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Endurance: March 2015 Newsletter

  • Posted: 01.04.2015
  • Author: Jenny Harris (GBR)
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This is the last Newsletter I will be sending out as I can confirm that Martin Rush has announced the appointment of Spencer Duval as the new National Coach Mentor Lead for Endurance.

Spencer joins the team of National Leads and National Coach Mentors following an open interview process. He will join the three other National Coach Mentor Leads in developing the work of the National Coach Development Programme, working with endurance partners from the England Cross Country Association to the England Road Running Association, as well as ensuring there is a close working relationship with UKA over GB ‘small’ endurance teams.

Spencer commented, “This is great opportunity to take the endurance arm of the National Coach Development Programme forward for the coming years. Any successful programme always goes through a period of change and I hope to bring positive and challenging changes to everyone involved. The principles of the National Coach Development Programme will stay the same with an emphasis towards coach development linked through to performance improvements of all athletes. The endurance community has many varied events to look forward to every year, through my role I will help to link and promote opportunities for coaches, athletes and officials throughout England.”

Spencer is available on


The selection criteria for the 2015 European Cup 10,000m championships can be found on the British Athletics website:-

Selections will be made after the result of the Official Trial (“the Trials”), which takes place at the Highgate Harriers meeting in London on 16 May 2015. There are a limited number of entries which are filling up fast!

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England Athletics are also trying to promote more entries in the county 10,000m championships (particularly within the U20 age group) - of which 11 counties have confirmed that they will be holding a 10,000m race. Entries will be open to U20/Senior and Veteran age groups. Details of latest information on counties holding 10,000m championships are attached.


World Half Marathon Championships- March 2016

The world’s elite distance runners will be converging on Cardiff on Easter Saturday, 26th March 2016, to take part in the 22nd edition of the IAAF World Half Marathon ChampionshipsEngland Athletics registered athletes have access to a number of discounted spaces for the mass participation race at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, Cardiff 2016.

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World XC Results

Steel and Auckland star in Guiyang-


Sainsbury's Indoor Grand Prix

More magic from Mo Farah with his world record for 2 miles:-

European Indoors Championships 2015

Report including Lee Emmanuel's silver medal performance in the 3000m -



A good set of results came from Lugano, Switzerland with five athletes gaining qualifying times for the European Cup Walks (Tom Bosworth 1:22:33 20 km + World Champs QT; Jo Atkinson 1:34:51 20 km W; Emma Achurch 47:49 U20 10 km W + Euro Juniors QT; Cameron Corbishley & Guy Thomas 44:28 & 44:30 U20 10 km).


England internationals – development opportunities

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Rule Changes Consultation:-

British Athletics have a link for the latest rule change submissions and new age group proposals:-



You may be aware from the England Athletics website that a new online DBS renewal system is now in place.

1. Log in at to check your DBS status as well checking your contact details are correct. More information on how to do this is available at

Note –

a. Coaches' details need to be correct on the profile page in order to receive information such as coaching ebulletins and reminders about DBS when it is coming towards renewal time

b. A current DBS is a requirement for a licence to be valid.

Please note on the 31st March 2015 UKA Welfare and Performance will be leaving the office at Sportcity, Manchester. The Welfare Team will be relocating to an office in Manchester which will no longer be accessible to the public. On that basis the address will not be circulated unless you require to visit us specifically. The postal address remains Athletics Welfare, PO Box 332, Sale, Manchester. M33 6XL. The telephone 0161 223 4246 will be switched off on the 31st and there will be no redirect on that number. The new contact telephone number is 0121 713 8450.


Research into endurance runners' biomechanics:

Dr Joseph Handsaker from Loughborough University is currently looking for coaches to recommend elite athletes to take part in his research into the biomechanics of an endurance runner. He lists the times for events that athletes need to have achieved as follows:-

Males would need to achieve the following standard to be considered:


1500 m 3:58.55

Mile 4:17.38

2000 m 5:28.04

2000 m SC 6:08

3000 m 8:32.90

3000 m SC 9:30.50

2 miles 9:12.60

5000 m 14:39.73

10000 m 31:00.00


15 km 47:31

10 miles 51:11

20 km 1:04:20

HM 1:08:04

25 km 1:22:11

30 km 1:40:37

Marathon 2:26:56

Females would need to achieve the following standard to be considered:


1500 m 4:28.73

Mile 4:49.07

2000 m 6:08.25

2000 m SC 6:51.90

3000 m 9:36.82

3000 m SC 10:46.70

2 miles 10:20.19

5000 m 16:35.32

10000 m 35:00.00


15 km 53:23

10 miles 57:27

20 km 1:12:04

HM 1:16:09

25 km 1:31:51

30 km 1:52:16

Marathon 2:43:36

Participants will be asked to visit the laboratory for a thorough physiological and biomechanical assessment of their running, and will be provided with a physiological and biomechanical report. Specific information will include: VO2max, lactate turnpoint, running economy, body composition, and a number of indices related to running technique (stride length, stride rate etc.). Participants will also be remunerated £70 for their participation.


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Useful links:-

Asker Jeukendrup - leading Exercise Physiologist and Sports Nutrionist -


Articles of interest:

Increased variability of lap speeds: differentiating medalists and nonmedalists in middle-distance running and swimming events.

Short-term plyometric training improves running economy in highly trained middle and long distance runners.

Injuries in Runners; A Systematic Review on Risk Factors and Sex Differences.

Associations between iliotibial band injury status and running biomechanics in women.


Good video links:-

o Changing behaviours

o Placebos,

o The importance of good support,

o USA Swimming welcome to the grind video



* Barry Fudge: British Endurance Overview (Part 1)


Detail: Dr Barry Fudge completed his undergraduate degree and his PhD in Physiology from the University of Glasgow, UK. His PhD focused on the environmental factors leading to the success of elite east African runners. During that time he worked with a number of runners in Kenya and Ethiopia, some of whom are World record holders and/or World and Olympic medallists. Following that Barry was a Senior Physiologist at the English Institute of Sport for 5 years providing physiological support to British Athletics. Most notably he was an integral part of double Olympic, World and European champion Mo Farah's support team.


* Barry Fudge: British Endurance Overview Part 2 (22.03.15)



* Barry Fudge: British Endurance Overview Part 3 (29.03.15)



* Dr Dooley: Sports Gynaecology Part 1 (29.03.15)


Detail: Dr Dooley takes 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.


Event Group integration days, bookings now open (17.02.15)


Detail: We are opening the bookings for this year Event Group Integration days in England and Wales. Dates are available to view on the link.


Jenny Harris - 31st March 2015


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