Tuesday Track Sessions at Paddington

Running coaches Andrew Reeves, Sarah Pemberton and Laura Carmichael organise the Serpentine track session for seniors on Tuesday evenings at Paddington Track.

Paddington Track The coached session starts at 7pm and typically consists of a brief explanation of the session followed by a group warmup involving dynamic exercises and drills designed to improve your running and to get you ready for the sessions itself. The groups are divided by ability / experience with the more advanced runners tending to cover a greater distance or having shorter recoveries whilst the others tend to do slightly less or have greater recoveries. Current abilities of participants range from about 33 minutes for a 10K through to around 50 minutes for the same distance.

The workouts usually finish by around 8:15/30pm. A track fee of £1.10 per person is charged, payable at either the entrance to the actual track or at reception. Lockers and free changing rooms are available by reception. Please arrive in plenty of time to avoid the queues.

More details on the session itself, its suitability, and more personalised advice can be gained by emailing the Paddington Coaches. If you're new to the session, please seek out one of the coaches before the session starts.

If you are new to track training please consider using the beginner/improver type session on Monday night at Paddington.

Full details of the programme are below and are also sent to the mailing list each week.


The aim for the next couple of months is to build a good speed endurance base over the winter, which should be beneficial for a range of distances including those targeting marathons in the spring as well as track races in the summer. We will also continue to focus on Cross Country season, training at mainly at 5k and 10k pace, while maintaining 3k speed. We encourage all our runners to participate in the Met and Sunday League races, which are open to all. We will also continue to incorporate technical warm ups with equipment and drills to help our form and efficiency, as well as using some sessions to focus on building strength. 

Date Session Notes
8/1/19 10mins @ 10k; 2-3 x 800m @ 5k; 2-3 x 400m @ 3k; 200m jog between reps and 400m jog between sets. Multi-pace session - sharpener before the Met League on Saturday 12 January. Aim to be well recovered between sets. Should finish the session still able to do more.
15/1/19 Oregon circuits: Multiple laps of track at 10k pace followed by exercises. Whole body strength-endurance:  Running at 10k pace while tired. Pub trip to the Warrington. All welcome for food and drink. 
22/1/19 4-6 x 1200m @ 5k pace with 200m slow jog recovery + 4 x 60m rolling strides. Long reps for XC and marathon training.  Strides for speed maintenance.  Rolling from 70m.
29/1/19 400m, 600m, 800m, 1000m, 1200m, 1000m, 800m, 600m, 400m @5k with 200m jog between reps. (total distance 6,800m) Pyramid session: Make sure you don't go off too fast! - particularly important in this case as the increasing distance will naturally make the efforts harder. First reps should feel easy.
5/2/19 10mins @ 10k; 3 x 1200m (first 800m @ 5k, followed by 300m @ 3k, followed by 100m @ 1500m pace); 400m slow jog between sets. Multi-pace session - sharpener before the last Met League on Saturday 9 February. Aim to be well recovered between sets. Should finish the session still able to do more.
12/2/19 4-6 x 1400m @ 5k pace with 200m jog between reps Session to work on endurance by lengthening the reps. Tough session with high volume. Pub trip to the Warrington. All welcome for food and drink. 
19/2/19 10mins at 10k; 4-6 x 600m @5k; 10 mins at 10k.   200m jog recovery between reps; 1 lap jog recovery between sets. Aim is to cover the same amount of distance in the 2nd 10mins as the 1st! 
26/2/19 Yasso 800s: 8 to 10 x 800m @ same time in mm:ss as your target marathon in hh:mm with slow 400m jog in between. Should take almost as long as the 800m. Easiest way to describe this to non-marathon runners is 8x800m at 5k pace with 400m jog recovery. A long session.