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Ballincollig AC to Host Endurance Running Course on March 3rd

Endurance Running Course to be hosted by Ballincollig AC

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

Saturday March 3rd 2018

endurance course douglas ballincollig ac jan 2018


Ballincollig AC will host an Athletics Ireland Endurance Running course, on Saturday March 3rd 2018, in Gaelscoil na Dúglaise/Gaelscoil an Athar Tadhg Ó Murchú, South Douglas Road Cork. 

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

The course capacity is twenty five (25) participants, however the host club, Ballincollig AC, have ten (10) members attending, so  available slots are limited.

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


Register for Course


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Course Location

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

douglas gaelscoil location map

Douglas Gaelscoil Location Map


douglas gaelscoil direction map

Directions from South Douglas Road roundabout


Survey to Assess Interest in Endurance Running Courses in Cork

Cork Athletics is currently running a survey to assess interest in Endurance Running courses. Feedback from the survey will be used to schedule other Endurance Running courses around Cork.  Responses received to date suggest that the vast majority of respondents would attend Endurance Running courses in CIT, while alternative locations in East Cork, North Cork and West Cork, in that order of preference, would also be considered by respondents.  The preferred timing for courses is Spring, followed by April May - clearly people want to do the course before the prime summer road-racing season.


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.  


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

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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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