Distance Running: Road, Cross-Country, Trail, Track

The club has five main groups for endurance training:

  • Middle distance
  • Senior middle distance (800m to 3000m)
  • Senior long distance - all standards (sub 14 up to 29 min 5K; sub 29 up to 60 min 10K; sub 65 min up to 2 hour 15 min half marathon)

If you are unsure which group will suit you best, please speak to a coach who will be happy to point you towards the most suitable training group. The details of each group are outlined below.

Middle distance Young Athletes

Coached by

A team of coaches led by Arthur Daley with Martin Brook, Kerry Newell, Peter Jeffery, and Emma Jeffery working with all young athletes from 11+

Day & Time

We meet at Blackbridge at 18:00 for a session that will last between 75 and 90 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10:00 on Saturdays. During winter Tuesday is usually on the track, Thursday on roads and Saturday on the adjoining field or Robinswood Hill car park. In Summer the Saturday sessions revert to the track or field.


There is an optional strength and conditioning session on Wednesdays. U17 and older members can take part in a long run at 10:00 on Sundays. Parents are welcome to run with us and take and record performances during the sessions.  Contact Arthur Daley on 01452 489480 or email arthur.daley@athletics4u.co.uk  for more information


At Blackbridge clubhouse next to the track and upper car park

Age group

Ages 11+ (group split according to age and ability)


Middle-distance 800 / 1500 / 3000m / cross-country and up to 5K road for the older members


Coaching for all aspects of these events from beginner level upwards in a relaxed but focused, friendly environment including competitions. In order to be able to participate in sessions children need to be able to run 3k without stopping.


Our usual competitions are listed below.

  • Gloucestershire Cross Country League and Championships
  • Youth Development Track and Field League
  • Avon Track and Field League  
  • open graded meetings
  • U17 members may compete in the Midland Track and Field league.

Middle distance

Coached by Paul de-Camps
Day & Time

Tuesday - 18:30 until 20:00

Thursday - 18:00 until 19:30

Sunday - 10:30 until 12:15

Meet Blackbridge clubhouse
Age group

Ages 18+


A committed group of U20 & Senior middle distance athletes competing in high level track and field races over 800m to 3000m in the summer and cross-country and/or Indoor track in the winter. The group meets 3 to 4 times per week and athletes undertake individual training programmes geared to their abilities and event choices.

Senior long distance: all standards

Coached by

Ian Summers ('Lofty')

Dave Gresswell


Tuesday (Summer): Grass playing field

Tuesday (Winter): Track (£2.00 fee)

Thursday (Summer): Road, trails

Thursday (Winter): Road


18:45 for 19:00 start until 20:00


Blackbridge clubhouse

Age group

Ages 11+ (Tuesday)

Ages 18+ (Thursday)


Distance running on road and cross country and track


Sessions are designed for all standards so everyone can work towards their own goals - whether it be to break 14 mins or 29 mins for 5K, or 1 hour 05 or 2 hours 15 for half marathon.


Varied speed work –  reps (hills and flat), intervals, fartlek and tempo runs


On Tuesdays the coaches aim to create variety in running and no two sessions, which are designed to fit runners of all abilities, are the same


Sessions are designed to prepare runners for the upcoming season's events on road and cross-country

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