Tuesday and Thursday club training
The club meets on Tuesday and Thursday nights throughout the year for members and prospective members.
The way we structure our training is aimed to help our members have a balanced structure to their weekly running. Clearly everyone will have individual aspirations, but our two training nights will fit nicely into most people's training plans.
Tuesday nights are a traditional mid distance run, and Thursdays are our speed endurance training night and with most runners doing a longer slower weekend run, this is a decent balance for anyone.
Tuesday night training is a paced run for approximately 60 mins starting promptly at 6.30pm unless advertised otherwise.
We try to form these pace groups* each Tuesday:
- 6.30 min/mile (depends on which quicker runs turnout on a Tuesday)
- 7.00 min/mile
- 7.30 min/mile
- 7.45 min/mile
- 8.00 min/mile
- 8.30 min/mile
- 9.00 min/mile
- 9.30 min/mile
- 10.00 min/mile
* Approx. pace for road/pavement running (slower on off road trails). Depending on the turn out, groups may be divided or merged.
With several pace groups, this is an ideal opportunity for our members to partake in a threshold / tempo run (harder effort, can't speak that much) a steady run (usually comfortably hard, can manage a few words of conversation) or easy run (full conversation pace) to suit their requirements for that evening.
The groups also give a great opportunity for you to progress your running by moving up groups as weeks go by – if that is what you are looking for.
Alternatively sit back enjoy the run with no pressure and good friends around you.
If you are unsure which group to join please speak to one of the run leaders on the night to be put in an appropriate group.
Each pace group has a group leader; they are responsible for guiding and pacing their group. They will adjust the route for shorter / longer options depending on the speed of their group.
They are also responsible for making sure no one is left behind.
Please respect the run leaders by running at their pace (and not running ahead) and listening to their instructions.
Where do we run
Locations vary throughout the year. In the Winter we run on road and alternate between Barrow and Loughborough. Please remember to wear hi-viz clothing and / or lights for Winter runs.
In the Summer months we alternate between Barrow and Woodhouse Eaves to get onto the local trails.
The start location and route map for each Tuesday is added to the Events Calendar in advance.
Thursday nights are speed endurance or interval sessions, led by UK Athletics trained coaches.
These alternate between Ratcliffe College and either Loughborough Grammar School track in Quorn (summer).
Each week's training location and overview the session will be on the Events Calendar.
Thursday nights start promptly at 7pm unless advertised differently.
Whilst the concept of 'speed' training may be scary to some, there is never any pressure on members to run at certain paces. Our coaches will ensure you are advised on how to tackle the session depending upon your personal fitness levels, goals and training experience.
It's a safe environment to try out new training routines, practice different paces and prepare for races.
Whether you are training for 5k, 10k, half or full marathons, or just training to get fitter and feel better about yourself, these sessions will benefit your training.