West End 8:
Gaddesby 7: 22nd May
Swithland 6: 5th June
Hungarton 7: 6th July
Joy Cann 5: 3rd August
Carl Rutt Memorial 10K: 14th August
John Fraser 10: 4th Sept
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Over the years, The Leicestershire Running and Athletics Network (LRAN) has continued to offer opportunities to those qualified as leader or coach, and also their club member runners, to learn and to improve the standard of running in the County; both for those new to the sport and for seasoned runners alike.
The latest initiative in this programme was to host a “running drills workshop” and it turned out to be a real hit! Around 50 people ,which included run leaders and coaches as well as club runners, enjoyed a really excellent workshop led by England international athlete Gemma Hillier-Moses.
To many of those attending this was their first exposure to drills and many had no idea what to expect, however Gemma’s clear and enthusiastic instruction and demonstration soon had the group thinking about their running style and how they could improve it through the effective use of drills.
Immediate feedback was unanimously good and there have already been many requests for follow-up workshops and these will be added to the Network winter development programme which also includes workshops on biomechanics and strength and conditioning.
Speaking after the event John Skevington who is the coach and coordinator for LRAN commented “there is a general misconception that club runners are not interested in doing anything else other than going for a run, tonight has proved yet again that those in the sport and particularly those new to the sport are keen to improve their knowledge about all aspects of running. The key is to make the sessions relevant, interesting and accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability or qualification, and it would be wonderful to see more national support for initiatives of this type”
The “Leicester Runners” Facebook page which has well in excess of 1000 members was awash with praise following the session with Sam Middleton, who is one of the administrators for the page, posting “….AMAZING running drills session. I feel so energised and positive, more of the same please. I would do this weekly if it was available – absolutely loved it!” To reinforce what has been learnt we have posted a series of videos of Gemma performing the drills (here) and we will be working with her over the winter to increase the number of drills and videos available.
Four-time Olympian and reigning European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey was guest of honour at the final Primary Schools Cross Country meet. She seemed thoroughly impressed with our talented young athletes, spending lots of time chatting with them, signing autographs and posing for pictures. We look forward to welcoming her back for the inaugural National Final in March.
The County Stands scheme, endorsed by the Network and LRRL, has been extended to include a new band; tungsten. We have also fixed an anomaly by calculating a full set of standards for the VM75 category. We hope that by widening the scheme to cover a greater range of abilities we'll motivate more people to improve their running. Certificates are issued on the basis of performances at 5 distances (9 for distinction) over the course of a calendar year. To qualify, you must run your time in a recognised race with an accurately measured course (unfortunately, this currently excludes parkrun). By opting for narrower bands than some club schemes, we hope that most people will find aiming for the next category a realistic possibility. Tables: Male & Female (pdf), both (xlsx).
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