International Mountain Running Coaches Forum

17th September 7-9pm St Georges Hotel, Llandudno, Wales, United Kingdom

Welsh Athletics and England Athletics are delighted to host the 1st International Mountain Running Coaches Forum. This two hour event will provide an opportunity for international coaches to come together to listen to two stimulus presentations followed by time to share thoughts and ideas. Attendance at the event is free and light refreshments will be provided. In order to ensure the interactive nature of the forum places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served registration basis, with a maximum of 2 places per country – those interested should register their interest with Tom Marley – tom.marley@welshathletics.org as soon as possible

Stimulus presentations will be given by:

Nancy Hobbs – Adapting technique for optimal ascending and descending

Nancy Hobbs has been running trails and directing running events since the mid-80s and her articles and photographs about the sport have been published in magazines including Runner’s World, Running Times, Trail Runner, and Ultrarunner. She is the founder and executive director of the American Trail Running Association, a council member of the World Mountain Running Association, manager of the US Mountain Running Team, and chairperson of the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council. She was inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame in 2013. She lives in Colorado Springs, where she is still a very active runner, winning a bronze medal at the 2013 World Masters Mountain Running Championships.

Steve Vernon – Transition of endurance training for mountain running success

Steve Vernon is an 8 times English National Cross Country medallist. He has represented Great Britain in the mountains, including 5th at the European Championships in 2013, leading the British men to team silver and at cross country multiple times over the last 15 years. His focus is now on coaching elite athletes and his current athletes are some of Britain’s best endurance runners across a variety of surfaces and events. Steve lives in the Peak District in Derbyshire and works as an Elite Performance Manager for New Balance.

This coaches forum takes place during the Mountain Running Festival of Sport which kicks off 12 September with the World Masters Mountain Running Championships and ends with the World Mountain Running Championships on 19 September.