COACHING at Hercules Wimbledon AC
All our coaches are UK Athletics (UKA)
trained and certified.
Our main training sessions are at
Wimbledon Park Stadium on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5pm and 9pm, depending on the particular group.
In addition, for endurance athletes, a
running group departs from Lauriston Cottage, 6a Southside, Wimbledon Common SW19 4TG (entrance in Lauriston Road – see the Contact page for a map) on Wednesday
evenings at 7pm.
Young athletes from the age of 7-11 begin with the 7Upsandovers group on a Sunday morning, and then typically
progress to our multi-event group on a Tuesday and Thursday evening.
The coaching progression through the Club is based on the UK Athletics (UKA) model. This encourages youngsters to
gain a proper grounding and a great all round experience and enjoyment of
beginning to specialise in sprinting, endurance or field disciplines.
Ages, however, are merely a guide, and our experienced coaches will continually monitor and assess new young
athletes, advising them on their best choices, and when and if they should begin to focus on a particular
discipline. They will also take into account whether they already have some experience of athletics, competing for
their schools and boroughs.
Older athletes joining the Club will be introduced to the coaching group which best suits their level of experience
and chosen event.
All athletes will be encouraged to compete for the Club as often as possible.
Run by head coach Anne Hegvold with an
enthusiastic team of coaches, assistant coaches and parental helpers, this offers a fun introduction to all
track and field events for our youngest members from 7-11 years, and has become so popular that the group is
currently operating a waiting list, so please contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
Thanks to 7Ups mums, refreshments are available in the clubhouse while the children are running and jumping, and
each September there is a “Mini Olympics” in which each child competes over various running events, jumps and
From the age of 10, athletes can join the Club which
entitles them to compete for Hercules Wimbledon AC in Under 11 events, and as soon as they are ready, they will be
encouraged to move up to our midweek training sessions and turn out for the Club at every opportunity.
Check in at 9:15am for a 9.30am start. Sessions finish at 11am.
Cost: £2 per session.
THEN COME AND TRY A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING….
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30-7.30pm.
Athletes should register for each session by 6.15pm.
For those who are ready to graduate from the 7Upsandovers as well as new athletes aged 11-14 (Under 13-Under 15 in
terms of competition), this group follows the UK Athletics (UKA) 365 model, providing a fun and friendly environment for athletes to train and become
proficient in multi-events, i.e. running, jumps and throwing. Depending on development, athletes can compete for
the Club at U13 level and begin to specialise in one or more disciplines. At this stage the coaches will help them
to make the transition to event-specific training sessions.
Please note Juan
charges a coaching fee for this group (ask in the clubhouse or e.mail
18 (Under 20) to Senior
and Thursdays 7.30-9pm
Lead coach: Juan Hernandez
proven competitive athletes above the age of 18 (Under 20 for competition) who have
progressed through other training groups within the Club as well as new members with impressive
experience, this group focuses on honing techniques and achieving specific targets.
11(under 13) to Senior
Thursdays, 6.30-8.30pm Wimbledon Park
coach: Paul Miller
training group, which also involves sessions at other venues. Paul aims to train athletes to international level
and stresses that while previous experience is not essential, the will and desire to succeed, and the support of
parents/guardians in the case of young athletes, is vital. For more information contact email@example.com
18 (Under 20) to veteran (over 35+)
and Thursdays 7-9pm
coach: Geoff Walcott
This is a group of mixed abilities and
ages (including Under 20s, senior athletes and veterans). Everyone is made to feel welcome and training is
designed to bring the best out in you. Geoff will guide you towards
competing at the best level for you, as a natural conclusion to the hard work you put into training.
14 (Under 15) to Senior
and Thursdays 6.30-7.30 pm (novices)
coach: Dermot Dunne
Dermot works with beginners and
experienced hurdlers alike in this specialist group which is geared to competition, ultimately at national
Age 11 (Under 13) – Under 20
Tuesdays and Thursdays U13 & U15 6-7pm; U17 & U20
Lead coach: Mark Livingstone
Mark’s groups are focused on racing over 800m, 1500m and cross-country for athletes
who already have some experience of competing for their school or borough. He runs two groups, each
lasting an hour, between 6pm and 8pm (see above), which are primarily based on age, but also take into account
ability and athletic development. Athletes need to show commitment to competing for the club on a regular basis
during the track and cross-country season.
Please note Mark charges a coaching fee for his groups (ask in the clubhouse or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for details).
ADVANCED MIDDLE-LONG DISTANCE
Age Under 20 +
Lead coaches: Ben Noad (below left) and Peter Lee
This group is for keenly competitive athletes with a focus on middle distance in the track and field season and
cross country and road running during the winter. Details of each session are posted in advance via e.mail and
Facebook, and athletes are welcome to swap between this group and Maurice Sharp’s speed/endurance group (see below)
according to their individual training and competition plans. Coaching takes place on the track on Tuesdays, but
Thursday sessions and runs are planned and shared so that athletes can train individually or in smaller groups as
they wish. For more details contact Ben Noad at
17 (Under 20) to Senior
and Thursdays, 7-8.30pm on the track
Wednesdays, 7pm long run, departing Lauriston Cottage (see top of the page)
coach: Maurice Sharp
For runners, male, female, novice or international, who want to train and compete on the track,
road, and cross country, over distances from 5km to the marathon. Track sessions begin with an extensive warm
up and briefing, leading into speed endurance work. Sessions are
complemented by Wednesday evening tempo runs of 5-7 miles on the road or cross country depending on the
time of year, and longer Sunday morning runs of 10 miles upwards. 800m and 1500m runners are welcome to join,
but those who specialise in these distances may prefer to join the group run by Ben Noad and Peter Lee
14 (Under 15) to Senior
jump, long jump and triple jump, plus discus and shot)
Lead coach: Emerick Kaitell
Emerick’s group is for athletes aged
14 (Under 15) and over: both those who are new to athletics and those who
have progressed through the Club. His programme is designed to
develop motor skills and you will be encouraged to try a variety of events, primarily jumps, but with some
running and throws. Emerick will work with individuals towards competing for the Club on a regular basis
and achieving specific goals.
If you are interested in pole vault please contact Alison Murray at:
and hammer contact John Webster at: