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Road Running eBulletin - June 2009


Welcome to our June Road Running eBulletin. This will be the first in a series of regular communications to keep you updated on England  Athletics support programmes for road running clubs.



National Coach Mentors


England Athletics is employing coaching experts to raise coaching standards across all events. Their brief is to lead a national programme of coach mentoring, working with a select group of talented coaches and providing support and resources to endurance coaches across the country. Our long term ambition is for every coach in the country to have access to a mentor.  

Our new National Coach Mentors for Endurance are Bud Baldaro, Martin Rush and David Sunderland. Bud Baldaro has been a distance coach for over 20 years working with athletes at all levels including major championship medalists and two time Chicago marathon winner Marian Sutton. David Sunderland has been a national coach in athletics for 15 years and has coached numerous international medalists including world indoor record holder Jane Colebrook. Martin Rush has had a career that has included being a college PE teacher, an athletics development officer and most recently UKA Talent Development Manager. He has coached Olympic, World Cup and Commonwealth walkers, and GB marathon, track and  cross country runners.

You'll find contact details at:




Area Coach Mentors - Applications invited....


A team of Area Coach Mentors are to be appointed who will work to provide a network of support for endurance coaches across the country. Applicants are now being invited for the part time positions that are being created to raise the standard of endurance coaching in England.  Interested?



Want to compete in England Athletics Championships?


England Athletics' road running championship series continues with the 10K at the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield in September and the 10 mile at the Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth in October. Learn more at:


A flying coach to visit your club?


Flying Coach visits see a highly qualified coach - such as double Olympian and Chicago marathon winner Paul Evans - visiting a club or group of clubs to provide support to both the runners and coaches. The
visits are designed to help endurance / road running coaches develop their skills to provide a sustained benefit to the club. The athletes also benefit from the encouragement and practical advice that can be
offered as part of the session. 
To learn more and find out how to arrange a visit to your club, click on



Road running coaching - are you qualified?


We are working with UKA to develop an entirely new coach education programme, based on the UK Coaching Certificate framework. The programme will include qualifications covering road running to help give our coaches the best possible understanding and expertise in road and endurance events. First of these new qualifications is the Leadership in Running Fitness course, currently being piloted across the country. This is a one-day Leadership Training course, which qualifies and insures leaders to deliver safe and fun running sessions, suitable for Running Club Leaders and Run in England Group Leaders. Would you like to get qualified as a Leader in Running Fitness? Learn more at:



How else can we help??


Is England Athletics doing enough to support road running clubs? Let us know. Please feel free to contact your local Club and Coach Support Officer (CCSO) to learn more about how we can help your club. Find your Club and Coach Support Officer and their contact details at:


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