Club Run

Club Run

England Athletics' Club Run programme is a free initiative specifically aimed at supporting road running clubs.

Club Run offers participating clubs a free series of practical coaching sessions led by a member of the National Coach Mentoring Team or a coach from the National Coach Development Programme with experience in road running.

The three sessions will be delivered to your club within a 9-12 week period and are aimed at helping your runners prepare for a particular event or championship, as well as supporting your club’s coaches and leaders in developing their skills. Each visit will include a practical session specific to the clubs chosen event focus and there will also be opportunity for informal discussion before and after the sessions around key topics such as nutrition, race tactics or other topics of interest to the club.

Affiliated road running clubs who are interested in taking part are invited to submit an application form: click here.

Club Run aims to help more runners, achieve more and is part of the wider England Athletics programme of activity for road running that aims to provide the club runner with a clear support at every level from club activity to championship competition and on to international representation.

In the year to June 2016, 42 athletes have gained an England vest for road running and over 50% of these were first time internationals with a number of then having come through road running clubs. One such athlete is 33 year old Jonathan Poole from the Serpentine Running Club who only started running in 2011 on a recreational basis. Five years later with a best of 2:20.38 for the marathon set in Berlin last autumn, he has recently been announced for the England marathon team that will compete in Toronto in the autumn.

Whatever the ability level of your club runners the Club Run programme is there to support clubs and runners.

Spencer Duval, National Coach Mentor Lead for Endurance said, “I’m excited about what Club Run can offer the Road Running community through the involvement of the coach mentoring team. The feedback from the pilot projects we ran earlier in the year has been very positive with participating clubs gaining a lot from the experience of a visiting coach.”

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