School Holiday Nipper Camp

I received information about a Nippers School Holiday Programme that you may be interested in. Its a two-day school holiday program for nippers to be held on Wednesday 18th April and Thursday 19th April. Drop off at 9am – pick up at 3pm – at Freshwater Beach. Beach and water activities on both days. Aimed … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, Nippers, March 20th, 2012 | 0 comments

A Word About Drills

A Word About Drills

A couple of people have asked me why we do running drills at the start of each session. I will try to explain here. Very simply, we do drills to practice running smoothly. Here are a couple of pictures of me racing when I was (much) younger. The colour picture is a 3,000m race when … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, Nippers, March 18th, 2012 | 0 comments

Av XC Second Saturday

Av XC Second Saturday

What can I say? IT RAINED! We had 2 super-keen runners – congratulations to you both for turning up – and having fun in the wet. Fingers crossed for sunshine next week. Tom.


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, March 16th, 2012 | 0 comments

Av School XC Photos

Av School XC Photos

Here are a few photos from the first few sessions: Week One Week Two First Saturday Week Three


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, Uncategorized, March 14th, 2012 | 0 comments

Av School XC 14 March

Av School XC 14 March

Today’s session was designed to drive you round the bend! It was all about running round corners. We did zig-zag runs focussing on running strong out of the turns and using our arms to run hard. We talked about using the corners to win. We did running drills again – which are starting to become … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, Uncategorized, March 14th, 2012 | 0 comments

Top Training Tales Competition

Top Training Tales Competition

Competition for Avalon School Cross Country Group. Let everybody know what training you’ve been doing. Where did you go? Who did you go with? How did you feel? What was good about it? What was bad? Add a comment at the bottom of this page. Best comment wins a PRIZE at Cross Country Group next … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, March 14th, 2012 | 0 comments

Saturday Av School XC Training

Saturday Av School XC Training

I will go ahead with a Saturday training session for the Cross Country group. This will be free and open to any kids from School – whether part of the cross country group or not. And I am happy for brothers, sisters and friends from outside school to come along too. The session will follow … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, March 6th, 2012 | 0 comments

Av School XC 7 March

Av School XC 7 March

Thanks to everybody that turned up today. We were missing Year 6’s and had a few people sick. But we did have 22 fantastic runners there this morning, despite the cold and wind. Today’s session was all about running at an EVEN PACE. We did 6 repetitions of 1 minute out and 1 minute back … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, March 6th, 2012 | 0 comments

Av School XC 29 Feb

Av School XC 29 Feb

What a great first session today – it was fantastic to see almost everybody there, despite the weather. Next week, I know there are excursions for Year 4 and Year 6. Run group will be finished by 8:50am – so you may be able to do both, depending on when you are due to leave. … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, February 29th, 2012 | 0 comments

Av School XC Sign-Up

We’ve got 37 runners signed up for Cross Country Running group! This is a bit more than my original limit of 30 but with some help from Claire and Mr McMenamin, we will go ahead. There is a good even split across the ages: 2 Year 3 11 Year 4 14 year 5 10 Year … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, February 26th, 2012 | 0 comments