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About the Race Walking Association

What is The RWA?
The RWA is the governing body for race walking in England, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey. We also promote racewalking throughout the UK and beyond.

How old is the RWA?
We are the oldest athletics governing body within the UK. It was founded in 1907 as the Southern Counties Road Walking Association before quickly becoming the Road Walking Association and then the Race Walking Association.

How is the RWA run?
We are a fully democratic body, governed by the elected Officers and the elected General Committee.

How does the RWA operate?
Much of our day-to-day activity is through the three Areas – Midlands, North and South, plus the Counties and the Clubs.

Who are the Officers?
They are listed under Contacts.

Does the RWA organise races?
We organise National Road Championships for Seniors and Young Athletes and also stage the Inter-Counties Championship and an Inter-Area Match. British Athletics organise track races, and clubs also organise other races too.

What about Internationals?
We are responsible for England teams in International Matches and Championships.

Where can I see some races?
See the Fixtures List or ask Pauline Wilson, the Fixtures Secretary via the Contacts page.

What of the future?
We place great emphasis on Development and we are working with the English Schools Athletic Association on a joint scheme. For Young Athletes there is a year-long Grand Prix and we send a representative team of walkers in the Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 age groups goes to an international match each year (usually in Dublin) to compete against the young Irish walkers for the Nihill Shield, and we entertain the Irish walkers to a return match in England.

Tell me more!
Go to INTERESTED IN WALKING? to find out about our free Introductory Pack.

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