scotjos :: Stirling wknd


photo from SOA website

As has become customary over the past few years the first ScotJOS weekend was based around the Stirling area, and as usual we had a hoard of wee mini juniors along for the weekend as well.

The first days training was at Touch Estate (the venue for last years JOK chasing sprint). The area is split into two very distinct areas with one side being largely runnable plantation forestry, and the other side being mixed open with a covering of dead bracken. We were split up into small groups and dished out to the various coaches. The older ones started on the plantation side before moving onto the more tricky semi open, while the younger ones stayed on the forested side of the area. The weather held out for us and it proved to be a very beneficial and enjoyable days training. After the training it was back to Stirling youth hostel where everybody enjoyed watching Scotland putting England to the sword in the rugby.

The second days training was at Callender Park in Falkirk, which with its large path network and mixture of terrain is a very fast and in parts tricky area. To start the morning there was a short and not too tough hill rep session to teach the younger ones how to bring variety into their training. After that we split into groups again with the older ones practising racing and the younger ones working on their technique. The weekend was rounded off with the usual ScotJOS mini relay. This time it was a two-man affair with a mini junior being paired with one of the older runners. It proved to be a very fast and closely fought contest but in the end it was the team of Katrina Mcleod of GRAMP and Andrew Tullie of RR coming out on top.

THE weekend proved to once again to be a great success and a big thankyou must go to all the coaches and parents who were involved.

Report courtesy of Andrew Tullie

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