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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 current schedule of training is as follows:

Day & TimeVenueAge-GroupsActivitiesCoachesCost
Tuesdays 6.00 - 6.40pmAshdown Track8 - 11 years
8 - 11 years
13 - 18 years
Induction and foundation of athletics
Middle distance running - introduction
Horizontal jumps conditioning
Bryan Murray & Brian Underwood
Peter Cornes & Mark Pauley
Joe Parkes
Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.00pmAshdown Track11 - SeniorShot, discus and/or hammer throwsBrian Batcheldor£3.00
6.30 - 7.30pm
6.30 - 8.00pm
6.30 - 8.00pm
Ashdown Track11 - 15 years

11 - Senior
Middle Distance running – younger & intermediate

Javelin throws.
Endurance Running.
Mark Pauley, Mark Courtney & Ollie Drew
Mike Long
Dave Allen
Tuesdays 6.45 - 8.00pmAshdown Track11 -16 yearsSprints – IntermediateBryan Murray & Peter Cornes£3.00
Tuesdays 7.15 - 8.30pmAshdown Track14 years to SeniorsSprints – PerformanceGraeme Gourlay£3.00
Tuesdays 7.30 - 8.00pmAshdown Track15 – 20 years

16 to Seniors
Middle Distance running – youth & older
Road Running – track section
Mark Pauley, Mark Courtney, Ollie Drew & others.
Various Seniors
Wednesdays 7.00 – 8.00pmAshdown TrackDisabled athletes.

U15 to Seniors.

U13 and experienced.
Ambulant & Seated throws.
Sprints (& Hurdles) incl intensive technical sessions.
Hurdles (occasional) – by invitation.
Mike Long, Nathan Blackie

Graeme Gourlay.

Joe Oatley.
Thursdays 7.00 - 8.15pmVarious off-track venuesAge 13 and older.Strength and speed endurance. Road based session on hills. Some ‘interval’ work.Mark Pauley, Ollie Drew & Mark Courtney.£2.00
Fridays 6.30pmAshdown & other venuesSenior middle-distance/long distance athletesEndurance, ‘tempo’ and hill work.Dave Allen.Fee tbc
Saturday morning 10.30 - 12.00Ashdown trackAll agesComprehensive Track & Field training, all Throws, horizontal jumps & High Jump also Sprints, Hurdles & Middle Distance.Involving many of our coaching team with expertise across all events.£3.00
Sundays 12.00 - 2.00pmAshdown TrackAll ages, all abilitiesWheelchair racing and use of frame runners.Martin Cook, Nathan BlackieContact Martin

Always arrive at Ashdown at least 10 mins before your session in time to register (and warm up), so your session can start promptly. Poole AC coaching and training sessions run all year round (including school holidays).  Sadly, we are not able to take children under 8 years old. All coaches and sessions subject to availability and possible clashes with the club’s fixture list. Certain events may be impacted by adverse weather conditions.

The programme will continue until late September, when we will return to Saturday afternoons in the Sportshall at Ashdown for fast paced fun athletics covering the basics of many athletic events, including 4 competitions at Canford against local clubs, between the ages of 8 to 14 years.

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 4-8 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 in the colder mornings.

The Cross Country Season sees several Saturday events which means we will not train on these particular 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.

2024 training sessions TBD:

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