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Sunday 24th October 2021

Trail SchoolEvery runner will find they can learn something from the Big Running Weekend’s Trail School. Hosted by the Accelerate Performance Centre, Trail School will run over two mornings and discuss the essential ingredients that will help you to get more from your trail and ultra running.  It could be that you want to achieve new distances or to run that little bit faster, or perhaps it is to be able to run those ups and downs with a little more ease.  Then there is the matter of planning your training… Oh yes, it’ll be a lot of fun as all the coaching is presented in a fun, yet informative, way and a laugh is pretty much guaranteed.

“The weekend was superb, the workshops were the best I have ever been on. Short concise workshops but with plenty of time to practice with progressions available, all run by amazing friendly and knowledgeable coaches and supported by a brilliant crew. I have learnt so much in such a friendly environment with some really lovely like-minded runners who were out to improve their trail running and everything we covered I can take away and implement even in the flatter land of Milton Keynes. Thank you all.”

There will be plenty of time for questions throughout the two mornings and time to chat after each of the sessions.

Cost will be £60.  Don’t forget your trail shoes and kit as we will be heading outside.

Please Note: For those who already have a ticket from the postponed 2020 event then this will automatically carry over and include your 2022 BIG Running Weekender Ticket too.

Topics to be covered:

Saturday TBC 2022

10am – 1pm: Trail School Part 1

  • Training and Racing Goal Setting – understanding the difference is pretty important.
  • Race Planning and Priority – How often should I race?
  • The Steps to a Peak and Foundation for Endurance Running and Speed Development
  • Running Technique Part 1: We begin by discussing what the components are for good running technique across all terrains before we head out for a practical session. Expect a few hills and a session you can take away and use again.
  • Close and summary

Sunday TBC 2022

10am – 1pm: Trail School Part 2

  • Brief recap from Saturday
  • Building a Training Plan, which will also include developing endurance, speed and hill strength.
  • Using Heart Rate and is it really that beneficial? (and the chance to borrow a Polar Heart Rate Monitor for the upcoming session.)
  • The importance of Strength-Stability – it is considered an essential fundamental for all runners.
  • Running Technique Part 2: We pick up where we left off on Saturday and get more into the detail of uphill and downhill running technique.

Trail SchoolYour coaches for the sessions are Stu Hale and Colin Perkins. Stuart is highly experienced and has been coaching for over 30 years.  He has coached fell and mountain runners for a number of years with his athletes achieving British and English championship wins and podium finishes and is also working with those that have run for their country. In addition he has been working on behalf of English Athletics, coaching within a variety of different clubs for the National Club Run Scheme, helping both coaches and runners of all levels. Colin Perkins, is a qualified coach and has been part of the Accelerate Team for close to three years and brings along a wealth of individual and session coaching experience.

Both are regular coaches at WoodRun, Accelerate Trail Runners and Accelerate Your Speed coached sessions. On an ongoing basis they work with those new to running and the more experienced, regardless of age or speed.

The Big Running Weekend is a celebration of everything trail running, with sessions and events to suit all tastes!

  • Led Runs on the Outdoor City Run Routes
  • Wood Run Sessions on Technique, Strength and Stability
  • APC Trail School
  • Junior running workshop
  • Hill technique
  • Talks and Films
  • Kit Testing / Q&A
  • Night Running

Sunday 24th October 2021 at the Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods, S7 2QZ

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