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Training Schedule

Our regular club training sessions are detailed below. Each training session is designed to cater for runners of all abilities. Group A will meet the needs of more accomplished runners who train and run on a regular basis, normally with experience of competing in multiple races. Training sessions designed for Group B tend to be the same as Group A but with fewer reps. Group C welcomes all those new to the sport, runners who have recently completed a Couch to 5K programme and those not quite ready to take on the challenge of a more rigorous training programme. Group C also offer a more gentle training session for those recovering from injury too.

To help you navigate each Training Schedule we have colour coded each week on a 3-week cycle of RED, BLUE and GREEN.

  • Unless stated otherwise all Groups will set off from Teesdale Leisure Centre at 6:00pm prompt.
  • Each training session has been graded using 1 = Beginner to 5 = Challenging.
  • If available, a link to the training session route map and more detailed route description is provided.
  • Warm-up: Group Leaders will guide runners to the session start point stopping enroute to complete a series of dynamic warm-up stretches and exercises.
  • Recovery: Group Leaders will guide runners back to the leisure centre. On return runners are advised to complete the following static cool down stretches for 10 to 15 seconds, making sure to do both sides: Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Glutes, Chest, Triceps/shoulders and Core/back.
  • From Autumn through to Spring high visibility clothing is essential.

A print version of the latest training session schedule 24-04-2018 to 31-05-2018 is available to download here. If you want to receive details of each new training session when published, select to subscribe using the options shown below.

Qualified club coaches can assist you with a training schedule to help you attain your target and offer advice on warming up, core strength training and how to avoid injuries.

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Tuesday 24th April 2018 (Training Session: Hills)
Group A B C
Leader Judith Amanda Fiona
Session Lamp Post Hills Gill Ln Lamp Post Hills Gill Ln Lamp Post Hills Gill Ln
Description Lamp Post Hills Gill Ln Lamp Post Hills Gill Ln Lamp Post Hills Gill Ln
Reps Sr: 6 Hills
Jr (U18): 6 Hills
Sr: 5 Hills
Jr (U18): 6 Hills
Sr: 4 Hills
Jr (U18): 3 Hills
Difficulty


Thursday 26th April 2018 (Training Session: Speed)
Group A B C
Leader Skye Caroline Fiona
Session Italian Restaurant -
Bede Rd - Victoria Rd
Italian Restaurant -
Bede Rd - Victoria Rd
Italian Restaurant -
Bede Rd - Victoria Rd
Description - - -
Reps Sr: 6 Laps
Jr (U18): 4 Laps
Sr: 5 Laps
Jr (U18): 4 Laps
Sr: 4 Laps
Jr (U18): 3 Laps
Difficulty


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Tuesday 1st May 2018 (Training Session: Speed)
Group A B C
Leader Alan Judith Caroline
Session Tees Cottage Speed Work Tees Cottage Speed Work Tees Cottage Speed Work
Description - - -
Reps Sr: 3 x 2 x 2 Min
Jr (U18): 3 x 2 x 2 Min
Sr: 3 x 2 x 2 Min
Jr (U18): 3 x 2 x 2 Min
Sr: 3 x 2 x 2 Min
Jr (U18): 3 x 2 x 2 Min
Difficulty


Thursday 3rd May 2018 (Training Session: Hills)
Group A B C
Leader Skye Caroline Fiona
Session 6 Different Hills in Startforth 6 Different Hills in Startforth 6 Different Hills in Startforth
Description 6 Different Hills in Startforth 6 Different Hills in Startforth 6 Different Hills in Startforth
Reps Sr: 6 x 2 Hills
Jr (U18): 6 x 2 Hills
Sr: 6 x 2 Hills
Jr (U18): 6 x 2 Hills
Sr: 4 x 2 Hills
Jr (U18): 4 x 2 Hills
Difficulty


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Tuesday 8th May 2018 (Training Session: Hills)
Group A B C
Leader Judith Amanda Caroline
Session Raby Av - Orchard Brae
and through woods
Raby Av - Orchard Brae
and through woods
Raby Av - Orchard Brae
and through woods
Description - - -
Reps Sr: 6
Jr (U18): 4
Sr: 5
Jr (U18): 4
Sr: 4
Jr (U18): 3
Difficulty


Thursday 10th May 2018 (Training Session: Speed)
Group A B C
Leader Skye Caroline Fiona
Session Pyramid Session Pyramid Session Pyramid Session
Description - - -
Reps Sr: 30s-60s-90s-120s then
Back Down. 2 Sets. Equal
Time Jog Recovery

Jr (U18): as above
Sr: 30s-60s-90s-120s then
Back Down. 2 Sets. Equal
Time Jog Recovery

Jr (U18): as above
Sr: 30s-60s-90s-120s then
Back Down. 2 Sets. Equal
Time Jog Recovery

Jr (U18): as above
Difficulty


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Tuesday 15th May 2018 (Training Session: Speed)
Group A B C
Leader Simon Judith Amanda
Session Teesdale School Teesdale School Teesdale School
Description Track & Field Session Track & Field Session Track & Field Session
Reps Sr: 6
Jr (U18): 4
Sr: 5
Jr (U18): 4
Sr: 4
Jr (U18): 3
Difficulty


Thursday 17th May 2018 (Training Session: Hills)
Group A B C
Leader Amanda Simon Fiona
Session Gypsy Ln Hills Gypsy Ln Hills Gypsy Ln Hills
Description - - -
Reps Sr: 6
Jr (U18): 4
Sr: 5
Jr (U18): 4
Sr: 5
Jr (U18): 4
Difficulty


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Tuesday 22nd May 2018 (Training Session: Hills)
Group A B C
Leader Linda Skye Amanda
Session Hills on Ashtree Dr Hills on Ashtree Dr Hills on Ashtree Dr
Description - - -
Reps Sr: 8
Jr (U18): 6
Sr: 6
Jr (U18): 5
Sr: 5
Jr (U18): 4
Difficulty


Thursday 24th May 2018 (Training Session: Speed)
Group A B C
Leader Skye Caroline Fiona
Session Bowes Museum Bowes Museum Bowes Museum
Description Laps Laps Laps
Reps Sr: 6
Jr (U18): 4
Sr: 5
Jr (U18): 4
Sr: 4
Jr (U18): 3
Difficulty


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Tuesday 29th May 2018 (Training Session: Speed)
Group A B C
Leader Skye Judith Fiona
Session Harmire Rd - Montalbo Rd Harmire Rd - Montalbo Rd Harmire Rd - Montalbo Rd
Description Harmire Rd - Montalbo Rd Harmire Rd - Montalbo Rd Harmire Rd - Montalbo Rd
Reps Sr: 6
Jr (U18): 4
Sr: 5
Jr (U18): 4
Sr: 4
Jr (U18): 3
Difficulty


Thursday 31st May 2018 (Training Session: Endurance)
Group A B C
Leader Judith Simon Amanda
Session Romaldkirk Hill Run Romaldkirk Hill Run Romaldkirk Hill Run
Description - - -
Reps Sr: 1 Lap
Jr (U18): 1 Lap
Sr: 1 Lap
Jr (U18): 1 Lap
Sr: 1 Lap
Jr (U18): 1 Lap
Difficulty


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How to warm up

Stretching Exercise #1: Hamstring Stretch

There are two primary ways to do the seated hamstring stretch (1) split your legs apart like I do in the photo above, or (2) you can bend one leg and keep the other extended straight in front of you. It looks a little like the butterfly stretch below, but one leg is extended forward and the bent leg is against the ground. Both stretches are a great way to stretch your hamstrings, which are the muscles on the back of your thigh that can cause low back discomfort if they are too tight. To make the stretch more intense, pull you toe towards your body, flex your quads, and reach as far as you can.

Stretching Hamstring

Stretching Exercise #2: Butterfly Groin Stretch

Here, press your elbows down in an effort to increase the stretch. The closer you put your feet to your body, the more intense the stretch will be.

Stretching Butterfly Groin

Stretching Exercise #3: Lying Hip Stretch

Your hands are supposed to be around your right knee to pull the left leg towards your body. This is a great hip stretch that I think you should incorporate into your routine. Most guys have very tight hips, so this is particularly important for guys.

Stretching Hip

Stretching Exercise #4: Lying Quad Stretch

Of all the stretches listed, this one you may consider doing while standing while holding on to your foot with both hands. I included the lying quad stretch because the theme is doing all the stretching exercises on the ground, but try it out and see what you think. The further you bring your knee backwards, the more intense the stretch. The quadriceps are muscles on the front of your leg.

Stretching Lying Quad

Stretching Exercise #5: Calf Stretch

The standing version is pushing against a wall, but you can also do this exercise simply by pushing against the ground. Many runners in particular can have very tight calves, so this stretch is particularly important if you do a lot of high volume cardio. Feel free to play around with the angle that your foot is pressing against the ground. The further greater the angle of your foot, the more it works your upper vs. your lower calves.

Stretching Calf

Stretching Exercise #6: Shoulder Stretch

This stretch engages primarily your medial and posterior deltoid (shoulder) and is easy to execute. This is a stretch you should definitely perform as you workout as well. Simply press while pulling your opposite elbow towards your opposite shoulder

Stretching Shoulder

Stretching Exercise #7: Triceps Stretch

This movement stretches all three heads of the triceps muscle. To make the stretch more intense, pull your elbow behind your head as far as possible while keeping the hand of the arm that is being stretched close to the shoulder.

Stretching Tricep

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