It’s been a while since I have written a blog post, I can only apologise but everything has just been so busy!

I have had an exciting year since the official launch of ID Coaching in early 2017. The ID Coaching athlete base continues to grow and I have seen such measured success from all of the runners. It must be noted, however, that success is measured in various quantifiable ways for each individual.

What am I Talking About?

Well, most recently Jake and Ian took on the challenge of their very first marathon, the London Marathon in the big smoke. Alex smashed his 10k time right down, Jo, who is getting back into her running groove and is achieving targets most weeks after being ‘off’ running for some time’. Karin has smashed her dream of a sub 4 hour marathon and Dawn is taking on a half marathon challenge in Newcastle in September, after starting her running journey from scratch! So inspiring! Nic has smashed her PB’s and is on course for some metalwork after a successful start to the season on the fells.

Some of our athletes have moved into new coaching arrangements and are successfully stepping up into the next level of competition. Carla has moved coach to Duncan Mason at Salford and has already managed to get a podium finish as part of the successful Ladies Salford team. Congratulations Carla!

What’s Moving and Shaking for ID Coaching?

Well, I put ID Coaching forward to manage the Badger Series 10k trail series in Cuerden Valley this summer. Having the experience of setting up and managing Cuerden Valley parkrun for almost the past 5 years, I felt this was a natural transition and taking on the management of the series has given me an insight into race organisation. With some trepidation (you don’t want to change too much too soon) I set upon revising the route.

Those that know the foundations of ID Coaching will understand that I thrive on helping you to build strength, flexibility and to also run injury free by using good form and running drills. Running on the trail and fell, although comes with risk, will help to build strength and flexibility in all runners over time and offers great training for those who then return to road racing. So I decided to put in a short river crossing and tweaked some road sections to add more trail – boom!

Feedback has been awesome so far and I have to say, I am really proud right now. There was a fantastic turn out of volunteers, not only supporting runners but staying behind for a de-brief and clear up of race markers too. All of which is hugely appreciated. ID Coaching is planning a big thank you celebration after the completion of the series, more information to follow about that over the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

Why did ID Coaching take on the series?

Firstly, to develop the portfolio of ID Coaching and secondly because, who doesn’t love a good race series in a beautiful setting? Am I right? That aside it also offered us an opportunity to raise funds so that I can push forward with the setup of a junior parkrun in the valley. I am fully committed to parkrun and what the event brings to communities, people’s fitness, mental health and general wellbeing. Our little people will become the runners of the future and a manageable shorter course will be an ideal way to bring our youngsters into the world of running and also to get a taste of the parkrun community. I am really happy to be able to say the total is now at the halfway point of raising the initial funds required and ‘only’ have £1500 to go!

The next race in the Badger Series 2018 is ‘sett’ to take place on Thursday the 5th of July with a 7:30pm race start. Please sign up and help the series be the success we hope it will be! Based on June’s entry figures of 157 runners at the start line we hope we can increase participation levels for our July and August events.

For details about the race and the pricing, click here. You can also sign up for the second and the third events.

We have also set up a little order for Badger Hoodies for those who may have seen them being modelled at the first event. They are avaiable for purchase at ‘not for profit’ cost. Feel free to get in touch if you would like to purchase one and help raise the profile of the event. You can find ID Coaching on Facebook here.

What’s next?

Well, I am very excited to announce that ID Coaching is going to be increasing in athlete numbers and have for some time, also been thinking about coaching resources. That said we are picky!

I am absolutely delighted to welcome a new coach to the ID Coaching team and his expertise, running achievements and vet records stand him in really good stead to take on some of the coaching for those about to go to the next level in their running journeys. Watch this space for future news and the big reveal!

Finally, as always, we have one final thing to end our blog post with and that is, as always, to be the best you can be.

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