In normal times training at Penny Lane Striders is organised into training groups based broadly upon ability as judged by current 10k times:
Tuesday sessions focus on speed work, and usually involve running repetitions or 'intervals' of up to three minutes at a relatively fast pace, with short breaks in between each repetition. Over the course of the hour-long session you can expect to run for up to five miles, which includes slow jogs to warm up and cool down.
Thursday sessions are run at a slower pace, but with fewer stops. Depending on the route and training group, you can expect to run for anywhere between five and eight miles.
Training plans are normally refreshed on a 3 month cycle and all of our groups are led by an experienced and fully insured running leader. To see a few examples of where we run, check out our Training Routes page.
Runners are encouraged to challenge themselves by moving up to faster groups if they wish, and they are also free to run with slower groups if returning to fitness or conserving energy for a race! Leaders will be on hand to advise anyone who is unsure about which group to run with.
For weekend long runs, check the notices on our Forum or Facebook page to see who is planning to hit the streets. Alternatively, why not hop aboard the famous Happy Bus: an ever-growing, merry band of runners of all abilities who head out each Sunday morning for a run, a natter, cuppa, and maybe even a full brekkie.