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UKA Endurance 2012 Altitude Programme

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26 September 2011

The UKA/London Marathon altitude camps have become an important fixture in the training programmes of the majority of leading UK endurance athletes, providing them with the opportunity to train at altitude three to four times per year.

The established training bases in Font Romeu (France) and Iten (Kenya) have provided the ideal environment for athletes and coaches to work together, supported by a team of UKA staff including coaches, physiotherapists, doctors, soft tissue therapists and exercise physiologists.

Building on the success of 2010, the UKA/London Marathon altitude programme has continued to have a positive impact on endurance performances throughout the 2011 season, with highlights including Mo Farah’s World Championships gold at 5,000m and silver at 10,000m, Hannah England’s World Championships silver at 1500m, Helen Clitheroe’s European Indoor Championships gold at 3,000m, Adam Cotton’s European Junior Championships 1500m title and James Shane’s 1500m silver at the European Under-23 Championships, with all athletes having spent periods training at the UKA/London Marathon camps in Iten and Font Romeu.

The UKA/London Marathon altitude training camps will continue to play an important role in the training and preparation phase of each of the athletes who attend the camps.

The UKA/London Marathon altitude training camps are open to all UK endurance athlete and coach pairings, however, the availability for places funded by UKA/London Marathon for 2012 will be prioritised from the list below. If availability allows at each altitude venue, athletes and coaches are welcome to attend the camps on a self funded basis.

UKA/London Marathon funded places will be prioritised as follows:

  1. World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) athletes

  2. UKA ‘Futures’ Programme athletes

  3. Current Aviva GB&NI team athletes (GB&NI representation in the 12 months prior to the start of each camp)

  4. UKA/London Marathon nominated athletes and coaches

  5. Home Country Federation nominated coaches (linked to the coach development initiatives through the National Coach Mentor Programme)

The UKA/London Marathon altitude camp programme is detailed below. Any UK endurance athletes who fulfil the above criteria and are interested in attending any future altitude training camps should in the first instance express their interest before the relevant closing dates with UKA National Endurance Manager Spencer Barden by email sbarden@uka.org.uk with details of the camp they would like to attend.