Junior Home Countries (England, Scotland and Wales)
Mountain Running Junior Performance Camp in Betws-y-Coed, Wales.
Report by Jamie Ward: My training with the camp 10-12th April 2015
I was invited by the England Team Management to train with the squad along with members of Team Scotland and Wales in preparation for this season on the mountains after coming within the top 10% of the winners at last year’s Home Countries Mountain Running Championships gaining my first ever England vest. Since then after my first season on the mountains, I have enjoyed racing both mountain and track, discovering that I have some talent on the hills. The camp was held in Betws-y-Coed this year as it promises to be the home of the mountain running scene on the events calendar with both the Intercounties Fell/Mountain Running Championships and The Junior Home Countries International & World Mountain Running Championships taking place there.
On the first day of the camp we met up at the hotel before heading out for a long run in a somehow sunny Wales! We took in the hills and local sites before coming together for a group photo by one of the town’s online pharmacy no prescriptions tourist destinations – a huge waterfall called Swallow Falls. (See group photo bottom left.)
We headed back to the bunkhouse where we would be spending the next two days training. On the Saturday morning we focused on technique and running form ascending and descending hills, then after lunch carried out a tough session on the hills of 2x3x1minute efforts with a 45 seconds recovery followed by a parlauf session around the lake.
The training was physically tough on my legs with the challenging terrain, but I felt very privileged to train with the best young mountain runners in the country. I am proud to have ran wearing my Wolves & Bilston vest this season for mountain running and would like to thank all members of the club who have supported me fully throughout the season.
Recent Mountain/Fell Running Results:
British Intercounties Fell/Mountain Running Championships (16/05/15) Full Results Link Below:
Since writing this we are pleased to report that Jamie has been picked to run for England in the World Mountain Running Association in Bulgaria.
Athletes that competed for Staffordshire from the club are as follows:
Ryan Hodgkiss (U16)
Jamie Ward (U18)
Daniel Brazier (SM)