The final test training session before our official launch took place on Tuesday 24th May, again with 6 athletes taking part. The runners were split into 3 teams based on ability and the session involved a continuous relay (Parlauf), whereby one runner would complete half of a full circuit before handing over to their team-mate & whilst the team-mate completed the other half of the circuit the first runner would recover (jog/walk) by making their way across the middle of the circuit ready to take-over. The session lasted 20 minutes and was adapted throughout to ensure that each runner had enough time to recover.
An idea by Joe Watts to start a new running group in the Tunbridge Wells/Southborough area finally came to fruition this evening when 6 runners came together at the Ridgeway playing fields in Southborough for the first of 2 Tuesday evening test sessions. Joe completed his Leadership in Running Fitness course on Saturday 14th May 2016 – a course which is run by Run England (Run England is an England Athletics project) and the group is registered with Run England.
The first of 2 test sessions took place at 6.45pm on Tuesday 17th May 2016 with 6 runners split into 3 groups based on ability. Following the warm-up the athletes took off on a 20 minute fartlek style run mixing bursts of fast paced running with easy recovery (walk/jogging) around a football pitch. The 3 groups were given varied lengths for their fast paced sections with the aim that they would re-group at the recovery stage and this seemed to work well.
The next test session takes place next Tuesday evening at the same time & place with the groups official launch on Tuesday 31st May 2016.
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