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Wednesday Hills

The clue is in the name! This session involves running up and down local hills on a Wednesday evening and is suitable for all abilities. 

Hill sessions are a great way to improve running economy, leg strength and VO2 max. While south west London is far from Alpine, we've found a few good routes to run these sessions on. During the winter we use routes around Northcote Road, The Tonsleys (Wandsworth), Magdalene Road (Earslfield) and Home Park Road (Wimbledon). The longer days during the summer allows us to add routes in Streatham Common, Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park.

The sessions starts at 19:15 each Wednesday. Meeting points will vary from week to week depending on the location of the session.

Sessions that start at the Clubhouse at Trinity Fields (on the corner of Burntwood Lane and Beechcroft Road, see map here: https://goo.gl/maps/PTqH3ru5Twv) will meet for a 19:15 start.  There are toilets and changing space in the Clubhouse, and while everything is securely locked when we set off so you can leave bikes and belongings there while you're running, possessions are left in the clubhouse at your own risk.

Sessions that do not start at the clubhouse will have meeting points published on the club facebook page prior to the session. Please contact session leader Ellie Andrews for details.

Please do introduce yourself at the start if you are new. We always have two session leaders, so there is always someone on hand to answer any questions you may have! There is also a session briefing before we set off, confirming which route we are doing and want you should be aiming to do at each session.

For those of you with a competitive instinct, there are some Strava segments on the hills we use with a weekly leader board of fastest times on each hill segment. Unfortunately, these are always uphill rather downhill segments!

Details of each session will be posted on the facebook page in the days leading up to the session, but please see a sample of the sessions to come below.

For further details please contact session leader Ellie Andrews at e_andrews1993@hotmail.com


Date Route Start point Session
5/7/17 Wimbledon trail series race The Windmill (Wimbledon common) RACE! 8 mile trail race on Wimbledon Common
12/7/17 Northcote hill sprints Cobham Close (Wandsworth common) 10-12 uphill sprints at top speed, long recovery. Group w/u and w/d to and from the clubhouse (around 1 mile).
19/7/17 Home Park Road Home Park Road (Wimbledon Park) 3 x 3 sets of steep hill sprints around 45 seconds, jog recovery + 90 secs between sets. Group w/u and w/d to and from the clubhouse (just over 2 miles).
26/7/17 Home Park Road Home Park Road (Wimbledon Park) 3 x 3 sets of steep hill sprints around 45 seconds, jog recovery + 90 secs between sets. Group w/u and w/d to and from the clubhouse (just over 2 miles).
2/8/17 The Tonsleys Birdhirst Road (Wandsworth Town) Hard efforts up 4 different hills totalling 7 efforts, keeping the pace hard between the top of each hill and beginning to go downhill for the recovery. Group w/u and w/d to and from the clubhouse (around 1.5 miles).
 9/8/17 Northcote Switchbacks Cobham Close (Wandsworth Common)10 x hill reps,  Continuous effort running hard uphill with jog recovery. Group w/u and w/d to and from the clubhouse (around 1 mile).
 16/8/17  Magdalen RoadMagdalen Road (Earlsfield)8 x approx 0.25 miles up Magdalen Road, jog recovery. Group w/u and w/d to and from the clubhouse (around 1 mile).


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