Run Leader Development Days

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Our Run Leader Development Days series of informative and engaging workshops are aimed at leaders and coaches from affiliated clubs and RunTogether groups. They are designed to bring leaders and coaches together in an environment where they can network and learn from each other by sharing skills and challenges, plus expand their knowledge of managing and growing groups, and enhance their understanding of technical skills in running.

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Winter 2022/23 Virtual Run Leader Webinars

As part of our 22/23 run leader offer, we offered virtual content and we planned four virtual series. Each series involved two webinars, and these were delivered between September 2022 – March 2023. Each series covered different content, and the series was targeted at different audiences.

Previous sessions

Session one: Feed the body, feed the brain

Monday 17 October and Monday 24 October 2022

These sessions were delivered by external specialists – Alice Murray-Gourlay and Charlotte Fisher.

  • Week 1 (Nutrition) – Building an eating routine, fuelling and recovery, individual differences, supporting your runners with their nutrition and a Q&A.
  • Week 2 (Psychology) – This session will explore concepts of sport psychology, goal setting, mental preparation, top tips for supporting your athletes and a Q&A.

YouTube: Feed the body, feed the brain overview (Alice)

YouTube: Feed the body, feed the brain overview (Charlotte)

Session two: Increasing confidence for newly qualified run leaders

Monday 23 January and Monday 30 January 2023

Tutors – Chris Hollinshead and Kerry Newell.

  • Week 1 – This session will cover considerations in leading a group, how to gather information, keep your group safe, effectively instruct/explain and the benefits of working in a smaller working area.
  • Week 2 – This session will explore how to plan a series of training sessions, goal setting, using the FIT principleand how to engage your athletes by matching sessions to the capabilities and requirements of your group.

Session three: Training plans (5km – marathon)

Monday 20 February and Monday 27 February 2023

Tutors – Chris Hollinshead and Kerry Newell.

  • Week 1: The first session will explore how to support runners to train and race 5 – 10km. The session will also consider training tips, planning training sessions and exploring the race distance.
  • Week 2: The second session will consider how runners can make the transition to longer distances – half to full marathon. This will also look at training tips, planning training sessions, exploring the race distance and race preparation.

Run Leader Practical Conferences

These practical sessions, led by Chris Hollinshead and held at venues around the country, were targeted at qualified Leaders in Running Fitness (LiRF) and those who regularly deliver group running sessions.

External coaches/tutors also supported the delivery. Sessions were targeted at those who are qualified leaders or those who are keen to train as leaders.

YouTube: Run Leader Development Conference preview

The practical sessions covered the following:

  • Strength and conditioning: Ruddy Farquharson will deliver a practical session exploring a home training programme to help keep runners fit & healthy.
  • Practical activity: 30-minute Energizer session. What can be achieved if confined for time (30 mins)? The benefits of using a confined area.
  • Theory: Working with mixed ability groups. Adapting sessions using the FIT principles.
  • Theory & practical: Working with visually impaired runners.
  • Q&A session.

YouTube: Run Leader Practical Conference – Hear from the participants!


  • Birmingham (Sunday 16 October)
  • Bristol (Sunday 13 November)
  • Bolton (Saturday 26 November)

Cost: £20 per person.

Duration: 10am – 3pm.

YouTube: Chris Hollinshead – Run Leader Development Conference Leader


For further Information please contact Rich Ayling: Email Rich at or phone 07718 394751.


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