• Kingston Running Groups

Group Training Sessions - Kingston

As well as running this website, we run a large and successful set of training groups at Kingsmeadow Athletics Track, Kingston-Upon-Thames, London KT1 3PB coaching athletes from all over south west London and northern Surrey.

Details of the track and Places for People, the company who run it, can be seen HERE.

We have a large team of coaches, each with a successful group of athletes on a Tuesday and Thursday. More elite groups also train on Saturdays. The groups have athletes of all standards from complete beginner up to international level, and training for all athletics and running events.

We always welcome new members to our groups and we believe we have the knowledge and passion to take you to the next level with your sport.

Between us we have literally hundreds of years experience of athletics coaching and in that time we have helped athletes who have run at international level, won English Schools, are National age-group Champions and more at the elite end.

At the other end of the scale, it is equally gratifying to see beginners breaking Pbs and enjoying their running, and we have helped a large number of beginners of all ages right up into their 50s, 60s and even 70s.

Overall, the groups are about enjoying your sport, meeting new people and having athletes to train and compete with / against.

Why not try us out and see if you like it (the first couple of sessions are totally FREE - we are that confident you will love it!!)

Coaching Team

Richard Holt

Is the lead coach at Kingston. He as been coaching for over 20 years and was formally a 52.11 400m hurdler and National Finalist. He helps the more elite athletes and have coached many elite athletes, including Phoebe Law, Tom Parry, Molly Renfer, Sam Ige, Mae Thompson and Chris Hall to name just a few.

Vanessa Hammett

Was also a top level 400m hurdler when she was younger and now heads up the development group at Kingston. Her group has many excitingly talented youngster who have excelled at County level and beyond and works on the philosophy of developing skills and habits for long term success.

John Shepherd

John was an international long jumper in the 1985 before becoming both a leading Masters and athlete and coach. He is features editor at Athletics Weekly, was the editor Ultrafit magazine and has written many books on coaching of all ages. He is also the coach to the 2013 European Junior Long Jump champion. With Momentum Sports he runs our jumps squad, who are starting to achieve some great results across the board.

Pat Logan

Pat has done it all! He started as a marathon runners in his mid-twenties, before deciding that sprinting was more his cup of tea. He has won numerous medals at Masters level at National and International level. In 2013 he became the World Masters 100m Champions for the M50 age group. He brings this wealth of experience and a great temprament to coaching our more experienced junior sprinters, who have shown great promise over recent seasons.

Nicky Atkins

Is an established Masters distance runner who has been competing for about a decade and coaching more recently. She has achieved notable success on the track and over roads and cross-country and now helps a number of our longer distance runners to get the most from their running as well. She will help you whether you are a total novice or a more experienced distance runner.

Richard Vassall

Another athlete turned coach, Richard ran under 3.50 for 1500m in his day and brings this experience to our novice juniors, who have progressed beyond the Kestrel Club at Kingston and Poly. His young, dedicated group show what can be achieved by application with an experienced coach in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Mary Dimbleby

Formerly an sprinter, Mary now coaches our more novice adult sprints group. It is a fairly small group, which is perfect as she can dedicate a lot of time to improving the skills of her athletes, which she does with great expertise.

David Wellstead

With PBs of 6.86 for long jump and 14.98 for triple jump, David was an accomplished athlete well acquainted with the needs of speed and power for athletics events. He leads our group of more junior sprinters and has seen many of them surprising both themselves and others with the speed of their improvements.

Support

In addition to our coaches, we have a sports therapist and sports masseur on hand, which has proved to be very important in the reduction of both the numbers of injuries and also the shortening or rehab times when the do, unfortunately, occur.

About the coaches in general

All of our coaches are UK:Athletics qualified and strive to achieve the most for all their athletes.

We believe we are good at what we do and do so as a career, so there is a charge ** (160/quarter or 495/year) to be in the group and receive coaching specifically aimed at meeting your goals. This cost includes the use of the track as well as the coaching (if you did two sessions a week with no coaching at the track - this would actually work out more expensive!!)

Several of our coaches are full-time and all work very hard at their coaching away from the track meaning we have a lot of time to research all the latest techniques and liase with you to hopefully ensure that your training is as good as it can be. All athletes training with us benefit from online training diaries (apart from the youngest members, who won't have a need for one), regular appraisals of how training is going and regular technique sessions in addition to the 2-3 sessions a week at Kingsmeadow Athletics Track.

You are welcome to come along and train with us to try us out for a couple sessions before committing.

So, why not come and try it out? Contact coaches@momentumsports.co.uk if this is something that you might be interested in.

** Elite Athletes (in or near the top 100 in their event in the UK) need not pay for coaching at all. You are welcome to join the group and also have the opportunity to join the Momentum Sports Academy. This is because we are always striving to improve the standard of athletics in the area. (These athletes will be asked for a much smaller fee primarily to contribute towards the cost of the use of the track.)

 

 


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