Kings/UCL Joint Training Weekend Report

By Dan Richards.
Final preparations for LCAS are well underway and the start of spring seemed like a perfect opportunity for another joint KCL/UCL training weekend. After the huge success of the Canterbury training weekend in November hosted by King’s, it was UCL’s turn to host and Brighton was the chosen location.
A selection of King’s College London sprinters joined the Athletics team from University College London for a weekend of training, bonding, banter and partying.

Shortly after arriving and settling in, the group went out for a gentle 6k run and bonding session along the beachfront, with a pace to suit all standards of runners. We were later treated to a free pizza dinner by the hostel!
A warm, sunny Saturday morning saw the distance runners head off by train for a long run across the South Downs, whilst the sprinters, middle distance and social runners group went to the impressive Withdean Stadium track.

The morning session started with an intensive warm up and technical drills, followed by some explosive work out of the blocks. 5x40m with full recovery is usually music to sprinters’ ears and the session didn’t disappoint! We saw some very strong starts from King’s athletes, including Chloe Hocking and Clare Dyer, but also from Louise Pech who proved she’s much more than just a triple jumper! There was also friendly competition between Dan Richards and Robin Talbot (UCL), with Kishore Kanna looking stronger and stronger on his return to full fitness.

During the lunch break some bonding and ice breaker games took place, seeing the first (of hopefully many) KCL/UCL athlete pyramid, plank tower and general talent sharing!
A slightly more technique-based evening session consisted of 1x90m, 70m, 50m, 30m and 10m sprints with decreasing rests between.
The athletes then came together for a night out in Brighton, ending up in Yates’. Literally dancing the night away, the athletes all helped ring in Chloe Hocking’s 19th birthday. Impressive moves from Clare Dyer and William Hutton (UCL) drew an audience, as they cut some serious shapes on the dance floor!

The beach plyometrics session on Sunday morning continued the explosive and power-focussed aspects of the training weekend. There were also some fun piggy back races and the usual friendly competition between KCL and UCL.
The group then enjoyed some downtime on the famous Brighton pier, with ice creams and other treats before heading back to London by train.
Overall this was an amazing weekend and everyone left feeling excited and ready for the upcoming LCAS series.