About runbritain

Mission Statement:

runbritain’s mission statement is to make British road running the best in the world in terms of organisation, development and performance.

The people:

Gavin Lightwood, runbritain Manager

Gavin is an IAAF Road Running Technical Delegate. His previous roles include - Venues Manager for the European XC 2003, IAAF World XC 2008 and Competition Manager for the IAAF XC 2009. Course Director for the Edinburgh Marathon from 2003 - 2006 and Race Director for the Great Scottish Run 2009 - 2010 and and the 2015 Diamond Relays.

Contact details: glightwood@uka.org.uk or 07718 526 353.

John Temperton, UKA

A Level 3 Endurance Official, he is a former distance runner with Airedale and Spen Valley Harriers, volunteer North of England Administrator and England Cross Country Team Manager. He is also a Competitions Manager for UKA.

Contact: jtemperton@uka.org.uk or 07920 532 545.

England Athletics

Nigel Rowe (Technical Group)

A member of the UK Athletics Members Council and  Race Director of the Plymouth 10k and the Plymouth Half Marathon, he produced the Report on Road Race Licence Standards in 2010 which was the forerunner to the introduction of the new licensing process involving Regional Panels and Event Adjudicators. Nigel is also a contibuter to the runbritain Race Director’s Handbook and lead tutor for the runbritain Race Director courses.

Wales and Celtic Nations

Steve Brace

Welsh Athletics Director of Development. Double Olympian at Marathon (1992 and 1996).

Co-opted members

Nick Bitel, London Marathon (Technical Group)

Chief Executive of the London Marathon and partner in sports law firm Max Bitel Greene LLP with clients including Ryder Cup and Wimbledon. A Board Member of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, London Community Sports Board and Events for London Steering Group.

Roland Gibbard (Technical Group)

Member of the British Association of Road Races (BARR) since 1989 and currently their Vice-Chairman and Chief Race Scrutineer. Organised the initial road race reviews for UK Athletics as a forerunner of the current race licensing system. Over 40 years experience of road running. Race Director of the Newton Solney 10km (1984/95). Former nationally ranked marathon runner. Life member of Charnwood AC. .

Elected Race Organiser Members

 John Skevington, Leicestershire Vision 2020 Athletics Network (Technical Group)

Has been involved in athletics all his life, first as a track runner in his teens and then from the "running boom" took to the roads in 1981. Has been a member of Wreake Runners in Leicestershire for almost 30 years and is involved in road running on many levels including being on the committee of the LRRL which is Britain’s biggest road is running league and also as an official and administrator.  Sadly no longer a competing athlete, but still enjoys running. His role on the runbritain Council is to represent the interests of clubs, ensuring amongst other things that the small club races which are often the financial lifeblood of a club are well looked after.

runbritain Medical Sub-Group

Andrew Taylor (Technical Group)

Race Director of the Bath Half Marathon since 2000, he has 12 years experience organising road races and other sporting events in both the voluntary and commercial sector. He is responsible for developing policy in medical standards, highways & police, licence & grading standards and officials’ development.