Holmfirth Harriers would not exist without the help of dozens of volunteers who give up their free time for the benefit of the wider membership – and it’s hugely appreciated! Volunteer roles include coaches, officials, and run leaders, as well as race organisers and race-day support. If you’re interested in getting involved then please get in touch using the form on this page. The club will support you with any training required to fulfil the role, provide mentoring throughout, and cover any course costs. 

Interested? Get in touch!

Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)

Holmfirth Harriers is a large and active club which provides for a wide variety of running abilities and interests. As such, we have a lot of different training groups, each of which requires a Run Leader. 

Run Leaders are responsible for leading training groups on the different pre-determined set routes we run on around the Holme Valley. They lead warm-ups/cool downs, keep group members motivated, and ensure that everyone stays together, 

All of our Run Leaders hold the Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualification. We are currently on the lookout for more Run Leaders to enrol on this course; if you’re interested then please read on below and get in touch using the form above! 


The LiRF course is designed to prepare Run Leaders so that they can provide a safe and enjoyable running experience for people over 12 years of age, regardless of ability or fitness. It is not a coaching qualification, but it does provide an entry pathway towards coaching qualifications should this wish to be pursued.

How is it Delivered?

For the next intake of Run Leaders, Holmfirth Harriers are aiming to deliver the course in a blended format consisting of four online self-guided learning modules followed by a half-day practical session. The four online modules are:

  • Individual Centred Leading and the Role of the Leader
  • Running Fitness Session Content
  • Performance Factors, Energy Systems and their Application
  • The Role of the Leader in Injury Avoidance

The modules use a variety of learning activities including videos and interactive tasks and can take about four hours to complete.

The half-day practical session is 3 hours in length and led by two qualified tutors. The session encourages candidates to reflect on the content covered in the online learning modules, and allows them to practice leading groups through a warm-up and main session. 

Alongside completing these elements of the course, candidates will also complete online training modules covering Safeguarding and First Aid, as well as undertaking a DBS check.

How will the Club Support Me?

Should enough members be interested, then Holmfirth Harriers are hoping to put all candidates through the course simultaneously. The club will establish realistic timescales within which to complete the online modules, before accommodating the practical session for all candidates at Neiley Playing Fields. A group chat will be created where experiences, ideas, and encouragement can be shared, and mentoring from experienced coaches will be available at all stages of the process. Not only this – all expenses will also be met by the Club!

Interested in the LiRF course? Then get in touch today!