Several training sessions are provided by the Club, all of which are overseen by a qualified coach. All our Club coaches hold qualifications from either UKA (UK Athletics) or BTF (British Triathlon Federation), at Level 1 / 2 or Leadership in Running Fitness.
The following sessions are available to all Club members. Everyone is welcome!
Tuesday coached session
Summer months at BSRC Club house, Beldams Lane, Bishops Stortford and winter months at Bishops Stortford Rugby Club, Silver Leys, Bishop’s Stortford (check event calendar for venue confirmation)
7.15 for a 7.30pm prompt start; free for members
These sessions are run every week. All members are encouraged to attend as the session helps to improve strength and stamina, as well as speed. If you are new to these sessions please turn up but let the coach know as it is important to build up the intensity over a few weeks to avoid injury. The sessions usually last around 45 minutes, so are short and sharp!
Mark Hall Leisure Centre, Harlow
These sessions are run on an ad-hoc basis, usually during the spring / autumn. Due to coaching limitations, these may not be available for everyone.
BSRC Clubhouse, 10:15 start; free for members
These sessions are open to all members. Ideal for improving strength and stamina as well as speed and the sessions usually last about an hour. Hill training is often on the menu but not always! See Facebook discussion group for details each week.
Sunday Paced Runs
BSRC Club House
During training for spring and autumn marathons we often arrange ad-hoc paced runs from the Club House on a Sunday morning. These will be advertised on the event calendar and via club email. We usually look for people to lead the groups depending on the pace required and these runs are anywhere between 14 – 20 miles.
Cycling (organised by the Club’s multisport section, Stortford Tri)
Thursday Turbo Training
BSRC Clubhouse, 7.45 for 8.00pm start, free for members
Held during the winter months work out to some banging sound tracks whilst improving your cycling in readiness for the tri season. This is not just for triathletes though as cross training is beneficial for all.
Thursday Evening Outdoor Cycling
Venue – Allen’s Green or Audley End, times depending on daylight, free
In the summer and the lighter evenings the group meets at Allen’s Green for interval training (the ride out is the warmup). Once a month, the group also attend a 10M time trial at Audley End. Check the Stortford Tri website for details of both.
Sunday Morning Cycling
Starting point – Clubhouse, 8:30am, free
Four different paced groups ride from the Clubhouse on varying distances taking advantage of quiet country roads. Longer rides may have cafe stop.
Swimming (organised by the Club’s multisport section, Stortford Tri)
Tuesday evening swim
Grange Paddocks Swimming Pool, 9 – 10pm, Cost – £5
Open Water swim
Redricks Lakes, Redricks Lane, Sawbridgeworth
8.30 for 8.45am, Saturday morning between May and October
Cost – £7 for casual visits; £5 with lake membership (£15)
For a number of reasons, we can’t provide any open water swim coaching, however we do operate an informal “buddy” system whereby a more experienced swimmer can take you around the lake for your first few times. Just let us know in advance that you’re coming so we can match you with a suitable swimmer. In the mean time, coaching company RG Active provides coached sessions at the lake for various levels of ability. See their website for costs and timings and to book.
All our coaches are available to offer training advice to any of you. Tim, John and Viv are able to devise tailored spring or autumn marathon training plans, subject to availability. Please bear in mind that we all work full time so contact outside of office hours, preferably via email, is appreciated.
See the Coaches Page for biographies of all our Club Coaches.