Training with Hungerford Hares
Our regular training session is on a Tuesday night at 7.30pm. We usually meet at the Triangle Field (Hungerford Rugby Club), just past the John O Gaunt school (Priory Road) on the left hand side. There is adequate parking and toilet facilities.
We organise a range of sessions, including on-road and off-road running, intervals, hills and 'tempo' runs. For these we generally run out between 4 and 7 miles, in the summer this is mostly cross-country and in the winter on quiet country roads. Everyone runs at different paces and we re-group regularly to make sure no one is left behind!
Our interval sessions involve repetitions of shorter distances, either around the roads or around the rugby pitches; our hills involve local gradients in the town or on our wonderful nearby Hungerford Common. All of these help to develop strength, stamina and general fitness.
Sessions are run by our Run Leaders, who plan the activities derived from our Winter and Summer Programmes.
They are particularly keen to ensure that sessions are inclusive, and try to adapt activities to suit each group
The all-important cool-down at the rugby club after a training session
We are also very keen on our warm-ups and cool-downs before and after our sessions! Warm-ups get our bodies ready for excercise; cool-downs help to stretch our muscles back to their normal state. In this way we aim to avoid injuries.
We are a very social crowd who quite often visit local pubs, such as The Borough Arms or The Down Gate, or the the rugby clubhouse, for some thirst-quenching drinks after our session.
Winter Training Sessions: general descriptions:
Town Run; Approx 3-7 miles at various paces around the streets of Hungerford, generally in well lit areas.
Hill Training; We will start with a warm up of approx 10-15 minutes then on a steep hill do a various sets of intervals (running hard up the hills then recover on the downhill) with the aim of building it up over the winter. We will then do a 10-15 minute gentle run back to the Rugby Club.
Training on hills improves leg-muscle strength, quickens your stride, expands stride length, develops your cardiovascular system, enhances your running economy and can even protect your leg muscles against soreness.
Out And About Run; Approx 3-7 miles at various paces out on quiet country roads around Hungerford. Members will need to wear high-viz clothing and bring a head torch for these sessions. See descriptions below of each route. Each route allows for members to do a shorter option of 3-4 miles.
Route 1- Go left out of the rugby club follow road round to T-junction then go right on Inkpen road. Take right into paved road around the ‘Anvilles’ then when you come to the Inkpen road again take a left then first right into Inglewood Road towards Templeton Stud. Take left at Templeton Stud over paved road which will bring you out on the Kintbury Road. Turn left then run onto the Common past the Downgate pub then take a left up into Albourne Close and cut through to Fairview Road. From Fairview Road run straight along Priory Avenue then left into Priory Road and along to the Rugby Club.
Route 2- Go right out of the rugby club along Priory Road then left onto the Salisbury Road up the hill and right onto Church Way. Follow Church Way down to Smitham Bridge Road then cut down to The Croft and run through to the High Street. Turn left at the High Street and run over the bridge to the mini roundabout then right towards the Total garage, then up the A338 ( Eddington Hill) and left into Upper Eddington Road. Go along to crossroads then continue straight up to New Hayward Farm. Turn left through New Hayward Farm then left at end of road down to Leverton. At Leverton take a left up the hill back to the crossroads then a right back along Upper Eddington road to the A338. At the A338 turn left back down to the Total garage and head back towards the town. There is the option to add a loop round Charnham Park.
Route 3- Go right out of the rugby club along Priory Road at the end turn right down the high street to the bear hotel. Turn right along the A4 to the mini round by the garage then out towards Eddington Hill then left into Upp Eddington towards the crossroads. Turn left then through Leverton along to Chilton Foliat. At Chilton Foliat turn left and follow road back along pavement to Charnham Park.
Route 4- Go left out of the rugby club follow road round to T-junction then go left towards Inkpen Gate. Run over the Common towards Lower Denford then towards the A4. Take a right at the A4 then a left into Dark Lane. Run up Dark Lane to the T-junction then take a left towards the A338 (Eddington Hill). Cross over the A338 and carry along Gipsy lane until you get to the cross roads, then take a left down Upper Eddington road to the A338. At the A338 turn right back down to the Total garage and head back towards the town. There is the option to add a loop round Charnham Park.
Interval Training; We will start with a warm up of approx 10-15 minutes then run repetitions of a set distance i.e. 400 metres at high intensity with a recovery period. We will aim to different sets with the aim of building it up over the winter. We will then do a gentle run back to the Rugby Club. We also aim to make these sessions fun and will aim to do some group relay intervals. Interval training is the key to running faster.
If you wish to look at our Run Leaders' session plans in more detail, click here.