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Endurance Running Course - February 2020

Saturday 29 February 2020, 10:00 - 16:00

Contact Location DistanceTypeChampionshipPermitMeasured
Grace Lynch, Regional Development Officer (RDO). Athletics Ireland, 0858006892 Gaelscoil na Dúglaise/Gaelscoil an Athar Tadhg Ó Murchú, South Douglas Road Cork T12 D702 Coaching No Yes N/A

Endurance Running Course - hosted by Ballincollig AC


Gaelscoil na Dúglaise/Gaelscoil an Athar Tadhg Ó Murchú, Douglas

Saturday February 29th 2020



Ballincollig AC will host an Athletics Ireland Endurance Running course, on Saturday February 29th 2020, in Gaelscoil na Dúglaise/Gaelscoil an Athar Tadhg Ó Murchú, South Douglas Road Cork T12 D702

Course Director - TBA



This Course is Open to ALL

The course cost is €60 per person, and is open to Athletics Ireland members aged over 16 years. It is also open to non-members, including Triathletes, and anyone interested in Endurance Running


The course capacity is twenty five (25) participants total


However, if there is large demand, Cork Athletics will host another course on another date


Register for Course


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Regional Development Officer, Athletics Ireland, phone 0858006892


Course Location

The course will be held in Gaelscoil an Athar Tadhg, South Douglas Road, Cork.  The school is located off the Douglas West slip-road from the N40 South Ring-Road


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Douglas Gaelscoil Location Map


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Directions from South Douglas Road roundabout


Would Your Club Like to Host an Endurance Running Course?

Approaches, from other Athletics Ireland clubs, to host these courses would be welcome.


Course Information and Content

The aim of the Endurance Running course is to give some basic knowledge/skills to the endurance coach to help assist in the delivery of coaching sessions to young athletes/Fit4Life groups/Road Runners etc. It is an introduction to some key endurance principles.  

Endurance Running Course - February 29th 2020

An introduction into the key principles of endurance running.
Content can cover training methods, periodisation, juvenile and Fit4Life Development.
This would be a very good course for those considering introducing a Fit4Life programme to their club.



Barriers to Running/Fit4Life/Leadership

  •     Coaches will learn about some of the barriers/challenges people experience with regard to starting running and ways to counteract this
  •     Coaches will learn about Fit4Life, its impact on athletics in Ireland and what it’s all about
  •     Coaches will learn about why people want to become leaders and the role leaders play

Coaching/Motivating/Goal Setting

  •     Coaches will learn about the art of coaching, coaching confidence and the importance of good communication and building relationships
  •     Coaches will learn about motivation and the part it plays in the coaching process
  •     Coaches will learn about the basics of goal setting and come away knowing how to introduce this with their athletes

Warming Up & Warming Down Practical on Track

  •     Coaches will learn about the theory behind a warm up and cool down and know how to bring an athlete through the physical part of a warm up and cool down and how best to lay this out
  •     Coaches will learn about running technique and some drills to help with this

Training Principals/Heart Rates/Energy Systems

  •     Coaches will be introduced to the principles of training that will help guide everything they do when planning training
  •     Coaches will learn about the basics of training using a heart rate monitor and they benefits of this
  •     Coaches will be introduced to the basics of the energy systems and how they govern training & racing decisions

Training Aims/Setting Up a Training Plan Theory

  •     Coaches will learn about the key aims of endurance training and what coaches are trying to achieve from a scientific viewpoint
  •     Coaches will learn about how to set up a basic training plan and know what a microcyle, mesocyle and macrocycle is

Setting Up a Training Plan Practical  (Coaches Work in Groups Developing Training Microcycles)

  •     Coaches will learn about developing a full microcyle of a given athlete and get vital practice writing this down and presenting to the group
  •     Coaches will learn about how others in the group can achieve the same goals for a given athlete but in a different training plan format

Final Training Tips and Q&A

Coaches will learn some final useful tips that will add to their coaching armoury and have the opportunity to ask any questions with regard to the course or training in general


Athletics Ireland Coach Education


Endurance Running Course Details


Duration: This is a course over 1 day or 2 nights (8 hours in total)

Entry Requirements: The Endurance Running Course is open to all those 16 years or over. It is open to people from all sporting codes, and not just members of Athletics Ireland.

Assessment/ Qualification: There is no exam and is certified by Athletics Ireland & Coaching Ireland

Cost:  €60


About Us

Cork Athletics County Board is a constituent member of Athletics Ireland. Cork Athletics is the governing body, administering athletics, track and field (T&F), cross-country (XC) and running in county Cork. The Board comprises elected representatives of constituent athletic clubs and running clubs. Cork County Board AAI organises Championship races and competition, including road, track & field (T&F) and Cross-country (XC), at junior, juvenile, senior and masters levels, and selects representation for the county. In addition, training and education is provided for coaches and officials. The Board also regulates the Athletics Ireland race/event permit (licence) process for county Cork.
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