General Training Sessions

These sessions are based on those devised by the recently retired coach Don Nichol.

Don had been a member of Altrincham since 1976, taking up coaching the following year. He eventually reached level 4 for coaching endurance events and Marathon. He was also North West Regional Coach for endurance events.

He later lectured on developing endurance at Lancaster University and also lectured at South Trafford College on Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics.

The sessions are now run by Mansel Pope, the current  club chair, and himself a runner with more than thirty years experience.

The sessions are held every Tuesday evening at the track on Park Road, Timperley at 7.15pm and athletes should be warmed up and ready to start at this time.

Non members of the club are welcome to attend these sessions, but a decent level of fitness and running background are required to manage and complete each session.

If you have any queries regarding the sessions before attending, please feel free to contact Mansel

0161 927 7401, 07724 836079 or

General Training Sessions at Timperley Track – Start Time 7.15 (and future events)


Sat 2nd Manchester XCL, Kenworthy Woods/University Fields

Sun 3rd Stockport 10M (club championship race)

Tues 5th 5sets of 3x400m, 90 sec rec, 3min jog rec between sets

Tues 12th Grass session 3x1000m, 7x500m, 90 sec rec

Sat 16th ADAC Xmas handicap, John Leigh Park

Tues 19th 12x 90 sec effort, 75 sec rec

Tues 26th Boxing Day- no session planned!!


Tues 2nd Phil Nichol’s timed session

Sat 6th Greater Manchester XC Champs, Heaton Park (cd 28/12)

Tues 9th Grass session 3x1000m, 8x500m, 90 sec rec

Sat 13th Manchester XCL, Woodbank Park, Stockport

Tues16th 5 sets of 1x700m, 90 sec rec, 1x300m. 3min jog rec between sets

Tues 23rd Grass session, 1x1500m, 2x1000m, 7x500m, 90sec rec

Sat 27th Northern XC Champs, Harewood House, Leeds (cd12/1/18)

Tues 30th 6x800m, 4x400m all with 2min rec

Future events


Sat 10th Manchester XCL, Wythenshawe Park

Sat 24th National XC Champs, Parliament Hill, London (cd12/1/18)