Club Coaching

UKA Coach in Running Fitness


The Club currently has one qualified coach Alasdair Dyde, though we hope to increase this number in near future. Alasdair usually appears most often in Spring and Summer when he offers sessions to improve our running.

As a qualified coach he has attended a course specifically for endurance running and has passed a technical test and been assessed as competent at delivering running sessions. Alasdair would be more than happy to talk to individuals and help with running programmes and advice.

The Coaching Course available for endurance running is a Level 3 "Coach in Running Fitness". This is the Course that Alasdair completed in June 2012. It's a 6-month course with 3 taught days and a requirement to keep a diary for an 8 week block of training sessions led by the "trainee" coach. This diary is then assessed by the Course Leaders and if successful the aspiring coach is invited to attend for observed practical assessment and a technical test. The kinds of skills learnt on this Course are fundamental running skills and drills, energy systems and endurance running, physical preparation and nutrition and planning and delivery of training programmes and sessions.

Leader in Running Fitness

Over the last few years the club has grown in number and to support club members we now have a number of Run Leaders to lead club runs. (Their names are provided below.)

They have all attended a specific Level 1 course offered by England Athletics for run leaders called "Leader in Running Fitness" which is a one-day course and all attendees are then approved to be certified leaders after completing a CRB (Police) Check. They then receive a Licence from England Athletics.

The Leader's Licence entitles them to "lead groups of adults in endurance sessions having done a risk assessment". They lead groups under the direction of a Coach. Our leaders are also very experienced runners themselves so are well placed to offer advice and encouragement to all runners and to impart their personal knowledge and skills.

We can never have enough Leaders or Coaches to ensure cover, and we'd be especially pleased to hear from anyone who would like become a Run Leader.

  •   - Graeme Spencer
  •   - Mark Taylor
  •   - Les Morris
  •   - Nick Dunning
  •   - Phil Cliff
  •   - Mike Wrench
  •   - Charlotte Logie
  •   - Colin Wynne
  •   - Claire Holly Allan
  •   - Mike Stevens
  •   - Stephen Whincup
  •   - Leanne Banks
  •   - Louise Gordon
  •   - David Bettley
  •   - Anne Penkethman
If you're interested in getting involved in coaching, please get in touch with Alasdair Dyde. You can find a roadmap of the coaching courses available from UK Athletics here

Interval Sessions

As a club we offer regular intervals sessions on club nights. These are for runners of all abilities. The sessions are held on Tuesday evenings at a number of local venues. We change venues weekly so as to offer the chance of different types of intervals e.g. sprints, KM efforts and hill reps.

These sessions tend to have intervals for blocks of say 8 weeks, then we will have a gap for a month before resuming again.

To join in with our intervals please keep an eye on the club's Facebook page as each week Phil Cliff will post on a Sunday evening which venue we will be meeting at on the following Tuesday


The club is able to help those new to running, particular those who might need support as they build their mileage e.g. migrating from a run/walk programme. Martin Stirna is our Run leader who looks after this specific group and has many years of experience in supporting new runners

All we ask is that if you want to come as a new runner you let us know in advance, so we can make sure we can accommodate within his group.

Training Plans & Guides

A 9-week programme to get you started and up to 5km (about 3 miles) Couch to 5K (PDF) A guide to Interval Training Interval Training (PDF) A guide to Alberto 300s (Intervals) Alberto 300 Intervals (PDF)