Four years ago I was inspired to get more involved in running by London 2012. I’ve since become a British Athletics-qualified coach and I’m still loving being able to help people run, run further and run faster.
My Tuesday night Run England group attracts 8 to 12 people each week and people come and go as there lives dictate. Although some people have come and gone, for all sorts of reasons.
Some have tried running and decided it wasn’t for them, some have gained confidence to continue their running on their own or with a club like Witney Road Runners and some have maybe just fallen out of the habit (and forgotten how much fun my sessions are!) but might be lacking in confidence to get started again.
To add a bit of variety to the sessions, to provide more direct coaching for everyone, and to encourage people to come along without feeling they’ll have to run around Witney I’m going to do something a little special on the last Tuesday of every month. Continue reading Run England Cogges Summer Sessions
Early in 2016 I was invited to speak with the Witney Road Runners committee. I was asked to present my vision of how we could introduce a more formal coaching initiative to the club. Having engaged with the membership it was clear they wanted to know more about running technique so I proposed an 8 week series of “Technique Tasters” – interactive running seminars to introduce some of the basic concepts and tips. Continue reading Technique Taster Sessions
I can’t believe it is the end of June already! Where does the time go? This year’s Juneathon has had it’s ups and downs but it finished on a high.
Continue reading Juneathon 2015 Day 30 – The One With The Heat
What with one thing and another I missed the blog yesterday even though I did actually run! The last two days have, however, left me a little puzzled on three counts.
Continue reading Juneathon 2015 Days 23 & 24: The One With The Puzzlement
After a hat-trick of Juneathon fails I’m back on the horse today with a cracking multi-terrain club run of just over 5 miles.
It was great to stretch my legs after a few busy days at work. It was also great to chat running and coaching. I’m working with the club to establish ideas and direction of possible coaching initiatives for the adult section of the club so I’ve created a little survey to see what the membership think about coaching:
It was great to hear from some enthusiastic fellow members who’d already completed the survey. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many people are starting to engage. It was useful to be able to use the “notices” section before tonight’s run to ask for more people to get involved. I’m keen to get as many thoughts as possible to represent what the membership thinks about coaching.
In reality, there is only so much we are going to be able to do to begin with as I am the only adult coach but hopefully we can get more people involved.
There’s already some interesting themes coming from the answers and still a couple of weeks left until I close the survey. Then the hard work starts: having to put some plans together for the committee!
What do you think about coaching? Do you have a coach? Does your club have coaches? How does your club deliver coaching to the masses?
I was looking forward to today’s Juneathon activity and it didn’t disappoint. Today, as well as my own success at the City of London Mile, I had success as a coach.
Continue reading Juneathon 2015 Day 14: The One With The City of London Mile
A Saturday is normally a running day for me but I want my legs to be fresh for the City of London Mile tomorrow. There’s still been running-related activities though.
Continue reading Juneathon 2015 Day 13: The One With The Shopping
After the heart rate induced rest day yesterday I am pleased to report the heart rate was back to normal levels this morning and I certainly felt well enough to head out for a run with the club tonight.
Continue reading Juneathon 2015 Day 11: The One With The Club Run
A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to observe another coach’s session as part of the England Athletics Coach Development Programme. Tonight I put myself, and my Tuesday night group through it. Who knew ten-and-a-half minutes of running could be so challenging and rewarding.
Continue reading Juneathon 2015 Day 9: The One With The Deceiving Run
Some Saturday mornings are for lay ins, some are for parkrun. Given that Juneathon day 5 was an excuse day rather than exercise day, this Saturday morning definitely needed to be the latter.
Continue reading Juneathon 2015 Day 6: The One With The Paced parkrun