What is the Vitality Running World Cup?

The Vitality Running World Cup is a free to enter virtual global running event where you represent your country and compete against the rest of the world! The event is open to everyone aged 13 years and above, whatever your fitness level and aims to inspire a global movement in health, encouraging people to move more and get more active. Every run counts and the country with the greatest distance tracked in relation to their population size will win. Registrations open from the 2nd June 2021 and the tournament starts on the 21st September to 10th October 2021. You can join in for FREE by downloading the Vitality Running World Cup App.


What is Virtual Coach for the Vitality Running World Cup?

Virtual Coach is a virtual training platform designed and delivered by England Athletics to provide you with access to training plans, performance coaches and expert support to help you with your training in the build up to the Vitality Running World Cup.

Choose from a range of training plans to suit your individual training needs - Virtual Coach will support your running journey whatever your goals.


How does the free trial period work?

When you register for Virtual Coach you will automatically receive a free 14-day trial where you will have full access to the Virtual Coach platform as well as the Final Surge apps. At the end of the 14-day trial period your card details will be charged and your paid subscription period will begin as follows:

6-week training programme: Your subscription will be set up to automatically take one payment from your card at the end of your free 14-day trial period. There will be no further subsequent automatic payments.

10-week training programme: Your subscription will be set up to automatically take one payment at the end of your free 14-day trial period and a second payment to be taken at 6 weeks. There will be no further subsequent automatic payments after the 2nd payment has been made.

You will be notified 3-4 days before the first payment is taken.

England Athletics will issue refunds for payments if requested within 7 days of your subscription payment. You can cancel your subscription at any time through the Payments & Billing area once you have logged in to your account.


What’s involved?

After you have signed up you’ll link up with the other runners in your group and your dedicated England Athletics Coach.

You then add your plan to your Virtual Coach calendar and you’re good to go! You’ll have access to a wide range of additional resources and a forum where you can ask questions directly to your coach. Each week you’ll receive an email to keep you motivated and you’ll have access to a weekly webinar with your coach and other team members to ask any questions as you go through.


How long are the Vitality Running World Cup programmes?

We have different programmes for the Vitality Running World Cup 2021:

1) Our 10-week 10km training programmes (three levels to choose from) – these are perfect to help you step up from 5km to tackle your first 10km race or to build upon a previous 10km race and improve your time. There is also a plan for more experienced runners really looking to tailor their running to become more 10km specific.

2) Our 6-week 5km training programmes (three levels to choose from) include options for those new to running but who have built a foundation and are looking to progress and add variety to their training, but we've also got options for more experienced runners which provide a great option to experience 5km specific training sessions and run a faster PB.

3) Our beginner 5km training programme takes you on a 10-week journey, mixing running with walking to support you to cover the 5km distance for the first time and is ideal for those completely new to running.


How experienced do I need to be?

We have a range of training plans (see above) to enable as many runners to take part in the Vitality Running World Cup as possible.


Can I change my plan?

The Virtual Coach platform allows you to add, remove or change any sessions in your training plan to really tailor your plan to your life. You can also switch plans completely if you discover that you actually need something more or less challenging.


What can I expect from the training?

Our plans include a wide variety of different types of training session. From easy runs and longer runs to sessions which include faster efforts at a wide range of different intensities. In short, through the course of each plan you’ll need to test your body.


Will I get full instructions on how to complete the plan?

Each session has a detailed set of supporting instructions and a video to give all the details you need. Of course you can also ask the coaches directly on the forums or in the weekly webinars.


What if my plan isn’t working for me?

Once you have started your plan you can either change your own plan taking the advice and support of your coach or you can swap it for any of the other plans we have available in the Virtual Coach platform.


Do you offer strength and conditioning advice?

On the Virtual Coach platform you will find circuits, core and stretching advice and videos to support your running.


How do the webinars work?

Each week we will email you to let you know the time and date of your webinar and send you a secure link for you to log in live. You can also catch up with the webinars each week after they have happened or submit questions in advance if you can’t make the live webinar.


Do I need a GPS watch or heart rate monitor to follow the plans?

No, all our plans are written in a way that allows you to work to time and effort. You don’t need any additional kit. The plans also allow you to run to pace or heart rate if you that works for you.


Can I access my coach 1-2-1?

No – we want the runners to communicate and share their questions with others in their group. Your coach will be available to answer your questions directly in the forums and the weekly webinar.


Is there a minimum age?

The minimum age for Virtual Coach is 16. If you are under the age of 18, you must have permission from your parent or legal guardian to sign up for an account.


Refunds

England Athletics will issue refunds for payments if requested within 7 days of your subscription payment. You can cancel your subscription at any time by logging in to your account and going to the Payments & Billing area to cancel your subscription.