RunBritain is the new focal point of Road Running in the UK.
It is a unique partnership between UK Athletics, England Athletics, Scottish Athletics, Welsh Athletics, Athletics Northern Ireland and road race organisers from across the country, www.realbuzzrunbritain.com will be the definitive website for all road runners and road race organisers. All profits from www.realbuzzrunbritain.com are invested back into the development of endurance running in the UK.
The aim of Run Britain is simple:
To make British Road Running the best in the world in terms of organisation, development and performance
To Build Participation
We want to:
Engage more unattached runners in the community of the sport
Leave more money in the hands of race organisers – the majority of which are running clubs - to grow and improve their events
Raise funds and re-invest in the sport of road racing
Raise funds through other means and deliver them to all levels of the sport
To Promote events
Online race directories with cheapest online entry in the market
A universally-recognised quality kite-mark
Marketing packs for races
Promote the vision of road running in Schools and Communities not currently involved
Keep runners engaged on a daily basis
Increase membership of affiliated running clubs by communicating the benefits to unattached runners via the website
Talent spotting through online rankings
Online social networks
Develop coaching networks
To Support Event Development:
Take leadership on standards including medical, safety standards for runners and spectators and aconsolidated approach to police forces re road closures
Training and qualification of race organisers
A race director qualification
Online learning resources
Training for marshals
Sharing of best practices
Race organiser’s forums
Race organiser’s newsletter
To Improve High Performance
Investment to support three key strands:
Tap into existing endurance expertise to identify investment opportunities, and support the national event development programme and performance development
To create a virtual Running Club to:
Raise funds to realise our vision for the future of the sport
Bring unattached runners into the community of the sport
Drive up membership of affiliated running clubs
To redistribute funds:
Our goal: to make grant applications fast and simple
The criteria will be clear and highly visible
Support event development
Drive higher performance
The current voting members of Runbritain Management Group are:
Geoff Wightman – Chairman & Celtic Nations rep. CEO of Scottish Athletics
Nigel Jones - Elected representative of races less than 4,000 runners
Andrew Taylor – Elected representative of races with more than 4,000 runners
Hilary Walker – Elected representative of UKA affiliated Clubs
Ian Stewart - Senior Endurance Manager of UK Athletics
Mike Summers - Chief Executive of England Athletics
In addition there are five non-voting members who sit on the RBMG in an advisory capacity:
Dave Bedford - Race Director, Flora London Marathon
Hugh Brasher - CEO Sweatshop Max Coleby - Co-founder of the BUPA Great North Run
Bill Reynolds - Editor of the Race Directors' Portal and representative of BARR
John Temperton – UKA Athletics Services
Pierce O’Callaghan – Run Britain Business Manager
Geoff Wightman(Chair and Celtic nations representative)
Chief Executive of Scottish Athletics
Former athlete (6th 1990 European and 8th in 1990 Commonwealth Marathon) - current Dartford Harriers member
Formerly employed as a solicitor, sports agent and Puma marketing manager. |Announcer at London Marathon and Great Run series events.
Life member of Dartford Harriers
Nigel Jones -
Race Director & promoter of the Bath Half Marathon since 2000, Andrew is also founder of the independent sports consultancy - Running High Events Ltd - an enthusiastic (but undistinguished) veteran club runner, longstanding member & past membership secretary of Team Bath AC (formerly City of Bath AC).
Responsible for the transition of the Bath Half from voluntary to commercial management (expanding from 3,000 to 15,000 entries) and now one of the largest charity fundraisers in the Southwest (raising over £1.2 million pounds in 2008).
Coming from a background of 30 years as a project architect in the construction industry, Andrew has 10 years experience ‘at the sharp end’ organising road races and other sporting events (ice skating and cycling) in both the voluntary and commercial sector, assisting in numerous other events, including smaller club races.
Andrew is a member of the Run Britain technical working groups and a member of the standing conference on road race medical standards, contributing to the setting up of the ‘Runners Medical Resource’ website.
UKA level 5 Endurance official, & level 1 coach
Hilary Walker Club Representative
Former Ultra distance Runner ( European 100km Champion 1992, 2nd 1993, 3rd World 100km Championships 1989, held world best performances for 100 miles, 24 hrs, 200 miles 48 hrs etc)
President and Past Chairman of Serpentine Running Club
Past Race Director of the Hyde Park News Year’s Day 10km.
Past Secretary UKA Road Running PST and Chair, UKA Road Running Management Group
General Secretary, International Association of Ultra runners.
UKA Ultra distance Squad Management
Level 5 Road Race Official,
Senior Civil Servant, Department of Health. (Radiobiologist)
Meeting Director of all UKA televised Meetings
1970 Commonwealth Games 5,000m Champion
1969/75 European Indoor 3000m Champion
1970 European 5000m Champion
1972 Olympic 5000m bronze medallist
1975 World Cross Country Champion
10miles PB of 45 minutes 13 seconds and 10km track PB of 27:43
Mike Summers has been Chief Executive of England Athletics since March 2008.
Prior to this Mike was the project manager for the Road Running Leadership Group (now known as Run Britain), and before that an International Marketing Director with the multinational Thomson Corporation, leading a team of marketing professionals across the UK, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. A graduate of Lancaster and Durham Universities in Physics and Microelectronics, Mike also holds an MBA in Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology.
Mike is a passionate runner, running marathons in Paris in 2006, Hamburg in 2007 and Edinburgh Marathon in 2008 with a personal best of 3:36:54. He is currently in training for the April 2009 Flora London Marathon.
Dave Bedford - Race Director at the London Marathon
Dave Bedford was born in Hampstead, North London, in December 1949.
His running career spanned ten years (1964-1974) during which time he raised the profile of British athletics, popularising the sport both nationally and internationally.
He is a former World Record Holder at 10,000m, European Record holder at 5,000m and a former World Cross Country Champion. During 1971 he held every British record from 2,000m to 10,000m including the steeplechase (seven records in total).
His running career came to an end in 1974 due to injury.
After this time he spent a spell teaching and then moved into the entertainment industry. He owned and ran two nightclubs in Luton, Bedfordshire.
In 1983 he became involved once again in athletics, and sports marketing. He joined the London Marathon in 1986.
He is currently Race Director for the event.
Son of Olympic gold-medallist and London Marathon founder, Chris.
CEO – Sweatshop, SheRunsHeRuns, Reading Half Marathon, Experian Festival of Running, Bluewater 10k
Member of Ranelagh Harriers, former member of Hounslow AC.
Director of London Marathon
Founding group member of RRLG – now Run Britain.
Former track runner – 3000m S/C 8.54. 5k - 14.20k.
Competed in 4 London Marathon’s and 3 New York Marathons
Interests – Endurance Motorbike Racing, running and Travelling the world by motorbike.
Finished third in the junior boys race at the 1963 English Schools Cross Country Championships
Represented GB on a few occasions at the marathon distance between 1973 and 1982.
P.B’s:- Marathon: 2:14:46 Half Marathon: 64:45 10k (road): 29:08 10,000m (track): 29:42
Co founder, in 1981, of the Great North Run. Biggest road race in the UK and biggest half marathon in the world. Still Course Director for the GNR.
Now works part time for Nova International on the Great Run Series of events in various capacities.
Also very active in a voluntary capacity at a number of running events over the years, e.g.:-
- Organiser of the course(s) for the National Cross Country Championships at Durham (2001) & Sunderland
- Course Director for the World Cross Country Championships at Durham (1995)-
- Course Director for the World half Marathon Championships (1992).
- Organiser of the course for the Northern Cross Country Championships (2002)
- Organiser of Durham Schools Cross Country Championships (2003 to date).
- Organiser of the Durham University annual “Run for Zambia”.
- Organiser of Durham City Harriers Cathedral Cross Country Relays (Jan.) and Summer Parkland Relays (Aug.) each year.
- IAAF accredited road race Course Measurer – still active measuring road race courses particularly in the North East.
- Committee member and Deputy Chairman of Durham City Harriers.
Involved in many aspects of Road Running and Associated events since 1984.
Race Director: Cranbrook Running Event - 1988 – 1992.
Joined BARR in 1992
Appointed to: UK Athletics, Road Running Policy and Support Team, 1999, dissolved Feb 2005
National Sports Medical Institute working group
UK Sport Council, ‘Sport on the Highway’ Working Group
New UKA Road Running Management Group, 2005
UKA-Road Running Working Group-2006 and selection group for 2007 RR-LG members
Chairman, [5 years until June 2000], of The British Association of Road Races.
Elected, President of the Association in 2003
Consultant to Mumbai and Beirut Marathons
Appointed to Beirut International Marathon, Board of Trustees, 2007
UKA Technical Official, Level 5 Accreditation 2007
Structural Engineer and Projects Planner for Balfour Beatty Ltd until 1974
Self-employed since 1974
John Temperton - Athletics Services at UKA.
Athletics Services Manager, UK Athletics since April 2006
Administration Manager, Northern Athletics, 2000 - 2006
Development Officer, Northern Athletics, 1986 - 2000
Chairman, English Cross Country Association, 2006 to present
Former English Cross Country team manager and UKA selector
Endurance official, level 5
Lead organiser, English Cross Country Championships 1998 & 2004
Former secretary, Airedale & Spen Valley AC
Organiser - with colleagues - Bradford - Leeds 10
Member Airedale and Spen Valley AC (now Bradford Airedale AC) since the early 1960s competing actively 1960 - 1997.
Personal bests: 10kms 29:24 (track) 10 miles 47:20 (Croxdale, 1975) 1/2 marathon 65:37 Marathon 2:24:05 Sutton Park long stage: 25:48 5 English Cross Country senior team medals (no gold) between 1973 & 1979, best position 25th.
Pierce O’Callaghan (Business Manager)
Former European Athletics Director of Communications,
Former Events Manager for Scottish Athletics,
Former Athletics Ireland media spokesman,
Former Board member of Athletics Ireland.
Current Level 3 IAAF Race-Walking Judge, (Deputy Chief Judge at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and IAAF Judge for 2009 World Championships in Berlin and 2008 IAAF World Cup in Russia)
Former international Race-Walker at European Championship (98) & World Cup (99) level
Winner of 16 Irish titles from Schools to Senior level (3 at senior level)
Former Irish record holder at Junior & Senior level
Meeting Director of Dublin Grand Prix (EAA Permit Meeting 1995-2005,)
Degrees in Commerce (98) and Sports Management (05) from University College Dublin
Level 3 coach in endurance events
Coached an athlete to Sydney & Athens Olympics
Former Assistant editor of Irish Runner magazine
Freelance newspaper and radio journalist
Member of ATFS and AIPS