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Leadership in Running Fitness Award

Key Sections:

Who should go on this course?

Are there any prerequisites?

What will I be able to do?

How many days will it take?

What topics are covered?

What resources are there?

How do I book?

Who should go on this course?

If you’re interested running for fitness, over 18 and you’d like to lead a group, this is the course for you.

The Leadership in Running Fitness course is primarily for those working with adults’ and/or young people over the age of 12 who enjoy recreational running for fitness and health. This may be within a Running Club or a community based group.

Leaders will be licensed to take a group of recreational runners of varied ability for fun safe sessions. It is important to note that this is not a course about individual running events, nor is it a Coaching Course.


All applications must be accompanied by a photograph, which will appear, on the Leaders license.

Leaders also need to complete a UKA DBS application. A Leaders license cannot be issued without a DBS check. DBS checks are not transferable between sports and other organisations therefore UKA must have a new check made. The DBS itself is free for club volunteers. For details on how to arrange a DBS check follow this link.

Once individuals have paid for and attended a Leaders course, they will be issued with a personal log in to access the Leadership in Running Fitness section of this site. Here you will be able to view, download and print resources relating to the course and the leadership role. Prior to attending the course it is strongly recommend that individuals familiarise themselves with the task cards used on the course.

What will I be able to do?

The course is designed to prepare you to provide a safe and enjoyable running experience for young people over 12 years of age and adults of any ability, size or shape. You may lead a group for your club and register with the Run England to deliver to new runners. Your qualification will provide you with insurance to lead a group within the limits of the course content. Leadership in Running Fitness will be accepted as a prerequisite course for the Coach in Running Fitness qualification.

How many days will it take?

One day, with no assessment.

What will I learn?

The course will focus on the safe organisation of achievable and progressive running activity and how to lead a group of runners of varying ability.

Topics covered include:

  • The role and responsibilities of a  Leader
  • Leadership skills: Safety, Organisation, Instruction and Explanation, Demonstration
  • The barriers that stop people from taking up running, and how a leader can make a difference for them.
  • How to plan sessions and deliver a safe and fun warm up and a cool down.
  • Demonstration and supervision of effective stretching
  • The different types of activity that can make running varied and enjoyable.
  • Helping runners to set and achieve SMARTER goals.
  • What is meant by an Athlete Centered Approach
  • Carrying out Risk Assessments.
  • Factors influencing performance
  • Energy systems

What resources are there?

Please click here to be taken to a selection of Leadership in Running Fitness resources.

How do I book?

Anyone wishing to attend a Leadership in Running Fitness Award will need to complete an application form and sign up to the terms and conditions of being a leader. For courses run by England Athletics you can register and book via uLearn. For courses in the other Home Countries, forms should be submitted to the education team in the relevant Home Country. 

If you live in SCOTLAND visit the JogScotland Programme Page.


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