SOAR X EAST Vs. SOAR X WEST – CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING & RACING
Winter is coming, and with it comes cross-country season. The age-old staple winter diet of runners from all disciplines – track speedsters building strength, marathoners keeping sharp, and road racers pursuing a winter fix.
This winter we’re running our cross-country training programme in two London locations, and with a twist - pitting Team East against Team West.
Each team is limited to 12 participants, but with no prerequisite for entry – simply a commitment to 9 weeks of training and 3 cross-country races. Team East will train on Monday nights at the London Marathon Community Track at the Olympic Park, whilst Team West will train at Battersea Park track on Wednesday nights.
Both training groups will undertake 9 weeks of specific cross-country training, led by elite coaches, and guided by some of the fastest runners around, whilst competing against one another in 3 London area cross country races in October, November and December.
SOAR X EAST vs. SOAR X WEST is -
- A collaboration between SOAR and The Run Yard (TRY) to help runners of all ability train for the demands of cross-country racing, and compete three times in the UK’s leading cross-country league – The Metropolitan League
- Led by Head Coach Matt Yates, an Olympian, Commonwealth Games Medallist and Sub-4 Minute Miler
- 9 group training sessions on Monday (Team East) and Wednesday (Team West) nights, led by Matt with the support of TRY coaches and athletes at the iconic London Marathon Community Track in the Olympic Park (Team East) and Battersea park Track (Team West)
- Up to 2 joint group training sessions, seeing both teams train together, TBC after programme commencement
- A weekly training schedule, to support the group training sessions and the pursuit of cross-country running excellence
- Limited to 12 runners in each team (24 in total)
Participants receive -
- 9 coached training sessions including intervals, tempo running, speed-work, hills, stretching, drills and S&C
- A weekly group training plan
- Support and advice on training, nutrition, S&C, injuries and rehab
- Individualised coach feedback
- Men: SOAR Mid Temperature Top 2.0, SOAR DUAL Fabric Tights 2.0, Lightweight Cap and SOAR XC Race Vest
- Women: SOAR Tilia Long Sleeve Top, SOAR Capris, SOAR Calf Guards, Lightweight Cap and SOAR XC Race Vest
- A unique 25% SOAR discount code
- Entry to three Metropolitan League Cross Country Races in the London area on Saturday October 13th, Saturday November 10th and Saturday December 1st
- All associated track fees throughout the programme
SOARXEAST Programme starts Monday October 1st, final training session Monday November 26th
SOARXWEST Programme starts Wednesday October 3rd, final training session Wednesday November 28th
Monday and Wednesday night sessions will run for 9 consecutive weeks at the London Marathon Community Track in the Olympic Park and Battersea Park Track respectively, starting at 6:30pm lasting approximately 2 hours.
Race dates: Saturday October 13th, Saturday November 10th and Saturday December 1st
Places limited to 12 at each location -
Package cost: £349
Closing date for applications, Tuesday 18th September
About the coaches -
Matt Yates, SOAR X EAST Vs. SOAR X WEST Head Coach
Matt is a former Olympian and world top 10 middle distance runner, now regarded as one of Europe's up and coming elite running coaches after producing a number of successful athletes over a three year period.
His training method and approach is highly individual and certainly not from the traditional coaching manual. Instead it has been shaped by a combination of his own training experiences and years spent working with the world's leading coaches, athletes and sports scientists. His innovative approach has seen him turn around a number of athletic careers, helping athletes realise their true potential. Matt's approach is not for the faint hearted, but if you have 100% commitment and motivation he can help you achieve your goals and bring success to your running.
Barry Ewell, SOAR X EAST Vs. SOAR X WEST Assistant Coach
Barry is a former 2.22 marathon runner from the days where plimsolls and a string vest were as good as it got. He has decades of coaching experience and has worked with Matt's elite athlete training group as assistant coach for almost 3 years.
He is affectionately known as “Stopwatch” for the number of stopwatches he wears at sessions and giving, to the tenth, rep splits. He is a walking encyclopaedia of running and there is not a running book, training regime or athlete he doesn’t know about. In a Q&A on all things running there's nothing that will leave Barry short of an answer.
What previous SOAR Training participants have said about their time training with Matt and Barry –
“Matt and Barry cleverly designed sessions so that runners of varying speeds could effectively train with and compete against each other, and between them they dispensed enough advice and anecdotes on stretching, hydration, warming-up, strength, conditioning, form and tactics to write a book.” Chris
"The SOAR 6 helped me realise my potential as a runner when I apply myself with consistent training and proper structure." Billy
“Very productive, it’s much more hands on coaching than my usual sessions. Highly precise which was welcome.” Andrew
"The SOAR 6 experience taught me that the 3 most important aspects of a successful training session are the 3 Ps - Preparation, Preparation and Preparation." Nadi
" The SOAR 6 prorgamme provided me with a new approach to running, covering all aspects of training, racing, diet and nutrition. Its overall effect was to make me a runner who now believes more in my ability and potential." Alex
" The SOAR 6 gave me a renewed focus on my running, educating me on the importance of training plans, warm-ups and mind-set. Training as part of a group with the same goal, was a hugely motivating factor and I felt privileged to have the experience." Scott
“Learning to take the basics really seriously like stretching and warm ups, things that I'd make any excuse not to do in the past have been really useful but also the sessions were tough but good and the info behind each session made it feel truly beneficial.” Paul C.