Endurance


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 - Blackbridge Runners beginners group - beginner / recreational
  • Senior long distance - WHITE group - runners aiming at 5K in 18 to 26 min, 10K in 38 min+
  • Senior long distance - RED group - 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

Coached by

Kerry Newell (Lead coach) and Russell Kirby (Assistant coach)

Day

Tuesday and Thursday

Time

18:00 to 19:15

Meet

Blackbridge clubhouse

Age group

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

Discipline

Middle-distance 800 / 1500 / 3000m / steeplechase and cross-country

Focus                                       

Coaching for all aspects of these events from beginner level upwards in a fun, friendly environment

 

All athletes in the group training sessions are expected to compete for the club when asked

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+

Discipline

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: WHITE group: 5K in 18 to 26mins, 10K in 38+ mins

Coached by

Arthur Daley

Day & Time

Tuesday - 18:40 for 18:45 start until 20:00 (This is usually with the Red group  on the track; £1.50 track fee payable)

Thursday - 18:40 for 18:45 start until 20:00 (Speedwork on the road with a steady run option)

Saturday - 10:00 (Speedwork)

Sunday - 10:00 (long slow run around 11-12 miles with frequently a 6 or 7 mile option)

Meet

Tuesday & Thursday - Blackbridge clubhouse

 

Saturday & Sunday - from the coach's house in Quedgeley although there can be variation - these sessions are also open to non-club members but may be varied if there is a race or event on that day

Age group Ages 16+
Discipline Distance running on road and cross country
Focus

For runners aiming at 5k in 18 to 26 mins, and 10k in over 38 min.

 

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

 

This group’s work follows a regular pattern enabling runners to develop one aspect of speed over a few weeks and for progress to be measured. The group ethos is based on racing frequently.

Senior long distance: RED group: all standards

Coached by

Ian Summers ('Lofty')

Dave Gresswell

Day

Tuesday (Summer): Grass playing field

Tuesday (Winter): Track (£1.50 fee)

Thursday (Summer): Road, trails

Thursday (Winter): Road

Time

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

Meet

Blackbridge clubhouse

Age group

Ages 11+ (Tuesday)

Ages 18+ (Thursday)

Discipline

Distance running on road and cross country and track

Focus

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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