Important – All group training is currently suspended.
Please see our homepage for an important notice about training and Covid-19 from our Chair.
The details below outline our usual training sessions and is for reference only. During this time, please head over to Facebook for weekly solo session suggestion from our Monday and Wednesday groups, and online Strength and Conditioning Sessions. You can find links to all our Social Media groups here.
Our schedule is designed to improve your speed, strength and endurance to help you achieve your fitness needs and goals. It also gives you a chance to run for pleasure in a friendly environment. We have a number of experienced coaches and run leaders who lead our sessions. You will always find us supportive and encouraging whatever your goal. We also encourage our members to enter local race leagues that take place throughout the year!
We have three sessions during the week; Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please look below to see what each session entails. Everyone is welcome, as long as you’re 17 or over. You can try us out for two sessions and, if you like us, we then ask you to join the club.
Time: 6:20pm for 6:30pm start. Currently suspended
This is our most popular training night. Our sessions use the Common as well as the Outdoor Sports Centre nearby. We aim to cater for all abilities so we usually split into 7 sub-groups. Each group will be taking part in a range of different sessions.
Our beginners and improvers groups suit new starters or for people returning to running. The groups are progressive and move up towards our more experienced and faster groups. Don’t worry if you’re unsure which group you should be running with or what you are doing – look out for any of our Run Leaders who will be able to offer help and advice. Sessions will finish back at the grass triangle at the entrance to the Common.
Time: 6:50pm for a 7pm start. Online only at present
Whether your goal is simply to run easier with less pain or to run faster in your next race, weekly strength sessions can help. They help with performance, but also with injury prevention.
Wednesday – Drills, hills & intervals
Time: 6:50pm for a 7pm start. Currently suspended
Venue: Venue varies, please see schedule
These sessions are designed to complement Monday sessions as well as give runners who can’t make Mondays the opportunity to improve their fitness. These sessions are a mixture of intervals/repetitions (fast running over a set distance or time) as well as hills to improve strength.
Each session will also have a number of drills or exercises included to help improve your ABCs (Agility, Balance, Co-ordination) and ultimately your running technique. Sessions will take place on a mix of surfaces (tarmac, gravel and grass).
Joining a Wednesday night session at the athletics track? For some helpful advice on using the track, check out this great guide to track etiquette from Steel City Striders.
Thursday – Club run
Time: 6:20pm for a 6:30pm start. Currently suspended
Venue: Varies – Oasis Academy, Lordshill (Use the community entrance accessed via Redbridge Lane, SO16 8FA), Last Thursday of the month, by the Bellemoor Tavern on The Common
Thursdays are typically a longer, more social run. It is not led by Run Leaders, so be sure you are comfortable with the group you run with.
Depending on numbers we sometimes split into 2 or 3 groups to allow as many members to run at a pace suited to themselves. Sometimes there may be members who wish to self-lead a group.
We use local roads, paths and trails for our club run. During the spring and summer we are able to get out towards Testwood Lakes, Lordswood and other green areas.
Social event after training: Join us in the Bellemoor Tavern after your run on the last Thursday of every month.
Time: 6:20pm for a 6:30pm start Thursday, 8.30am Sunday. Currently suspended
Venue: Varies, please see schedules
In the run up to spring marathons, Graham Rafferty is currently leading twice weekly endurance sessions. These take place on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.
Graham provides a comprehensive introduction to the sessions and all the information you need on our Endurance training page.
This group typically has higher volume training for the faster runners in the club, and is usually self-led.
We meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, often using the track or the hills at Southampton Sports Centre, with some Saturday sessions and Sunday long runs.
These sessions are ideally suited to runners who can better 19:30 for 5k or 40 minutes for 10k, or are aspiring to do so.
Current training schedule: Please the Group G Training Schedule for suggested solo sessions
For more information, speak to your Captains – Chris Cook and Lucy Cook.
For further advice on injury management, try James Kirkpatrick at The Recovery Room on 07748 483639 or at https://www.the-recovery-room.co.uk/