In the following April for the Track & Field season age groups change to:-
Under 11’s are school years 4 & 5(i.e. under 11 on 31st August at the End of the season)
Under 13’s, school years 6 & 7
Under 15’s, school years 8 & 9
Under 17’s, school years 10 & 11
Under 20’s must be under 20 on 31st Dec in the current year
How often should I train?
Primary Age Group -twice a week from Tues, Thursday and sunday
Yr7 & 8 3 times a week Tues, Thursday and Sunday
Yr 9 and above Min 4 times up to 6 times per week – after discussion with me about the type of schedule you should be following.
What to wear
Running is not an expensive sport. When a junior runner starts out they just need a t-shirt and shorts and a pair of trainers – which can be their school PE kit. In colder weather, an extra layer is necessary and perhaps a waterproof top. It’s a good idea to take along a bottle of water or an energy drink, especially in hot weather. In winter for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings they will need a hi visibility vest which can be bought at any sports shop and should cost under £10.
If the junior is going to stay with the club and wants to begin to enter events then a good pair of running shoes is important. These shoes have better cushioning and offer greater support than ordinary trainers. Popular makes are: Nike, Saucony, Asics, Brooks, New Balance, Mizuno, Reebok and many others. They are available in specialist running shops and the better sports shops. It is good idea to go to a shop where the sales assistants know what they are talking about and can determine what will best suit as this depends on running style and how your feet land as you run. Running shoes for junior runners are in the £25 – £40 range. As a member of Wetherby Runners we get a discount at all Up and Running shops. In addition to the running trainers, a separate pair of running shoes with spikes is required and these serve for both running on the track (using short spikes) and for running in cross countries (using longer spikes). In junior sizes these cost between £25 to £40.
For UK Athletics events a club vest must be worn and these can be purchased for £15, please see Andrea Normington.
How can you help?
The club is entirely run by volunteers and coaches donate their time for free and are not paid. In order to provide this opportunity to your children and to enable as many local children as possible to benefit we require a commitment from the junior athletes family to provide occasional support. This can range from becoming a coach yourself , helping out at training sessions where you will be picking up and dropping off anyway by staying and helping the coaches maximize the training time by setting out/collecting in equipment, taking and recording timings or helping with admin such as keeping the website up to date, collating results or baking a cake for our refreshment stall at the Wetherby 10k!. Please get involved at whatever level you can.
Welcome Pack: – For further information for new athletes, parents and guardians about the club, how we operate, codes of conduct and athlete, parent and coach responsibilities click here – LINK TO WELCOME LETTER –