T&F - Preparation for the new season and weekly training options

The track & field summer season is just few weeks away and the club is offering several opportunities to get back into regular training in your favourite events. Don't be put off if you have never tried something before: there is room for you too. Read more below and come along to any of the sessions.

Now that the cross country season is nearly over and the snow is melting down once and for all, it's time to think about the upcoming track & field season. Our teams are looking very strong and ready to do battle in the three leagues where our club competesSouthern Athletics LeagueSouthern Veterans League and Rosenheim League.

What better way to prepare for the new season than taking part in some sessions to refresh your skills or try those events that you have always wanted to, but never had a chance to test yourself in? The club is organising a specific training day, where there will be the possibility to practise different events and get some tips from athletics coaches, and there are also regular weekly training options to improve.

See more details below and get in touch if you have any question.

Pre-season training day

Pre-season coached practice session for newcomers to T&F or anyone who wants to refresh their technique before the beginning of the season.

The session will be on Sunday 15th April from 10am to 4pm with the following indicative plan

  • Morning (approx. 10:00 to 12:30) - Jumps and hurdles
  • Afternoon (approx. 13:30 to 16:00) - Throws

Depending on attendances and people's interests, we may shuffle things around on the day. We hope to hold all the sessions at Battersea Millenium Arena, pending availability of the venue (to be confirmed). 

Everyone welcome; no previous experience needed. You can try as many events as you'd like on each day and we will make sure that all abilities are covered. Please email us if you have any questions.

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Weekly training sessions

Serpentine together with other clubs organises some weekly training sessions at Battersea Millenium Arena to practise and improve in sprinting and throwing. And there is a weekly session at Paddington Recreational Ground for those interested in middle distance events (800 and 1500m). Full details available on our website.


Sprint training sessions (100m-400m) are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Battersea Track for a group of athletes from several clubs by external coach Bob Bridges. Both sessions start at about 7.15pm but there is no group warm up so you need turn up by about 7.00pm to warm up and be ready by 7.15pm. Meet at the at the start of the 100m straight on the track.

These sessions are not suitable for beginners or casual attendees. Please contact us for further information before attending for the first time.


Throws training sessions (shot putt, hammer, discus and javelin throws) are held every Thursday evening (from 18:30) plus alternate Sundays (from 9:30) at Battersea Track for a group of athletes from several clubs by Serpie coach Tony McGahan and external coach Chris Privet.

Middle distance

Coach Nic Barberis organises a middle distance training session for Serpentine adults and juniors (U17 and older) on Thursday evenings at Paddington Track (from 7pm). Sessions are aimed at those intending to compete in 800m to 1500m over summer and are not for beginners or recreational runners: more details on the session itself, its suitability, and more personalised advice can be gained by emailing Nic

Ian, Tony, Caroline and Nic

Submitted: 20 March 2018