The MMKAC road runner section is made up of adult runners of all abilities, backgrounds and ages. Many runners actively compete (in different events and over all distances) and are focused on improving their times and positions within races. However, we also include non-competitive runners who enjoy running with like minded people.
Our main training sessions are on Tuesday evenings (7pm) and we all meet outside the club house at Stantonbury Athletics Track. We split into four groups, the Endurance group, the Marathon group, the Inbetweeners group and the Improvers Group (descriptions of each group below).
The Endurance group also hold group sessions on Thursday evenings (7pm), Saturday mornings (9am) and a Sunday group long run (8:30 am). There is also the choice of a Social Thursday run (from various locations around Milton Keynes at 7pm) on Thursdays. Session locations can be obtained from the relevant group coach or running leader.
Details of each of the training groups are listed below: Group Summaries:
Endurance Group: Athletes in the group focus on cross country racing in the winter, distance events on the track in the summer and road racing (5k to marathon) throughout the year. The typical ability of group members range between 32 – 42 mins for 10k and 69 – 95 mins for half marathon. We aim to accommodate both regional and county standard athletes along with ordinary club runners and everyone is welcome to receive advice and guidance. Some athletes receive an individual periodised training programme from James designed to peak for specific races while some people just join the group for individual sessions. Tuesday sessions are typically track based. Thursdays and Saturdays are a mixture of hill sessions, half marathon pace sessions and track sessions. All sessions average between 7-9 miles in length. We always regroup during recoveries.
Marathon Group: this group is aimed at runners capable of running 10km in 35-42mins and marathons quicker than 3hrs 20mins. The group is made up of runners who race over all distances, from 5 miles up to full marathons with the schedule primarily focusing on longer reps over an average distance of 8 miles on a Tuesday night. Over half of the group tend to be training for Spring and Autumn marathons, with the others focusing on shorter distance races.
Inbetweeners Group: suitable for those runners that find themselves toward the front of the Improvers group or don’t feel confident or fast enough to run with our Endurance or Marathon groups. We generally cover roughly 7 miles in around an hour. Sessions are aimed at runners that can cover 10k in around 40-48 minutes, although we regroup regularly so nobody is left behind. Typical interval sessions include around 24-26 minutes of running at ‘pace’ (typically around 5k pace), with the rest of the time made up of warm-up, warm-down and recovery running.
Improvers Group: suitable for all people progressing from jogging to becoming runners. We offer a varied programme of time, distance and hill effort sessions which generally results in about 6 miles being covered in the 60-70minutes. We will always regroup so no-one is left behind so if you are working towards a specific goal or just want a sociable group to run with whilst improving stamina and/or speed then come along and give us a go.
For any further queries about the road running groups please contact the road running secretary or the relevant group coach or running leader.
Road running secretary - Thomas Cuthbertson email@example.com
Endurance Group coach - James Tuttle, Level 3 performance coach. James.firstname.lastname@example.org
Marathon Group running leader - Andrew Wasdell. Andrew.email@example.com / 07870 642768
Inbetweeners Group running leaders – Jason Carvalho / Dianne Baldwin (Level 2 Performance Coach -Endurance). firstname.lastname@example.org.
Improvers Group running leaders – Malcolm Kidby email@example.com 07766 310883 / Alison Ray firstname.lastname@example.org