Tuesday & Thursday Training nights pilot scheme

There have several meetings & discussions regarding club training nights – which are the best nights for our club athletes to train – over the past  6 months. We already run Wednesday (off track) & Friday (on track) sessions. Some feel that training on a Friday evening isn’t conducive to competing well at the weekend. So it was agreed we should run a trial period of Tuesday & Thursday night training sessions. It is intended that we run these sessions for a two month period (May/June) to see how things go. Again, one session will be at the track, and one off track. Watch this space for further updates.

5 Responses

  1. Mike Turnbull says:

    Colin – it was never “agreed” that there would be any change to weekday training. I recall from the discussion at the last committee meeting that Kenny pointed out that there was no great desire for any change to training night whereupon you stated that you had decided to go ahead with the change anyway. I also have no recollection of any mention of trial periods.
    I am of the opinion that Wednesday’s are deliberately being undermined to try and force this change through but no one has consulted our competing members who fly the flag for this club week in and week out.
    I would urge our members who feel strongly about this to comment on this change or it will be undemocratically railroaded through in the same way our AGM was hijacked.

  2. Shane Fenton says:

    Mike Turnbull
    Submitted on 2012/04/08 at 9:07 pm
    Colin – it was never “agreed” that there would be any change to weekday training. I recall from the discussion at the last committee meeting that Kenny pointed out that there was no great desire for any change to training night whereupon you stated that you had decided to go ahead with the change anyway. I also have no recollection of any mention of trial periods.
    I am of the opinion that Wednesday’s are deliberately being undermined to try and force this change through but no one has consulted our competing members who fly the flag for this club week in and week out.
    I would urge our members who feel strongly about this to comment on this change or it will be undemocratically railroaded through in the same way our AGM was hijacked.

  3. ColinPartridge says:

    It was most definitely agreed at the committee meeting to go ahead with this trial scheme. It was not unanimous, and not everyone felt the scheme was worth while, but there was only a single objection to Colin’s proposal to go ahead with running the trial.

    To be clear this is only a trial and is not a replacement to the normal training sessions. The reasons for the trial are two fold. Firstly as Colin Meek described there is general agreement that Friday night sessions are not the best for those who want to compete at the weekend and we want to offer a session for those who do want to compete at the weekends and do a session. Secondly there is generally a fairly poor turnout to the Wednesday session, so for whatever reason many of our members don’t want to attend that session and we want to see if an alternative would be more suitable for them.

    It is not the intention to undermine the current sessions for those who do turn out and enjoy those. Of course the people who currently turn out to those sessions are for the most part happy with that (otherwise they wouldn’t turn up). However we have to acknowledge that there are plenty of members who are not turning up to these sessions and we want to try and cater for them too. From the response on facebook, there is definitely interest having sessions on different days.

    I actually share Mike’s concern that these extra sessions might reduce the turn out to existing sessions, and if this happens we need to have further discussions on what to do about it. But we have to consider ALL our members – both those that currently make it to the Wed/Fri sessions and those that don’t/can’t.

    I would second Mike’s urge for any members with strong feelings either way to make them known. Raise them with someone at training or come along to a committee meeting.

  4. Shona Greig says:

    I would like to add to the comments above. My daughter, husband and I joined the club 2 years ago in order to run with like-minded people on a Wednesday night. We have made some good friends but I admit we have not been there much over the winter because it all became very boring going to the same location week after week and that was not the way it used to be – thus taking a lot of the enjoyment away for us. Over the summer in the last 2 years we have trained at different locations each week which is for most, I would have thought, a good thing as you have to think about how you will train at each venue. To stop this session would mean that we would no longer have the need to travel over from Linlithgow each Wednesday to join up with those friends which we have made and it would be very sad. A Wednesday evening is right in the middle of the week and if you lead hectic lives like the majority of us, then a relaxing run with friends is what the club should be about rather than just catering for those “elite” runners!!

  5. Colin says:

    Oh, I’m slightly distraught by the fact that the club is now being deemed elitist. That has never been, or ever will be, the aim of Lothian Running Club. We are here to serve and accommodate all club members. So, we all need to think as to why we train, what are our objectives, and how we can help our club. I personally have seen almost everyone at the club, who train, develop into a better athlete irrespective of ability. Circumstances have been against a continuum of what went before, and said circumstances have made it difficult for our coaches to devise safe training venues, and a stimulus for training. Spare a thought for the planning, delivery, and reviewing of sessions.