ATHLETICS CLUB VS ALTITUDE: FONT ROMEU 2023
This Easter saw 50 Athletes from the University of Birmingham’s Athletics Club head to the French Pyrenees for an Altitude Training Camp.
The picturesque Font Romeu hosted the group for a three-week training camp with the aim of preparing the squad for the start of the 2023 summer season, which kicked off at the end of April with the BUCS Outdoor Championships.
Headed by the club’s Endurance Coach Dean Miller, the athletes followed in the trails often tread by Sir Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe. The natural ‘skinny air’ experienced with training at such high altitudes creates an ideal training camp environment for the group.
Dean, having previously trained in the area himself as an athlete, now spear-heads the University team’s coaching programme. With packed-daily schedules for each athlete, Dean was also supported by Simon Eustace and Dave Sheldon from the Sport & Fitness Performance Centre, as well as Mike Gosling (Physio) and coaches Luke Gunn, Jethro McGraw and Sally Straw.
The camp is a culmination of months of preparation with the Performance Centre and Athletics coaches.
Athletes undertook a gruelling training regime, which would typically include a morning threshold training session of between five to nine miles, and an evening run or cross-training session up to five miles!
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