British Athletics League

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The British Athletics League is a track and field male team's competition, the most important in the United Kingdom for history and number of teams.

Launched in 1969,[1] the British Athletics League had in 2013 five different divisions, which gather a total of 38 track and field teams from all over the United Kingdom, although most of them come from England.


Since 2009, there are five different divisions (Premiership, National 1, National 2, National 3 and National 4). Each of them has eight teams in competition, except the Division 4, with only six teams. Every summer season, two teams are relegated and two teams promoted for every division. The last change in the number of divisions toke place in 2009, with the creation of the National 4 division.[2]

In every division there is a total of four matches per season. Teams receive points according to their athletic performances, and those points are transformed in a range of 1 to 8 points for every match, according with the matches' final table. These points are added after the four matches to determine relegations, promotions and champions.

Winning teams[3][edit]

Teams in 2013[4][edit]


Country Club First Appearance in BAL
England Birchfield Harriers 1969
England Herne Hill Harriers 1983
England City of Manchester 1969
England City of Sheffield Athletic Club 1977
England Enfield and Haringey Athletic Club 1972
England Newham and Essex Beagles 1975
England Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 1976
England Woodford Green with Essex Ladies 1969

First Division[edit]

Country Club First Appearance in BAL
England Basingstoke and Mid Hants 2006
Wales Cardiff AAC 1969
England City of Liverpool 1970
Scotland Glasgow City of Sport 2009
England Southend Athletic Club 2005
England Thames Valley Harriers 1969
England Kent Athletic Club 2002
England Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow Athletic Club 1979

Second Division[edit]

Country Club First Appearance in BAL
England Blackheath & Bromley Harriers & AC 1969
England Derby Athletic Club 2004
England Crawley Athletic Club 1985
England Gateshead Harriers & AC 2006
England Notts Athletic Club 1969
England Harrow Athletic Club 1986
England Southampton Athletic Club 1969
England Trafford Athletic Club 1974

Third Division[edit]

Country Club First Appearance in BAL
England Nene Valley Harriers 2010
England Exeter Harriers 2009
England Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets Athletic Club 2009
England Havering Mayesbrook Athletic Club 1991
England Kingston Athletic Club and Polytechnic Harriers 1969
England Bristol & West Athletic Club 1969
Wales Swansea Harriers Athletics Club 1971
England Reading Athletic Club 1971

Fourth Division[edit]

Country Club First Appearance in BAL
England Bournemouth Athletic Club 1992
England Mansfield Harriers 2010
England Yeovil Olympiads Athletics Club 2009
England Bedford & County Athletic Club 1979
Jersey Channel Islands Athletic Club 2008
England Cambridge Harriers 1988


  1. ^ 2011 League Information, BAL events' program, British Athletics League, p. 15.
  2. ^ BAL Website.
  3. ^ BAL Website.
  4. ^ [1].

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