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Interested in signing-up for our new online LiRF courses?

Are you are a Runner looking to be a Run Leader to set up your own group? Are you a Runner looking to support your Run Leader by becoming a Run Leader yourself so more group runs can take place?

The course is designed to prepare you to provide a safe and enjoyable running experience for young people aged 12+ and adults of any ability.

The course covers risk assessment, warm-ups, cool downs, and how to lead fun running sessions for a mixed ability group of runners.

The new Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) online course from England Athletics and RunTogether is here to help. The Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualification has been revamped to meet today’s learner's needs, and utilising today's technologies.

New dates are being made available for the new online Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) course – please click here to view the course dates and to book your place online.  Please note that if you are unable to book onto these dates, or your preferred date is sold out, then more dates will be added through the coming months.

The cost of the online course is £170 (£140 for RunTogether runners who are also registered with England Athletics); it remains the same price as the physical course as it achieves the same goals and outcomes, tutors remain a key part of the delivery, and the individual will be a licenced ‘Leader’ as a result of attending.

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The course is made up of:

Four on-line self-guided learning modules

Self-guided means that there is no tutor present and you work through the modules independently. The modules use a variety of learning activities including videos and interactive tasks. Please see the sample video of part of a module below.

Remote feedback from a tutor of a supervised session

You will need to film yourself (complying with UK Athletics safeguarding requirements) leading two supervised running in fitness activities. You will be directed to upload these to our learning platform where a tutor will review them and offer you some developmental feedback.
(Please note: participants will be able to submit their recordings and have their tutor feedback provided once lockdown restrictions are lifted and group activity is possible).

A 90 minute virtual classroom session

A virtual classroom is a teaching and learning environment, where participants can interact, communicate, engage with learning resources, view and discuss presentations, while working in groups all in an online setting.

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The course modules cover the following:

Module One: Individual Centred Leading and the Role of the Leader.
This module starts by looking at some of the different motivations for running, barriers to running and how to overcome them. It continues by exploring different types of runner and how to safely cater for them all.

Module Two: Running Fitness Session Content.
This module covers the principles of warming up, running technique and cooling down. It also introduces the coaching process skills of how to lead activities safely, how to organise activities to maximise involvement, how to give clear instructions and demonstrations.

Module Three: Performance Factors, Energy Systems and their application.
This module starts by looking at factors which influence a runner’s performance, including the different components of fitness. It continues by looking at how training works and asking the learner to consider how they can use this knowledge to progress a group of runners while considering each runner’s individual needs.

Module Four: The Role of the Leader in Injury Avoidance.
This module looks at common running injuries, what causes injuries and the role a leader can play in injury avoidance.

Remote Practice:
Participants are asked to film themselves leading a warm up activity and also part of the main session, whilst looking to implement the HOW2 skills covered within the 4 online modules. A course tutor will provide developmental feedback on the video content submitted.

Virtual Classroom session:
This session allows the learner to reflect on the content covered in the four online modules, and share and discuss the feedback they have received on their leading practice, in a safe and supportive learning environment, with an experienced Leadership in Running Fitness tutor