Performance Sport

Endurance Running Academy

The University of Edinburgh’s Endurance Running Academy was set up in partnership with Scottish Athletics to provide a performance programme for athletes competing in middle & long distance track, cross country, road, and mountain running.

Athletes on the programme will be provided with coaching, strength & conditioning, physiotherapy, performance lifestyle support, and access to sports scholarships.

22/23 Applications

We are seeking applications from both new and returning students for the 2022-23 academic year. 

The deadline for applications is 28th August, with initial selections being made the week commencing 29th August

Consideration Criteria for 2022-2023 Season

To be considered for selection it is expected that athletes have met at least one of the following criteria in either the 2021 or 2022 seasons:

  • Represented British Athletics at track, cross country, road, or mountain running.
  • Represented BUCS at track or cross country.
  • Represented your Home Countries Athletics Federation (e.g. scottishathletics) at track, cross country, road, or mountain running.
  • Represented Scottish Universities at track or cross country.
  • Scored BUCS points for the University of Edinburgh at cross country, indoors or outdoors track.
  • Achieved any of the following times:
Distance 800m 1500m 3000m 5000m/5km
Male 1:54 3:55 8:36 15:00
Female 2:10 4:30 9:55 17:25

Pease note that these are minimum consideration standards and achieving them does not guarantee selection onto the programme:

If you have achieved any of the criteria / standards above and would like to be considered for selection into the Endurance Running Academy for the 2022/2023 season, please fill in the following form to confirm your interest and highlight the criteria / standards you have met.

Apply now (external link)

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Nixon (