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Training

London Heathside provides a choice of training venues throughout North London, including the Finsbury Park track & field facility, the YMCA Fitness Centre in Crouch End, the Royal Free Recreation Club in Hampstead, Trent Park in Cockfosters and Sunday runs from Highgate Tube Station. Each location has a different focus for training, with something to suit everyone’s tastes and needs.

This is the typical weekly training schedule for senior athletes: 

Tuesdays

North London YMCA, 184 Tottenham La, London N8 8SG (Elmfield Rd Fitness Centre), 7:30pm

This is a great introduction to our running club for those who have been training on their own and are capable of 40-45 minutes of steady running or jogging.  

Inclusive (and fun) sessions in Highgate Wood which include technical drills.

For more information, contact Nilesh on nilesh.goswami@urbanselect.co.uk

London Marathon Athletics Track at Finsbury Park Track, N4, from 7:15pm 

We are a “full service" athletics and running club with training groups for long distance runners, middle distance athletes, sprinters and field event athletes. For each discipline there is a wide range of abilities from London Marathon hopefuls to nationally ranked athletes. For distance runners we also have excellent training groups from the North London YMCA on a Tuesday and Thursday and from the Royal Free Recreation Club NW3 on Wednesday’s. Further details are on this page. Details of our sessions for Young Athletes (17 and under) can be found here http://www.londonheathside.org.uk/young_athletes.htm

For information on the track/interval sessions for long distance runners and middle distance athletes please initially contact Chris Hartley on christopherhartley@yahoo.co.uk

For information on our sprint groups please contact Sam Brown on slsb.brown@gmail.com

For field and other technical events please contact Jerry Odlin, chairman@londonheathside.org.uk

Wednesdays

Royal Free Hospital Recreation Club, Fleet Rd , NW3 2QG, 7:00pm 

Steady runs and/or interval sessions most weeks around the leafy Hampstead lanes and parks. The Heath is used in summer for runs on the excellent trails and wide open space of London's "piece of countryside". Meet to 6.45 for a 7pm start. Show membership at door to Royal Free Recreation Club for entry (£1 for non-members) including use of lockers and showers. Afterwards we meet in a local hostelry for "rehydration" and to arrange future races. Friendly group which caters for anyone who can comfortably cover at least 6 miles in an hour. Contact Martin Potter on wastell.potter@virgin.net

 

Thursdays

North London YMCA, 184 Tottenham La, London N8 8SG. (Elmfield Rd Fitness centre) 7:30pm 

Option of a hill session or a steady run. The hill sessions run from mid-Sept to mid-Feb and take place around Denton Rd/Uplands Rd etc in the Crouch End area. Details are announced each week.

London Marathon Athletics Track at Finsbury Park Track, N4, from 7:15pm 

See the information on "Tuesday sessions" above.

Saturdays

10:15am Trent Park, Cockfosters. Hill and off road training on most Saturdays excluding race days. Contact Jerry on jerryodlin@mac.com

Sundays

Highgate Tube Station for long runs (meet at corner of Archway Rd and Shepherds Hill):

9am long run 15+ miles at varied pace but probably sub-7:30min/mile on average
10am steady run 8-10 miles
11am 6-8 miles easy over Hampstead Heath (8:30 to 10mins/mile)

Please note: these training runs are not formally coached and we recommend coming to another of the weekly training groups first to get to know the club.