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January Endurance Newsletter 2016

  • Posted: 11.01.2016
  • Author: Spencer Duval (GBR)
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Welcome to the England Athletics endurance newsletter for January 2016 and a happy new Olympic year to everyone.

As we are now in the middle of winter most athletes and coaches should be concentrating on keeping the mileage levels high while also trying to incorporate key races into their yearly plans. This is sometimes difficult to do especially with so many races available and the temptation to race as often as possible (to race yourself fit, but does this really work? Well that’s open to discussion…).

Races are important and let the athlete and coach know how things are going and what, if anything, needs changing to move forward. “Train hard, race easy?” if only it were that simple, especially in the mud, hills and water logged courses we are having this year in crosscountry. Even the great Mo Farah found crosscountry tricky last weekend but like us all he will learn a lot from that race and will go away and change a few things so next time he is even better.

This leads me onto some great news for crosscountry fans:

A team of British Students is to be selected for the World University Cross Country following the British Universities Cross Country Championships on 6 February 2016.

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) will send a team to the event in Cassino, Italy, on 12 March 2016 and athletes wishing to be considered for selection should ensure they complete the BUCS nomination form before 21 January 2016.

Recognising the value of the World University Championships and its importance as a key international opportunity, England Athletics and the other home countries have worked together with BUCS to facilitate the creation of a BUCS team representing Great Britain.

British Athletics have been fully supportive of this collaboration and have welcomed the opportunity for students to get the chance to race internationally in this event again.

Spencer Duval, National Coach Mentor Lead (Endurance) at England Athletics said, “The BUCS cross country is an important event on the athletics calendar. The time when students are at university is also an important stage in their athletics development. We are delighted that the work we have undertaken has come to fruition in bringing this extra opportunity for our endurance athletes, both in terms of their development and as an opportunity to represent their country. We would like to thanks BUCS, the other home countries and British Athletics for their cooperation and work in this process.”

The prestigious BUCS Cross Country event on 6th February will serve as a trial for the teams with the first three athletes in the men’s and women’s events automatically selected (subject to performance criteria).

The team going to Italy will be staffed by a combination of very experienced coaches and management from the home countries to create a BUCS GB team.

Those athletes wishing to be considered for selection should view the selection criteria which can be downloaded here and also submit a nomination form as available at

Details of the BUCS Cross Country

Date: 6th February 2016

Venue: Plock Court, Gloucester

Races: Men's Long - 10.2km, Men's Short - 7.3km, Women's - 6.1km

To enter: Contact your University Athletics Union / Sports Department to enter you through BUCScore.

Entry Deadline:

11.59pm Thursday 21st January 2016.

For more information about the BUCS Cross Country trial event see:

If you are a student, you must contact your University with any further event queries.

For the World University Cross Country selection policy please click here

Also note the need to complete a nomination form at


Coach Development:

After this years UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships which is being held at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 12th March 2016 the endurance team will be combining a coach mentee get together, for full mentee coaches who are part of the National Coach development programme, with the BMC yearly awards ceremony. England athletics have joined with the BMC again to combine the weekend to allow more coaches to attend and be part of the learning experience. The BMC will be presenting their coaching awards on Sunday 13th March. In addition throughout this weekend the NCDP Area and National Coach Mentors will be presenting key topics and workshops to the audience and being available for one to one catch up meeting where necessary. The full mentees on the NCDP will be invited along for an evening dinner on Saturday 12th March and accommodation overnight in preparation for the events on Sunday. Please contact your Area or National Coach Mentor if they have not already been in touch about this. The Location is Aston University Conference Centre, Birmingham.


Road running in clubs:

England Athletics are running a pilot scheme for road running clubs throughout the country for the next three months. The scheme to be delivered by the Area and National coach mentors is aimed at England Athletics affiliated road running clubs who want a coach to visit them over a three month period and work with not only coaches but athletes as well with specific training sessions, programmes, techniques to help them learn and benefit from the England Athletics coaches expertise.

o 10 Road Running Clubs to be identified in pilot.

o Clubs must be England Athletics affiliated.

o Delivered by National & Area Coach Mentors.

o 3 x monthly programme, e.g. January, February, March 2016

o 90 min – 2 hours coaching and running

o Practical Coaching session & discussions.

o Training sessions linked for progression.

o The club can select the activity to aim for, e.g. 5 km, 10 km, 1⁄2 Marathon, Marathon.

o Activity underpinned by Endurance Athlete Development Model.

o Activity time based with consideration to performance levels of participants and event specificity with consideration of training volumes.

o Local autonomy: link programme to local events.

o Follow up resources: available via uCoach/uLearn

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:

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:

There are details of the England Athletics representative opportunities for mountain running available at . Anne Buckley is the point of contact for this area of endurance and she can be contacted on if you want any more information relating to mountain running.


Ultra distance:

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



Adrian Stott: Ultra Running Part 1 (08.01.16)


Detail: From the Scottish athletics coaching weekend 2015, Adrian talks through ultra running, including competitions, training and relative age of competitors.

Will Benefit: (Ultra Running) Coaches.

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

Martin Macdonald: Performance Nutrition Part 1 (18.12.15)

URL: (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)

Detail: Can a man called Macdonald(s) ever be taken seriously about nutrition? Well Martin seems to think so, as he goes into good depth about the topic of performance nutrition.

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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