Following advice from England Athletics we are excited to announce that we are able to start training together again in small groups.
Our aim is to continue to offer varied training sessions geared to helping members become better all-round runners, whilst also maintaining social distancing.
We have developed the following 8 groups and if you would like to join us in training, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page and let us know which group is best suited.
The group lists are available on our DAC WhatsApp Chat and the Members Facebook Group.
The first name in each group has been asked to coordinate the communications between their group members. This person will contact you this weekend to start making arrangements.
It may be by email, WhatsApp, or Messenger. We ask that communications are kept off the main DAC WhatsApp.
People can join the sessions at any point and people can move groups, nothing is fixed.
If you need to change group, this can be arranged through your group coordinator.
This is our first attempt at anything like this and it will be a trial and error scenario.
We welcome feedback about how this goes and we will act upon it where possible.
Some groups have more than 6 people assigned. It’s unlikely that all group members will be able to make every session. However, if you are all available to join the session then we ask you to split in two and start at different times.
We have followed England Athletics guidance when creating our risk assessments for Small Group Training. Please remember these sessions can only take place if we:
Follow public guidance for health
Maintain 2m distance at all times
Maximum 6 people together per session
Do not take part in the group activity if you are self-isolating
If you, or a member of your household, display any COVID-19 symptoms please do not attend and refer to government guidance.
Each group has two training sessions to follow each week.
These have been timetabled on Tuesday and Thursday's as they are our usual training nights.
If groups want to change to other evenings or timings, that’s fine, agree amongst yourselves.
Your group coordinator will let you know which session your group are doing on which date. You can also see this timetable on the group lists on our DAC WhatsApp Chat and the Members Facebook Group.
The table below has all of the session plans for you to download, if you need to.
Session V8 is a group choice and more of a social run. You could choose Whinlattter, Lords Seat, along the river, it’s up to you, but please head out of town and avoid busy areas to maintain social distancing.
New members are always welcome!
Read through these notes, pick the most appropriate pace group, then fill out the form at the bottom of the page and someone will get in touch shortly.
We have planned sessions where people can train with those who are running at a similar pace to each other.
To help you work out which group you should be in, please look at the categories below.
Pick the group that matches as close as possible to your running ability.
A good guide would be that in the last year you have been running similar times in at least 3 of these distances.
These groups have been put together from a combination of national standards from England Athletics and other sources.
The groups are by no means a cut-off, but they can be used to give people something to aim for and drive improvements.
If you are not currently running at a 'Copper' pace you are still very welcome to join us! You can use the times as a target to work towards.
If you are unable to join a group at the moment for any reason or prefer to train on your own, don't worry, you won't miss out. You will be able to see the session plans here to train on your own. The virtual sessions (VDAC) will also continue to be available on our blog.