Training

Tadworth AC members, Hazel and Roly, training at Epsom and Ewell track

Spring/Summer Training Schedule 2024

The blossom is on the trees, the sound of petrol mowers is drifting across the warm breeze and that means it is time for the TAC Spring/Summer Training Plan 2024.

We have some exciting changes for this term:

  • We are trialling additional Thursday evening sessions (7:15pm) to help those who cannot make Tuesdays, or want the opportunity to do group runs at ‘tempo’ pace.
  • We have confirmed dates for:
    • TAC Summer Handicaps
    • Nonsuch Relays
    • Imber Court Relays
  • Brian Hunton has kindly offered to lead some 5k-specific training over the coming weeks at the Harrier Centre track each Wednesday
  • And, of course, we also have our long-standing Tuesday training fixtures, which will be moving to our summer locations over the coming weeks and will continue to start at 7:15pm

The full training plan is shown below and weekly reminders will be sent out by email.

Thursday sessions

The new Thursday run sessions will be runs of 45-60 minutes and all paces will be catered for.  For this we will split into smaller groups, if required.  These runs will take place in different locations.  A short warm up will take place at 7:15pm prompt, followed by a nice tempo (“comfortably hard”) session of constant speed running. 

During weeks where there is a handicap or relay race, the traditional Tuesday intervals session will instead take place on a Thursday.

Handicaps and relays

Keep an eye on your emails for information about these events, including an explanation of how they work (if you don’t already know).  More details will be provided before each event.  If you can’t wait that long, speak to one of the Committee or Training Team.

5k training

Brian has prepared a 12 week training plan to help those who want to improve their 5k or Parkrun times.  These will take place at the Harrier Centre, track, Poole Road, West Ewell on Wednesdays.  Brian will be emailing more information out shortly.

Locations

Summer allows us to introduce some more variety in locations.  Among new additions for this term are Nork Park, including the grass track there, and Walton Heath – formerly famous for Dave’s Ron’s Special Sessions, but hopefully soon to be enjoyed over other sessions too.

How the training happens

Thank you to our team of 7 coaches and run leaders for giving up their time to make this happen.  If you enjoy the sessions and are interested in giving something back to the club, please do think about becoming a licensed Leader in Running Fitness so that we can continue to run a full programme of varied sessions. If you are interested, speak to the run leaders or to a committee member.

DateDaySession VenueSessionLeader / Course Marker
28/5/2024TuesdayEpsom DownsPairs relaysMary
30/5/2024ThursdayMill FieldGroup tempo run (c. 50 mins) – all paces welcomeIan
4/6/2024TuesdayWalton HeathRon’s Special SessionDave
6/6/2024ThursdayEpsom DownsTimed hillsMary
11/6/2024TuesdayBanstead WoodsBanstead Woods Handicap – meet at final corner of Banstead Wood ParkrunAlan & Mary
13/6/2024ThursdayMill FieldPyramids – 1/2/3 minutes, 1 min walk recoveryIan
18/6/2024TuesdayNonsuch ParkNonsuch Relays – no training. Contact Ian Matthews if you wish to be in a team
20/6/2024ThursdayNork Park Track2x sets of:
  • 4x 600m @3k pace
  • 60s walk recovery
6 min rest between sets
Brian
25/6/2024TuesdayEpsom DownsHigh 5sLouise
27/6/2024ThursdayBanstead WoodsGroup tempo run (c. 50 mins) – all paces welcomeHazel
2/7/2024TuesdayNork ParkNork Park HandicapDave
4/7/2024ThursdayMill FieldFartlekIan
9/7/2024TuesdayWalton HeathRon’s Special SessionDave
11/7/2024ThursdayEpsom DownsPairs relaysBrian
16/7/2024TuesdayImber Court, MoleseyImber Court Relays – no training. Refer to comms nearer the time
18/7/2024ThursdayNork Park Track3mins@10k, 2mins @5K 1min @3k – 60sec walk recovery between each legIan
23/7/2024TuesdayEpsom DownsFigure of 8 Handicap – meet at 8 furlong crossingAlan I
25/7/2024ThursdayMill FieldOut & backs (500m), 2min jog recoveryAlan
30/7/2024TuesdayWalton Heath4x 1000m @Half Marathon pace, 2min jog recoveriesMary
1/8/2024ThursdayWalton HeathGroup tempo run (c. 50 mins) – all paces welcomeSam
6/8/2024TuesdayMill FieldMill Field HandicapMark
8/8/2024ThursdayEpsom DownsHillsIan
13/8/2024TuesdayMill FieldTrainsHazel
15/8/2024ThursdayNork ParkGroup tempo run (c. 50 mins) – all paces welcomeBrian
20/8/2024TuesdayEpsom DownsRelay pairsAlan
22/8/2024ThursdayMill FieldGroup tempo run (c. 50 mins) – all paces welcomeSam
27/8/2024TuesdayWalton HeathRon’s Special SessionDave
29/8/2024ThursdayMill FieldSocial run – 10k circuit, 3 stops at drinking holesIan

[Updated: March 2024]

Training locations – Spring/Summer

Location

Address

What3Words

Map

Epsom Downs

Tea Hut, Old London Road, KT18 5PP

///bucks.blaze.deals

High Beeches / Osier Way

Beecholm Recreation Ground Car Park, Osier Way, Banstead, SM7 1LL

///crest.agenda.park

Mill Field

Mill Road, Tadworth KT20 7TE

///lung.highs.farms

Nork Park

Nork Park Car Park, The Drive, Banstead, SM7 1DN

///hired.gets.boil

Walton Heath

Walton Heath FC Car Park, Dorking Road, Walton-on-the-Hill, KT20 7QS

///value.proper.ranked

Waterer Gardens

Waterer Gardens, Burgh Heath, KT20 5PE

///entire.pocket.swaps

Training locations – Autumn/Winter

Location

Address

What3Words

Map

Epsom Downs

Derby Stables Road, KT18 5LB

///shade.crisp.length

Epsom & Ewell Track

King George V Rec Ground, Poole Rd, Epsom KT19 9RY

///pouch.slim.heads

High Beeches / Osier Way

Beecholm Recreation Ground Car Park, Osier Way, Banstead, SM7 1LL

///crest.agenda.park

Waterer Gardens

Waterer Gardens, Burgh Heath, KT20 5PE

///entire.pocket.swaps