Each Main Session is carefully designed so that, whatever your experience, your pace or your goals, you will be able to get the most out of them.  The dedicated coaching team are on hand to ensure your safety and give you tips on how to improve your form so you get the most from your training with us.

 

 

Main Sessions

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Date, TimeVenueSessionMain Session CoachesSteady Run Coaches
Tuesday 2 April, 18:30Abbey Road Sports Field, DL3 8LR

Drills and Warm-Up Session (Field session)

To start the field sessions, and as the shorter 10K and 5K races are starting, we will be holding a special session to demonstrate some drills and warm-ups, which will help you in preparation for any short distance races you may have coming up over the summer.

(N.B. This session will go ahead regardless of the weather as the tarmac area will be used if the field is too wet)

Paul Roberts

 

 

Thursday 4 April, 18:30Abbey Road Sports Field, DL3 8LR

THREE GATES (South Park, Victoria Embankment Gate)

 

Effort from Victoria Embankment gates, over the bridge to Grange Road gates. Jog recovery from there along the main road to the gates at Parkside, with effort from the gates to Victoria Embankment gates.

Two minutes recovery between reps.

  • A Session – 4 Reps
  • B Session – 3 Reps

Helen Clark

Lou Trainor

10-MINUTE MILE STEADY

Peter Cowan

Monday 8 April, 19:00Eastbourne Sports Complex, DL1 1LD

FORTNIGHTLY TRACK SESSION

  • Coach Paul ROBERTS will be putting you through your paces around the 400m track at Eastbourne Sports Complex.
  • More details to follow
Paul Roberts 
Tuesday 9 April, 18:30Abbey Road Sports Field, DL3 8LR

BURY BLAST (600m reps)

Carmel Road North, Thornbury Rise and Highbury Road

Starting on the corner of Carmel Road North and Highbury Road, runners proceed down Carmel Road North, turning right into Thornbury Rise, before turning right once again on Highbury Road, and stopping at the lamp-post just before the junction with Carmel Road North. That’s one rep.

  • A Session – 8 Reps,
  • B Session – 6 Reps,
  • C Session – 4 Reps

2 minute recovery between reps.

Mark Colling

Gill Colling

10-MINUTE MILE STEADY

Rob Dent

12-MINUTE MILE STEADY

Marc Ellis

Thursday 11 April, 18:30Abbey Road Sports Field, DL3 8LR

DENESIDE DASH

Deneside Road, Pierremont Road, Orchard Road, Dene Grove and Woodland Road

Each rep then starts at the gates to the Tennis Dene on Westlands Road. Members will run out of the gate, turning right onto Deneside Road. Once they reach the junction with Pierremont Road, they turn right into Pierremont Road, and then right into Orchard Road, following the road around into Dene Grove. At the top of Dene Grove, Members turn right onto Woodland Road, and then right again back into the Tennis Dene and return to the start point at the gates.

  • A Session is 8 Reps
  • B Session is 6 Reps

Members will take a 2 minute recovery between reps.

Steve Padgett

David Ledgerwood

10-MINUTE MILE STEADY

Ian Hart

Tuesday 16 April, 18:30Abbey Road Sports Field, DL3 8LR

200M REPS (Field Session)

A Session – Two sets of 10 reps,

B Session – Two Sets of 8 Reps.

200m jog recovery between reps, with five minutes recovery between sets.

Lee Morris

Roy MacDougall

10-MINUTE MILE STEADY

Lisa Bowerbank

Thursday 18 April, 18:30Abbey Road Sports Field, DL3 8LR

SWALEDALE HILLS

Starting on the corner of Lunedale Road and Staindrop Road, Members build their pace along Staindrop Road, before applying effort (75%-80% of max. effort) as they turn right into Swaledale Avenue. As you ascend the hill lean from your ankles, emphasize your arm action, driving forward with high knees, fully extending your rear leg, and try to be up on your toes. Don’t stop when you get to the top! Run strongly off the brow of the hill, maintaining the pace as you turn right into Birkdale Road. Members then take recovery from the corner of Birkdale Road and Lunedale Road back to the starting point, where they commence the rep again. Take the recovery period as slowly as you want, loosen off, and bring your heart rate back down. Each loop is approximately 800m, and effort on each climb should be the same as the first rep. 

  • A Session – 8 reps
  • B Session – 6 reps
  • C Session – 4 reps

Steve Padgett

Wendy Colling

10-MINUTE MILE STEADY

Brian McLaren

Juliette McLaren

12-MINUTE MILE STEADY

Gill Colling

 

Monday 22 April, 19:00Eastbourne Sports Complex, DL1 1LD

FORTNIGHTLY TRACK SESSION

  • Coach Paul ROBERTS will be putting you through your paces around the 400m track at Eastbourne Sports Complex.
  • More details to follow
Paul Roberts 
Tuesday 23 April, 18:30Abbey Road Sports Field, DL3 8LR

FARTLEK – Carmel Gardens, Carmel Road North, Coniscliffe Road North, Linden Avenue and Cleveland Terrace

Periods of increased pace followed by periods of recovery. The emphasis is on running for significant periods at a pace faster than your normal training and racing paces (ie. greater than 5K pace). Each hard effort is followed by a recovery stage, when the pace should be reduced to a point where breathing and pulse rate return to, or near, resting rate, after which the next hard effort follows. Using street corners to indicate a change of pace.

  • ‘A’ Session – 15 minutes Fartlek / One lap recovery / 10 minutes Fartlek/ One lap recovery / 5 minutes Fartlek
  • ‘B’ Session – 10 minutes Fartlek / One lap recovery / 10 minutes Fartlek / One lap recovery / 5 minutes Fartlek

Mark Colling

Roy MacDougall

10-MINUTE MILE STEADY

Marc Ellis

Thursday 25 April, 18:30Abbey Road Sports Field, DL3 8LR

1200M REPS

Wycliffe Way, Carroll Road, Leith Road and Edinburgh Drive

Starting on the corner of Wycliffe Way and Edinburgh Drive, heading up Wycliffe Way, turning left onto Carroll Road, left onto Leith Road, then left onto Edinburgh Drive back to the start point.

Members will take a two minute recovery between reps.

  • A Session – 6 reps
  • B session – 4 reps

Billy Harris

Gillian Harris

9-MINUTE MILE STEADY

Lou Trainor

12-MINUTE MILE STEADY

Phil Thornberry

Tuesday 30 April, 18:30The White Horse Pub, DL1 3AD

SOCIAL STEADY RUN

It’s the final session of the month, so join us for a steady run and a drink afterwards

Lee Morris

Rob Dent

 

When working out your effort level for each session, Members may wish to give some thought to the following Rates of Perceived Effort. Our Coaches are able to offer some guidance regarding the effort level required for each session, however obviously you may want to give consideration to your own training needs too (training for a 5K race will look very different to training for a marathon, for instance). If you have any questions, please do discuss with the Session Coach, or contact us at leadcoach@quakersrunningclub.org.uk There are steady runs at a variety of paces every Tuesday and Thursday evening, alongside these main sessions. See the Steady Runs Training Schedule for more details. Our club has a wide range of qualified coaches who have experience in many different distances and across many different terrains. Click here to view our Coaches page. Coaching is organised by our Lead Coaches. You can e-mail leadcoach@quakersrunningclub.org.uk for information about any of the sessions. New members are encouraged to come down and try our sessions or join a steady run group.


Notes about training

 

  • The advertised times are when we aim to set off. Runners typically arrive at the venue anything up to 15 minutes before this time, in order to socialise, find out more about the sessions which are taking place, listen to announcements, check the club noticeboard, and so on;
  • Members taking part in a training session prior to competing in a race (mid-week or weekend) should seek the advice of the coach conducting the session in order to identify the most appropriate training level;
  • Please appreciate our coaches – without them, we wouldn’t have any training sessions!
  • All training sessions start from the Abbey Road Sports Field, Abbey Road, Darlington.

Please be aware that your effort in each session depends on your current training aims, level of fitness and your need to taper/recover. The coaches will be able to advise you on how many reps you should be aiming to complete. We also would like to encourage runners of all levels to take part in the sessions, including new runners.


Non members trying out the club

If you are not a member and are coming to one of our training sessions, we ask that you fill in the following form so that we have a record of who is attending training. Paper copies of the form are available from the coach on duty on the night. Click here to download the Non-Member Registration Form (PDF)