- Seniors Training - general
Club members all have different goals, each dependent on the amount of free time they have, the level they are aiming to attain and the amount of training they can put in.
Autumn and Winter Training - September to March
Groups of mixed abilities go running using various routes from the club HQ. Running in groups is safer and more fun than on your own, especially during the darker evenings. The groups tend to concentrate on specialised speed and hill training sessions on Tuesday nights to develop strength and leg speed. These sessions are hard to do on your own and working within the group we find that everyone progresses faster. Thursday evenings tend to be steadier runs over a longer distance. Group running really will help you aim for that Spring full or half marathon. Athletes use the floodlit 400m all-weather track in Aldershot on alternate Wednesdays to improve their speed and running techniques. This is a safe running environment for all-ability athletes and you are never more than 200m from your colleagues.
On Thursdays we are looking into providing an alternative paced training run for faster runners who are hoping to run in under 1.30 hour in our half marathon.
Thursday alternative training sessions will start at 7.05 pm from the Peter driver club hut and are longer runs which people use as a faster training session. We will set-off at 7 minutes per mile and once the routes are known the group will naturally divide into group of runners who run at similar pace. If you are not sure if this group is for you ask one of the club members who will point you in the right direction. We do try to make sure that no one runs on their own or is dropped off the back of any group . A separate easier session is always arranged on every Thursday.
Typical distance: 8 to 8.5 miles (November-December), increasing to up to 10 miles in January-March.
Cross country running can bring back memories of cold days at school, but give it another go and see how much you now enjoy the challenge of the mud, hills, sometimes rain but always beautiful off-road routes here in Hampshire and the surrounding Counties – we promise, you’ll do it again and again…..
As well as road races we can offer race opportunities in several local cross country leagues of differing standard – (Hampshire League, Southern Cross-Country league and the Border League for the u18’s) allowing our runners to compete as individuals but also to be part of the Fleet and Crookham AC team as well. We also try to send teams to the Southern area and National cross country championships – they are a great experience and an opportunity to run with the country’s top runners.
Spring and Summer Months - April to August
Running continues but with most of our evening runs now offroad on the main trails and paths that cross the water catchment area and the Army training area on the edge of Fleet – a beautiful and traffic free place to train right on our doorstep. We continue with our Tuesday speed/hill sessions but again make the most of the off-road areas.
Training also takes place at Elvetham Heath on alternate Tuesdays where those interested can make use of the grassed area near the scout hut. Our younger athletes can focus on their preferred events by practising skills and techniques under the guidance of our UKA qualified coaches. They are also encouraged to try athletic disciplines they haven’t tried before. The juniors also use the 400m track and field area in Aldershot on alternate Wednesdays to the seniors.
Our track and field athletes compete in various National and Regional area leagues and open track meetings whilst our runners concentrate on local 10kms, 10 mile races and half marathons both as individuals and as organised team events. Being part of a successful club provides opportunities for everyone of all abilities to participate and have fun A monthly club cross-country handicap race brings the senior club together – see how you improve over the summer months.