Enhanced Training for Runners – Track Sessions

Interval Session to Build Speed and Endurance

WEDNESDAY – 7:00pm (prompt) to 8:45pm (note that we need to leave the school precinct by 8:50pm so that the caretakers can lock everything up)
UNIVERSITY ACADEMY KEIGHLEY, Greenhead Road, Keighley – BD20 6EB

Coach: Brian Scobie

Description: A track-based session, involving (first) mobility and technical running drills as warm-up routines (designed to develop efficient postural control and movement), and followed by an interval session which aims to improve aerobic endurance and relative speed in groups that reflect the standard and development stage and progression of each participant. Track intervals will enable runners to achieve verifiable gains in pace and distances covered via improvements in both running efficiency and cardio-vascular function.

Meeting location (and changing/toilet facilities) – at the community entrance to University Academy Keighley (UAK) there is a “Tick” Centre sign here. Access to the track is via the new school building alongside the cafe. Access to changing rooms, toilets and the dining/social areas is on the right as you go to the track. You will also need to sign-in with the UAK staff, so they know who is in the premises. This is the usual location – please check the Noticeboard page for any changes.

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Public transport
a) 20 minutes’ walk from Keighley railway station (every 15 minutes from Skipton and Keighley) and 30 mins from Leeds and Bradford via Shipley.
b) 15-20 minutes’ walk from Keighley bus station – route 662 from Bingley, Saltaire and Bradford (every 15-30 minutes at weekends); or route 760 from Keighley to Leeds (half-hourly at weekends)

Driving directions – if approaching from Bingley/Bradford direction, go through Keighley, but instead of turning onto the new dual-carriageway towards Skipton, continue to the next roundabout, over the railway, and join the old Skipton Road. Take the first road left, and “UAK” (University Academy Keighley) is about 100 yards on your left. If approaching from Hebden Bridge or Halifax, go through Haworth or Denholme onto the A629 and continue through the centre of Keighley towards Skipton; but instead of taking the new dual-carriageway towards Skipton take the old Skipton Road at the roundabout near Cliffe Castle Park.

Car-parking – on UAK car-park in front of the school building. (Try to avoid parking elsewhere; if you have to park on the street, please respect residents and local parking restrictions.)

Other information (1) – the programme has paid for the hire of the track; other athletes from outside our group are free to use the track, but we would need to collect £2 per person from them.
Other information (2) – there are likely to be other track users at the same time as us. Please only use lanes 2, 3 and 4 (lane 1 is closed so that it doesn’t get destroyed through over-use, and lanes 5-8 are set aside for sprinters and hurdlers), and move to the outside when you are jogging as recovery. You can wear normal trainers on the track.
Other information (3) – adult football teams will be playing on the all-weather surface in the in-field. Both we and they are paying fees to use the facilities, so it is important that we can both be good neighbours and are reasonable to the needs of each other. If you think this isn’t being reciprocated, let Brian contact me so that we can take it up with the UAK administrators.

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