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England Athletics endurance newsletter for Summer 2016

  • Posted: 24.06.2016
  • Author: Spencer Duval (GBR)
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Welcome to the England Athletics endurance newsletter for Summer 2016.


Summer is here and already we have witnessed some great performances in endurance. Last weekend at the England Athletics U20/U23 Championships there were opportunities on offer to qualify not only for the World Junior Championships but also to post times for the European Youth Championships both of which are happening very soon. It is great to see so many youth and junior athletes moving up the rankings and utilizing the England Athletics Championships as a goal for summer games. This age group is so important to encourage and keep in the sport, especially during the difficult transition through to the senior age groups.

At England Athletics we have specialists in the youth and junior age groups who are available and willing to help coaches, where possible, on specific coaching related queries relating to youth and junior athletes, for things such as transition, training loads, race preparation, championship qualification and performance. If you are on the Local Coach Development Programme or National Coach Development Programme ( we can offer one to one mentoring advice and help from either the Club and Coach Support Officer’s, Area Coach Mentor team or National Coach Mentor team.

The youth team are:

Scott Grace

National Technical Lead for Youth Development


Charlotte Fisher

National Coach Mentor – Endurance (Youth/Women)


The BMC events are in full swing now with lots of opportunities for athletes to compete throughout the summer. They run right through to the end of August and have events ranging from 800m right through to 10,000m


Below is a timetable of key events through the next few months for the BMC.

Date: 9th July

Venue: Solihull

Selection Date: 11th July Olympics

Events: 800m, 1500m, 5000m 3000m SC tbc


Date: 23rd July

Venue: Oxford

Events: 800m, W1500m, M Mile, 5000m 1500m SC


Date: 20th August

Venue: Trafford

Events: 800m, 1500m, 3000m 10,000m



Coach Development:

There are lots going on in coach development linked into the National Coach Development Programme. The Area and National coach mentors offer get-togethers and workshops throughout the year. Each region will also have its own regional conference this year. The first being in the South west:

South West Endurance Conference is an exciting series of innovative discussions and exceptional networking opportunities in Exeter 29/30 October 2016.

The conference will be built around key presentations, focusing on the challenges faced by athletes and coaches as they aim to optimize performance in 15 – 22; 22 – 40, and 40+ age ranges in the ‘working’ population. After each presentation there will be inputs on injury; nutrition; physical preparation, and psychology; and finally an informal breakout for delegates to talk to presenters of before moving onto the next key presentation. There will be books; papers, services, PhD research students and also some trade stands to view and engage with during the day.


Chris Jones: Director of Performance for Triathlon Ireland from 2010-2012 and Head Coach for British Triathlon from 1999-2007. In his personal coaching, has coached former European Cross Country Champion Fionnula Britton. Currently Welsh Athletics National Endurance Coordinator and NCM Endurance England Athletics.

Alison Rose: Raced for Great Britain at the Marathon World Cup in Athens in 1995 and the World Championships in 1995. She ran her PB of 2.42.42 in Athens. Alison has been working as a physiotherapist for the last twenty years. She is the physiotherapist credited with helping to keep Kelly Holmes injury free in the two years leading up to the Athens Olympics in 2004, helping her to double Olympic gold in the 800m and 1500m. Since 2004 Alison has worked with Jessica Ennis, the 2012 Olympic heptathlon gold medalist.

Tim Edbrooke: Team GB physiotherapist travelling to major championships with Great Britain Track and Field teams. Specialises in treatment and rehabilitation of multi-sport and endurance athletes; particularly those suffering spinal issues also sports and musculoskeletal injuries in adolescent athletes.

Renee McGregor: Bsc(hons) PGDIP(Diet) RD PGCERT(sportsnutr) is a registered sports and eating disorder specialist . Renee has over 14 years expertise and knowledge in nutrition, including experience working with elite athletes, coaches and sport science teams. She is the author of Training Food, which went straight in as number one best seller on Amazon in Fitness Training in April 2015

Ben Cox: Ben holds a Masters Degree in Sports and Health Science from Exeter University. An endurance and ultra running coach; a runner of ultra marathons. Ben has contributed on several England Athletics coaching workshops and seminars and has set up and hosted Marathon workshops on behalf of England Athletics. Ben has also set up and run trail running and ultra running training camps.

Amanda Wilding: Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology and Coaching Sciences. BASES Accredited since 2005 and since this time has worked with a number of athletes, coaches, parents and referee's in their pursuit of excellence in a range of sports. She is currently Programme Leader for the Applied Sports Management Undergraduate Degrees.

Lucy MacAllister: Head of Biology Kings Taunton. An Oxford graduate; taught at St. Paul's Boys' School London. An Endurance runner of distinction: Marathon 2.36.26 and Half Marathon 73.41.

Accommodation packages are limited so make sure you book early. The only way to book day or weekend rates is via the links given below and paying in full.

This event is open to ALL not just NCDP or LCDP coaches. As it is classed as CDP you should be able to ask your club for help with any financial assistance required. If you do not have a England Athletics license number you can still book in by supplying your personal details as requested at the ULearn site.

We look forward to meeting you and do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Mark Brace

Area Coach Mentor South West- Endurance



Road running in clubs:

Our Club Run programme is specifically aimed at supporting affiliated road running clubs.

Club Run offers participating clubs a free series of practical coaching sessions led by a member of the National Coach Mentoring Team or a coach from the National Coach Development Programme with experience in road running.

Whatever the ability level of your club runners the Club Run programme is there to support clubs and runners.

. Places are currently limited to 30 clubs.

. Click here to download application form.

. Applications to be sent by email to

. If you require further information please contact Event Coordinator for Road Running Charlotte Fisher

Go to for more information.


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.


Useful contacts and roles in endurance:

Spencer Duval National Coach Mentor Lead for 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/Women)

Andi Drake NCM North -

Neville Taylor NCM South -

Chris Jones NCM endurance -

David Lowes NCM Midlands -

Bashir Hussain – Steeplechase Coordinator -


Commonwealth Games 2018:

We aim to have the Commonwealth Games selection policy available for athletes and coaches at the England Athletics AAA & UK CAU Senior Championships & England Athletics Senior Disability Athletics Championships this year. The event is being held in Bedford on July 30th and 31st.

Key dates to note are:

Marathon qualification selection dates are 1st September 2016 to 23:59 on 1st October 2017.

ALL other events are 1st January 2017 to 23:59 on 1st October 2017.

In line with other major global championships the qualification standards will be challenging …



Interesting article to read on women’s coaching:

Coaches and life skills article:

It isn’t just athletes who burn out. Coach burnout happens too. See for info.



If you are taking any medications did you know you can Check to see if they are legal on the GlobalDRO database which can be found at The Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) provides athletes and support personnel with information about the prohibited status of specific medications based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.



The international festival of athletics coaching is being held in Formia, Italy between Fri 28 - Sun 30 October 2016.

Keynote Themes:

Prepared to Learn

• A rolling plan for learning faster

• Monitoring the preparation process

Rio 2016

• Olympic Technical Debrief

Towards 2020

. Moving Targets Љ۬Youth to Junior to Senior

. Pathway to Tokyo

. Winning from the Beginning

. Talent Action Plan

. Practical Workshops

Building through Strength

Foundation Strength as the Performance Platform

Specific Strength in Athletics

Event Group Specifics

For more information about this conference go to or contact

Neville Taylor

National Coach Mentor Endurance -- South



North Devon Athletics Club:


Due to fluctuating prices NDAC have managed to obtain a large amount of credit for EasyJet. We Need to get this released back to NDAC funds. So we are offering the chance to book flights or holidays at a 25% discount.

If interested, please contact Chris Norman, .

It merely means giving Easyjet a call when booking (not a premium number anymore) and quoting the credit code. From then on you can do everything on line as normal. The credit has to be used in the next 3 months, but only to book. The flights can be taken any time.

Please support North Devon Athletics Club. All money recovered goes to help NDAC Endurance athletes achieve their goals.

For more information on this please contact:

Mark Brace

Area Coach Mentor South West- Endurance




Neil Black: Endurance Physio part 1

Detail: Neil Black talks about his experiences as a physio at the euro endurance conference 2013

Will Benefit: (Endurance) Coaches.

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



Dan Cossins: The Professional Coach

Detail: Dan Cossins visits the Loughborough HiPac with some of his athletes and chats a little about some of his coaching philosophy, along with how he has turned himself into a full time self employed professional coach.

Will Benefit: Coaches.


Jenni Banks: Wheelchair Racing Part 1

Detail: Jenni Banks presents at the Nottingham 2014 European Endurance Conference on wheelchair racing. Using examples of athletes she has worked with such as Hannah Cockcroft she takes us through the details of the event, from Chair to technique and all the methodology in between.

Will Benefit: Coaches.


Carol Jackson: Travel and Competition Part 1

Detail: At the commonwealth games 2014: Carol Jackson presents on the subject of how athletes and coaches might plan for travel in and around the competition periods.

Will Benefit: Coaches.


Man U’s Presentation for England Athletics

Detail: Tony Studwick Head of Performance at Manchester United Football Club. Tony came to the Endurance / BMC conference on 13th March at Aston University and presented to the coaches there.

Will Benefit: (Endurance) Coaches.



Spencer Duval

National Coach Mentor Lead- Endurance

England Athletics


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