Running Drills Workshop a real hit!
11 December 2015
The Leicestershire Running and Athletics Network (LRAN) has over the years continued to offer opportunities to those qualified at leader or coach qualification and also their club member runners to educate and improve the standard of running in the County both for those new to the sport and for seasoned runners alike.
The latest initiative in this programme was to host a “running drills workshop” and it turned out to be a real hit! Around 50 people, which included run leaders and coaches as well as club runners, enjoyed a really well received workshop led by England international athlete Gemma Hillier-Moses.
To many of those attending this was their first exposure to drills and many had no idea what to expect; however Gemma’s clear and enthusiastic instruction and demonstration soon had the group thinking about their running style and how they could improve it through the effective use of drills.#
Immediate feedback was unanimously good and there have already been many requests for follow-up workshops and these will be added to the Network winter development programme which also includes workshops on biomechanics and strength and conditioning.
Speaking after the event, John Skevington who is the coach and coordinator for LRAN commented, “There is a general misconception that club runners are not interested in doing anything else than going for a run, tonight has proved yet again that those in the sport and particularly those new to the sport are keen to improve their knowledge about all aspects of running. The key is to make the sessions relevant, interesting and accessible to everyone regardless of their ability or qualification and it would be wonderful to see more national support for initiatives of this type.”
The “Leicester Runners” Facebook page which has well in excess of 1000 members was awash with praise following the session with Sam Middleton, who is one of the administrators for the page, posting “….AMAZING running drills session. I feel so energised and positive, more of the same please. I would do this weekly if it was available – absolutely loved it!”
To reinforce what has been learnt LRAN will be posting a series of videos of Gemma performing the drills on their website and will be working with her over the winter to increase the number of drills and videos available.