Training Sessions

The main training sessions for Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow Athletic Club (WSEH AC) are held at the Thames Valley Athletic Centre from 18:00 and 21:00 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The outdoor running track is hired by the club for the exclusive use of members on those evenings and the indoor track (with its 6 lane 60m sprint straight, full indoor jumping provision and specialist indoor throwing area), is available for club members from October to April.

Come Along for a Trial!

If you/your child would like to  come along for a trial session:

Please complete the form on the Contact Us page or make direct contact with a coach via the Club Coaches List below if you would like to come along on a Tuesday or Thursday to find out more about the club or to arrange a trial training session on a day and time agreed with a coach.

Additional Training Sessions

Many club coaches run additional sessions for their training groups, either at the running track or at other locations across the area. Please see the list of coaches below for more details.

Club Coaches

The section below shows the club’s qualified coaches (Level 2 and higher) for all events. If you are interested in a specific type of event or events (e.g. throws, middle distance, sprints), please CLICK/TAP on the events you ARE NOT interested in to REMOVE COACHES who focus on those events from view. This will leave a list of coaches who focus on the events you are interested in.

Age Groups

The age group and distances/weights structure for athletics competitions can be confusing and coaches and club officials are often asked how it works.  The Competition Rules for use in the UK 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2022 explain how the competition age groups work for athletes but there is a summary below:

• Under 11 (U11) Boys and Girls
UK Athletics Rules do not specifically cater for athletes under the age of 11 years. This does not mean they can’t compete but if competition organisers put on events for U11s, the distances run are likely to be reduced and lighter implements will be used. (U11 athletes will mainly be in school years 4 and 5)

• Under 13 (U13) Boys and Girls are aged 11 or 12 on the 31st August within the Competition Year (and will mainly be in school years 6 and 7)

• Under 15 (U15) Boys and Girls Under 15s are aged 13 or 14 on 31st August within the Competition Year (and will mainly be in school years 8 and 9)

• Under 17 (U17) Men and Women are aged 15 or 16 on 31st August within the Competition Year (and will mainly be in school years 10 and 11)

• Under 20 (U20) Junior Men and Women
Under World Athletics (WA) rules, Juniors are competitors who are 17 or over on 31st August but Under 20 on 31st December in the calendar year of competition. This also includes the CAU Athletics Union Inter Counties Cross Country Championships in the UK that are run in March each year.  Note: Other UK cross country races that are not run under WA rules will allow U20s to compete as U20 even if they will be 20 in the year of competition. This includes the SEAA and National Cross Country Championships held in January/February during the winter season.

English Schools Athletics Association (ESAA) 

Age groups for pupils in schools’ competitions (county schools and English schools) are different to the UK Athletics age groups. Age groups are based on a student’s age on the 31st August of the school year in which the competition is held. The English school year is deemed to run from September to July, so August at the end of current school year is the August following the end of the summer term, irrespective of when the new school year starts.

Athletes who are younger than the Junior age group (i.e. who are in Year 7 and will not be 13 on 31st August in the school year of the competition) can only compete in Year 7 schools’ races (i.e. cannot compete as Juniors).

Group (B = Boys/G = Girls Age at 31st August Age at Event School Year
Junior (JB, JG)        13–14        12–14        8–9
Intermediate (IB, IG        15–16        14–16      10–11
Senior (SB, SG)        17–18        16–18     12–13

• Seniors
Seniors are at least 20 years of age on 31st December in the calendar year of competition

• Masters
Masters are athletes who are at least 35 years of age on the day of competition.

Distances and Competition Rules

Track and Field Competition Distances and Rules

The maximum distance and number of events an athlete is allowed to compete in on the track and field is based on which of the above age group they are in:

Under 13 Boys and Girls 

• Unless in a combined event Under 13s may compete in a maximum of 4 events on one day of an athletics meeting of which one must be a relay
• Where a walking event is included in the total, the competitors are restricted to maximum of 3 running or walking events (including any relay) in one day
• Athletes in this age group may only compete in track races up to one mile
• No under 13 athlete is allowed to compete in any steeplechase event
• No athlete in this age group is allowed to compete in any race at 300 metres or 400 metres
• No athlete can compete in more than one race between 600 metres and one mile inclusive on the same day.

Under 15 Boys and Girls

• Unless in a combined event Under 15s may compete in a maximum of 4 events on one day of an athletics meeting of which one must be a relay
• Where a walking event is included in the total, the competitors are restricted to maximum of 3 running or walking events (including any relay) in one day
• Athletes in this age group may only compete in track races up to 3,000m
• Under 15 athletes may compete in Steeplechase races over 1500m and a hurdle height of 0.762m
• No athlete in this age group is allowed to compete in any race at 300 metres or 400 metres
• No athlete can compete in more than one race between 600 metres and 3,000m inclusive on the same day.

Under 17 Men and Women

• Unless in a combined event Under 17s may compete in a maximum of 4 events on one day of an athletics meeting of which one must be a relay
• Where a walking event is included in the total, the competitors are restricted to maximum of 3 running or walking events (including any relay) in one day
• Athletes in this age group may only compete in track races up to 5,000m
• Under 17 athletes may compete against Under 20s or Seniors in track events not exceeding 3000 metres (including steeplechase),
• Under 17s may compete against Under 20s or Seniors in field events, provided the implements to be used are those laid down for the older age group.

Under 20 Years Men and Women

• Under 20s may not compete in more than five events on the same day of an athletics meeting.
• Under 20s may only run in track events up to and including 10000 metres.
• Under 20s may run against Seniors in open track events up to and including 10,000 metres
• Under 20s may compete against Seniors in open field event competitions provided that the implements used by them shall be those laid down for Senior competition.

Cross Country Competition Distances

• Age Group Maximum Distance All Athletes
• Under 13 years: 3,500 metres
• Under 15 years: 5,000 metres
• Under 17 years: 6,500 metres
• Under 20 years: 10,000 metres
• Seniors: Unlimited distance

Road Racing Competition Distances

Age on day of competition – Maximum Distance All Athletes
Over 11 – Under 13: 5,000 metres
• Over 13 – Under 15: 6,000 metres
• Aged 15 years: 10,000 metres
• Aged 16 years: 15,000 metres
• Aged 17 years: 25,000 metres
• Over 18 – Under 20: Marathon (26.2 miles/42.2km)
• Seniors: Unlimited distance
• Masters: Unlimited distance

Seasons and Competitions

Club members can compete for the club in team-based events and as individuals throughout the year.

Please visit the England Athletics website for the latest details on COVID-19 return to competition plans.

Spring/Summer

The spring/summer season usually commences towards the end of March/early April, runs until late September and is mainly track and field-based.  A range of competitions from local leagues and open meetings to county, regional and national championships and global leagues and international championships and competitions are available for all standards and ages of athlete from beginners to world class performers.

The Competition Year for track and field runs from 1st October each year to the following 30th September.

  1. Open meetings – these track and field meetings are run across the UK at various dates and venues. These meetings typically offer a range of track and field events during a weekday evening or weekend day/afternoon. Some open meetings (e.g. the WSE&H Open meeting held in the spring and the monthly Watford Open meetings) are open to athletes of any age and standard and others (such as those run by the British Milers Club (BMC) require qualification standards to be met before an entry will be accepted
  2. County Championships – entry for county championships is based on county of birth or residence. The majority of WSE&H athletes compete in the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex or Surrey county championships
  3. Schools Championships – local, county and English Schools Championships are an opportunity for all young athletes from years 7 to 13 to represent their school and then their county by progressing through qualification rounds and achieving national performance standards
  4. Inter club leagues including National Athletics League (Senior and U20), Southern Athletics league (SAL) (Senior, U20 and U17), Youth Development League (YDL) (U13, U15, U17 and U20) and the local Alder Valley Girls’ and Boys’ League (AVL) which includes events specifically for U11s plus U13s, U15s & U17s)
  5. Regional championships e.g. South of England Athletic Association – open to athletes across all age-groups. Some championships require athletes to have met pre-defined entry standards as a condition of entry
  6. National championships e.g. English National Championships – open to athletes across all age-groups. Some championships require athletes to have met pre-defined entry standards as a condition of entry e.g. the British Athletics Championships which are for the best senior athletes across the UK.
  7. Wanda Diamond League – the invitation-only events run across the world throughout the summer offer one of the highest levels of competition for elite-level senior athletes outside international championships
  8. International championships – opportunities for international selection start at U20 and include inter-country events, European and World Championships (U20, U23 and senior), the Olympic games and The Commonwealth Games
  9. Open road and trail races are available throughout the year for individual athletes to enter. Run Britain and FindaRace are good websites to use when looking for road and trail races of all distances being run across UK.

Autumn/Winter

The Autumn/Winter season consists of road running, cross country and indoor track and field. 

The Competition Year for Cross Country and Road Running Events is from 1st September each year to the following 31st August.

The Competition Year for Fell, Hill and Mountain Events runs from 1 January to 31 December each year.

The club competes in various cross country races and team relays including the Chiltern Cross Country League,  the SEAA championships and cross country relays,  the English National Championships and the British Athletics Cross Challenge  and various county and schools championships (dependent upon location of residence/birth or school – see above).