The ChampionsEverywhere team will be travelling down to the Ballyhoura mountains this Saturday (21st January) to conduct a mountain running training day for local runners. The event is organised by Tom Blackburn, member of local club Bilboa AC, and for many years the regional representative for Munster on the Irish Mountain Running Association committee.
We were delighted to accept Tom’s invitation and part of the team are taking this as an opportunity for a “weekend holiday” away in Munster.
Time and location
The training day will begin at 14:00 at the Cycle Centre, trail-head for the mountain biking trails in the Ballyhoura mountains, Co. Limerick, and is expected to last for three hours. There will be sambos and tea afterwards in a local pub afterwards (details to be announced at the event).
The training day will try to cover the full range of physical skills required to develop superb mountain running skills focusing particularly on how to approach uphill and downhill running correctly, how to maintain the right type of strength for succeeding in the mountains and demonstrating how the Lydiard hill circuit workout can be used to develop most of the necessary skills for effective hill racing.
We will look at correct posture and injury prevention as it relates to the mountains and discuss why the (in)famous hill repetition session is a double-edged sword that must be used with great care and precision and why mountain runners and sprinters have more in common than they think. We hope for an informal day with plenty of discussion about everything and to have everyone come away with a full tool-kit on how to approach their mountain running training and racing or take it to the next level.
The training day will benefit all levels of runners from beginners to elite.