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.

VISIT MEMBERS AREA

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

Vanessa Andrews
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Amy Badman
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Paul Baker
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

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

Ray Broadhurst
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)

Kevin Hudson 
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Chris Loach
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Colin Lintern
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Julie Monaghan
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

Paul Snelling
Fitness in Running & Walking – Leader

Kieron Summers
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

Debbie Vowles
LiRF – Leadership in Running Fitness

TRAINING UPDATES

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TRAINING CALENDAR

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Saturday AM Session 8:00 – 8:00 am
Saturday AM Session 8:00 –
Dec 2 @ 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  suitable for all abilities Local parkrun takes place at 9:00am each week at Weston seafront, also PR’s at[...]
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Monday Evening TWAC run – Not Quite Hell Steps – Meet 6.50 Black Rock car park Cheddar Gorge 6:45 pm
Monday Evening TWAC run – Not Quite Hell Steps – Meet 6.50 Black Rock car park Cheddar Gorge @ Different Location each week - see TWAC fb for more detail and maps
Dec 4 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
TWAC session this week 27/11/23 is titled ‘Not Quite Hell Steps’ This is a hill loop session. how many loops can you do in and hour(ish)? Meet at black rock car park at 6:50 for a 7pm kick off. After running to the start point a short distance away get started on the loops. The[...]
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Winter Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions – 7:00 pm
Winter Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions – @ Weston Seafront shelter between Trop Royal Sands
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 28/11 meet 6.50 at the smaller shelter (with glass in the windows) 200 metres South of the Trop (enter Marine Parade via Royal Sands). Weather permitting there will be a choice of two sessions: Session one 2x 1 min, 2x 2min, 2x 3min, 1x 4min, back down all with rolling recoveries Second session 12x[...]
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Wednesday Swim Sessions 8:30 pm
Wednesday Swim Sessions
Dec 6 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Wednesday swim sessions at Burnham-on-Sea pool Wednesday swim sessions restarted Wednesday 30th August, Burnham on Sea Swim & Sport Academy 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[...]
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Thursday Training Runs 6:45 pm
Thursday Training Runs @ Hutton Moor
Dec 7 @ 6:45 pm
Thursday night group runs from Hutton Moor   Meet car park at 6.50,   30/11/23 – route will be Club Circuit            
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Saturday AM Session 8:00 – 8:00 am
Saturday AM Session 8:00 –
Dec 9 @ 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  suitable for all abilities Local parkrun takes place at 9:00am each week at Weston seafront, also PR’s at[...]
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Monday Evening TWAC run – Not Quite Hell Steps – Meet 6.50 Black Rock car park Cheddar Gorge 6:45 pm
Monday Evening TWAC run – Not Quite Hell Steps – Meet 6.50 Black Rock car park Cheddar Gorge @ Different Location each week - see TWAC fb for more detail and maps
Dec 11 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
TWAC session this week 27/11/23 is titled ‘Not Quite Hell Steps’ This is a hill loop session. how many loops can you do in and hour(ish)? Meet at black rock car park at 6:50 for a 7pm kick off. After running to the start point a short distance away get started on the loops. The[...]
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Winter Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions – 7:00 pm
Winter Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions – @ Weston Seafront shelter between Trop Royal Sands
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 28/11 meet 6.50 at the smaller shelter (with glass in the windows) 200 metres South of the Trop (enter Marine Parade via Royal Sands). Weather permitting there will be a choice of two sessions: Session one 2x 1 min, 2x 2min, 2x 3min, 1x 4min, back down all with rolling recoveries Second session 12x[...]
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Wednesday Swim Sessions 8:30 pm
Wednesday Swim Sessions
Dec 13 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Wednesday swim sessions at Burnham-on-Sea pool Wednesday swim sessions restarted Wednesday 30th August, Burnham on Sea Swim & Sport Academy 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[...]
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Thursday Training Runs 6:45 pm
Thursday Training Runs @ Hutton Moor
Dec 14 @ 6:45 pm
Thursday night group runs from Hutton Moor   Meet car park at 6.50,   30/11/23 – route will be Club Circuit            
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Saturday AM Session 8:00 – 8:00 am
Saturday AM Session 8:00 –
Dec 16 @ 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  suitable for all abilities Local parkrun takes place at 9:00am each week at Weston seafront, also PR’s at[...]
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Monday Evening TWAC run – Not Quite Hell Steps – Meet 6.50 Black Rock car park Cheddar Gorge 6:45 pm
Monday Evening TWAC run – Not Quite Hell Steps – Meet 6.50 Black Rock car park Cheddar Gorge @ Different Location each week - see TWAC fb for more detail and maps
Dec 18 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
TWAC session this week 27/11/23 is titled ‘Not Quite Hell Steps’ This is a hill loop session. how many loops can you do in and hour(ish)? Meet at black rock car park at 6:50 for a 7pm kick off. After running to the start point a short distance away get started on the loops. The[...]
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Winter Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions – 7:00 pm
Winter Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions – @ Weston Seafront shelter between Trop Royal Sands
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 28/11 meet 6.50 at the smaller shelter (with glass in the windows) 200 metres South of the Trop (enter Marine Parade via Royal Sands). Weather permitting there will be a choice of two sessions: Session one 2x 1 min, 2x 2min, 2x 3min, 1x 4min, back down all with rolling recoveries Second session 12x[...]
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Wednesday Swim Sessions 8:30 pm
Wednesday Swim Sessions
Dec 20 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Wednesday swim sessions at Burnham-on-Sea pool Wednesday swim sessions restarted Wednesday 30th August, Burnham on Sea Swim & Sport Academy 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[...]
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Saturday AM Session 8:00 – 8:00 am
Saturday AM Session 8:00 –
Dec 23 @ 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  suitable for all abilities Local parkrun takes place at 9:00am each week at Weston seafront, also PR’s at[...]
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Monday Evening TWAC run – Not Quite Hell Steps – Meet 6.50 Black Rock car park Cheddar Gorge 6:45 pm
Monday Evening TWAC run – Not Quite Hell Steps – Meet 6.50 Black Rock car park Cheddar Gorge @ Different Location each week - see TWAC fb for more detail and maps
Dec 25 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
TWAC session this week 27/11/23 is titled ‘Not Quite Hell Steps’ This is a hill loop session. how many loops can you do in and hour(ish)? Meet at black rock car park at 6:50 for a 7pm kick off. After running to the start point a short distance away get started on the loops. The[...]
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Winter Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions – 7:00 pm
Winter Tuesday Interval/ Rep sessions – @ Weston Seafront shelter between Trop Royal Sands
Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 28/11 meet 6.50 at the smaller shelter (with glass in the windows) 200 metres South of the Trop (enter Marine Parade via Royal Sands). Weather permitting there will be a choice of two sessions: Session one 2x 1 min, 2x 2min, 2x 3min, 1x 4min, back down all with rolling recoveries Second session 12x[...]
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Wednesday Swim Sessions 8:30 pm
Wednesday Swim Sessions
Dec 27 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Wednesday swim sessions at Burnham-on-Sea pool Wednesday swim sessions restarted Wednesday 30th August, Burnham on Sea Swim & Sport Academy 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[...]
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Thursday Training Runs 6:45 pm
Thursday Training Runs @ Hutton Moor
Dec 28 @ 6:45 pm
Thursday night group runs from Hutton Moor   Meet car park at 6.50,   30/11/23 – route will be Club Circuit            
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Saturday AM Session 8:00 – 8:00 am
Saturday AM Session 8:00 –
Dec 30 @ 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  suitable for all abilities Local parkrun takes place at 9:00am each week at Weston seafront, also PR’s at[...]
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