Coaching Groups

England Athletics provides guidance on the challenges facing coaches and leaders in road running clubs and groups.

There is such a wide range of ages, abilities and aspirations as well as beginners joining throughout the year and more experienced runners looking to make progress or happy to stay at their current standard. How do you plan sessions to meet all their needs? They recommend athletes are split by ability groups so that they can be warmed up and be provided with a set that is suitable for an individual group. Currently Bracknell Forest Runners do not operate the separate warm ups so we all do this together, as well as the main set at track each week.

If you feel the set is not for you, please do feel free to still join us at track and utilise the outside lanes for your own paced set, please be aware thta people who are coming back from injury do utilise these lanes may be at a slower pace than you.

The groups allocated based on a number of measures. They are not just based on speed  because England athletics state that coaching should be athlete centred. This means that 2 individuals with the same 10K time might be totally different. So groups are allocated based on the times and measures below.

Group A

  • Consistently running times of

              Sub 24 min 5K

              Sub 50 min 10K

              Sub 1:50 Half

  • Has developed a strong running base over a number of years

  • Has no major weakness or recurring injuries that need addressing before speed work is introduced.

  • The athlete agrees with the coach that this group suits their running aspirations.

Group B

  • Consistently running times of

              Sub 30 min 5K

              Sub 60 min 10K

  • Has developed some base level of fitness and is looking to improve

  • The athlete agrees this group suits their running aspirations.

Group C

Is our foundation group aiming to provide the athlete with a strong base.  It is important to build a strong base and run consistent weekly mileage. This takes time and is different for everyone. If you are keen to progress you running and move up a group then the coaching recommends you focus on 5K training, aim to run consistent weekly mileage of about 10 to 15 and do one track/speed session a week.   

Life Group

This is our seasoned runners group that have a strong running base over a number of years. This group are looking to maintain their fitness in their retirement years and get some age grade records.

Moving up a group

The club is aiming to provide safe and effective training that suits everyone in the club. Talk to or email your coach about any question you have with the group allocation and we will insure that you are in a suitable group that meets your ability and your running goals.

Moving down a group

If you have returned from injury or some time off running then it is best to easy in gradually.

You can move yourself down a group at any time and then move back up when you feel ready. 

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