Leader in Running Fitness (18+ / 1 day / £110)

The Leadership in Running Fitness Award will prepare you to provide a safe and enjoyable running experience for participants over the age of 12. On successful completion of the one-day attendance only course you will be licensed and insured to lead groups of adults in running activities taking place away from the club premises. If working with participants between 12-18 you will need to work under the supervision of a licensed coach (Athletics Coach or CiRF)

Looking ahead, this award will be accepted as a prerequisite for the subsequent Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF)  award.

  • Course Name: Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF)
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Price: £110
  • Focus: using running to improve fitness and health
  • Age Requirement: 18
  • Assessment: No
  • Pre-requisites: None, a great first step for individuals who want to assist people to use running to improve fitness
  • Once qualified will I require supervision: Only when coaching participants between the ages of 12-18. If coaching participants over 18 you do not require supervision.
  • Looking ahead what’s next: Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF)
  • Alternatives: Coaching Assistant if you wish to coach Track & Field, athletes under 12 or focus on training for performance rather than fitness
  • Lunch: Not included. (We cannot guarantee that all venues have refreshment facilities so please bring lunch and a drink with you).

Who should go on the course?


To be eligible for this course you must be 18 years or over. This award is a great entry point for those who wish to progress along the Coaching Pathway or those who just want to assist people who want to use running to get fit.

This award has been designed for those who primarily work with adults/young people over the age of 12 who enjoy recreational running for fitness and health. Potential candidates may work within a Running Club of a Community based running group such as Couch to 5K. It’s important to note this is not a course about individual running events, nor is it a coaching course.

For a leadership license to be processed, leaders require a current Access NI police record check. Checks are not transferable between sports and other organisations therefore you will need to conduct a new check to be insured. The Access NI check itself is free for club volunteers.

Where can I get more information regarding this course?

Full details of this course can be found on British Athletics' uLearnAthletics.com website HERE.

If you would like to see the resources provided on this course before you attend they are also on uLearnAthletics.com HERE

When will the next course run?

The majority of courses run during the autumn and winter months. However, we run courses based on demand. If you would like us to contact you when a new course becomes available then please sign up to the waiting list.


Course dates and application forms

There are currently no courses planned. Please sign up to the waiting list using the link above.

Is there anything else I need to do to become licensed as a LiRF?

Yes. In addition to attending the LiRF course you need to apply for an Access NI check. Please download the required forms below and follow the instructions carefully.