From: Mike Summers []
: 07 November 2008 15:53
Cc: Andy Barber; Grey, Dan;; Nigel Rowe; Geoff Wightman
Subject: Road running update


I just wanted to give you a brief update on England Athletics' and UK Athletics' plans for supporting road race organisers. I hope you find this useful.

1. The Road Running Leadership Group - now renamed simply "Run Britain" - has appointed a new Business Manager, Pierce O'Callaghan. Pierce is a former Communications Director for European Athletics and a former Events Manager of Scottish Athletics and is very keen to hear from anyone with suggestions for how this group can help.  Please feel free to contact Pierce on  

The key aim of Run Britain is to raise funds for investment in grass-roots road running projects to drive participation numbers, improve road race standards and raise performance standards. Therefore one of Pierce's key objectives will be to develop an income stream from sponsorship and other sources to enable us to do this most effectively.

2. We have a pot of grant money available for road race organisers, clubs, counties and regions to bid for. We are currently updating and clarifying the funding criteria to ensure this money is put to the best possible use and will announce more details in the near future.

3. We are in the process of finalising arrangements for launching an exciting new road running web-site, which will go live in partnership with a new sponsor in January. This new web-site will include a comprehensive race directory, guides for race organisers and lots of "news and views" on road running. More details to follow soon.

4. I am pleased to announce that we have negotiated access for each UK race organiser to a low-cost online race entry and competitor management system provided by our partners, IMG e-Commerce. With over five years of experience in providing entry systems to events in Europe and Australia, IMG e-Commerce have developed a low-cost entry system with extensive functionality that can reduce the costs of your entry systems. IMG e-Commerce will provide more details over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, if you would like further information, please contact Dan Grey of IMG e-Commerce on .

Please let me know if you have any questions or how else we can help.

Best regards

Mike Summers

England Athletics and Run Britain




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