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Endurance Running Courses - Survey January 2018

Survey to Assess Interest in Endurance Running Courses in Cork

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Endurance Running Course Survey

This is a new approach for Cork Athletics that, we hope, will enable delivery of courses in locations and at times that best suit the participants. The purpose of this survey is to asses the level of interest in Endurance Running courses. Depending on the responses to the questionnaire, Cork Athletics and Athletics Ireland will consider organising courses in various locations around the county, and also at times of the year that best suit.  


Clubs can group together to provide the numbers required as the basis for holding a course in their own locality.  The course is open to all-comers, not just Athletics Ireland members, so members of, for example, Triathlon clubs, or indeed, those who aren'tamember of any organisation, can attend.  The Minimum numbers for a course is fifteen (15) people, while the maximum is asomewhat flexible, between 25 and 30.



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.  

NB: Since this Survey was first published, an Endurance Running Course has been announced for Saturday March 3rd, in Dougas, Cork


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

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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


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Cork Athletics 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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