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.

Road Running Management Group - 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 the 2015 Diamond Relays.

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

John Temperton, UKA

A Level 4 Endurance Official, John is a former distance runner with Airedale and Spen Valley AC. He has been employed in Athletics since 1986, initially with North of England Athletics and currently with UKA as Domestic Competition Manager.  John is Chairman of English Cross Country Association.

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

England Athletics

Nigel Rowe

A member of the UK Athletics Members Council and  Race Director of the Plymouth 10k and Britain’s Ocean City 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

Tom Marley, National Events and Competition Manager

Co-opted members

Roland Gibbard

Member of the British Association of Road Races (BARR) since 1989 and currently their Vice-President 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. Currently race director of the Two Bays Tough Ten Challenge at Weston-Super-Mare. Former nationally ranked marathon runner. Life member of Charnwood AC.

Race Organiser Members:


John Skevington, Leicestershire Vision 2020 Athletics Network 

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. He is the founder and head coach of Wreake and Soar Valley AC. The club enjoys much success in all distance events. He has been involved in road running on many levels for well over 30 years including over 20 years serving on the committee of the LRRL which is Britain’s biggest road running league. He is also an official and race director.  He is sadly no longer a competing athlete, but still enjoys running. His role on the Road Running Management Group 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.


Race Organisers

Peter Osborne

Started running in mid-life having been involved as official and organiser of Horse Trials from grass roots to International level for 15 years. Coach and level 2 EA. Experience as Assistant Race Director Leicester Marathon and Barrow 10mile and various other distance races. Secretary to Barrow Runners 8 years.

Currently, Secretary for Leicestershire Road Running League for past 12 years. A volunteer at grass roots events, Leicestershire Primary Schools XC, and at all levels of road running.

Also sponsor of events.


Richard Kay

Started running from a young age competing in cross-country, road and track. Coming through the junior ranks to a senior competing for Great Britain in cross-country and England in both cross-country and over the marathon distance.  PB’s of 2:20 for the marathon, 66:13 for the half marathon and 30:06 for 10k as well as competing in the US in 2006-07 with a sports scholarship.   Has gradually moved from predominately participating to organising events and working behind the scenes.

Successfully brought back the Derby Ramathon in 2014, taking the event to 4,000 entrants in 4 years fundraising £126k for charity before the event moved on to Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All to take it to the next level.  Also previous Race Director for the Derby 10k and manager of one of the London 2012 Olympic marathon zones.

Todd Lake

From school age athletics has been of great interest to Todd and was galvanised by seeing Seb Coe’s last UK appearance at the McVitie’s Games in 1987, where he autographed Todd’s pound note, only for the starstruck teenager to then to spend it in error two days later!

After bringing up his children, Todd started running at the age of 45. Although a late starter, he was very keen to have an impact and joined his local club, Dereham Runners & AC; entering every available event.

He soon joined the Club Committee and introduced his first event - the Dereham 5k which has now had eight editions.

Todd has since become an Event Adjudicator, Club Coach and has been Club Chairman for the past five years.

His own running consists of local County Gold Age Cat Awards over a range of distances, although concentrating mainly on the 5k and 10k.