Endurance Coach Development

Endurance Coach Development

A range of opportunities are available for endurance coaches throughout the year.

These include

To view the upcoming workshops and events for endurance please click here.

National Coach and Athlete Training days

These activities will be targeted at coaches with an Athletics Coach qualification or equivalent (Level 2 to 4) who have established groups and are looking to challenge their coaching process. Most sessions will involve practical activity using athletes to demonstrate key coaching points.  We will aim to use high quality deliverers with years of experience in athletics and other sports/services and will cascade down information from the British Athletics Futures and Performance programmes.  The national activities will be organised by the Coach and Athlete Development Managers and leading coaches. More about National Coach and Athlete Training Days 

  • Practical activity with athletes to contextualize learning and development.  Clearly mapped content will be detailed in the promotion of the events.
  • Three or four days per year with invited coach and athlete pairs and open to all coaches
  • Places will be limited
  • Endurance Coach and Athlete Development Manager Spencer Duval sduval@englandathletics.org

Regional Coach and Athlete workshops

Targeted at coaches with or aspiring to an Athletics Coach qualification but suitable for coaches setting out on their coaching journey and for established coaches looking to be challenged.  Most sessions will involve practical activity using athletes to demonstrate key coaching points with clear take home and follow-up messages/work. 

  • Coach and Athlete Training Days or Workshops focusing on endurance events from middle to long distance
    • Day or evening coach development sessions with athletes where indicated in advertising.
    • Delivered by Regional Coach Leads and other leading coaches
    • Each of four Regional Coach Leads will deliver a minimum of four coach and athlete training days.
    • Price: The fee to attend is £20

Regional Coach Leads Endurance

David Lowes - dlowes@englandathletics.org
Former England Athletics National Coach Mentor (Endurance) Midlands, Area Coach Mentor North, University Coordinator, Tutor. GB & England Team Coach, BMC Secretary and Academy Chair. Prolific writer on endurance related topics.

Rob McKim - rmckim@englandathletics.org
Former England Athletics Area Coach Mentor (Endurance) North London and catchment areas. GB endurance team coach, World Youth Championships, Columbia 2015 & England Team Coach Toronto Marathon 2016. Endurance coach at Reading AC, coaching athletes age 16 to senior and from 800metres to marathon with school to senior internationals.

South East:
Nick Anderson - nanderson@englandathletics.org
GB & EA running coach.  Commentates at various athletics events. Over 20 years coaching experience at all levels. Former UK Event coach for X Country, 5k and 10k.

South West:
Mark Brace - mbrace@englandathletics.org
Former Area Coach Mentor South West. Oversees South West Endurance Network (SWEN). Organising National Endurance Conference in 2017. England Atheltics International Team manager.  Movement skills Tutor.

National Conferences

One or two-day events bringing coaches together for world class content and practice. The aim will be to hold these annually where possible tying in with partners such as the European Athletics Association and the other home countries.

Click here to see details of the 2017 National Endurance Conference


Event specific activity delivered by UK and world leading practitioners.  Details are published in our events section as events are announced

Steeplechase programme

England Athletics will run a series of coach and athlete training days for all interested in steeplechase.

Helen Clitheroe hclitheroe@englandathletics.org will be working with leading steeplechase coaches and will be organising these days with the aim of providing practical advice and training tips to coaches and athletes looking to transfer into and develop in the event.

Contact: hclitheroe@englandathletics.org

Details are published in our events section as events are announced

Race Walk programme

England Athletics will run a series of coach and athlete training and development camps at the National Race Walking Centre in Leeds. In addition, we will run a series of ‘taster sessions’ and regional coach and athlete activities.

Contact: adrake@englandathletics.org

Details are published in our events section as events are announced

Marathon programme

England Athletics have planned a marathon programme that will support coaches and athletes with the aim of significantly raising the depth of performance.  We know that we can only do this in partnership with the coaches, clubs and athletes.


By the start of the Commonwealth Games of 2022, England Athletics aim to have;

  • 5 English women inside 2.30
  • 20 English women inside 2.40
  • 100 English women inside 2.55 
  • 5 English men inside in 2.14
  • 20 English men inside 2.20
  • 100 English men inside 2.28

England Athletics will run a two-tier programme, Performance and Development.  Athletes reaching the standards detailed below for the performance group will be invited with their coach to training and development camps.  Athletes and coaches aspiring to reach these standards are invited to register for the development activities linked through the development group notes. 

Contact: nanderson@englandathletics.org

England PERFORMANCE Marathon Group

This part of the programme is invitation only - based on standards of

  • Women - Sub 2.55 marathon or sub 80 half marathon.
  • Men - Sub 2.28 marathon or sub 68 half marathon.
  • PLUS
  • Other identified 10k runners looking to move up to the marathon in the next 18 months

There will be two athlete and coach training weekends.

  • Friday 1st to 3rd December 2017, Forest of Dean
  • Friday 2nd to 4th February 2018, Forest of Dean

There will be a mixture of group training sessions and time to train, coach network and development sessions.  Talks from experienced coaches and athletes to share best practice as well as opportunities to join marathon training camps in Spring 2018

The 2017 National Endurance Conference will host a break out marathon group for all attendees.

England DEVELOPMENT Marathon Group

Open to all coaches and athletes (although numbers may have to be restricted subject to demand and availability)

Marathon preparation evenings for coaches and athletes

Key speakers and discussion groups talking through practical experiences of marathon preparation.  These evening are targeted at athletes aspiring to the performance group targets i.e. those athletes realistically aiming to achieve:

  • Women - Sub 2.55 marathon or sub 80 half  
  • Men - Sub 2.28 marathon or sub 68 half   

Sessions will ensure athletes aspiring to run the higher performance targets are catered for as well.