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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 winter 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.

Graeme Gourlay.

Joe Oatley.
Thursdays 6.30pmAshdown & other venues.Older middle-distance athletes.Endurance, ‘tempo’ and hill work.Dave Allen.Fee tbc
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
Saturday morning 9.30 – 10.45 amVarious off-track venues10 - teenagersCross-Country training working on strength endurance and reistance work off-roadMark Pauley & Peter Cornes plus other helpersFree!
Saturday morning 11.00 - 12.00Ashdown trackAll agesTechnical Training, such as throws, horizontal jumps and sometimes sprints and hurdlesVarious, discuss with your coachPay leisure centre
Saturday afternoon 4.20 - 5.30pmAshdown Centre Sportshall8 - 14 yearsSportshall Athletic Training, working on technical skills aligned to Sportshall competitions, skills built valuable for T & F AthleticsBryan Murray, Ray Williams, James Colbert plus other coaches £3.00
Sundays 12.00 - 2.00pmAshdown TrackAll ages, all abilitiesWheelchair racing and use of frame runners.Martin Cook.£1.50

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).  We are not able to take children under 8 years old. All coaches and sessions subject to availability. Certain events subject to weather conditions.

Thursday night training venues  (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! We will ask you to please confirm via ‘Spond’ your availability as this ensures we know when all have arrived. The training fee is £2.00, however if you wish to save searching for cash you can purchase Thursday Training Vouchers at the Track HQ. We urge you to wear light or reflective clothing. All sessions will start at 7pm prompt with the cool down being completed at around 8.15pm

Winter 2023 timetable  –

  • 11th Nov Hampshire XCL Popham  (Note: no U11 fun run)
  • 18th Nov Hengistbury Head Car Park@
  • 25th Nov Broadstone Rec Cricket Pitch#
  • 2nd Dec Hampshire XC Match 3 (TBC)
  • 9th Dec Tollerford Rd Canford Heath*
  • 16th Dec Learoyd Rd Canford Heath
* Park at the far end of Tollerford Rd below the hill meet by the gate leading to the heath.
# Meet at the Upper Recreation Car Park at the end of Charborough Rd in Broadstone
@ Meet at Car Park on Broadway, Southbourne at BH6 4EL near Café – Charges will apply.

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.

2023 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>>>