Middle Distance

It is the intention in following schedules to cover age groups; Junior (12/13 years), Intermediate (14/15 years) and Senior (16/17) years using the English Schools T&F County standards as a benchmark. It is important to recognise that the schedules presented do not include a racing programme. Adjustments need to me made to the training programme prior to competition. There should a reduction in training load two to three days prior to any competition to allow the athlete to perform to the best of their ability.

Junior Middle Distance

An example of a middle distance training programme which might be done by a Junior athlete training 3 times a week. This is a schedule for an athlete who would be aiming to run 2 min 34 secs (girl) and 2 min 27 secs (boy) for 800m and 5 min 28 (girl) and 4 min 59 (boy) for 1500m.

Intermediate Middle Distance

An example of a sprint training programme which might be done by a Junior athlete training 4 times a week. This schedule is designed for someone who would be aiming to run 2min 29secs (girl) and 2min 13 (boy) for 800m and 5min 10 (girl) and 4min 36 (boy) for 1500m.

Senior Middle Distance

A 52 week training programme aimed at (16-17 yr olds) middle distance athletes who would be expected to train five times per week. Schedule for a middle distance athlete aiming to run 2min 25secs (girl) and 2min 05 (boy) for 800m, 5min 04secs (girl) and 4min 20 (boy) for 1500m.  Additionally 10min 50secs (Girl) and 9min 30secs (boy) for 3000m.

Five signs of overtraining

The demands placed on talented young athletes are greater than ever with more opportunities to train and compete. Athletes have to balance demands from school, club, county, region and sometimes country. Signs of overtraining include constant tiredness, lack of motivation, increased heart rate and irritabiliy... read more.

Are you an athlete centred coach?

UK Athletics now teach in their coaching manual that coaches should adopt an 'athlete centred' approach in which the needs of the athlete are placed before the interests of and pressures imposed by, the club, school, parents or coach'. But what does this mean and does everyone in your club understand the policy?....read more.

How young is too young for weight training?

Weight training can be beneficial in a number of ways. As well as improving muscle tone and helping your body to look more defined, weight training also helps to boost bone density, promote fat-free body mass and increase the strength of your connective tissues. As a result, a lot of people, and especially men, include significant amounts of weight training in their workout routines. ...read more.

More Athletics: