Training Session Descriptions
Little Feet – Monday 7pm
Our long established social and introductory group Little Feet meets every Monday at 7pm at the Foresters pub in Hampton Wick. Aimed originally at first time runners, it is also suitable for those returning after injury or anyone who wants to run with a friendly group. We generally have a walking group, short slow runs of 2-3 miles and faster runs of 4-5 miles. Experienced runners act as group leaders and ensure everyone is looked after. Food and drink is available in the pub after the runs. There is a small room where bags can be left, but no secure storage so please don’t bring valuables. Parking on local roads, free after 18.30. We ask that anyone coming for the first time email in advance to Little Feet so we can make sure we have a group to meet your needs.
Hampton Hill Group – Monday 7:30pm
This is the smallest group in The Stragglers and meets at 7.30 pm by the Hampton Hill gate to Bushy Park (opposite the United Reform Church). They run a set route of about 4 miles. There is a winter route on the road and a summer route mainly off road. Some will retire to The Star for refreshment after the run. There are normally between 5 and 10 runners
Speed/Endurance Coached Sessions – Tuesday 6:40am
A number of sessions are offered by Kev Best and others throughout the day to enable as many people as possible to find one that suits them.
Speed Endurance Structured Session – Tuesday 9:15am
This training session usually consists of about 24 minutes of intervals, although we also do tempos and hills. We meet (warmed up) in the Pheasantry car park for drills and strides, unless otherwise advised via WhatsApp. The leaders of this session are actively seeking run leader/coaching qualifications.
Speed/Endurance Coached Session – Tuesday 9:40am
9:40 am session also meets at Teddington Gate. This is a fast interval session.
Alternate Intervals and Hills – Tuesday 10:30am
Teddington session: Strength and conditioning, drills and intervals for 26min/5km or slower. Richmond Park Hill session: Trail and road hill reps.
Thames Ditton Group – Tuesday 7:00pm
Meet at Thames Ditton Cricket Club, Giggs Hill Green, just before 7pm. Alternating group runs one week with structured training the following week (intervals, hills or mile time trial).
Speed/Endurance – Tuesday 7:30pm
This is an interval session starting on Riverside Drive in Ham where it meets the path to Teddington Lock. There will be approx 24 minutes of speed training featuring intervals so all abilities are very welcome. Please be there at 7.25pm warmed up and ready for a prompt start at 7.30pm. This is a great introduction to "quality" training if you haven't done it before.
Strength & Conditioning – Thursday 9:40am
Meet Bushy Park Sports Club 9:40am- 10:40am for Strength and Conditioning. 9:40am for Structured (running) session that includes warmup, drills, technical and intervals. This then leads into a Strength circuit 10:40am(ish) using body weight or light weights... and then coffee. Come for all the session or part (even if it is just coffee).
Stragglers Main Club Night – Thursday 7:00pm
Our Thursday evening run groups meet at Bushy Park Sports Club and aim to start running at 19.00 sharp. We offer a variety of paces and distances, from 6k to 15k. To help the evening go smoothly, if you plan to attend please fill in the form [click link]. Food is also available to pre-order via the form. In summer on the last Thursday of the month we hold the Club 5k Handicap. Pre-enter if possible using the link in Straggmail.
Structured Session – Friday 10:30am
Teddington session: Strength and conditioning, drills and intervals for 26min/5km or slower.
Tempo or Fartlek Coached Session – Saturday 8:00am
Meet at 8:00am by Teddington Gate in Bushy Park. The start times are on the dot. Warm up and drills need to be completed before starting the session. You will be advised not to take part if you jump off your bike at the last minute and consider yourself warmed up and ready to go.
Steady Run – Bushy Park – Saturday 9:00am
This attracts runners of all abilities. Meet at 9am in The Pheasantry carpark for a group warm-up/mobilisation session. The group then sets-off as one but soon separates into small groups or solo runners.The course varies from 5k to 10k to eight miles and beyond - usually in Bushy Park and on the towpath between Hampton Court and Kingston. Most runners hang-around afterwards for a stretch and a coffee.
Long Run – Richmond Park – Sunday 8:30am
Runs will be 10-13 miles (16-21 kms) long. Pace is likely to be 8:30 - 8:45 minutes per mile (5:15 – 5:45 mins/km) as preference will be given to trail routes, with a few hills thrown in. It's essential you join our email list for this group as the times and locations can vary depending on training needs and other races.
In addition, Sophie Biggs leads a Beveree Circuits Club: Beveree Field - circuits (weights, drills, body weight exercises, mat work) on Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 8.45am
The Circuits Club is also hosted online on Wednesday and Saturday at 8.45am, and will be made available on Sophie's Youtube channel each week so it can be done at a time to suit you.