I have been a coach at BAC since 2012, coaching the middle distance team at the track with Dave Norton and Darren Middleton, Darren is the lead coach for this group, and it is he and Dave Norton who guide me with my coaching skills.
Last year I was approached by Katie Roberts from the Barnsley Harriers (aka Ginge ) who asked me if I could help with her training,Of course I could was the answer!!! We arranged to meet at the track on a Friday and this was the beginning of the training group now called the Friday Wine Club.
We now have a core of 5 runners in the Wine Club who run around in circles under my instruction, these are Ginge, Jenny, Nami, Gail and --- Caroline-- (who we sort of kidnapped after seeing her running around endlessly on her own!!). We have others who train on occasions as well but it does not seem like Friday's are the best evenings for them to train - when there is wine to be drunk!!! The training sessions vary from short to long reps or some like 3,000 to 5,000 metres paced sessions - some faster to get the legs going. Everyone in the group supports each other in training and races - the support they give each other is priceless - it is great to see. Anyone is welcome to join the FWC sessions (from any club) but be warned it is not easy - and I WILL MAKE YOU WORK HARD!!! All you need is a determination to work hard, lots of positive energy and a watch!!! This year (2017) we have already entered a Triathlon (WHAT HAVE I DONE ??) and also booked in a race at Lanzarote in December (Jenny ran the 5kms there in 2016) - NOW THAT'S WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT!!! The personal bests have already started this year with Gail being the Queen of Double PB Weekends - WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
Just to add here - Kerry has also been organising the Friday Walk to Run Group on a Friday at Cudworth and a few of the ladies have now taken the big step forward to joining our Club nights. More Friday Wine Club Successes - in March 2017 - Jenny won the English Masters Ladies Over 60 Cross Country Championships at Liverpool on the Saturday and finished first in her age group at the Gainsborough 10kms on the Sunday. Nami improved her pb by over 2 minutes also at Gainsborough and Gail improved her 20 miles pb from 2010 (when she ran around with some old codger on the same course) by over 6 minutes at the East Hull 20
It looks like the rest of us are going to have to get our acts together!!!! DA