Great weekend of marathon development

The latest England Athletics Marathon Development weekend has taken place with experts including Alan Storey, Chris Bramah, Gareth Walton, Dan Robinson, Nick Anderson and Andy Hobdell all involved.

The marathon development programme is to help develop athletes and coaches in delivering strong performances at the top end of the rankings lists and at international level. Programme lead Nick Anderson said, “It was superb to once again have people getting together to benefit from training together, sharing experiences and hearing from some outstanding experts.

“There was plenty for people to take away and use and it was good to hear people discussing how they would do that and how they were applying what had been discussed at previous events.”

At this event in the Forest of Dean the athletes and coaches were able to hear Alan Storey share his insights from decades of coaching elite athletes including two London Marathon winners. Alan was asked a range of questions about training principles and the demands of the marathon by Nick Anderson and the athletes and coaches who had gathered as the Saturday night Q&A session.

The content of the programme is designed to meet the needs of those involved and the areas of injury prevention, and strength and condition were two topics that had been identified as being beneficial. Therefore, a session on injury prevention and related topics was delivered by physio Chris Bramah. Chris has worked at events including the 2016 Olympics and the 2017 World Championships as well as with numerous elite endurance athletes. He also shared some of his insights into biomechanics and running related injuries from the research he has done and other sources.

Gareth Walton, England Athletics’ technical lead for Physical Preparation, led a session including practical work on this for the athletes and coaches. And programme lead Nick Robinson, coach Andy Hobdell and physiologist were also on hand to present on and discuss a number of topics with the athletes and coaches.

To find out more about more endurance specific development opportunities head to www.englandathletics.org/coaching/development/ongoing-development/endurance-coach-development/

Other coach development opportunities can also be seen at https://www.englandathletics.org/coaching/development/.

Training session at England Athletics Marathon Development Weekend