The Junior section was established to cater for all runners from age 9 to 16. Ability, experience and a high level of fitness is not a precursor to membership, enthusiasm and carers to bring and collect youngsters from sessions is all that is required.
The aims of the club are to;
- Introduce fitness as a lifestyle to youngsters
- Provide an entry into competitive running
- Encourage participation irrespective of ability
- Develop a range of athletic skills transferable to other sports
- Promote discipline, fair play and respect for fellow athletes
- Have fun through training and competition
We train all year so don’t follow term times like most sports clubs do. This also mean we train regardless of the weather. We very rarely cancel sessions due to the weather and when we do it is usually because it may be dangerous getting to the session.
Our primary training session is our Saturday session from our club house. Juniors are assigned to a group based on their “athletic age”, current fitness and interest. Therefore, we have groups ranging from our older members, who compete at local and national level, to our youngest who are just starting out. We also have groups for those who have no interest in competing and just want to run for fun. These groups are all lead by enthusiastic coaches, assistances and helpers.
The Saturday session vary from technical sessions on one of the hockey pitches to group runs around the park. Our coaches and leaders don’t like doing boring sessions so they are usually fun.
On the first Saturday of each month we usually hold our junior handicap race and all members are encourage to take part. This is an opportunity to test strength and endurance over the same trail course. There are two courses, one for under 11’s, approximately 2.25km, and one for over 11’s, slightly longer at approximately 2.75km. Whilst it looks like a normal race each runner is running against their previous time and it is the most improved time that wins rather than who was the fastest. This helps to show progression and we also use this in part to determine their training group.
There are also session on a Tuesday and Thursday and details of these can be found on our training page. These sessions are invitation only and are aimed at those who are more competitive and those the group leaders have identified as have the correct discipline and training ethic for these sessions.
For our more competitive athletes the club competes in a number of local leagues as well as at regional and national levels. Whilst it was never our primary goal to chase silverware the club has become very successful in these leagues both for individuals and the club winning numerous trophies and awards. Some of our juniors are regularly selected by their boroughs and counties to represent them, and some even compete with our seniors in their leagues.
We also take safety and child protection seriously. All our coaches and leaders have been vetted by a club official and most are qualified and approved by British Athletics. We have a code of conduct that cover the whole club and includes our child protection policy.
If you have any question please use the contact us form to get in touch.