After completing my Leader in Running Fitness course last weekend with a specific emphasis on trail and fell running I have put together a summer program that should help with all the new adventures people are having these days.
There are six sessions that will build up from the absolute basics to being able to tackle the Stoney Middleton race in July with some ambitious targets for a club championship race. This doesn’t mean that more seasoned runners won’t get something out of these sessions but if you’re new to the idea of tearing downhill as fast as you can only to be faced with another run uphill straight away then you should see some improvement in your times and a reduction in your injuries (not guaranteed!). You don’t need to take part in all of them, but a commitment to doing as many as possible will see the best results.
The dates are listed on the club web page calendar and are: Sunday 15th May, 11:00 – 12:00, High Peak Junction Sunday 29th May, 11:00 – 12:00, Shining Cliff Woods (Jackson’s Lane) Sunday 12th June, 11:00 – 12:00, National Stone Centre, Wirksworth Monday 27th June, 19:30 – 20:30, Black Rocks Sunday 10th July, 11:00 – 12:00, Black Rocks Sunday 24h July, Belper Parks
Leave a comment on Facebook to let me know if you want to come to the first one so I can get organised for it. All abilities welcome.
It doesn't matter how many times you ask, something always comes up at the (almost) last minute. Sunday 29th needs moving to the 28th, same time, same place, 11:00 - 12:00, Shining Cliff, Jacksons Lane parking area.
Don't forget that it's also the first off road training (not running) session on Sunday, 11:00 - 12:00 at High Peak Junction.
You'll need off road shoes if you have them although road shoes will be fine as long as you don't mind getting them a bit muddy, a drink if it's hot and £1.40 in change for the car park (2 hours).
You can get there by going to Whatstandwell on the A6, turn right at the pub just before the bridge (B5035), immediately left down Robin Hood Road/Leashaw Road to Holloway, turn left at the village down Yew Tree Hill and follow the road left through Lea Bridge and down Lead Road. The car park appears quite suddenly on your left so keep an eye out for it. You can also get there by finding the other end of Lea Road in Cromford; just head down Mill Road from Cromford traffic lights on the A6 and head right round the sharp bend instead of going up Willersley Road. For the super keen runners, park at Black Rocks and run along the High Peak Trail (away from Wirksworth, head towards the lower grit crags and Railway Slab), down the incline past the catch pit and through the tunnel, go over the canal and train bridge and we'll be in the car park.
DE4 5AA for the sat nav.
I'll be knocking about with balls and cones. If you get there early you can enjoy the cultural delights of the visitor centre.
There are six sessions in this series and each one focusses on a specific aspect of fell running. Each session will build on the previous ones to create a fuller picture of getting up and down muddy hills as fast as you can. It won't be a complete training regime but will hopefully remind more seasoned runners of things they might have forgotten and at the same time give runners who are new to the discipline additional skills to make the transition easier and more successful.
This week we'll be looking at running form. There will be a short run at the end of each session (20 minutes at most) but a large part of the sessions will be other activities intended to focus on whatever skill we're looking at.
This will be training for running rather than just running. Your minute/mile times are pretty much irrelevant so don't worry about being too slow or too fast, we can all benefit from breaking down the movement processes we use from time to time. Let me know if you need to know anything else and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.