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Become a Run Leader

Run Leaders Course - University of Cambridge

Developing a network of Run Leaders!

Following the success of the course ran in Easter 2019, the Sports Service is organising another Leadership in Running Fitness course on Monday 23 Sept 2019. Our aim is to develop a network of running groups for University and College Staff* led by trained Run Leaders. All Run Leaders will receive central guidance and support from the Sports Service.

Run leaders are trained and insured by England Athletics, the National Governing Body (NGB) for athletics and running. The course will enable leaders to deliver fun and safe sessions to groups with mixed ability, including how to support new runners as well as developing pathways for those that want to progress. It focuses on understanding and overcoming barriers to participation in running and how to increase participation by those not traditionally attracted to a running club.

For information on the health and wellbeing benefits of running visit:


What is on offer and how to get involved?

The Sports Service will contribute the following:

  • Organise and host the course at the University Sports Centre.
  • Provide a mentor that will be able to give ongoing support and advice to Run Leaders.
  • Tool kits and resources for Leaders which will include everything from getting the group started to keeping the groups engaged.
  • Publicise the running group at:


The commitment needed from the Department, Division or College:

  • Course fee, £160
  • Provide a member of staff with the time to do the one-day course in September.
  • Support staff in this initiative. Most running groups meet for one 1 hour session per week although some have now expanded this to 2 sessions per week.


Format: One-day course – involving classroom and practical activity 

Date: Monday 23 September 2019

Where: University of Cambridge Sports Centre, Philippa Fawcett Drive, Cambridge, CB3 0AS

To find out more or book a place, please contact: 


*Whilst this particular training initiative is aimed at staff, Department and College Run Leaders can, of course, also lead student running groups or joint student/staff running groups.