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  • For details of specific courses please email Graeme Woodward

  • Nigel Hetherington has had to stand down from his role of FRA Education Coordinator and has not yet been replaced. The name and contact details for his replacement will be posted here as soon as known.

Please note

The Fell LiRF and Fell CiRF coaching courses were suspended in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. These courses will not resume in their previous form. Instead prospective Leaders and Coaches wishing to take runners off-road should first gain the standard LiRF or CiRF qualification, and subsequently take an additional off-road module covering fell, hill trail and mountain terrain. As the first step to becoming off-road trained you should book on the standard courses via this link https://www.englandathletics.org/coaching/qualifications/ on the EA website (or the equivalent in the other Home Countries).

The FRA are currently working with UK Athletics to help develop this modular approach to the coaching pathway, and also updating and enhancing the content covering off-road training. These specialist modules are being produced jointly by UKA and the FRA using experienced tutors and are expected to become available later this year.

FRA Coaching Courses 2021



Anyone already enrolled on either a Fell and Trail Leadership or Coaching course (those courses which were ‘frozen’ at the start of lock-down) can be assured that we will hold those courses just as soon as the Covid regulations allow. If you feel you need further information you can contact Graeme Woodward (link on the left) but he will be in touch as soon as possible, when he can start to arrange dates and venues.

We hope to be able to run additional Fell and Trail Leadership and Coaching courses during 2021, but of course at the moment the outlook is still very uncertain. Further information will be posted here when we are able to make some definite plans


What Coaching Courses does the FRA offer?


The FRA offers two coaching courses in association with England Athletics / British Athletics. These are:

Fell & Trail LEADERSHIP in Running Fitness (FT LiRF)
Fell & Trail COACH in Running Fitness (FT CiRF)


Both courses are equivalent in level to the England Athletics / British Athletics standard LiRF / CiRF with the same licence and insurance cover but with a focus on off-road running. The FT LiRF is an introductory award designed for those who primarily work with adults/young people over the age of 12 who enjoy off-road recreational running for fitness and health. Potential candidates may work within a Running Club of a Community based running group. The FT CiRF is the more advanced course providing a full coaching qualification.


FT LiRF - a one-day course providing the tools and techniques and UK Athletics insurance cover to take groups running off-road. It covers why people run, warm-up, main session and cool down structure, introductory drills, uphill and downhill running technique and essential safety precautions. It includes practical demonstration, an introduction to energy systems and training planning. There is no candidate assessment required to complete the FT LiRF award.
N.B. if leading runners between the ages of 12-18 this must be under the supervision of a Licensed FT CiRF / CiRF as a minimum.

FT CiRF - a 5-day course comprising two weekends and an assessment day. It prepares an individual to coach athletes for running off-road and includes an exam and a practical assessment. It focuses on the ‘how-to’ skills of coaching including process (i.e. instruction, explanation, demonstration, observation, analysis, feedback and review), extended use of drills, off-road running technique and planning a training programme.

N.B. The FT CiRF award takes 1-day longer than the standard CiRF to complete due to the additional competences required to coach in the fell and trail running off-road environment.