London Regents Park Training Session, 25 March

Message from Peter Simpson, the training organiser:

Firstly, we welcome several new members and contacts to this list since we last met back in January, the 5th February session was cancelled due to the weather. Our stall at the Brighton VegfestUK has added to the interest in our training sessions and meetups.

A reminder to our existing members & contacts that we meet this Sunday, 25 March in Regents Park inside the Hub Café at 1030am. Please allow extra time to cross the Park from the nearest public transport stop. The nearest parking is on the northern perimeter road. A circular building, the Hub is a sports facility for the adjacent pitches with changing rooms and deposit lockers (£1). If you need a shower there is a charge.

If you are planning to come it would be useful to inform Peter otherwise, if you are going to be delayed please send a text or call Peter on 07967 589663. Ideally we would like to get started between 1045 and 1100 so that we have more time later back at the café to discuss our activities and plans. Bring some change if you intend to have a drink in the café.

There are a number of novices or new runners who would like to take it cautiously for obvious reasons so, I intend to lead the novices group and the main group can be led by existing members with advice from me as necessary. The normal routine for the main group is 10-15 minutes group run along the pathways close to the perimeter ending in the south-east corner, with the aim of keeping together. The intervals will follow consisting of 1, 2 or 3 minutes or point to point with the opportunity of pushing yourself. When you reach the monument at the highest point in the park, there are opportunities for loops including some uphill training in the north-east corner. Depending on time the group could aim for Primrose Hill for a loop and/or visit the track just north of the park. If anyone needs to leave early or pullout, the group will be passing by the Hub on route to Primrose Hill / track.

The novices group will obviously be covering a shorter distance with the aim of increasing your base fitness and time on your feet. It will include more walking than running in this first session to gauge your level of fitness.

Look forward to your participation.

Peter Simpson VRUK Training Organiser