Training Schedule



Sprinters/Jumpers – Gateshead Outdoor Track 6pm

XC/Middle Distance – Gateshead Outdoor Track 6:30pm

Sprinters/Jumpers – Gateshead Outdoor Track 3pm
XC/Middle Distance – Recovery Run from the Sports Centre 3pm

XC/Middle Distance – Thresholds (tempo runs) from Exhibition Park 6:30pm

Sprinters/Jumpers/Middle Distance – Pylos at Gateshead Indoor Track 6pm (Outdoors in the summer)

XC/Middle Distance – Hill reps in Jesmond Dene 10:30am
Sprinters/Jumpers/Middle Distance/XC – Strength and Conditioning 4-6pm in the Sports Centre, Weights Room (Gold Sports Centre Membership required)


Athletics Training

Track Sessions

Track Sessions are undertaken on a bi-weekly basis and are held at Gateshead International Stadium.

These sessions work on field disciplines and those competing in distances of 800m and below. The sessions are split into groups of 100/200m runners and 400/800m runners. The sessions also vary between the outdoor and indoor track, where training can be done using the throws cage, jump pits and mats, plus the 60m indoor track. Outdoor sessions are mainly focused on sprinting. These sessions are lead by athletics coach Chris Kirk.

Strength and Conditioning/Circuits

S&C and Circuit training are an important part of both Athletics and Cross Country training as they are key to improving core strength. Strength and Conditioning requires you to have Gold membership to the gym, however only Silver is required for circuits. Circuit sessions are made up of 2 or 3 circuits of various high intensity exercises including push ups, sit ups, burpees.

Every Tuesday at Gateshead Stadium during term time. Sessions are tailored for those wanting to run 800m plus. The sessions are split into faster and slower groups so don’t be intimidated if you have never run a track session before. The sessions are set by our coach, Ian Whyte, and vary depending on times that you want to achieve over the season or upcoming races.


A Threshold session is held once a week near the town moor and consists of a sustained period of running at race pace. These sessions are usually not as fast as the track sessions and they give you the opportunity to run at your own race pace.

Hill sessions are exactly as it says on the tin, and take place in a couple of locations around Newcastle depending on weather and conditions underfoot.

Recovery Runs are used to recover from track and threshold sessions and to keep weekly mileage ticking over. They provide an excellent opportunity to socialise with other club members and explore the Newcastle area.