• Kingston Running Groups

Kingston Running Training Groups

As well as running this website, we run a large and successful set of training groups at Kingsmeadow Athletics Track, Kingston-Upon-Thames, London pulling in 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 currently have a team of seven coaches, coaching a large and successful group of athletes there on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The groups have athletes of all standards from complete beginner up to international level, and training for all races from 60m up to ultra-marathons.

Currently, there is space in the group for more people to join if you would like to.

If you like the content of the site and feel that some of the co-authors could have something to offer you as your coach, please feel free to get in touch and come and train with us.

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 in one case 70s.

Overall, the group is about enjoying your running, 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 on us - we are that confident you will!!)

Coaching Team

Richard Holt

Is the lead coach at Kingston. He as been coaching for 15 years and was formally a 52.11 400m hurdler and National Finalist. He helps the more elite athletes in the group and currently boasts a number of the areas top performing athletes, including Molly Renfer, Tom Parry, Chris Hall and Humphrey Waddington.

Vanessa Hammett

Was also a top level 400m hurdler when she was younger and now heads up the development group at Kingston. Again the group has had its best year this year and is primarily aimed at bringing talented youngsters on to the next level with their athletics.

John Shepherd

John was an international long jumper in the 1985 before becoming both a leading Masters and athlete and coach. He is the editor or 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, with Pat Logan, our junior sprints squad, who are starting to achieve some great results across the board. Within this group John coaches the athletes who also have a leaning towards the horizontal jumps.

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 now helps a number of our longer distance runners to get the most from their running as well.

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 small and dedicated group show what can be achieved by application with an experienced coach in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

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 many of our junior sprinters.

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.

About the coaches in general

All seven 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.

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 to contribute towards the cost of the use of the track.



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