What is a Hurdles race?
Hurdling is the act of running and jumping over an obstacle at speed. In athletics, a hurdles race will consist of anywhere between 6 and 10 barriers.
The height of the hurdles and the distance between them will vary according to gender, age and the style of the hurdle event. There are two different styles of hurdle events, sprint hurdles and long hurdles.
Sprint hurdles typically vary between the distances of 70m and 110m. Long hurdles typically vary between 300m and 400m.
Learn about the Components of Hurdling
Hurdles races are very specialised events and as such require a lot of time to learn technique, improve flexibility, and get used to the 'rhythm' up to the first hurdle and between subsequent ones. Please select from the list below to see advice on how to train for hurdles races.
Learn more / further reading
- Running a Hurdles Race
- Clearing the Hurdle
- Hurdle Drills
- Hurdle Heights and Distances
- Getting Involved
- Online Coaching