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At Birmingham we offer a wealth of opportunities for you to get involved in Athletics and Cross Country. Whether you are competing at the top level, just want to enjoy it recreationally, or even try athletics for the first time, there is something for everyone. 

Member of the Athletics team jumping over a hurdle


Boosting close to 300 members, with an active alumni community, Athletics & Cross is biggest and one of the most successful clubs on campus.

Community and Performance entwined, there is something for everyone when it comes to club experience. With different forms of training happening every day of the week to cater for event group and confidence level, with experienced caching staff and practitioners available to tailor training programs to the individual needs of athletes. Much of the training happens at the University’s own athletics track, as well as other locations neighbouring campus. Club membership will also give you access to multiple supplementary training sessions including drills, a weekly spin class and circuit/conditioning session. The club also champions para-sport and welcomes students with disabilities.

Club members can compete multiple times across the year whatever level. Whether this be in the local cross country league, university indoor/outdoor matches, or various national relay events. We also host 6 fixtures throughout the calendar including the University of Birmingham Track & Field Festival, which incorporates the BMC Grand Prix. The competition highlights of the year are the BUCS National Championships which take place indoor, outdoors and over the cross country.

In addition to training and competing, students find multiple ways to get involved in the club. Whether this be developing as a qualified coach or official, partaking in the varied socials over the year or volunteering as part of one of our 3 student run committees, everyone’s experience is different. The club also runs several trips throughout the year, including altitude training trips, andour prestigious Ivy League Tour, which is happening in 2024.


Endurance Manager: Dean Miller
Track & Field Manager: Jade Surman

Athletics team


Athletics Track

Built in 2017, our athletics track has hosted a variety of world-class competitions including the European 10,000m Cup.


Our state-of-the-art gym is available for all your strength and conditioning needs.


Training sessions are offered everyday dependent on event group and confidence level.


More information around training times can be found on the club website and club Facebook page.



We are proud to be an England Athletics Talent Hub which allows us to support a wider group of both students and local athletes. We are delighted that our performance athletes receive support through the following scholarship programmes.

prospective students

Do you currently compete and are interested in competing for/training during your time at the University of Birmingham? Register your interest below and your details will be passed on to our performance coach.


We have a dedicated club for social running at Birmingham called Cool Runnings.

Cool Runnings’ focus is on participation running in a pressure-free environment, helping you pursue your passion for running at your own pace. Training sessions cater to all abilities and can be as competitive or as casual as you like. 


Participation, improvement and enjoyment are at the heart of the club.


Many alumni still live and train in the area, accessing club sessions regularly. The alumni/associate membership is £115 for the year and allows access all coached training sessions throughout the year. To sign up as an alumni member please click below.

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