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)

Blended Learning LiRF Courses Now Available

The course consists of a series of Online Learning Modules and a Practical session (Half Day face to face delivery).

The online learning modules will be self-guided, meaning that there is no tutor present and candidates work through the modules independently before attending a practical delivery session. Athletics Northern Ireland are one of the first Home Countries to trial this blended learning approach of online and face to face delivery and we are looking forward to seeing our coaches and leaders engage in innovative approaches to learning.

The Practical session will look to apply the theoretical knowledge covered in the online modules. This session will also provide an opportunity to practice leading mixed ability groups effectively, exploring the How-to-lead skills, components of a session and the running technical template. There is no assessment element.

Places are limited to 28 attendees per course which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. These courses will follow current social distancing guidelines as set by the Northern Ireland Executive at the time of delivery.

The next courses will take place on Saturday 24th July at the Mary Peters Track:

Morning Session (9am-11:30am) Register Here

Afternoon Session (12pm-2:30pm) Register Here

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.


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.