Cycling and athletics numbers up, says Sport England

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More and more people are taking up athletics and cycling, while major sports including football and swimming are in decline, according to new participation figures published by Sport England 18 months into their Active People Survey (APS).

The APS is linked to a four-year £480 million investment programme for 46 sports national governing bodies, each of which have been challenged to meet individual targets for increasing participation.

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.