England Athletics has welcomed the news that the number of people running in England has increased over the past year. The latest Active People Survey figures from Sport England shows a solid increase in the number of people over the age of 14 taking part in athletics.
The figures cover the period from April 2014 to March 2015 and show 2.23m people aged 16 and over taking part in athletics for at least 30 minutes per week. This was an increase from 2.13 m for the previous year. With the 14-16 age band included the number of weekly participants now reaches 2.36m.
Chris Jones, chief executive of England Athletics said, “Athletics is a great sport to be a part of and provides a huge amount of enjoyment to many people. The growth of the sport over recent years is testimony to the hard work and expertise of many people. We are privileged to have tremendously skilled and dedicated volunteers working in clubs, running groups and organised events across England. The sport has innovative and tireless event organisers in clubs and across the charitable and private sector whether that be at a local 10k, a parkrun, Great Run or London Marathon.”