About us

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

Our goals:

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 a consolidated 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:

Coach Development


Athlete Support

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

Key criteria:

Support event development

Build participation

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

Bill Reynolds - Editor of the Race Directors' Portal and representative of BARR

John Temperton – UKA Athletics Services

Pierce O’Callaghan – Run Britain Business Manager

Race Directors' Portal access Online race licence application button