Track and Field

All of our track and field sessions are held at the track behind Ashdown Leisure Centre, Canford Heath, BH17 8RE. The first session you attend with us is free!

*Refreshments are available in Team Dorset HQ*

The full schedule of training is as follows:

Day and TimeLocationAge GroupPurposeCoachesCost
Monday, 7.00-8.00PMContact Graeme15- adultsStrength & ConditioningGraeme GourlayTBC
Tuesday, 6.15-7.15PMAshdown Track8-13 yearsInduction, general running, field events conditioning and techniqueAll Junior coaching team£2.50
Tuesday, 7.15-8.30PMAshdown Track13 years to seniorsSprints, Middle Distance training, & some specific throws training and high JumpMark Pauley, Mike Long,Mark CourtneyGraeme Gourlay, Dave Allen,Dennis Elkins, Mark Roach and others£2.50
Wednesday, 6.30-8.00 PMAshdown Track12 years to seniorsHurdles (13 and 27 Dec 2017), Sprints High Jump, Throws, Wheelchair, occasional Long Jump Technical Sessions, PV & SteeplechaseGraeme Gourlay,Dennis Elkins, Martin Cook, Mark Roach, David Little and others£2.50
Thursday, 7.00-8.15PMVarious Venues away from Track, see list below.11 year and aboveStrength and speed endurance, off-road with hills & intervals workMark Pauley & Mark Courtney£1.00
Thursday 7.00 – 8.30PMAshdown Leisure CentreOlder Middle Distance AthletesEndurance, Tempo and Hill WorkDave AllenTBC
Thursday 7.00 – 8.30PMCanford SchoolU15’s and aboveWeight TrainingSpeak to Brain Batcheldor£3.00
Friday 4.30- 6.00 PMAshdown Track13 years- SeniorsSprint based SessionFurther details from Graeme Gourlay£2.00
Saturday 10.30-12.15 noon Summer (March-Sept)Ashdown Track8 years and aboveA full programme of track and field trainingAll members of Poole AC’s coaching team
Saturday 4:15-6:00 PM Winter (Sept-March)Ashdown Leisure Centre8-12 years but U15 welcome too.Sportshall - Fast paced indoor athletics, relays, jumps, throws etcDavid Little, Bryan Murray, Ray Williams, Peter Cornes, Mark Pauley, Joe Oatley & Bryan Murray£2.50, first session free for new joiners


Thursday night training venues for Early 2019 (7pm) are as follows. We welcome some new middle-distance athletes to our team, and will modify the sessions to include younger or developing athletes, so do encourage your friends to join us! There will be a small fee of £1, please remember to bring it each week. We urge you to wear light or reflective clothing. The session will start at 7pm prompt with the cool down being completed at around 8.15pm

  • 3rd Jan Brundenell Ave – Shore Rd
  • 10th Jan Zig-zags St Michael’s Rd B’mth. Meet at the clifftop car park near Highcliffe Hotel and West-cliff Zig-zag path
  • 17th Jan Twemlow Ave near Poole Park. Meet on the Corner of Twemlow Avenue and Orchard Avenue, near Poole Park Lake.
  • 24th Jan Courtenay Rd Lower Parkstone
  • 31st Jan Blakedene Rd Road Lilliput. Working on road loops including Blake Hill Crescent (BH14 8HF)
  • 7th Feb Tollerford Rd Canford Heath
  • 14th Feb Whitchurch Ave/Steepleton Rd
  • 21st Feb Roman Rd, Broadstone BH189DL. Muster at the corner of Roman Road and Anvil Crescent, using hills close-by.

Cross Country (XC)

We welcome all athletes including our young and energetic junior runners, but also senior members and parents who are looking to keep fit with a Saturday morning off road run. We will maintain our 9.30 AM time slot for our runs of between 5-8 KM, (with us looking for shorter loops for our younger members), the session will last around 75 mins but less for younger runners. We will see if we can supply some warm drinks now the colder mornings are with us.

The Cross Country Season sees several Saturday events which means we will not train on these days, but hope many of you will wish to gauge your developing fitness at these & show what a strong squad we are building within our club.

Saturday 9:30amStarting AtCost
5th JanuaryLearoyd Road, Canford Heath free
19th JanuarySherford Bridge Wareham Fores. Meet at Sherford Bridge Car Park – on B3075 near just past Chitten Hill, turn left off A35free
2nd February Tollerford Road, Canford Heath free
16th FebruaryAvon Heath Park, St Leonardsfree (car park fees apply)

Contact Peter Cornes, Ray Williams or Mark Pauley for more information or use the Junior Coaching option on the Contact Us page>>>