Runners from the West Midlands descended on Shobnall Leisure Complex, Burton upon Trent for a Half and Marathon workshop hosted by Chris Hollinshead and Paul Evans.

Paul was a former Olympian representing Great Britain over 10,000 metres at both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. He is best known for his success in the marathon, coming 3rd in London, 2nd in New York and 1st in Chicago in 1996 with a time of 2hrs 08.45 minutes.

Runners attending learnt key elements of planning for a marathon, using races as a stepping stone towards the marathon and how to peak and taper for the race.  Before lunch Paul put the runners through their paces with a practical session out on the track before being interviewed by British Milers Club editor Dr Matt Long later in the day.

Everyone on the course had their own goals and it was great to be able to work with all the runners in sharing knowledge and best practice, as well as delivering a track based practical.

“I really enjoyed myself and learnt loads of new things about how to properly train and race long distances.  I highly recommend this workshop to other keen runners.” – Rhiannon

“It was a pleasure to listen to and learn from such experienced and knowledgeable athletes who can talk about the sport with such passion” – Owen

“Great day, I learnt quite a lot in an easy to understand format” – Cassandra

“Very enjoyable and professionally organised” – Phil