North Wales Endurance Development Day
Sunday 19th November
Venue: Coleg Cambria, Deeside.
33 of North Wales Junior Endurance Athletes and 5 Coaches undertook the latest Development Day.
With representative athletes and coaches from Wrexham, Menai and Colwyn Bay joining the Deeside contingent, the day commenced with a light 2mile warm up run, followed by a 30 min dynamic drills session in the Sports Hall, led by Donna Welsh.
Following the Drills, the athletes moved over onto the track where they were split into two groups and under the guidance of Coaches John Messum and Neil Edwards, were put through a long track session which had specifically been set by Welsh Athletics Head Of Endurance, Chris Jones.
The session consisted of 5 X 1k reps, each broken down into 400m @ 5k pace; jog 100m rec; 200m @ 3k pace; jog 100m rec; 200m @ 1500m pace; 400m slow jog rec after each; straight into 6 x 150m fast; 250m jog rec;
Following a light cool down, the athletes took a well-earned lunch break.
In the afternoon, the group split into two with half undertaking a Pilates session, again with Donna Welsh, and the other half a Nutrition based workshop, presented by Kevin Miller.
It was notable and pleasing to see numerous parents involved and interested in the nutrition aspect and a special thanks to Kevin for driving up from Swansea on the day to deliver his informative presentation.
The groups then switched to allow everyone the opportunity to undertake all aspects of the day.
Another great success and we look forward to the next one, scheduled for early in the New Year.
by John Messum
North Wales Regional Endurance Coordinator