“ Running, jogging, throwing, sprinting.... you know.... Athletics. „
I took up athletics competitively in 2004. My first impression of 'behind the scenes' athletics was that it was predominantly run by volunteers; there was very little money available; and that certain processes were seriously outdated.
In 2009, despite big improvements in certain areas this still continues to be the case. The area in which athletics has improved are its online networks. I have listed the main sites in which I use along with a short summary on of them:
Power Of 10 (http://www.thepowerof10.info)
A recent merger between two of the UK's best athletics websites (Power Of 10 and AthleticsData). The merger was only confirmed in March/April '09, and is now almost complete. The PowerOf10 name has been kept with just a slight alteration to the domain name.
This site features domestic rankings, results, fixtures, athlete profiles and in my opinion is the hub of British athletics online. It's funded by UK Athletics so the quality and depth is excellent. I don't think there are many countries around the world with this type of online infrastructure for athletics. The site is not really of any interest to anyone but competitive athletes.
Eightlane is a British online athletics forum. Its visitors are mainly competitive endurance runners, and most of the best athletes in the country have at some point posted on there. Amatuer athletes and just general fans of athletics also post on there. Discussions range from detailed training methods to race predictions. Its a great way of finding out whats going on deep down in British athletics.
UK Athletics (http://www.uka.org.uk)
This is basically the home page of the governing body of athletics in the UK. It features daily news articles, but is mainly focussed on the best competitions and athletes in the UK. You won't find any news on your local fun run here! Its probably the best place to go if you don't compete in athletics but want to get involved.
There are loads of running websites out there, and heres a few. Asimba.net - A site that picks a training regime to suit you, by studing your fitness level now, and how you want to be Runnersweb.com - A global community of runners, with hundreds of links, and a page for buying items Runnersworld.com - This is the site of the magazine, very useful and informative.Its geared towarards experienced runners but it has a number of tips for those wishing to start. other sites nuff-respect.co.uk www.tre.com london-marathon.co.uk
For all you athletic fans, have you missed out on some of the result from being at work or from being out during the day. Try looking at www.athleticsnet.com/ this site is really easy to navigate, with all the latest news, results, features, events, you can go into specific athletes profiles, you will find comprehensive background information on over fifty UK athletes, including personal details and performance statistics. There is live chat and discussion, when you can have a reply to all your questions. There is also a search engine so you can find your favorite athlete. Although I enjoy athletics, and I support our teams, I am not bothered if I watch it or not, but for somebody who really enjoys watching athletics, this is a really good site, to find out all the information you could possible want to know. This site is updated regularly, so you can always find out, about the results you have missed.