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Training Information

Our home is at Aldershot Military Stadium where most groups meet for training.
The Stadium is situated on Queens Ave, Aldershot.
The car park for the Stadium is Car Park 6 off Rawlinson Road which is off Princes Ave.

Main training times:

Tuesday and Thursday evenings:
Military Stadium 6:30 – 8:30.
Options available for a range of training on the track, on grass or on roads.

Sunday mornings:
Military Stadium
Stadium car park, 10:00 – Steady run varying distance and abilities.
Duke of Wellington statue, 10:20 for 10:30 start – Quality sessions.

Track Facilities

Aldershot Farnham and District AC have use of Aldershot Military Stadium, Queens Ave, Aldershot and its Mondo Surface track. Signage around the stadium specifies 6mm as the maximum spike length. Some useful information from the Project Manager at Mondo follows:

“The IAAF rules give the max allowable 9mm for track and 12 mm for Long/Triple jump, Pole Vault, Javelin and High Jump. This rule is as old as the hills and does not differentiate for the type of track surface.

For Mondo tracks, the following are key issues:

  1. The best spike for our surface tend to be shorter because there are no loose granules to get passed as with PU tracks, a long spike slows you down(too much traction).
  2. The modern spikes tend to be cone or pyramid-shaped. This is as opposed to needle spikes who are old technology and cause damage to the track(use to be discouraged) while they don’t help with shock absorption, unlike the other shapes.
  3. The correct spike has the athlete stand on his or her spikes deflecting the surface but not penetrating it. This gives all the traction need and increases stride length and therefore speed. At the same time minimising track damage.
  4. Spike damage is unavoidable in particular in the Javelin (defined as high-stress area by the IAAF). The first few months spike damage is quite obvious as it is a bit like scratching a tabletop, after a few months it is not as obvious.”