The last few months have been busy online with a number of Run Leader workshops. In previous years these have been in person as we have taken the sessions around the country. Due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic we had to take the programme online for 2021. It was great to see over 190 people registered for this series of England Athletics workshops and as far as possible we tried to make each one as interactive as possible to try and mitigate the potential for Zoom fatigue.

During the course of the workshops we covered topics such as adapting your offer in line with Covid guidelines, Goal setting, core skills of a LiRF and virtual practical sessions. Specials guests included former Chicago marathon winner Paul Evans and Ultra distance legend Mike Hartley. There were also presentations and competitions from Aftershokz, Runderwear and Nuurv.

The most enjoyable aspect of the programme was engaging with all the wonderful Run Leaders that there are in the running community, hearing about their experiences with their groups and clubs and providing some advice for them moving forward.

Now restrictions have eased the leaders will be able to put some of the ideas from the workshops into practice. If anyone would like any further help with their groups feel free to get in touch.