via twitter. The event itself was a combination of three different championships: the LUCA Indoor Athletics Championships, the University of London Intercollegiate Championships, and the 149th United Hospital Athletics Championships. With three titles and […]


The missing faces of Rio 2016

August 7, 2016 Rhianna Madden-Hansle

With the Rio 2016 athletics schedule kicking off in just under 5 days, there will be no Russian athletes gracing our television screens. This follows the revelation of a ā€˜state-sponsored doping programmeā€™ that allegedly spanned for four years, beginning after the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. After assessing the evidence, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended a blanket ban for all Russian athletes from the Olympic Games, meaning that none of the 389 Russian athletes would be allowed to take part in any of the 28 Olympic sports. However, since this […]


Parkrun: an event for everyone

June 23, 2016 Rhianna Madden-Hansle

If, like me, you are trying to improve your fitness but struggle to find the motivation to run by yourself – parkrun has the solution for you! With over 900,000 runners participating in parkrun events across the world, parkrun connects runners of all abilities, from beginners to Olympians.Ā Parkrun organise 5KM runs every Saturday that are completely free! All parkrun events are timed, providing a great way to monitor your fitness and speed. What’s better encouragement than crossing the finish line in a faster time orĀ noticing you aren’t as tired at […]


‘Race’ film review

June 19, 2016 Rhianna Madden-Hansle

Race isĀ a biopic which recalls the life of American athlete Jesse Owens (1913-1980) and the drama around his participation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics games. The 1936 Olympics fell during a time in which African Americans faced segregation and discrimination within the United States as well as in Germany, the latter of which was relatedĀ to the rise of Nazism. At 134 minutes in length, Race is an endurance test but is worth watching for its depiction of Jesse Owens journey to win 4 gold medals at the Olympic games, which […]