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|Contact Details||Email: email@example.com|
Tel: 0771 576 6638
|Power of Ten Link||Shireen Higgins|
Shireen is a Get Berkshire Active ‘Berkshire Physical Activity COVID-19 Lockdown Hero’, giving over 700 hours to keep over forty 11–18-year-old athletes active and positive during the pandemic. Watch some lockdown training here.
|Events Coached||Middle-distance and endurance:|
Track: 800, 1500, 3000, 5000, 10000 , Steeplechase
Road: 5k, 10k, 1/2M, Marathon
|Ages Coached||• *Under 11 (U11) Boys and Girls (School Year 5) athletes taken once running fitness assessed – initially start with 2 sessions a week, parents must remain at location of training in case required|
• *Under 13 (U13) Boys and Girls (School Years 6 and 7)
*See Note below for more details about sessions for girls and boys in school years 5-8
• Under 15 (U15) Boys and Girls (School Years 8 and 9)
• Under 17 (U17) Men and Women (School Years 10 and 11)
• Under 20 (U20) Junior Men and Women – including whist away at University
• Under 23 (U23) J Men and Women – including whilst away at University
|WSE&H specific Club Training Days and Times||Tuesdays and Thursdays at TVAC from 18:30 to 20:30|
Our group is now training 4 times a week following England Athletics and Govt guidelines. If you’d like to discuss joining us for a trial session please contact me via the email or telephone number above.
*NOTE: The group runs separate sessions for girls and boys in school years 5-8 on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday so that they can get started by running in a small group of youngsters their own age. Please contact me to find out more.
|Any additional Training Days, Times, Locations||Saturdays and Sundays at The Lookout, Bracknell at 09:45 to 11:30.|
Older athletes will have individual specific, targeted training plans for key races.
|Notable athletes coached in last 3 years (since 2017)||Alexandra Barbour (3000m steeplechase), County champion, represented Berkshire county & Loughborough University & South of England at UK School Games.|
2017 – ESAA U19 1500 steeplechase Gold, UK #1 U20 1500m steeplechase, UK #2 2000m steeplechase.
2018 – BUCS 3000m steeplechase Bronze, EA U20 women 3000m steeplechase Gold, GB junior 3000m steeplechase, Manchester International, Bronze, UK #3 U20 3000m steeplechase
2019 – UK #7 U23 2000m steeplechase
2020 – UK#6 SW & #1 U23 3000m steeplechase
Sarah Chapman (1500m, 3000m, cross country), County champion & represented Berkshire county & Birmingham University.
2017 – UK #11 U20 3,000m, 4th England International CC, Spain
2018 – 6th SEAA CC U20
2019 – 6th BUCS 1500m, 7th National 1500m U23
2021 – 47th NCAA Women’s Cross Country 2021
Rachel Clutterbuck (cross country),
2020 – SEAA CC Silver, 1st Surrey Schools CC
2019 – Virgin Mini Marathon 23rd
2020 – UK#4 U15 3000m
Charlotte Dewar (1500m, cross country), County champion & represented Berkshire county, Virgin Mini Marathon SE x 3.
2019 – ESAA CC 8th U15, Schools International CC 6th. ESAA 1500m Bronze, UK #6 U15 1500m
2020 – SEAA CC Gold, Nat CC champs 5th, ESAA U17 CC 8th , Schools International selection
Meg Ormond (Steeplechase, cross country)
2017 – Berkshire county 1500m Gold U20, ESAA 1500m steeplechase 6th U19, 11th SEAA CC U20
2018 – UK #7 U20 1500m & 2000m steeplechase, 5th ESAA 1500m steeplechase U19, 4th SEAA CC U20, 7th Nat CC U20, 7th England International CC, 11th England International CC, Belgium
Jasmine Young (3000m, cross country), County champion & represented Berkshire county.
2019 – 6th ESAA 3000m, UK #4th U17 3000m
2020 – 19th ESAA cross country U17, Berkshire county 1500m Gold, Berkshire Schools 3000m Gold
2020 – SEAA CC 11th, National CC 16th, ESAA CC 19th
Ben Findlay (3k, 5k, 10k, half marathon & marathon), 10k time improved by 6 mins to 33:45, HM from 93 mins to 75 mins, 5k from 20mins+ to sub 16mins in virtual lockdown “race”
Sam Hodgson (3000m, cross country), County champion and represented Berkshire county on several occasions
2018 – ESAA CC 7th, Schools international CC 9th, Nat CC 24th
Shaun Hudson (1500m steeplechase), County champion & represented Berkshire county.
2017 – ESAA 1500m steeplechase Silver, Schools International 1500m steeplechase 4th, UK #4 1500m steeplechase U17.
|Notable athletes coached pre 2017||Morven Goodrum , GB junior cross country representative & English schools international.|
Jack Goddard, English schools international cross country & 3000m
|Additional Information||I am a retired GB athlete, with over 30 years’ athletics experience and 8 years as a skilled middle-distance coach at National and International Level for young athletes. I have been part of the National Steeplechase coaches’ development squad and was runner up in the Regional coaching awards in 2019.|
As a coach I am focussed on athlete centred coaching and racing, ensuring that all athletes have a training programme aligned to the 3 factors of training age (number of years training), chronological age (actual age) and biological age (stage of physical development). Training plans are always progressive in my group with the aim to take athletes through to senior level keeping running as a part of their lives and continuing to coach them as they require through work and university. Our group will take athletes at any point in their athletics career from school year 5 to senior and everyone has training appropriate for them.
If you join my group you will have a targeted race plan aligned to periods of focussed training to enable you to succeed. I have a large group of Assistant coaches who help out at training sessions and we always have several different sessions on the go so everyone has an session appropriate for them. Part of our ethos is to help athletes learn how to take responsibility for their training and the link to the results they get when they race, and then take this forward into other aspects of their lives. We are highly successful at achieving county representation for many of our group and have a great track record in school years 8-13 of gaining selection for the highly prestigious ESAA track championships each summer. We also have achieved over a third of the ESAA county cross country teams on previous occasions. We have also had a number of athletes each year who are top 10 ranked in their track specialist event. Plus we have a large number who are part of WSEH teams that win cross country and road medals either individually or as part of a club team.
Athletes who want to achieve their potential are welcome to contact me and come for some trial sessions (usually at a weekend). If you are willing to commit to a group, train hard and race regularly (including weekends) for the club and the team, but have fun at the same time then in my group you will be given every opportunity to succeed and have all the support you need to get there. The rest is down to you, with running you really do get out what you put in. What we ask in return is for you and your parents/family team to match the commitment to us (that we and the club give to you).
Before you come remember that the biggest part of coaching is not me planning how many miles or laps you should run (although this is a bit part of coaching) but the pastoral care and life skills you will get from being in a group of coaches who care about you and being part of a team that trains and races together. Sport has an enormous impact on people’s lives and a positive few words from a coach can turn a negative thought about their performance to a positive learning and moving on towards a new goal. The best things for me as a coach are not necessarily the fastest times or the medals or representative vests (although these are fabulous) but seeing athletes grow and develop. Also knowing that myself and my coaching team have helped in some small way to shape their life and have had some input into the amazing person they have turned out to be whilst enjoying the sport we all love.