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Endurance August 2015 Newsletter

  • Posted: 24.08.2015
  • Author: Spencer Duval (GBR)
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Welcome to the England Athletics endurance newsletter. With the World Track and Field Championships well underway in Beijing it may seem odd to be talking about the winter season. But it is approaching fast and we all need to consider the transition from track running to crosscountry and or roads. As the track races ease down, coaches and athletes should be looking forward several months to what is available and when.

Plan, prepare and compete.

The next major championship event for England Athletics are the Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia between 4th and 15th April 2018. That may seem a long way away (its only around 950 days to go…) but once next year is over you will only have 2017 to register performances to be considered for selection. Note the dates as the championships are in our winter time so preparation will be vital. Now could be the time to think about your event and how you have been progressing over the last few years.

Have you been improving?

Finishing in the top few in trial events?

Making teams?

Getting to championships?

Are you in the right event????

Maybe its time to think about something different and try another event. The Gold Coast of Australia beckons so make sure you are prepared and give yourself every opportunity to make the England team.


The selection criteria for the 2015 European Crosscountry Championships, to be held in Marseille will be available on the British Athletics website soon so keep an eye out for the selection criteria. The trial race will be in Liverpool on 28th November 2015:-

Please read the selection policies thoroughly to understand the criteria BEFORE THE EVENT.



World Half Marathon Championships reminder- March 2016

The Official Trial takes place at the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 4 October 2015. All questions related to the selection policy and the trial races should be directed to England Athletics National Coach Mentor Lead for Endurance, Spencer Duval (

See for the 2016 selection criteria.

England Athletics have the following road running Championship events this autumn:

3rd/4th October. ERRA National 6 Stage men & 4 Stage women Relays (inc Young Athlete relays). At Sutton Park.

25th October England Athletics 10 miles as part of Bupa Great South Run Portsmouth.

15th November Leeds Abbey Dash 10k English 10k Championships.


England internationals – development opportunities

From both the England Athletics 10 mile and 10k Championship events we hope to pick teams to send away on international trips. The final details are still being sorted so keep an eye out at for more information and the criteria needed. However you WILL need to compete in these events if you want to be considered for selection onto the England Team.



Last chance to give your views before consultation closes. England Athletics needs to hear your views on a number of important issues facing the sport. Our online consultation closes soon so please give us your views at


Useful links:-

Stress your Mind to Improve Sport Performance:

Interesting article on developing youth sports/development programmes:

South West Endurance Conference - booking reminder and speaker update.

'Performance enhancing' drugs decrease performance.

Count down continues to the Scottish Athletics Coaching Weekend in Glasgow. Places still available.

Altitude lecture to Rowing Coaches by Greg Whyte SSM Conference 2015 1.6 - Altitude: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - YouTube



Dr. Dooley: Sports Gynecology (Parts 1, 2 & 3 available)


Detail: Dr Dooley talks in detail about sports gynaecology. Aimed at female athletes, but also relevant for anyone working with female athletes, Dr Dooley offers information and advice about training and competing around the female reproductive cycle – well worth a revisit if you’ve already seen this series, and if you haven’t then check out the full series now.

Will Benefit: Coaches.

Available: To all UK users or those outside the UK via login.

Solutions to Issues faced by Female Coaches Part 1 (17.08.15)


Detail: Kelly Sotherton hosts a roundtable discussion at the Women's Coaching Conference 2014.

Will Benefit: Coaches.

Available: To all UK users or those outside the UK via login.

Spencer Duval

National Coach Mentor Lead- Endurance

England Athletics


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