Harrogate Manager Coaching the Coaches! (29th April)
Enthusiasts keen to gain a UK Athletics highly respected coaching qualification were treated on Sunday 29th April to a masterclass in leadership skills by Harrogate Up & Running Manager Darran Bilton.
Darran, who one week earlier became the first person the win his age group category for a record 6th consecutive year in the London Marathon, acted as a course tutor on behalf of UKA in order that athletics enthusiasts could gain the required skills to become 'Run Leaders,' meaning they are qualified to take groups of runners out on training runs, give training advice and support. All who attended at the Teeside University site were successful and passed with flying colours.The course is an intensive one day qualification and covers coaching practice, group organisation, planning sessions, elements of fitness and group safety. Darran will be tutoring on his doorstep on Sunday 24th June, when he takes a 'Leadership in Running Fitness' course at Harrogate High School. This will mark the end of an eventful week in the Harrogate Manager's life; on the Monday (18th June) he is carrying the Olympic Torch as part of the official relay (in Scarborough), whilst on Tuesday the Olympic Torch Relay passes by Station Parade, home of Harrogate Up & Running, where everyone in the shop will be celebrating!