2019 England Mountain Running U17 Development Camp

This year’s pre-season junior development camp will be held on Sunday March 17th at Sedbergh School from 10:00 until 16:00.

This camp is aimed at establishing the building blocks of future high performance in endurance running by developing skills and knowledge amongst junior runners and coaches.  It is intended to enjoyable, stimulating and interesting with the day being delivered by a team of experienced coaches, physiotherapists and sports scientists as well as inputs and insights from elite athletes.

As those who may attend are likely to have raced at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Leeds the day before, it is intended that this will be a more educational than training camp.
There is no intention of doing a training session but there will be some drill work and stretching during the day that all athletes will be expected to participate in.

Topics include will be:

Optimising Health for Performance Dr Rebecca Robinson
Racing through the Junior age groups Joe Dugdale
Proactive injury prevention & recovery strategies Candice Miller
Developing as a junior athlete, a coaches perspective . Alan Buckley
Psychology of Performance Duncan Richards
My journey & learning as an International athlete Robbie Simpson
Junior fell & mountain running opportunities in 2019 Anne Buckley

To attend, athletes must be between 15 -16 and intend racing in the FRA U17 age group. Space is limited and a final call on applications will be made on 3rd March. Cost will be £15

Athletes should have demonstrated ability by:
o placing in the top 10 in any FRA English Championship race
o placing consistently in BOFRA races
o reaching county level at cross country
o or running fast times on the track or road

If you would like to apply for a place please use this Application form or available me. Duncan Richards


What are the FRA Coaching Courses?

There are 2 coaching courses delivered by the FRA in association with England Athletics/British Athletics. Fell/Trail Leadership in Running Fitness (FLiRF) is the introductory 1 day course. The Fell / Trail CiRF ( Coach in Running Fitness ) is the more advanced version. Both are equivalent to the standard England Athletics / British Athletics versions and come with the same license and insurance cover but are focussed solely on off road running.

The FLiRF is an off road contextualised version of the standard LiRF. It is a one day course with no assessment and then provides insurance cover to take groups (12 and over) running off road. It covers why people run, warm ups, main sessions, cool downs, some drills, uphill and downhill running technique, introductions, instruction, demonstration, safety, energy systems, planning and barriers.

The FCiRF takes 4 days over 2 weekends plus an assessment day. It covers an individual to coach athletes on the fell/trail and involves pre course, an exam and a practical assessment. It focuses on the How 2 skills of coaching (feedback, analysis, demonstration etc) plus a lot more detail on technique, drills, S&C, planning, H&S, drills etc. The FCiRF takes 4 days compared to 3 in the standard CiRF because of the greater technical and safety elements needed in off road running.

Please note - All coaching course applications must be sent by post. Please ensure that the full application document is enclosed together with a photo which meets the criteria in the guidance.

Requirements for license photo:
o White background
o Photo paper
o 45mm (height) by 35mm (width)
o Cannot be cut down from a larger photo

FRA Coaching Courses 2019

Please note that dates and venues may change slightly as we are confirming venues. Any changes will be posted on the FRA website. Further courses will be added according to demand. There are plans to deliver Fell/ Trail LiRF courses in Edinburgh and Aviemore on dates TBC in August/September and more in late Autumn.>/p>

Please make sure you use the correct application form.

Fell / Trail LiRF

June 08th Longshaw near SheffieldApplication form

Fell/ Trail CiRF

Please note that all candidates must attend any weekend 1 and a weekend 2 plus an assessment day from EITHER Fell/ Trail CiRF course (mix and match!). Fell/ Trail CiRF 13
DatesVenueApplication form
Weekend 1 25/26th MayBirmingham
Weekend 2 7/8th SeptemberMytholmroyd
Assessment Day 26th OctoberMytholmroyd

Fell/ Trail CiRF 14

DatesVenueApplication form
Weekend 1 1st/ 2nd JuneKendal
Weekend 2 21/22nd SeptemberMytholmroyd
Assessment Day 27th OctoberMytholmroyd

Fell/ Trail CiRF 15

DatesVenueApplication form
03/04 August Mytholmroyd

Any questions, contact Graeme Woodward