CLUB DEVELOPMENT A relay reveille for 2011
We had our relay successes in 2010, but also one or two disappointments, so this is a reveille or wake-up call for a better 2011, writes Paul Wood.
in 2011! Tuesday night runners will have heard me banging on endlessly about relays: I really believe the Club should do more of them. Running in a relay team can help you lift your performance to new levels, as well as being a rewarding social experience.
There are a lot of relay events out there and something for everyone. At the ‘sharp end’ there are regional and national relays on the road, fell and XC for members to aspire to. At the ‘social end’ there are some marvellous local relays – Badger Stone,
he purpose of this article is to get more Harriers interested in, running in, and organising teams for relays
Danefield, Golden Acre, and Washburn. And in between there are relays like the Pennine Bridleway Relay and Bradford Millennium Way Relay, to name just two. There’s a full list of over 20 relay events on the IH web site (Racing/Relays) – it’s a bit vague on dates at the moment but it will be improved and I see this as being the hub for planning and reporting on the year’s events. To give every member the best opportunity to run in relays we have to get more help in coordinating entries and teams. And we have to firm up our procedures so we don’t miss entry dates or otherwise fail to reach our potential (nuff said!).
The Club needs more coaches!
The England Athletics coach qualification courses have all recently been revamped but this meant there was a significant period when no coach training courses were available: in that time some qualified coaches have ceased coaching, so now we need to get more people qualified.
Back in October Lucy Birkenshaw our England Athletics CCSO (Club Coach Support Officer) came along to our social Gathering to talk to us about the new courses and qualifications.
The Leadership in Running Fitness qualification is the first rung of the coaching ladder; a one day course trains
you to lead a running group. Many courses are oriented towards setting people up as Run In England group leaders, and not one hundred percent Club oriented, so we are looking at setting up a local course that is Club oriented, with the help of the Bradford Athletics Network.
This course and qualification would be of interest to anyone wanting to get onto the coaching ladder, or to Tuesday night run leaders perhaps.
For people who want to progress as a coach there is currently the Coaching Assistant (Level 1 equivalent) and Athletics Coach (Level 2 equivalent) courses. These
ILKLEY HARRIERS NEWSLETTER • NOVEMBER–DECEMBER 2010
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