The Science & Practice of High Performance Middle Distance Running Symposium

University of Worcester Arena, Sunday 3 November 2019, 10am - 4pm

A one-day symposium at the University of Worcester for coaches and athletes interested in middle-distance running. The event is designed to share the latest research findings relating to training, preparation for and competition in the middle-distance running events, and to explore the practical applications of this work.


Please note registration through our online booking system has now closed.
For enquiries contact Andrew Renfree:


A schedule of the event is available. 


Dr Andy Renfree (University of Worcester)
Strategic and tactical decision-making in middle distance running

Andy is a Principal Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science, teaching in exercise physiology and interdisciplinary areas. His research interests are in how athletes regulate intensity during endurance events to maximise their potential whilst avoiding premature fatigue. A former middle-distance runner, Andy has been an AAA’s finalist and twice Scottish Champion over 1500m. 

Dr Arturo Casado (Isabel I University, Spain)            
Training intensity distribution and deliberate practice in the world’s best long-distance runners

Arturo Casado

Arturo is a Lecturer in High Performance on the Sports Master of Sciences programme run by the Spanish Olympic Committee, he is also a former professional middle-distance runner and current coach of international runners. Arturo was European 1500m Champion in 2010, and a three time World Championship finalist (Helsinki 2005; Osaka 2007; Valencia 2008). For his PhD he investigated training intensity distribution in the best Kenyan and Spanish distance runners.

Dr Brian Hanley (Leeds Beckett University)
Biomechanical factors in distance running: what can we learn from the world’s best?

Brian Hanley

Brian is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics. His research interests are in the area of elite athletics, especially race walking and distance running, as well as the pacing profiles adopted by endurance athletes. Brian is also interested in musculotendon profiling of athletes to appreciate internal limiting and contributing factors affecting performance, in addition to longitudinal studies measuring the technical development of junior athletes as they progress to become seniors.

Dr Richard Blagrove (Loughborough University)
Enhancing distance running performance and reducing injury risk with non-running based training activities

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Richard is a Lecturer in Physiology and author of the book ‘Strength and Conditioning for Endurance Running’. He is an accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach and previously a Director of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. He has provided strength and conditioning coaching support to numerous athletes over the last 12 years including several Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Richard’s extensive work with middle- and long-distance runners provided the inspiration for his doctoral research which investigated the utility of strength-based exercise for distance runners.