World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (14-23rd July) - HOW, WHAT AND WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH

Tom Bosworth Breaks World Record Race Walk Anniversary games

After the excitement of the Anniversary Games where Tom Bosworth blew my mind with a 5m31.08 WR in the mile race walk (yes that’s *walking* at a pace that would get you a 2:24:38 marathon), Laura Muir ran a mile PB in 4m18.03 despite fracturing a foot earlier in the year and Mo held off Spanish competition in the 3000m to float home in 7m35.15, the London Stadium is geared up and ready to go again as we head into the first 10 days of the World Athletics Championships. In a flip-around from the 2012 games, the Para Athletes are up first.

World ParaAthletics Championships London 2017


The IPC World ParaAthletics Championships runs from today until the 23rd with the IAAF equivalent following on the 4th-13th August. I’m lucky enough to be on an attachment with BBC Sport for two weeks working as a researcher on some of their coverage of the former event and I have to say, it’s made me wish I’d paid more attention to the last two Paralympics. This is going to be a great competition.

Hollie Arnold Dan Greaves

So, how can you watch, who should you watch and why should you watch the World Para Athletics Championships? Here’s a roundup of useful articles from around the internet:


On TV: Channel 4 will be covering the evening sessions live from 7pm each day (except the 19th - More 4 instead) and afternoon sessions will be live streamed on All 4

channel 4 paralympic

On radio: BBC 5 live and BBC World service will be commentating. The BBC Sportsite and App witll also have live updated

We're pretty good with coverage in the UK, but China livestream all 2020 medal events!

What & Who?

Athletics Weekly have done a great day-by-day breakdown of the schedule, showing when all the Brits are competing and highlighting some of the other important performances.
BBC Sport offers its own highlights and a full list of the British Athletics squad


Jacob Steinberg at the Guardian ponders how much London 2017 is keeping up the momentum of the Paralympics there in 2012, especially given the low ticket numbers and budget cuts suffered ahead of Rio 2016. He also reminds us that the T44 1500m winner in Rio was faster than his able-bodied equivalent. So, you can expect some top notch competition.

Jonnie Peacock

The Telegraph has some interesting facts and figures including a look at the rise in participation over since the first Championship in 1994

Frustratingly our Women’s T35-38 4x100 Relay team who previously set a World Record at the IPC European Championships, Grosseto 2016 will not have the chance to win a medal because there are not enough countries entered to compete in their race. Instead they will run in an un-spectated session in a non-medal race. How depressing for them. More involvement in Para Athletics is clearly still needed.

T35-38 4x100 relay World Record British

Lastly, but in no way least, because an athlete died in training 2 days ago. It’s incredibly sad and we don’t know yet the full details of what happened, but if nothing else some incredibly engagement with Para Athletics would make it seem a tiny bit less futile.

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Why bother running? It's just walking but a bit quicker after all. I've been pondering this on and off over the last few months but before I go off on a ramble, let's get to the juicy bit  - a competition to win a copy of the the running magazine with a difference, Like The Wind. [competition now closed. Congrats to the winners]

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So, why do I run? When I started it was because I got out of breath running for a train, couldn't afford a gym membership and thought there was no way I should be unfit at the age of 20-something. I started in a pair of shorts that cost about a £5er and an old T-shirt and went round the block. Then I started going around a few times, now look what's happened!

Why do I love running? There's the people, the places and the feelings it evokes. Mostly though, it reminds me how carefully I've been made. I have a love-hate relationship with those aches because every ache highlights just how intricately everything is connected and how movements are a triumph of the way our bodies are constructed. I love how each run is different even if it's the same route at the same time (hello A5!). Some days I start out in a grump but by the end I've seen people and sights that lift my spirits. Sometimes I'm fired up to focus hard and hit some times and finish on an adrenaline fuelled high. Some days I pray and think about what I've said and done the previous day. I think about who I need to apologise to, what I should give thanks for. Some days I think of nothing. The seasons go by and my feet carry me forward. 



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