The club offers athletics coaching for a number of different groups. Groups are roughly based on age group but mainly on level of ability. There's a group for all abilities a general outline of each is listed below, by each of the head coaches. Within all the clubs training groups there is opportunity to progress and develop. The club coaches meet regularly to discuss and plan training for both individuals and groups.
This is a mixed ability group covering everyone from those starting out running to those who want to improve their times for racing. Runners in the group mainly focus on road racing (5k, 10k, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon) during the summer and cross country in the winter, but we also train for hill running and track events.
In the summer the group trains on the track on Tuesdays (200m, 400m, 800m) as a basis to buid up speed for road races. On Thursdays the group go out for a long run on routes round the city (Union Canal, Water of Leith Walkway etc).
During the winter the group focuses on Hill Reps for the cross country season and also long distance. On a Tuesday night we also do circuit training after the main session.
Runners of all abilities are welcome in this group. It's a great group to improve your running times.
Coach: Dave Henderson (UKA Level 2)
Jan-Bert Van den Berg (UKA Level 1)
& Gillian Carr (UKA Level 1)
The senior middle distance squad is a performance orientated training group who are aiming to achieve at district, national and in some cases international level. The squad primarily concentrates on middle distance although all endurance events up to marathon are covered. Each athlete in the group works to an individual programme although much of the time the training is done as a group. In the summer season the group will work on the track on both club nights usually with longer sessions on Tuesdays and faster sessions on Thursdays. During the winter sessions may include long runs, hill reps, hilly runs, tempo or fast runs, long intervals and some quicker work especially for athletes aiming to compete indoors.
This squad also meets on Mondays and Saturdays and other days by arrangement although the athletes are expected to train at least once most days. Whilst we would expect any new squad members to be of reasonable ability far more important is a desire to improve and a willingness to make a commitment to regular training.
Coach: Moray Anderson (UKA Level 2)
Keith Hood (UKA Level 1)
Coach: John O'Hara (UKA Level 2)
Assisted by Megan Smith (UKA Level 1)
The junior middle distance squad is a development orientated training group for the more able of the young athletes aiming to progress beyond general fitness and co-ordination to improving performance particularly in the middle distance running events. Squad members train as a group to a generic training programme, but to ensure everyone gets the maximum benefit from the sessions, various adjustments are made to timings, staggers or recovery etc based on their ability. The programme also expects athletes to train between formal Club nights.
During the summer the group meets on the track on both club nights, usually involving longer sessions on Tuesdays and faster sessions on Thursdays, and during the winter, sessions often include hill reps, mixed pace runs, and long runs as well as some paced speedwork. We also do circuit training after the main session on Tuesdays.
Whilst runners of all abilities are welcome in this group, we would expect members to work hard towards improving and to demonstrate a commitment to regular training.
Coaches: Lewis Innes (UKA Level 1), Ian Campbell (UKA Level 1), Dave Law (UKA Level 3)
Assisted by Gillian Carr (UKA Level 1)
The young athletes are given an introduction to athletics and are given an opportunity to try all aspects of the sport. Where particular talent and preferences are evident further specialised training is provided.
Coaches: Chris Gowans & Claire Egan (both UKA Level 1)
The sprint squad contains athlete's of all age groups. Working on the technical aspects of starting and improving general speed. This squad also meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays and also complete other sessions outwith the standard club nights as a group.