Are you looking at taking on Your first half marathon ?
Join our 5-month Training Squad in preparation for Oxford's Half Marathon and other Autumn events.
Scroll down to see the guidance and support you can expect as a Half Marathon Squad Member.
PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST 10K AND HALF MARATHON THIS SUMMER
Your programme of education, guidance and support will progress your fitness in time to crush your first 10k then finish a half marathon without stopping to walk.
FOLLOW YOUR PERSONALISED RUNNING PROGRAMME
All distances and speeds will be personalised to your situation regardless of holidays, ability and other events. Target parkrun PB's, 10k races, an Autumn Half Marathons and anything in between.
You'll be pleasantly surprise what 10k and Half Marathon training can do for your 5k times...
MEET YOUR PERSONAL RUNNING COACH
You'll be invited to meet your running coach and discuss your goals, obstacles and programme as soon as your registration is accepted.
Your Coach, Conor Graham, will ensure you're motivated and ready to attack your training with a clear plan for progress.
TRAIN IN TIME WITH OTHER SQUAD MEMBERS
Where suitable, your training sessions can be synchronised to other Squad members. You'll instantly have more in common with the other squad members and become inspired to progress by their posts to the group.
EVERYTHING IS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Your programme, coach, squad members and educational resources are all available wherever you have an internet connection. Guidance and support is just a click away.
A Coach on your Shoulder
We turn to people all the time when we need support but if you're new to running then you may not have someone who can guide you through the lows.
Conor and other senior squad members have been in your shoes so know exactly what to do when times get tough.
Keep your support team up to date and you'll never get left behind...
Your Summer Running Journey
If you're already running 5 to 10k then you're right where you need to be for progressing towards an Autumn Half Marathon. Our first target will be a 10k time you're really happy with. For some this will mean building distance gradually and for others it'll be about getting better speeds from your training sessions.
Join this squad and a series of personal best 10k times is on the cards between May and July. From July we'll start increasing distances beyond 10k. You'll still have 13 weeks and only another 8-11k left to build up depending on your situation.
I'm making this all sound easy but thousands enter half marathons only to under prepare or over-train themselves to a terrible experience. If you've ever run out of energy on a run then you know what it feels like. Imagine having to walk the last 5k of your Half because you were under-prepared or simply got your pacing wrong on the day.
As a Half Marathon Squad member you'll be welcome to book race strategy consultations where we look over your previous run stats and discuss exactly how you're going to achieve a race result you're proud of.
Step 1 - Programme Set up
Your programme will take into account each event you want to peak for and combine it with your current running ability to ensure every single session has an exact purpose.
Step 2 - Online Education
We'll suggest the video content you should learn from to ensure your body is durable enough to progress throughout the programme.
Step 3 - Unlimited Support and Programme Updates
Life will get in the way at times but we'll update your programme and even go off piste when circumstances require. Holidays, work and family will make it hard to run at times but you'll know which sessions are expendable and which can be postponed.
Your Truly Personalised Running Programme
Generic programmes fail to prescribe speeds which reflect your ability and prescribed distances neglect the multiple events you've entered.
Watch and learn how our Half Marathon Programmes are designed with speeds based on your ability and distances which peak you for multiple events.
It Starts With Injury Prevention
Have you ever registered for an event, ploughed into your training but found yourself injured for weeks of your plan?
Watch to Learn How We'll Start Preventing Injury as Soon as you Register for this Squad
Learn to Prevent Injury
Access our Video Course that will teach you how to prevent and fix common running injuries.
Each workshop is broken into clips you can watch on any internet enabled device. Perfect to watch while doing some light stretching, riding public transport or even getting dinner prepared. If you want a great summer of running then you need to stay injury free.
How to Prevent Back Pain
If you've every suffered from back pain then you know it's not an obstacle you want in training.
How to Assess Your Pains
Learn which pains are good, which you can stretch out, which need icing and which need a referral.
6 Injury Prevention Lectures you can access for life
A personalised programme based on your ability, holidays and goals
Plan your ideal week and more with your own Running Coach
What People are Saying...
Is this Right for You?
WHO THIS IS NOT FOR
- People who struggle to follow a plan
- Anyone who is unable to run for more than 2 hours per week
- Anyone who thinks they can start training a week or two from the race
- People who will be unable to do any running through the holidays
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
When does my programme start?
Your programme will start on the 2nd of July and ends on the 1st of October
Do I have to live near Cheltenham?
No, the programme, guidance and support you need to train for the half is all available online and over the phone.
How can I get a refund?
If you decide the arrangement is not for you simply email us before your programme is ready and we'll open your place to someone else.
Why should I join this instead of a standard club membership?
Our Annual and Standard memberships do not include a programme, educational workshops, Facebook support group or any scheduled time with a coach.
What if I'm injured while training for the event?
You'll be referred to our Physiotherapist, Katie Foster, to discuss whether you should attempt to race and how the programme should be adapted.
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