Middle Distance Coached Squad

Serpies Competing in 1500m races

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The squad will be formed from those interested in competing in events from 800m to 3000m and will train over winter and spring in a group-like format to prepare for the 2019 outdoor season. The training programme will run from early September 2018 to August 2019 and will be structured into different phases as follows:

  • September to Christmas – base building and cross country / road races
  • January to mid-April – building speed, including 5/10k races, cross country and the track indoor season (atheltes to choose their focus)
  • April to August – outdoor track season

This means that during winter and early spring, you will train for different types of races and will be able to compete in cross country or road races, as your training will focus on building the base for next year and also on getting a good level of fitness for these races. The training focus will shift towards faster pace and speed in late spring and summer with the track season as target.

What do you get if you join in?

  • The club will offer training guidance on a weekly basis with a general approach for the group and some individual guidance depending on period, races, availability, etc.
  • There will be sessions organised for the squad, but you’ll be doing some running on your own and you don’t have to fit it all in, if you cannot.
  • We will organise seminars and specific sessions with other coaches and athletes over the season.
  • The squad is open to all Serpie men and women in age group U17 and over, however, this is not for beginners: you need a few years of running experience and to be running regularly a few times a week to join the squad. If in doubt, drop us an email. Also, this should not be considered as a parallel training opportunity alongside triathlon, ultrarunning, etc. - middle distance should be your main goal for next season.
  • The squad is free: taking part does not cost any money. However, we may ask for some small contributions during the season to cover costs for seminars and guest sessions.
  • This year we will limit the number of the squad to 20 motivated runners: please see below for how to apply for this year's squad. If more than 20 Serpies apply, we will choose based on the content of the quesionnaire and their motivation, not on ability/speed.

What are you expected to do?

  • Sign upfor the squad and return this questionnaire to middledistance@serpentine.org.uk before Sunday 26th August 2018
  • Come along for the introductory meeting in early September (likely to be in w/c 3rd September, but details will follow about time and location)
  • Commit to be part of a squad and contribute to its development, supporting others and follow the training schedule that will be discussed and agreed (to the best of your ability and availability).
  • Commit to compete for the club over the 2019 season at different races and T&F matches.
  • Commit to NOT enter or take part in a marathon (or longer) over the next year - we will discuss over the season about key races and what to target.

Get in touch if you have any questions - email middledistance@serpentine.org.uk