Endurance Coach Development

The England Athletics Event Group Lead for Endurance is Spencer Duval sduval@englandathletics.org.
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A range of opportunities are available for endurance coaches throughout the year, these include:

  • Regional Coach and Athlete workshops
  • Marathon programme
  • Steeplechase programme
  • Race Walk programme
  • Masterclasses
  • Conferences

Regional Coach and Athlete workshops

England Athletics runs a series of Regional Coach and Athlete Training Days across the country between September and March. Delivered by elite-level coaches, these practical event-specific sessions are tailored to either Speed, Endurance, Jumps or Throws and are perfect for club-based athletes and coaches looking to develop in areas including training, preparation and technique.


Event specific activity delivered by UK and world leading practitioners; these are smaller get togethers where a limited number of coaches can ask specific questions and explore the coaching requirements in deeper detail with the individual presenters.

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.

Athletes who have met the following stnadards since the start of 2019 will be invited into the performance (national) tier launching in early spring 2020;

  • Women: Marathon – 2:40 and or Half marathon – 75:00
  • Men: Marathon – 2:20 and or Half Marathon – 65:00

Athletes meeting the following criteria will be able to access support through a development (regional) tier with full details to follow in the late spring 2020;

  • Women: Marathon – 2:55 and or Half Marathon – 80:00
  • Men: Marathon – 2:28 and or Half Marathon – 68:00

Contact: Tom Craggs, Marathon Coordinator – tcraggs@englandathletics.org

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

Steeplechase Programme

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


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. Next conference due end of 2020.

Targeted events

Specific event queries, camps and events:

Roles in Endurance at England Athletics

Talent coach mentors

Helping coaches to move athletes up the pathway:

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