Club meets for senior members are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the year,  coached session for juniors on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.   The format of each session is as follows.

Tuesdays – Coached session on the track

The coached sessions are for both seniors and juniors 12+.  The session coach will vary the activities each week.

  • 18:30  Meet at the club-house
  • 18:40  Session coach will describe the evening’s training
  • 18:45 – 19:30 Session
  • 19:30 Cool down

Sample session:

Warm up: 1k jog + “dynamic” circuit of the track

We form groups of three of similar speed. Person A runs the first lap, is joined by B for the second, and drops out for the third.  Person C runs the third with B, then A rejoins for the fourth. And so on, for five reps of two laps on one lap off.  That makes 10 laps (4k) each.

Wednesday – Road Run

  • 18:30  Meet at the club-house
  • 18:40  Club announcements, then the route master will describe the evening’s route options
  • 18:45 – 19:45 Run
  • 19:45 Cool down

For seniors only, the route master will typically provide two or three route options of 5, 6 and 7 miles. We start as a group to warm up, picking up the pace after the first mile or so. For runners unfamiliar with Maidenhead (or that route in particular) we will try to pair them with someone of similar standard.  There is a wipeable wall map in the clubroom to follow.

In summer, we typically run south- or eastwards into the countryside by Holyport and Ockwells Park, or along the river Thames or the Jubilee river.  The route will be decided on the day, taking into account weather and underfoot conditions on unmade paths.

In winter, routes stay within the streetlit areas of Maidenhead. The riverside by Boulters Lock is popular.  Many of the routes have familiar names – the “Tesco”, the “Chipshop”, the “Thatch” runs.

Thursdays – Juniors (12+) mixed training

  • 18:30 – 19:30

There are groups for:

  • Endurance training at Braywick and local roads
  • Sprints at the track
  • Long-jump at the track

Saturdays – Juniors

  • 09:30 – 11:00 Striders (mostly under-13s)
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Squad (mostly 13+)

In summer, both groups meet at the Braywick track; in winter,  Thames Valley Athletic Centre (TVAC) at Eton.

Sunday – Longer run

  • 8:30  Meet at the club-house
  • 8:40  Route master will describe the morning’s route options
  • 8:45  Run

This is a longer run, typically 8 -11 miles, and as much as 20 miles during spring marathon training.  Occasionally, we’ll meet elsewhere, such as at Windsor Great Park.  However, do check before turning up because Sunday cross-country events in the winter can deplete numbers.

Routes from the club-house can reach Eton Wick, Winter Hill or Hurley.