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Endurance Newsletter: April 2016

  • Posted: 09.04.2016
  • Author: Spencer Duval (GBR)
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Welcome to the England Athletics endurance newsletter for April 2016.


Summer is approaching fast with many athletes and coaches using the Easter break as an opportunity to go away and train in warmer (and dryer) conditions. The first few quicker track sessions are always a shock to the system and athletes often end up with sore muscles needing extra recovery time. Just because the focus has switched to shorter faster sessions let’s not forget that the base endurance works still needs to be maintained and developed throughout the year. The summer season is a long one and too many people ease back on mileage and endurance work and get obsessed with track workouts. The lighter nights now offer us the chance to venture off roads more and train on grass or trails. This is something that we should embrace to allow athletes legs to recover more from the pounding of the winter miles on the hard road surfaces.

For the non track athletes the summer is probably about road racing. The England Athletic road championships 10km, 10 miles, half marathon have moved slightly in the calendar so keep an eye out on the EA website at for the latest details. The next England championships though is the London Marathon on 24th April 2016. It’s is also the Olympic trials with the first two eligible GB athletes gaining automatic selection to Rio this year.

There are so many international opportunities this year that is it sometimes hard to keep up with every opportunity. Please check the appropriate selection documents on the British Athletics website regularly as they do change sometimes. For coaches of younger athletes this is especially important as many younger athletes will not check or know what standards are needed and by when. See for more details covering everything from trail running, mountain, junior, youth ultra, European champs, road champs and of course the Olympics.

England Athletics have teamed up with the BMC for the next few years to ensure there are many opportunities for athletes to attempt qualifying times at a variety of distances leading up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Check for details about grand prix events and how to enter them. Some of these events are not entered via the BMC website and will be overseen by England Athletics National Coach Mentor for youth Charlotte Fisher In particular, the 14th May event at Sports City for 2k steeplechase (men and women) and women’s 3k will be taking entries via for Charlotte so make sure you let her know asap if you want athletes to compete in these events.

Below is a provisional timetable of events for the BMC in 2016.


14th May Sport City (Selection Dates/Trial): W3000m (Events): 800m, 1500m, W3000m, 5000m 2000m SC

28th May Watford (Selection Dates/Trial): 5000m U20 Trial (Events): 800m, 1500m, 5000m 3000m SC

2nd June Milton Keynes PB classic (Events): 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 1500m SC 2000m SC

15th June Watford Elite (Selection Dates/Trial): 20th June European, 26th June Euro Youth, 3rd July World Junior (Events): 800m, 1500m, M5000m

9th July Solihull (Selection Dates/Trial): 11th July Olympics (Events): 800m, 1500m, 5000m 3000m SC

23rd July Oxford (Events): 800m, W1500m, M Mile, 5000m 1500m SC

20th August Trafford (Events): 800m, 1500m, 3000m 10,000m


Coach Development:

The ENGLAND ATHLETICS AND BRITISH MILERS CLUB ENDURANCE SYMPOSIUM took place recently and the files from one of the presenters Tony Strudwick- Head of Performance at Manchester United FC can be found at it is a large file so please be patient.


Road running in clubs:

The England Athletics pilot scheme for road running clubs had been a great success and we will be carrying this forward throughout 2016 and 2017. More details will be available soon about how road running clubs can apply to be involved.


Registration benefits:

Reminder about the benefits of being registered:

As an England Athletics registered athlete you can enjoy offers as detailed below including:

· 20% discount on kit from New Balance.

· Special deals on Bupa products that can benefit you and your families

· Discounts with IHG Hotels if you are booking holidays or trips to events. You can enjoy discounts at hotels including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express® and Staybridge Suites®.

See for more details.


London 2017:

Priority ticketing for London 2017 is available for registered athletes, licensed coached and officials. Clubs can also register 10 volunteers for priority ticketing (and up to an additional four star volunteers). See for more information.


Event integration days information:

Dear Coaches,

I wanted to make you aware of the upcoming Event Group Integration Days that have been organised by England Athletics and that will be taking place on either the 23rd April 2016 or 8th May 2016. Further details on how to book on to these Integration Days can be found at: These Integration Days are the final element of the Event Group Qualification and will pull together much of the content covered within the qualification online modules, through discussion and group work.

Please note that to be able to attend the Integration Day for a particular Event Group, you will have had to complete the following pre-requisites:

Sprints & Hurdles – all online modules

Endurance – all online modules

Jumps – all modules, plus the Athletics Coach Modules for Triple Jump and also for Pole Vault (Including the Pole Vault practical Assessment)

Throws – all modules, plus the Athletics Coach Modules for Hammer and Discus (Including the practical Assessments for Hammer and Discus)

If, after looking on , you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Paul Moseley

Coach Development and Education Manager.


See the link below for European Permit Meets in 2016:

Entry is by personal contact with the organiser of each meet and NOT via England Athletics. Click on each meeting to find the contact details and what events are on offer.

These meetings are ideal for those chasing qualifying standards, wanting exposure to foreign competition, or to just compete against ‘new’ opposition.


Event specific:

The new England Athletics road running coordinator is Charlotte Fisher ( she is also endurance National Coach Mentor for Youth. Charlotte takes over the road role from Andi Drake who is concentrating on mentoring in his role as National Coach Mentor for the North of England.

Useful contacts and roles in endurance:

Mark Brace Area Coach Mentor South West –

Peter Mullervy ACM South East -

Jim Bennett ACM Midlands -

David Lowes ACM North -


Charlotte Fisher – National Coach Mentor (Youth)

Andi Drake NCM North -

Neville Taylor NCM South -

Chris Jones NCM endurance -

David Lowes NCM Midlands -


Bashir Hussain – Steeplechase Coordinator -


Events going on:

Belfast International on 7th May at the Mary Peters Track. More info at



The Long-Term Athlete Development model: Physiological evidence and application



Hay Fever Season. British Athletics Science and Medicine Update 06/04/2016

Hay fever is more common in athletes and around 60% of our team suffer with some of the common symptoms of blocked or runny nose, sneezing, runny eyes or even just fatigue. It can be associated with worsening of asthma symptoms if you have asthma.

Symptoms are due to an allergy to pollen, and are therefore worse when the pollen count is high. Some people are allergic to grass pollen, some to tree pollen, so different people may suffer at different times of the season (grass in Spring, tree in deep Summer).

General measures such as checking the pollen count for the next day, reducing time outdoors when the pollen count is high, having regular showers, washing hair and changing clothes after being outdoors to remove pollen that may be on your clothes or in your hair, keeping windows closed at night may help considerably. Remember, if you have pets, they can bring pollen into the house on their fur too.

There are also some excellent medications and practices which can control hay fever symptoms, most of which can be bought over the counter at a local pharmacy or department store. We advise purchasing your own stock of medications if you suffer hay fever, and take them whenever you travel to Camps or Competitions as stocks might not always be available.

Always double-check that you do not purchase anything on the Prohibited List by checking on Global DRO.

The following recommendations have helped a number of athletes:


Antihistamine Tablets

There are a number of old antihistamines on the market (such as Piriton) which are sedative and not recommended for treating hay fever in athletes. Telfast however does not pass into the brain and therefore is not sedating in nature and is an ideal anti-histamine for athletes but requires a prescription from your doctor. Cetirizine and Loratidine are over the counter antihistamines that can be helpful and usually are not sedating. There are some reports to suggest that antihistamines can affect heat regulation and possibly reaction times and therefore unless you have tried them before and have had no problem, they are not ideal medications to be taking for the first time on race day.


Nasal Corticosteroid Spray

This is the gold standard first line medication. Newer products such as Mometasone (Nasonex) and Flixonase require a prescription but Beconase nasal spray is also effective and can be purchased over the counter. You do not need a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for these nasal sprays. One/two sprays in each nostril twice daily is a typical initial dose. These are most effective if used before the onset of symptoms, and can be continued throughout the hay fever season, or just on high pollen count days.

Sterimar (Salt Water spray)

Salt water sprays, such as Sterimar, can be particularly useful to rinse pollens and pollution from your nose. These can be used several times throughout the day, particularly if you have recently been training outdoors.

Decongestant Nasal Spray – Otrivine

Otrivine nasal spray contains xylometazoline. This is a decongestant and is not on the prohibited list. It works by constricting blood vessels in the nose and is a very effective decongestant. It can be helpful to enable nose breathing at night or before a race. It should not be used for longer than 3 days continuously as doing so can result in overall worsening of the congestion. We advise AGAINST purchasing this item abroad as we cannot guarantee that it does not have any Prohibited substances in.


Eye Drops

Sodium Cromoglycate eye drops (Opticrom) can be useful if you have itchy, watery eyes. 1-2 drops in each eye before the onset of symptoms can help prevent this being a problem. Dose can be repeated 2-3 times per day.


Those with hay fever should ensure they get tested for asthma as they commonly occur together and often asthma symptoms are not recognized but still may be negatively affecting performance. See your Doctor

Other Medications

There are some other medications, such as Montelukast (Singulair) which can be a useful addition for some athletes, particularly those with asthma in addition to hay fever. This is worth discussing with your doctor if you are still symptomatic following treatments above.


Skin prick allergy tests for pollens and pets can give good information regarding things to try to avoid. For example, those with duck feather allergy should ensure that their holding camp and championship accommodation has synthetic hypoallergenic pillows or bring their own pillow.



Important survey on athlete injuries

We want athletes and coaches to help us understand more about athlete injuries. This follows Research completed on behalf of England Athletics by Sheffield Hallam University Sports Industry Research Centre (SIRC) showing the impact of ‘injury’ on the sport of athletics and athlete retention.

We want to understand what happens across ALL ages and so would really like athletes who are under 16 to complete the survey with an adult.

The research is being conducted on our behalf by Sheffield Hallam University Sports Industry Research Centre.

Athletes wanting to complete the survey should click here.

Coaches wanting to give their insights should click here

We know that positive athlete development, progression to senior level and long term running ‘health’ depend on sustained training over a number of years. Athletes that are injured lose training time and may be more susceptible to further injury. So that we can improve the support we can offer our members we need to understand as well as possible how, when, where and what injuries occur. These surveys should help us understand the challenges of working with growing athletes in and around their peak growing times.

This is an exciting chance to help understand our sport in more depth, and contribute to the development of current and future generations of athletes and coaches. We need both Athletes’ and Coaches’ perspectives to give a clearer picture and would like as many of you as possible to complete the survey - it takes about 10 minutes – looking back over the last 12 months. The survey(s) is entirely confidential, unless you choose otherwise, and so we would encourage you to be as clear and open as possible.

We would also appreciate coaches and clubs encouraging their athletes to complete the athlete survey and would like to thank you in anticipation of your support.



Frank Dick: My Coaching Journey Part 1

Detail: At the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, Frank Dick talks about his own coaching journey, including many lesions that will help mould the next generation of coaches.

Will Benefit: Coaches.


Jessica Leitch: The Biomechanics of Running Injuries Part 1 (27.02.16)

Detail: Filmed at the 2014 Youth Endurance Conference in Birmingham. Jessica Leitch talks through abnormal biomechanics and what coaches might be able to look out for as an early sign of injury.

Will Benefit: Coaches.



Spencer Duval

National Coach Mentor Lead- Endurance

England Athletics


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