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Endurance Newsletter: Feb 2016

  • Posted: 19.02.2016
  • Author: Spencer Duval (GBR)
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Welcome to the England Athletics endurance newsletter for February 2016.

With only a few weeks to go until the ECCA National cross-country Championships ( it seems we are fast approaching the end of the muddy season. But don’t write the mud off yet as we still have The New Balance English Schools Cross-country Championships ( on 5th March, followed by the CAU inter-counties Cross country Championships ( the week after and then the home countries international event on 19th March, so there are plenty of opportunities for the mud lovers to compete. It might even stop raining for one of those events!

The New Balance English Schools Cross-country Championships is the place to spot the stars of the future and are well worth a visit as a spectator and or coach. The endurance team from England Athletics will be around on the day so if you need to catch up then feel free to stop one of us. These championships give school kids the first real taste of a large event and the organisational differences compared to smaller scale school events. They are a vital learning curve for all endurance athletes and coaches on the long route up the performance ladder.


Coach Development:

The BMC and England Athletics have once again joined together to offer endurance coaches the chance to attend the ENGLAND ATHLETICS AND BRITISH MILERS CLUB ENDURANCE SYMPOSIUM 2016

Date: Sunday March 13th 2016

Location: Aston Conference Centre. Aston University. Birmingham.

Time: 10.15am-4.15pm

The keynote address is by Tony Strudwick- Head of Performance at Manchester United Football Club who will speak on 'The Man Utd Way and Contemporary Issues'.

Athlete interviews with BMC Young Athlete of the year and European junior champion Bobby Clay: Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and masters world record holder, Anthony Whiteman, plus Olympic steeplechaser and former national cross country champion, Spencer Duval.

Coaching interviews with BMC Coach of the Year, Aaron Thomas, the highly respected and current Area Coach Mentor Peter Mullervy.

Coach education from BMC Horwill scholarship winner and BMC News Editor, Matt Long, plus a Q and A session with a distinguished panel of elite coaches including BMC President, Norman Poole, and National Coach Mentor Neville Taylor.

The weekend will feature the presence of many national coach and area coach mentors and their mentees from England Athletics, with coaches from around the world attending last year's event which incorporates the annual BMC Awards.

Cost: £10 for BMC members and £30 for non-members (which includes the symposium, lunch and drinks throughout the day).

For more details: Contact Matt Long at of the BMC Coaching Subcommittee (mob: 07983864114).

To book: Send cheques made payable to 'BMC' to Matt Long; 262 Rolleston Road; Burton-on-Trent; Staffordshire, DE130AY

If you are on the England Athletics Local Coach Development Programme or the National Coach Development Programme ( you should have already been invited to this by your mentors as we will be having a special get together on the Saturday evening for mentees only.


Road running in clubs:

Recently England Athletics has been piloting a scheme for affiliated road running clubs throughout the country. The first group of clubs has been delivered to, with two more visits planned and feedback has been very positive. If your England Athletics affiliated club wants to be included in the next stage after April 2016 then please contact your Area or National Coach Mentor for more details on this or email Andi Drake the England Athletics road running coordinator on


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.


Mountain running:

The mountain running endurance groups are encouraged to check the selection policies and webpages of both British Athletics and England Athletics as there are numerous international opportunities available throughout 2016.

Opportunities for English athletes can be found at and British Athletics selection policies can be found at . Anne Buckley is the point of contact for England and Sarah Rowell is the British Athletics Chair of Selectors who can be contacted on

International opportunities in 2016 include:

World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships - 18th June, Podbrdo, Slovenia

European Championships (up and down) - 2nd July Arco Italy

World Championships (uphill) - 11th September 2016, Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria


Ultra distance:

Information on 2016 opportunities and selection policies for England teams can be had from Walter Hill or online at .



Helen Staff is a graduate teaching assistant at Leeds Beckett University and is seeking coaches and athletes coaching/competing at a high level to interview for her PhD research. The title of which is A Grounded Theory into Dyadic Coping within the Coach-Athlete Relationship.

What is the purpose of the study?

Recent research has explored the interpersonal nature of coping within the coach-athlete relationship but as of yet research has not produced a conceptual theory. The aim of this project is to further our understanding of the interpersonal coping processes that occur within the coach-athlete relationship and to provide an overall conceptual theory. The findings of the research will be used to inform athletes, coaches, and practitioners on the social processes that facilitate the interpersonal coping processes within a coach-athlete relationship.

She will travel to meet coaches/athletes. If you are interested in this study please contact Helen directly on


Birmingham University are conducting a doping research project. The project is an International Olympic Committee funding project looking at coaches and support personnel attitudes to doping and the impact this can have on athletes attitudes. Specifically, they are interested in recruiting strength and conditioning coaches and technical coaches. All the data is confidential and is collected for academic research purposes of producing journal articles and books.

This is a controversial area particularly at the moment but the University is not concerned with discovering whether any coach or athlete is involved in doping just general attitudes within the coaching population.

The contact at Birmingham is Ceri Wynne on


Event specific:

Charlotte Fisher ( who is the endurance National Coach Mentor for Youth has put together a guide to events going on in 2016 for the Steeplechase event. The list below is not intended as a fully comprehensive list of all steeplechase races, but instead aims to give coaches and athletes some guidance on the competition opportunities open to developing steeplechasers. Athletes who are looking to gain qualification standards for the World Junior or European Youth Championships should note the selection criteria in the British Athletics selection policy documents regarding competition permits and conditions for achieving qualifying times.

Sunday 17th April - Open Meeting - Trafford - 2000m S/C – men/women

*Please note this event will only go ahead if there are sufficient entries – please email Bashir Hussain before 31st March 2016 if you are interested in competing

Fri-Mon - 30th April to 2nd May - British Universities & Colleges - Bedford - 2000m S/C – women 3000m S/C - men - 9:42 ES /7:28 ES
Entries through Universities end of March

Sat/Sun - Various- mid May - County Championships - Various - Various

*Entries through County Associations. Some counties welcome guest entries. Check local county websites.

Saturday 21st May - Bill Whistlecroft Memorial Hurdles Festival - Yeovil - All Steeplechase distance and age group options - Grade 1 Permit. Open entry -

Sunday 22nd May - Loughborough International - Lougborough - 3000 S/C - selection-policies/

Saturday 4th June - British Milers Club, Youth athletes PB classic - Milton Keynes - 1500m S/C - M/F 2000m S/C – M/F

*In the absence of a trials athletes aiming for European Youth standards should consider this event.

Sat/Sun 11/12th June - County Schools Champs - Various - Various

Sat/Sun 11/12th June - U20/SEN Area Championships - Sport City (N) Nuneaton (M) Lee Valley (S) - various

Sat/Sun 18/19th June - England Athletics U20/U23 Championship - Bedford - 3000m S/C – U20M/W 3000m S/C – U23M/W national-championships

Saturday 18th June - Regional Schools Championships - Various - Various - Selection through County Schools Associations

Fri/Sat 8/9th July - English Schools Championships - Gateshead - 1500m S/C – IB/IG/SG 2000m S/C – SB Entries through county schools associations.

Saturday 16th July - SIAB - Ashford, Kent - 1500m S/C – IB/IG - Selection of first 2 athletes in Intermediates at ESAA Champs

Thurs/Sun - 14-17th July - European Youth - Tbilisi GEORGIA - 2000m S/C – U18 M & W - selection-policies/

Tues/Sat 12- 16 July - World Juniors - Bydgoszcz POLAND - 3000m S/C – M/W - selection-policies/

Sunday 17th July - South West Championships - Exeter - Various distances/TBC -

Sat/Sun 13/14th August - U15/U17 Area Championships - Middlesbrough Nuneaton M) Ashford (S) - Various -

Sat/Sun 27/28th August - England U15/U17 Age Group Championships - Bedford - 1500m S/C -


Some BMC Grand Prix and Regional events offer steeplechase options. Please check

Some leagues also welcome guest runners. Coaches and athletes should check league details and should contact the event organisor prior to the competition regarding guest spots. Distances vary depending on league, availability of adjustable barriers and league dates. The leagues listed below all provide competition opportunities at some or all of their fixtures.

Youth Development League:
 Southern Athletics League: Midlands Athletics League: Northern Athletics League: South West Athletics League: British Athletics League:
UK Womens League:


Charlotte Fisher – National Coach Mentor (Youth Endurance)

Rob McKim – Steeplechase Coordinator (South & Midlands) -

Bashir Hussain – Steeplechase Coordinator (North) -



The Commonwealth Games isn’t too far away now so it is time to start planning and preparing for the Gold Coast 2018.

Reflecting on the Commonwealth Games Part 1 (22.01.16)


Detail: A group of development coaches travelled to the commonwealth games to observe from a coaches point of view, this three part series shows their reflections on what they observed.

Will Benefit: (Development) Coaches.

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

Reflecting on the Commonwealth Games Part 2 (30.01.16)


Detail: A group of development coaches travelled to the commonwealth games to observe from a coaches point of view, this three part series shows their reflections on what they observed.

Will Benefit: (Development) Coaches.

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

Reflecting on the Commonwealth Games Part 3 (06.02.16)


Detail: A group of development coaches travelled to the commonwealth games to observe from a coaches point of view, this three part series shows their reflections on what they observed.

Will Benefit: (Development) Coaches.

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



Spencer Duval


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