COACHING PRINCIPLES

During the course of the club’s history Weston Athletic Club has changed from a mixture of juniors and adults competing in track and field events, cross-country and road racing to what we have today.

The club membership now consists of adults aged from eighteen to seventy plus, of mixed ability and who want to train and compete in events ranging from 5K to full marathon and ultra road events, as well as trail and off-road events from cross-country to multi-day endurance and running festival events. 


Members have different aspirations and goals and the training is structured around the core elements of speed work, strength and conditioning and endurance. Speed training is undertaken
via interval and fartlek sessions, stamina and strength work via hill and club circuits and the longer, slower endurance training usually undertaken at weekends.

Some members are involved in training for duathlon (run, bike, run) and triathlon (swim, bike, run) see the separate detail of what the club offers under the TRI section of the website.

Training is structured to use either mixed ability or equal ability group sessions as appropriate for content and location. All members are able to develop their running standard at the pace they decide upon; individuals can aim as high as they wish but above all, can enjoy and benefit from their endeavours.

Individuals who want to train for specific distance e.g. a full marathon can seek individual training plans and guidance from the team of experienced coaches.

The underlying philosophy of the club is to provide a platform by which members can be part of a like-minded group of individuals with the principal aims of remaining healthy and achieving the running goals they aspire to. 

The coaching team will provide a safe and structured environment during the normal club training schedule for all members. They will support and guide members to develop their running ability and will provide individual guidance when it is required.

COACHING TEAM

COACHES

Jim Wotton [Coach Manager]CiRF – Coach in Running Fitness (Athletics Coach), Event Group Endurance (Event Group), Leadership in Running Fitness (Leader)

Jason Wyatt
CiRF – Coach in Running Fitness (Athletics Coach), Event Group Endurance (Event Group), Leadership in Running Fitness (Leader)

Carol O`Leary
CiRF – Coach in Running Fitness (Athletics Coach), Event Group Endurance (Event Group), Leadership in Running Fitness (Leader)

Nick Cook
CiRF – Coach in Running Fitness (Athletics Coach), Leadership in Running Fitness (Leader)

Sheryl Selway 
CiRF –Coach in Running Fitness (Athletics Coach), Leadership in Running Fitness (Leader)

Lorraine Smith
CiRF – Coach in Running Fitness (Athletics Coach), Leadership in Running Fitness (Leader)

Ian Carpenter (Coach) Certificate in Physical Education, Fitness in Running and Walking (Leader)

TRI COACHES

Margaret Sills – BTF Level 3 and SMARTT Coach Level 3

Charlotte Oliver – BTF Level 2 and ASA Swim Teacher

Rachael Vincent –  BTF  Level 2 BTF strength & conditioning

Nick Cook – 1st 4 Sport Level 2 Triathlon Coach

LEADERS

Paul Baker

LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Paul Bird
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness (Leader), Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running

Rachel Stacey
Fitness in Running & Walking – Leader

Paul Cousins
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Paul Grinham
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

John Grimsey
Fitness in Running & Walking (Level 1)

Maria Davidson
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Chris Loach
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Colin Lintern
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Noel Flynn

LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Ian Purnell
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Sarah Ridout
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Kieron Summers

LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Debbie Vowles
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

TWAC LEADERS

James Wotton
Paul Oaten
Paul Cousins
Paul Bird
Sarah Weare
Steve Delve
Luke Fielder
Mick Henderson
Lizzie Henden
Louisa Ansell
Bruce Manning
Baz Hall
Ian Purnell

TRAINING UPDATES

TRAINING CALENDAR

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Wednesday Swim Sessions – Burnham-on-Sea pool – Poolside 20:20hrs, Swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs 8:30 pm
Wednesday Swim Sessions – Burnham-on-Sea pool – Poolside 20:20hrs, Swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs
May 1 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Wednesday swim sessions at Burnham-on-Sea pool Time: poolside 20:20hrs, swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs   You need to be a fully paid-up WAC member to access sessions, they can be booked in blocks of 5 (£32:50) or 10 (£55:00) Please contact Margaret Sills for payment details. Occasional PAYG sessions are sometimes available; please arrange with[...]
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Thursday Training Runs – Note time change 6.20 for 6.30 start 6:15 pm
Thursday Training Runs – Note time change 6.20 for 6.30 start @ Meeting room inside Hutton Moor
May 2 @ 6:15 pm
Thursday night group runs from Hutton Moor – Group runs from Hutton Moor at 6.20 for 6.30 start. All groups meet by the meeting room on the first floor inside Hutton Moor. 30/5/24 – Route will be the 4 Bridges            
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Saturday AM Session 8:00 – 8:00 am
Saturday AM Session 8:00 –
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Sessions for existing club members only Saturday am Rep/Interval/LT session – Led by Jason or Sheryl – meeting at various points within Weston at 8:00 See WAC social fb for detail and confirmation of session taking place Note from Jason This Saturdays session is hill repeats – 10×1 minute with usual recovery. Meet at Uphill[...]
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Monday TWAC – 27th of May ‘May TWAC fell race’ meet Meet 6.50 car park at the top of Burrington Combe where the ice cream van usually is. ///disengage.overlook.leans 12:00 pm
Monday TWAC – 27th of May ‘May TWAC fell race’ meet Meet 6.50 car park at the top of Burrington Combe where the ice cream van usually is. ///disengage.overlook.leans @ Different Location each week - see TWAC fb for more detail and maps
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Evening session for Monday the 27th is May TWAC fell race The 10k = 1,417 feet of elevation gain but it is a 5-lap course of different loops up to the top so you can decide how many loops you want to do. Meet 6.50 car park  at the top of Burrington Combe where the ice[...]
Monday Night TWAC Training 7:00 pm
Monday Night TWAC Training @ Hutton Moor Leisure Centre
May 6 @ 7:00 pm
Monday Night TWAC Sessions TWAC 7:00pm – Location changes each week Join the TWAC Facebook Group to keep up to date with the details of each week’s run.
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Summer Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions –  Now on the field at rear of Hutton Moor 7:00 pm
Summer Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions –  Now on the field at rear of Hutton Moor @ Far side of field at rear of Hutton Moor
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Meet on the far side of the field at Hutton Moor at 6.50 for 7.00. Session this week taken by  Nick and Jim Tuesday Reps/Intervals  (28/5/24) This week’s session focus : keep good running form. Warm up Followed by 10 x 2mins  30secs  with a 30sec pick up at end of each rep. 2 mins portion of[...]
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Wednesday Swim Sessions – Burnham-on-Sea pool – Poolside 20:20hrs, Swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs 8:30 pm
Wednesday Swim Sessions – Burnham-on-Sea pool – Poolside 20:20hrs, Swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs
May 8 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Wednesday swim sessions at Burnham-on-Sea pool Time: poolside 20:20hrs, swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs   You need to be a fully paid-up WAC member to access sessions, they can be booked in blocks of 5 (£32:50) or 10 (£55:00) Please contact Margaret Sills for payment details. Occasional PAYG sessions are sometimes available; please arrange with[...]
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Thursday Training Runs – Note time change 6.20 for 6.30 start 6:15 pm
Thursday Training Runs – Note time change 6.20 for 6.30 start @ Meeting room inside Hutton Moor
May 9 @ 6:15 pm
Thursday night group runs from Hutton Moor – Group runs from Hutton Moor at 6.20 for 6.30 start. All groups meet by the meeting room on the first floor inside Hutton Moor. 30/5/24 – Route will be the 4 Bridges            
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Saturday AM Session 8:00 – 8:00 am
Saturday AM Session 8:00 –
May 11 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Sessions for existing club members only Saturday am Rep/Interval/LT session – Led by Jason or Sheryl – meeting at various points within Weston at 8:00 See WAC social fb for detail and confirmation of session taking place Note from Jason This Saturdays session is hill repeats – 10×1 minute with usual recovery. Meet at Uphill[...]
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Monday TWAC – 27th of May ‘May TWAC fell race’ meet Meet 6.50 car park at the top of Burrington Combe where the ice cream van usually is. ///disengage.overlook.leans 12:00 pm
Monday TWAC – 27th of May ‘May TWAC fell race’ meet Meet 6.50 car park at the top of Burrington Combe where the ice cream van usually is. ///disengage.overlook.leans @ Different Location each week - see TWAC fb for more detail and maps
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Evening session for Monday the 27th is May TWAC fell race The 10k = 1,417 feet of elevation gain but it is a 5-lap course of different loops up to the top so you can decide how many loops you want to do. Meet 6.50 car park  at the top of Burrington Combe where the ice[...]
Monday Night TWAC Training 7:00 pm
Monday Night TWAC Training @ Hutton Moor Leisure Centre
May 13 @ 7:00 pm
Monday Night TWAC Sessions TWAC 7:00pm – Location changes each week Join the TWAC Facebook Group to keep up to date with the details of each week’s run.
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Summer Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions –  Now on the field at rear of Hutton Moor 7:00 pm
Summer Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions –  Now on the field at rear of Hutton Moor @ Far side of field at rear of Hutton Moor
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Meet on the far side of the field at Hutton Moor at 6.50 for 7.00. Session this week taken by  Nick and Jim Tuesday Reps/Intervals  (28/5/24) This week’s session focus : keep good running form. Warm up Followed by 10 x 2mins  30secs  with a 30sec pick up at end of each rep. 2 mins portion of[...]
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Wednesday Swim Sessions – Burnham-on-Sea pool – Poolside 20:20hrs, Swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs 8:30 pm
Wednesday Swim Sessions – Burnham-on-Sea pool – Poolside 20:20hrs, Swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs
May 15 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Wednesday swim sessions at Burnham-on-Sea pool Time: poolside 20:20hrs, swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs   You need to be a fully paid-up WAC member to access sessions, they can be booked in blocks of 5 (£32:50) or 10 (£55:00) Please contact Margaret Sills for payment details. Occasional PAYG sessions are sometimes available; please arrange with[...]
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Saturday AM Session 8:00 – 8:00 am
Saturday AM Session 8:00 –
May 18 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Sessions for existing club members only Saturday am Rep/Interval/LT session – Led by Jason or Sheryl – meeting at various points within Weston at 8:00 See WAC social fb for detail and confirmation of session taking place Note from Jason This Saturdays session is hill repeats – 10×1 minute with usual recovery. Meet at Uphill[...]
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Monday TWAC – 27th of May ‘May TWAC fell race’ meet Meet 6.50 car park at the top of Burrington Combe where the ice cream van usually is. ///disengage.overlook.leans 12:00 pm
Monday TWAC – 27th of May ‘May TWAC fell race’ meet Meet 6.50 car park at the top of Burrington Combe where the ice cream van usually is. ///disengage.overlook.leans @ Different Location each week - see TWAC fb for more detail and maps
May 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Evening session for Monday the 27th is May TWAC fell race The 10k = 1,417 feet of elevation gain but it is a 5-lap course of different loops up to the top so you can decide how many loops you want to do. Meet 6.50 car park  at the top of Burrington Combe where the ice[...]
Monday Night TWAC Training 7:00 pm
Monday Night TWAC Training @ Hutton Moor Leisure Centre
May 20 @ 7:00 pm
Monday Night TWAC Sessions TWAC 7:00pm – Location changes each week Join the TWAC Facebook Group to keep up to date with the details of each week’s run.
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Summer Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions –  Now on the field at rear of Hutton Moor 7:00 pm
Summer Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions –  Now on the field at rear of Hutton Moor @ Far side of field at rear of Hutton Moor
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Meet on the far side of the field at Hutton Moor at 6.50 for 7.00. Session this week taken by  Nick and Jim Tuesday Reps/Intervals  (28/5/24) This week’s session focus : keep good running form. Warm up Followed by 10 x 2mins  30secs  with a 30sec pick up at end of each rep. 2 mins portion of[...]
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Wednesday Swim Sessions – Burnham-on-Sea pool – Poolside 20:20hrs, Swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs 8:30 pm
Wednesday Swim Sessions – Burnham-on-Sea pool – Poolside 20:20hrs, Swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs
May 22 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Wednesday swim sessions at Burnham-on-Sea pool Time: poolside 20:20hrs, swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs   You need to be a fully paid-up WAC member to access sessions, they can be booked in blocks of 5 (£32:50) or 10 (£55:00) Please contact Margaret Sills for payment details. Occasional PAYG sessions are sometimes available; please arrange with[...]
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Thursday Training Runs – Note time change 6.20 for 6.30 start 6:15 pm
Thursday Training Runs – Note time change 6.20 for 6.30 start @ Meeting room inside Hutton Moor
May 23 @ 6:15 pm
Thursday night group runs from Hutton Moor – Group runs from Hutton Moor at 6.20 for 6.30 start. All groups meet by the meeting room on the first floor inside Hutton Moor. 30/5/24 – Route will be the 4 Bridges            
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Saturday AM Session 8:00 – 8:00 am
Saturday AM Session 8:00 –
May 25 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Sessions for existing club members only Saturday am Rep/Interval/LT session – Led by Jason or Sheryl – meeting at various points within Weston at 8:00 See WAC social fb for detail and confirmation of session taking place Note from Jason This Saturdays session is hill repeats – 10×1 minute with usual recovery. Meet at Uphill[...]
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Monday TWAC – 27th of May ‘May TWAC fell race’ meet Meet 6.50 car park at the top of Burrington Combe where the ice cream van usually is. ///disengage.overlook.leans 12:00 pm
Monday TWAC – 27th of May ‘May TWAC fell race’ meet Meet 6.50 car park at the top of Burrington Combe where the ice cream van usually is. ///disengage.overlook.leans @ Different Location each week - see TWAC fb for more detail and maps
May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Evening session for Monday the 27th is May TWAC fell race The 10k = 1,417 feet of elevation gain but it is a 5-lap course of different loops up to the top so you can decide how many loops you want to do. Meet 6.50 car park  at the top of Burrington Combe where the ice[...]
Monday Night TWAC Training 7:00 pm
Monday Night TWAC Training @ Hutton Moor Leisure Centre
May 27 @ 7:00 pm
Monday Night TWAC Sessions TWAC 7:00pm – Location changes each week Join the TWAC Facebook Group to keep up to date with the details of each week’s run.
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Summer Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions –  Now on the field at rear of Hutton Moor 7:00 pm
Summer Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions –  Now on the field at rear of Hutton Moor @ Far side of field at rear of Hutton Moor
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Meet on the far side of the field at Hutton Moor at 6.50 for 7.00. Session this week taken by  Nick and Jim Tuesday Reps/Intervals  (28/5/24) This week’s session focus : keep good running form. Warm up Followed by 10 x 2mins  30secs  with a 30sec pick up at end of each rep. 2 mins portion of[...]
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Wednesday Swim Sessions – Burnham-on-Sea pool – Poolside 20:20hrs, Swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs 8:30 pm
Wednesday Swim Sessions – Burnham-on-Sea pool – Poolside 20:20hrs, Swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs
May 29 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Wednesday swim sessions at Burnham-on-Sea pool Time: poolside 20:20hrs, swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs   You need to be a fully paid-up WAC member to access sessions, they can be booked in blocks of 5 (£32:50) or 10 (£55:00) Please contact Margaret Sills for payment details. Occasional PAYG sessions are sometimes available; please arrange with[...]
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Thursday Training Runs – Note time change 6.20 for 6.30 start 6:15 pm
Thursday Training Runs – Note time change 6.20 for 6.30 start @ Meeting room inside Hutton Moor
May 30 @ 6:15 pm
Thursday night group runs from Hutton Moor – Group runs from Hutton Moor at 6.20 for 6.30 start. All groups meet by the meeting room on the first floor inside Hutton Moor. 30/5/24 – Route will be the 4 Bridges            
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