15 February 2009 - Status of LEAF activity  (Highest priorities in red)




Club Contact List

  • Has been updated, please check your details are correct (click for link)


Club mark for Clubs without junior runners

  • Clubmark – a standard to work towards  (links below)
  • Pudsey Pacers are first LEAF club to start Clubmark. (added 15 Feb 2009)


Grants for coaches and equipment

  • Jog Leaders (to be called “Run England”?) course is most appropriate for endurance clubs.
  • Some clubs may still want conventional level 1 and level 2 courses.
  • Funding is now available from LADG – 50% of course costs – grant of £225 per club (possibly more if other clubs do not take full allocation).
  • Click for Application form – must be completed by 13 March 2009.
  • Jog Leaders course being revamped in summer 2009. LEAF may need to “organise” course for Leeds clubs


Partnerships of clubs (Peter Rawnsley)

  • No consensus within Leeds clubs although 3 clubs in Bradford area have formed “Airedale Athletics” club for competition.
  • England Athletics have introduced “Athletics Networks” – partnerships of athletics clubs working in the community – see E.A. website for more details.


Leeds 4 year plan

  • See LADG.


UK Athletics club registration

  • All club members should now have registration cards for April 2008 – March 2009 athletics year (with £5 Sweatshop voucher).
  • UKA have advised that if new members join a club during February/March, they should be registered but no need to pay until new year starts on 1 April. (added 15 Feb 2009)
  • UKA have advised that rates for 2009/10 will remain at £50 per club plus £5 per athlete. (added 15 Feb 2009)


Publicity / Promotion




Race Diary and Contact List

  • Has been updated, please check your details are correct (click for link)


Event Organisation


Police safety requirements / Highways / Costs

  • If road closures are needed, John Murphy can help negotiate with “Green Light”
  • No view yet whether Leeds Council will subsidise road closures for local races in 2009 (as happened in 2008)
  • Support required from UK Athletics for standards
  • Andrew Gardner attended England Athletics AGM on 28 June 2008  “I was able to raise the question about the need for consistent standards from Local Authorities and Police regarding road races, during part of a discussion about road running. John Graves (Chairman) responded that the responsibilities for road closures would very soon be a matter entirely for Local Authorities and therefore this was something to be discussed with the Local Government Association. However, this was probably a matter beyond England Athletics alone, and a matter for UKA to discuss with Government, with the emphasis on facilitating road running from a general health aspect.”  (added 8 Jul 2008)
  • Correspondence between Bob Jackson and Mike Summers & Andrew Taylor of UKA Road Running Leadership Group (Run Britain) – Andrew recommends a cautious  approach otherwise “it is likely to prejudice a significant number of races currently enjoying extensive local authority and police support - without charge, or at minimal charge” (added 8 Dec 2008)


Leeds Parks

  • Leeds Parks are introducing a policy from the start of 2009 which will be the same for every park with an administration change for all events and other charges will depend on resources required from Parks & Countryside
  • LEAF to be involved in negotiation of standard charges
  • Leeds Parks have requested more information.  (See Race Diary and Contact List)
  • Meeting between LEAF and Parks did not take place 15 Dec - to be rearranged.


Shared equipment (clock, PA, stakes, bibs etc) (see link below)

·        Please let me know if you have equipment that you can lend to other race organizers.


Grants for equipment

·        Funding is available from LADG for equipment for 2009 but only if grants for coaching courses are not fully subscribed.

·        Click for Application form – must be completed by 13 March 2009.


Marshal accreditation

  • The interim procedures for accreditation have now been closed.
  • Funding is available from LADG for Officials Courses but no courses are currently available – further details to follow.


Publicity / Promotion


Leeds Half Marathon 

  • 2009 event will be on 10 May
  • Initially entries only available from Runners World (1000 entries received before end of January)
  • Forms now available on Leeds City Council website
  • Support required from local running clubs to help with start/finish, relay handover points, water stations and marshalling.