Marathon ace Grif­fiths passes on tips to young­sters

Llanelli Star - - Sport -

WEST Wales Ath­let­ics hosted its se­cond Re­gional En­durance Day in Swansea, with more than 30 ath­letes and around a dozen coaches in at­ten­dance from five clubs.

The aim was to pro­vide young­sters with tips about how they can be­come bet­ter all-round en­durance ath­letes.

The group headed to Sin­gle­ton Park for a train­ing ses­sion which fo­cused on run­ning tech­niques over an up­hill and down­hill sec­tion.

Ath­letes split into sev­eral groups based on age and abil­ity as they worked over a va­ri­ety of short and long dis­tances in driv­ing rain and strong winds.

There was also the chance to take part in a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion with Am­man Val­ley marathon ace Josh Grif­fiths, who rep­re­sented Great Bri­tain in the World Cham­pi­onships and Wales in the Com­mon­wealth Games.

The Swansea Har­rier said: “It was great to be able to come along to the West Wales En­durance Day. I was never good enough to at­tend as an ath­lete when younger so it was nice to see how hard the young­sters are work­ing.

“There was a great group in at­ten­dance, so it was nice to be able to share some of my ex­pe­ri­ences with them, and I hope they were able to take some­thing from the Q&A. Af­ter some ques­tions, I joined in with a pretty tough cir­cuit ses­sion and it was ex­cel­lent to see ev­ery­one work­ing so hard and en­cour­ag­ing each other. The fu­ture of West Wales en­durance looks bright.”

Dur­ing the af­ter­noon ses­sion at the in­door track, ath­letes took part in a strength and con­di­tion­ing cir­cuit to chal­lenge club run­ners. It also stressed the im­por­tance of per­form­ing drills cor­rectly.

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