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UK Athletics

Record entries for Norwich Union European Trials

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UK Athletics can confirm that in excess of 600 athletes have accepted their invitation to compete at the Norwich Union European Trials, incorporating the UK Championships and AAA of England Championships on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July.


Cherry Alexander, Head of Competition & International Affairs at UK Athletics said:


“I want to thank the athletes for their fantastic support and the team of people that have worked so hard to make the Championships a success.


“The new entry system we introduced a few years ago, based on athletes accepting an invitation to compete, has enhanced our communication with the athletes and alleviated the problems of athletes not turning up on the day.”


The first two Great Britain & Northern Ireland eligible athletes in each trial event will be awarded a place in the European Championships, provided they have achieved the UKA Elite standard.


Agreement has been reached between AAA of England, England Athletics and UK Athletics to incorporate for this year, the UK Championships and AAA of England Championships, within the Norwich Union European Trials.


A joint statement issued by the three bodies said:


“Athletics is currently in a transitional period, building on its past to create a successful future. We realise that all organisations in the sport must play a role which accentuates our strengths. A major part of this is bringing together the UK Championships and AAA of England Championships within the Norwich Union European Trials event.”


Alan Harrison, Chief Executive of England Athletics said:


“Heritage is important. To know where you want to be, you have to know where you’ve been and where you are currently. The more organisations can work together using their strengths the better we can shape a successful future for athletics.”


David Moorcroft, UK Athletics Chief Executive said:


“I’m delighted that agreement has been reached by all parties on this format. In achieving this, we can ensure that the best athletes are competing for places in the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland team, in the UK Championships and also in the AAA of England Championships.”


George Bunner, Chairman of AAA of England said:


“AAA of England is pleased with this arrangement, which we see as an interim measure. We need to collectively find a way forward in terms of future co-operation for the benefit of our sport.”


Following the Norwich Union European Trials on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July, the first wave of selections will be announced by UK Athletics on Tuesday 18 July, final selections will be announced following the Norwich Union London Grand Prix.