Coaching Courses

It doesn’t matter how good a runner you are, everybody is able to help other runners achieve their best. To be a coach is a rewarding experience as you get to enhance your knowledge and skills, help support the club, and take pride and enjoyment from the success of the runners you have helped. The details below give an overview of the different opportunities available. You can also contact for more information. 


The Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualification is the first step on the coaching ladder and achieved on a one day course held by England Athletics. You will learn the basics of session design and health and safety as well as getting to run around a lot and put your new skills into practice. Once qualified you will be able to take a more active role in the club and help lead sessions as well as increasing your own understanding and confidence as a runner and coach.

Course details can be found here

The club offers financial assistance for this course. All we ask is that our leaders use their qualification and earn 10 credits during the course of the year after they qualify. 

You can earn credits by completing any combination of:

A. 2 credits awarded if leading a session (not including club run!)
B. 1 credit awarded if acting as the support coach for a CiRF led session

This makes it flexible for you to earn your units to reach the 10.

We ask attendees to pay 100% of the LiRF course initially and the club will refund 75% of the cost in 3 following stages:

25% upon the club being notified of a LiRF course being booked.
25% upon completion of the course.
25% once the 10 credits have been earned.

Going Further

If you are looking to develop your skills further many options are available to you. The ones listed below are just a few:

1)    Coaching Assistant

This qualification is for those who wish to move towards being a coach and begin to gather experience in the detail of making coaching decisions.

2)    CiRF – Coaching in Running Fitness

This is an endurance running qualification primarily for those working with runners up to and including the event group development stage. All applicants must be active leaders or coaches who have completed as a minimum a Level 1 Fitness in Running & Walking, LiRF or Coaching Assistant qualification. CiRF is about the broad application to non track based endurance running events rather than specific events or distances and is not designed for coaches who want to work with runners taking part in track based events, such as 800m–10k track races or steeplechase. When qualified you will be insured to coach without supervision

3)    Athletics Coach

This qualification is the cornerstone of the Coach Education Programme. The course plus assessment period is a total of four days including the formal assessment. Candidates will be able to plan a progressive training programme for athletes coaching a range of activities to prepare the developing athlete to run, jump and throw. When qualified you will be insured to coach without supervision.