England Athletics endurance newsletter for September 2019

Dear Coach / Athlete

Welcome to the England Athletics endurance newsletter for September 2019. If you don’t want to receive endurance updates/newsletter in the future please email me and I will take you off the lists.

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

Regional Coach and Athlete workshops

England Athletics is running a series of Regional Coach & Athlete Training Days across the country between October 2019 and March 2020. Delivered by England Athletics coaches, these practical event-specific sessions are tailored to endurance and are perfect for club-based athletes and coaches looking to develop in areas including training, preparation and technique.

Athletes and Coaches are encouraged to attend together but can also attend separately.

Endurance Session Details

For more information on dates, locations and session content, view the promotional leaflet attached or Click to view the latest Endurance promotional leaflet (PDF 1MB). The dates are listed on the attached flyer and via this link. The South East venues have now been confirmed as:

* 30th October 2019 – Southwark Park Track hosted by London City Runners 7pm – 9pm

* 23rd November 2019 – Crawley AC / Sussex Endurance Network

* 7th December 2019 – Wimbledon Windmilers hosting 10am-12:00

* 1st February 2020 – Wimbledon Windmilers hosting 10am – 12:00

* 26th February 2020 – Southwark Park Track hosted by London City Runners 7pm – 9pm

* 28th March 2020 – Crawley AC / Sussex Endurance Network

Athletes click here to book on.

Endurance coaches click here to book on.

Why Should Athletes Attend?

• Great opportunity if you’re a club-based athlete looking to improve your training and preparation.

• Practical training-based sessions open to both experienced and novice athletes.

• Opportunity to meet and train with other athletes.

• Learn from our England Athletics Regional Coach Leads and other experts and coaches.

• Fantastic opportunity to improve and get quicker.

• Incredible value at just £10.

For more information and to book go to – www.englandathletics.org/coachathletedays

Contacts

If you have any questions, or would like more detail about the sessions in your area, please see below for a list of contacts of lead coaches for each area:

Endurance: 

North:

  • Andi Drake – adrake@englandathletics.org Andi has over 20 years of coaching experience, and is a former GB&NI international athlete. He is a high performance coach/scientist, with a PhD in Exercise Physiology/Biomechanics, and has performed multiple major championships roles with England/GB&NI Athletics Teams. Day to day he coaches race walkers and distance runners, from school/university athletes, and along the pathway to major games medallists. Andi works with a great team of coaches/practitioners based at Leeds Beckett University.

Midlands:

  • Sonia McGeorge – smcgeorge@eng;andathletics.orh Sonia has been coaching for 30 years, with her husband Chris, working with athletes of all ages and across a range of abilities from beginners to international athletes. Sonia is an Olympian and represented GB and England in endurance events on the track and at cross country and she was Endurance Coach at the World Junior Championships in Beijing. Sonia is currently an athletics coach at Loughborough University as part of the team working with the men’s endurance squad.
  • Chris McGeorge – cmcgeorge@englandathletics.orh Chris has been coaching for 30 years, with his wife Sonia, working with athletes of all ages and across a range of abilities from beginners to international athletes. Chris was a GB and England International athlete both indoors and outdoors at 800m & 1500m. He has been endurance coach at the Youth Olympics, World Junior Championships and European Junior Championships. Chris is currently coaching at Loughborough University working with the men’s endurance squad.

For more information and to book click here

For all event groups click here for more information

Find a qualification or development opportunity

Support your coaching journey by booking on a qualification or development opportunity through Athletics Hub today.  For more details you can search here.

England Athletics are holding a Road Shows for the club road running community.

The Roadshow is open to club officers, coaches, leaders, and club members and offers and opportunity to find out more about both new and existing initiatives that aim to support road running and off track clubs, including Club Run, Masters Competition Opportunities, Champions of the Road Race Series, Race Organisers Workshops and more. It is also an opportunity for you to share your ideas with us. The session will conclude with a Q & A with England Road Running International Peter Le Grice, winner of the 2019 Brighton Marathon.

St Austell, Cornwall. Monday 23 September 2019. 6.30-9pm
St Austell Business Park & Conference Centre Saint Austell PL25 4FD FREE to attend

Road running

England Athletics value the importance of competitive international opportunities on the roads. England Athletics aim to select athletes who the Selection Panel believes have the potential to challenge for places on future teams at England and Great Britain major championships, as well as recognising and rewarding individuals who gain selection through performances achieved in England Athletics Road Running Championship events.

Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash, 27 October 2019:

The Leeds Abbey Dash is a well-established domestic road race with a reputation for pulling together competitive elite fields and producing quick times. For further details on this event go to: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/dash/

England Athletics will be looking to select up to 4 men and up to 4 women to compete for England for the Tudor Trophy which will be contested by teams from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well representative teams from the Areas, Universities and the Combined Services.

Armagh International, 13 February 2020:

The Armagh International is a well-established road race with a long history and has provided many elite runners with a fast road race opportunity in the winter months with a 5k for the Men and 3k for the Women. For further details on this event go to: http://www.armagh5k.com

England Teams will be selected based on performances at the ERRA 4 & 6 Stage National Road Relays on Sunday 6th October 2018. The quality of performances in the overall context of these Championships will be considered. The fastest overall legs will be considered, however given that eligible athletes may well be racing in any one of the relay legs, which may vary in distance, selection will not be based on time alone.

Both selection policies can be found here.

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.

Targets
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
  • Other identified 10k runners looking to move up to the marathon in the next 18 months

England DEVELOPMENT Marathon Group . Open to all coaches and athletes. Marathon preparation evenings for coaches and athletes. Key speakers and discussion groups talking through practical experiences of marathon preparation.  These evenings 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
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The University of Wolverhampton who is one of the partners of the marathon programme is to invest an initial £1million to transform the sports teaching and research facilities at its Walsall Campus. More information can be found here.

England Marathon Camps and workshops

Date Activity
Wednesday 22nd January 2020 England Marathon programme workshops with special guests.
Training, physiology & Nutrition – with Nick Anderson and Jon Brown (tbc) via video link
Venue: Manchester exact venue tbc. Time: 7pm onwards Booking details to follow soon.

Wednesday 29th January 2020 England Marathon programme workshops with special guests.
Training, physiology & Nutrition.   Venue: Winchester athletics club. Time: 7pm onwards Booking details to follow soon.
Friday 31st January to Sunday 2nd February 2020 National Performance Programme Weekend Camp one.
A mixture of group training sessions and time to train, field testing, coach network and development sessions. Talks from experienced coaches and athletes to share best practice. Full weekend rate £100 including accommodation, food and all workshops and training sessions. One day pass available for coaches at £25.
Venue: Forest of Dean Time: From 4pm Friday onwards Booking details to follow soon.

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th March 2020 Date still tbc   National Performance Programme Weekend Camp two.
A mixture of group training sessions and time to train, field testing, coach network and development sessions. Talks from experienced coaches and athletes to share best practice. Full weekend rate £100 including accommodation, food and all workshops and training sessions. One day pass available for coaches at £25.
Venue: Forest of Dean Time: From 4pm Friday onwards Booking details to follow soon.

Race Walk Programme

England Athletics will run a series of regional coach and athlete activities, plus a training and development camp at the National Centre for Race Walking in Leeds.

Training days are from 10:00-14:00 and largely practical in nature. They will focus on being the best athlete you can be from a technical, tactical, physical and mental perspective.

Invitation criteria: all athletes competing in 2019 ESAA Race Walking Championships, 2019 England Athletics U15/U17/U20/U23 Championships; athletes competing at 2019 British Trials 5000 m; coach recommendations; and established endurance athletes who wish to try race walking.

Contact: Andi Drake  adrake@englandathletics.org

Date Activity
17th November 2019 Race Walk Training Camp 1
Invited Athletes / Coaches.
Venue: Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre, Eltham Rd, London SE9 5LW Technical drills & skills, performance testing, strength & conditioning, athlete/coach Q&A (2019 lessons) Andi Drake, supported by Noel Carmody and Verity Snook When: 10:00-14:00 What do you need to bring? Training kit, lunch Booking details to follow soon.
8th December 2019 Race Walk Training Camp 2
Invited Athletes / Coaches.
Venue: Aldershot Military Stadium, 2JL, Queen’s Ave, Aldershot GU11 2JL Technical drills & skills, group tempo training, athlete/coach Q&A (2020 goals) Andi Drake, supported by Verity Snook and Noel Carmody When: 10:00-14:00 What do you need to bring? Training kit, lunch Booking details to follow soon.
12TH January 2020 Race Walk Training Camp 3
Invited Athletes / Coaches.
Venue: Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre, Eltham Rd, London SE9 5LW Technical drills & skills, performance testing, strength & conditioning, athlete/coach Q&A (race preparation) Andi Drake, supported by Noel Carmody and Verity Snook When: 10:00-14:00 What do you need to bring? Training kit, lunch Booking details to follow soon.
17th to 19th February 2020 Race Walk Training Camp 4
Invited Athletes / Coaches.
Venue:  Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus, Leeds LS6 3QT Three day training camp with coaches and sport science support team Andi Drake, supported by colleagues from Leeds Beckett University (EA silver charter mark university) When: Monday 17th 13:00 to Wednesday 18th 14:00 What do you need to bring? Training kit, book own accommodation and meals Booking details to follow soon.  

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

Date Activity
12th October 2019 Steeplechase day at Birmingham university on 12th October. The aim of the day is to bring together athletes and coaches for a day of learning and sharing knowledge.  Venue – Birmingham University  Time: 10am Meet  Date 12th October    The day will include: Strength and conditioning for Steeplechase  Physio – self management, mobility for Steeplechase  Hurdle session Coaches Corner    Coaches Luke Gunn, Helen Clitheroe, John Skevington and Steve Purser.  Physio Sarah Connors  S&C to be confirmed.  Booking details to follow soon.

March 2020 Steeplechase day  Venue – Midlands Time: TBC  Date TBC  
March 2020 Steeplechase day  Venue – North  Time: TBC  Date TBC  
March 2020 Steeplechase day  Venue – South   Time: TBC  Date TBC  

Cross country events

4th AUTUMN OPEN INTERNATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY

Sunday 20th October 2019. National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin

This event is being hosted by Athletics Ireland and is supported by Fingal County Council.

The venue is a dedicated Cross-Country Course within the magnificent facilities of the National Sports Campus. It is the venue for the Spar European Cross-Country Championships 13th December 2020.

TIMETABLE

14.00   Women            6000 metres    (Under 20 women run 4500 metres)

14.45   Men                 7500 metres    (Under 20 Men run 6000 metre)

If you have any specific queries or require additional information, please contact: Liam Hennessy: email: liamhennessy1@gmail.com.

Conferences

The Science & Practice of High Performance Middle Distance Running Symposium. Sunday 3 November 2019, 10am – 4pm. A one day symposium at the University of Worcester for coaches and athletes interested in middle-distance running. The event is designed to share the latest research findings relating to training, preparation for and competition in the middle-distance running events, and to explore the practical applications of this work. More details are available here.

British Athletics Coaching Symposium

Fantastic opportunity to take part in the inaugural British Athletics Coaching Symposium in September – the theme for this year is Integration

Keynote speakers confirmed

Donna Fraser, Danny Crates and Noel Thatcher.

Book your place at the British Athletics Paralympic Coaching Symposium below – there are three options, either to attend one day, two days with accommodation, or two days without accommodation.

Sign up here:

One Day

Two Day Accommodation

Two Day no Accommodation

Something to read

The relationship between performance and biomechanics in middle-distance runners. More information can be found here.

UKA LICENCE STANDARDS FOR CROSS COUNTRY EVENTS 2019 – 2020 (see attached document for more information).

Cross Country Event Licences are issued either by the Home Country National Association or their appointed Officers, referred to here as the Licensing Authority. Contact details can be found on the attached document.

Competition Providers must apply for a licence using the appropriate process and agree that their event will comply with the standards. A Technical Delegate may be appointed to assess the application of Licence Standards.

Failure to comply with these standards may result in the refusal of future licence applications and the subsequent loss of UKA public liability insurance cover.

Guidance on the organisation of a Cross Country event can be found here.

Roles in Endurance at England Athletics

National Endurance Lead 

Regional Coach Leads
People to speak to in your region about anything to do with endurance coaching, training and opportunities.

Targeted events
Specific event queries, camps and events:

Talent coach mentors
Helping coaches to move athletes up the talent pathways:

Road running
For all things to do with road running, masters events and Club Run contact:

Regards

Spencer Duval

National Endurance Lead

England Athletics