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Day One at the London Marathon Young Athletes Camp

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Eighty of the Britain’s most promising junior athletes gathered at St. Mary’s College, Twickenham on Monday 10 July for the third annual young athletes camp, sponsored by London Marathon.


Many of the youngsters were competing at last weekend’s English Schools Track and Field Championships in Gateshead including 16 year old Steph Twell (Aldershot, Farnham & District) winner of the Senior Girls 3,000m title in a time that took her to third on the UK all-time rankings and Nathan Young (Mendip AC) winner of the Junior Boys 1500m title.


Following day one, some of the athletes attending the Endurance Camp, gave an extract from their diary:


Stephen Scullion (North Belfast AC) said:


“When we all arrived at St. Mary’s, we met for a 20 minute run, which was a great start to the camp and we met some people for the first time. We then did some light stretching and strides to cool down. This felt really good and is something I’m not used to doing after training, but I will try to do stretching more regularly at the end of my runs to improve recovery.


“So far the camp has been great, I feel I will learn a lot from the experience and my first impressions are to give 5 stars.”


Lee Carey (Nuneaton AC) said: “After our morning run when we arrived, Rob Denmark officially opened the London Marathon Camp and gave us a good insight into the programme for the week. He talked about how he benefited from similar camps when he was a youngster and how the experiences helped him become a successful athlete.”


Ieuan Thomas (Cwmbran Harriers) added: “Overall, the day was great start to the camp. I am looking forward to testing myself more during the rest of the week, when the hard session begin!”


The programme for the week includes question and answer sessions with world-class international athletes based in the area, nutrition workshops, lifestyle and education seminar and a range of training sessions including PNF and injury prevention.

Athlete diaries from each day of the London Marathon Young Athletes Camp, will be added to the news section on the UKA Zone, to view the site click here.