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UK Athletics

Road Running leadership Group created

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The Road Running Leadership Group that will take forward the development of road running in the UK has announced its members.

The six names are as follows:

Dave Bedford – Race Director of the London Marathon

Hugh Brasher – CEO Sweatshop

Max Coleby – Co-founder of the Great North Run

Zara Hyde-Peters – Director of Athlete Development at UK Athletics

Nigel Rowe – Chair of South West region, England Athletics

Geoff Wightman – Chief Executive of Scottish Athletics

Dave Moorcroft, Chief Executive of UK Athletics said: “The formation of the road running leadership group is a great opportunity to move road running forward in this country.

“It would be hard to imagine a stronger group capable of representing the diversity of road runners in the UK than the six members of the leadership group.”

Alan Harrison, Chief Executive of England Athletics said: “this is an exciting time for road running.  I am delighted that Nigel Rowe will be representing England Athletics on the Road Running Leadership Group.  Nigel will bring a wealth of experience from medium and smaller road races to ensure the group looks at all aspects of road running from the big city marathons to local club events.”

The Road Running Leadership Group will develop its own terms of reference and these will include:

Administration: setting the standards of delivery for road running, how the sport is organised and quality control.

Finance: evaluating the funding of the sport and developing a financial plan for its long-term health and future.

Participation: ensuring the sport remains attractive to existing runners, draws in new runners and that they all enjoy a consistently high standard of experience.

Elite: developing strategies with the UKA endurance team to improve elite standards within the sport.

One of the first tasks for the Road Running Leadership Group (RRLG) will be to review the existing financing of the sport and consider alternatives to the current levy and permitting system.  The Working Group established a principle that all such funds generated by road running, will be used for the development of road and endurance running.

The RRLG will meet regularly over the next 18 months before being replaced by a permanent organisation that ensures an appropriate mix of skills and accountability.  This will include an election process for the three interim nominated positions that are not connected to governing bodies.

Two project managers will assist the Road Running Leadership Group.  These are Jack Buckner, former European 5000m champion and Project Director of the Foster Report and Pete Hier, race director of the Windsor Half-Marathon and event director of the 2001 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Bristol. Jack will work on the new management systems whilst Peter will work directly with race organisers and permit secretaries.

The process of moving the current management of permitting to the new Athletic Services unit is underway.  All county permit officers have been contacted with further information about the new arrangements.  If any County Permit Officer has not received the letter from the Athletic Services project team please contact John Temperton on 08709986793 or jtemperton@ukathletics.org.uk