Run Group Week 3

Run Group Week 3

One week to go until Zone Cross Country and we did a really great training session today.  Unusually, I let the kids decide how much they did.  We were doing 8 repetitions and they could choose how many they completed.  Most chose to do all 8; others missed one or two.  Nobody opted out.  A lesson learned … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, May 11th, 2016 | 0 comments

Run Group Week 2

30+ kids today.  A big turnout for a big training session.  The focus today was on running some longer repetitions – primarily because Zone Cross Country is only 2 weeks away. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Avalon teams putting their best efforts into competing against the other Peninsula Schools. Our session today included: Warm-up: … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, May 4th, 2016 | 0 comments

Run Group Week 1 Term 2

Run Group Week 1 Term 2

We are back for Term 2.  3 Weeks until Zone Cross Country and a great session completed this morning. It was a beautiful day this morning.  Clear skies, warm sunshine and a really heavy dew on the grass. We started off with our usual hops and hurdles . . . . . and an agility … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, April 27th, 2016 | 0 comments

Coach Education

Over the School Holidays, I attended a training course to get my Level 2 Advanced qualification for Middle and Long Distance running. This qualification provides confirmation of specialist coaching skills for a specific event group. Whilst I have been coaching for many years, this is the formal recognition of those skills. It was great to … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, April 23rd, 2016 | 0 comments

Run Group Term 2

We’re Back! Running Group is Back for Term 2. We will kick off in Week 1; 8am Wednesday 27 April. I hope you all had a great break and are looking forward to another term of fun training. Some of the group will be training for Zone Cross Country in week 4 and others will … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, April 23rd, 2016 | 0 comments

Term 1 Statistics

In Term 1, we had: o 50 runners turn up to training o 7 training sessions completed o 1 cancellation due to weather o 1 cancellation due to sickness o 30 runners on average per week o 7 “ever-presents” who turned up every time o 13 who only missed one session o 209 total training … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, March 31st, 2016 | 0 comments

School Cross Country

School Cross Country

Claire and I have just got back from School Cross Country. Overall Impressions o Thank you Mr McMenamin – what fantastic organisation – a great course and the day’s proceedings went well o Thank you School Staff – it takes a huge number of people to run the day and all of the school staff … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, March 31st, 2016 | 0 comments

Run Group Week 10 Term 1

Run Group Week 10 Term 1

Final Training for the Term! Welcome to the best week of the whole School Term – School Cross Country Week. We had a nice easy session today: – Hops, hurdles and agility warm-up – 3 x 1 lap with a long rest – A bit of a chat about Cross Country race day. And so … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, March 31st, 2016 | 0 comments

Run Group Week 9 Term 1

Run Group Week 9 Term 1

Today was about putting the finishing touches on the training we have done this term. It is one week to go until School Cross Country and our focus this week was on finishing FAST! We kept the warm-up short. Some hops, hoops, ladders, agility poles and more hurdles. Lots of variety, plenty of fun and … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, March 23rd, 2016 | 0 comments

Run Group Week 7 Term 1

Run Group Week 7 Term 1

Today we ran longer. Instead of lots of short repetitions, we did 3 longer runs with a big break in between. This got the runners used to running a longer distance fast – like they will on race day. In previous years, this has challenged some of the runners but today I was amazed by … Read more


Posted by Avalon School, Kids, March 9th, 2016 | 0 comments