Training

Come along to our training sessions! 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 or three sessions and, if you like us, we would then ask you to join the club.

MONDAY – Group Training Night

6:20 for 6:30 start – Grass next to the entrance of Richard Taunton College (opposite the Bellemoor Tavern)

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 (see the current training schedule here).

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.

Why not join us after training on the last Monday of each month for a social in the Bellemoor Tavern?  It’s a great chance to chat and socialise with fellow club members.

Tuesday – Strength & Conditioning

6:50 for 7:00 start – Richard Tauntons Sixth Form College Sports Hall, Hill Lane, SO15 5RL

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

6:50 for 7:00 start- Bellemoor Pub Entrance to The Common (grass triangle)

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 (see the current training schedule here).

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).

THURSDAY – Club Run

6:20 for 6:30 start- Oasis Academy, Lordshill (Lordshill Academy- use the community entrance accessed via Redbridge Lane, SO16 8FA)

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 normally split into 2 or 3 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 (more details here).

Lordshill Performance Group (Group G)

This group typically has higher volume, focussed training for the faster runners in the club.
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.
For more information, contact men’s captain Tony Rickman at lordshilltony@gmail.com