Junior Sessions at Leos Summer 2020 – Rules, Dates, Sessions, Groups, Names

Updated Monday 3 August 21:30 – includes names for 4 August, late booking for 11 August and booking through to 1 September

This page contains the names of the junior members selected to attend each session and shows the group that they have been allocated to on that date and time.

Please email comments to juniors@valleystriders.org.uk

On 23 June we had 3 groups (15 runners). For 30 June we added an extra group so had 20 runners. These 35 had been invited on the basis of number of training and competitions during lockdown. For 7 July we added an extra session so we had 40 runners, the same 35 plus 5 more.

We then invited all members to fill in a survey/questionnaire regarding availability for for 14 and 21 July. We had 40 runners at each session; all who had filled in the survey got at least one of the two dates.

We then invited all members to fill in a second survey/questionnaire regarding availability for for 28 July and 4 and 11 August. We had / will have 40 runners at each session; all who filled in the survey got (or will get) at least two of the three dates (unless on holiday!).

We will continue to have 40 while the current government restrictions continue. Attendance at sessions is strictly by invitation only.

The list of 40 names invited for 4 August can be found below.

If you haven’t yet applied for 11 August, there is the second survey near the bottom of this page to apply. Bookings for this close on Wednesday 5 August at 8pm,

At the foot of this page is the third survey, open to all junior members, to say which dates you are available for 18 August, 25 August and 1 September. Everyone who applies will get at least one date, probably two. Bookings for 18 August close on Wednesday 12 August at 8pm.

Anyone not selected for a particular date should continue to train from home, these will continue to count for 25/50/100 training session medals

Coronavirus Restrictions and Implications

All our sessions comply with current restrictions and recommendations.

For our risk assessment click here


Just for your general information, here is the latest England Athletics guidance regarding training


The main restriction that affects us is that a group is limited to a coach/leader and 5 athletes. If this rule changes, we will review our plans. NB any reduction in the 2 metre rule has no effect on our plans.

IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THAT AT NO TIME DO ANY GROUPS EXCEED 6 PEOPLE. This of course refers to the session groups (1 leader + 5 athletes), but also applies to the meeting places and the spectator areas. We have introduced some extra rules to cover these other groups. We have also introduced a rule that ensures that the assistants are not considered as part of a group. We want to be sure that if anyone did a spot check of our sessions, they would see a number of groups of 6, not 30+ people engaged in a common activity.

The new rules for team sports announced on 9 July don’t appear to make any difference to our plans.

Meeting points and Activity Areas

General information

A leader and assistant will have been allocated to each group. Other parents should watch from the sidelines at least 5 metres from any activity.

Leaders should arrive early at the meeting point for their group.

Assistants should check in with their leader but then immediately go to the activity area of their first activity

Parents should take their children to their meeting point but (unless a leader) should then immediately leave their children otherwise the group-of-6 will be exceeded.

Parents can go to the viewing area behind the goalposts of the rugby pitch.

When the leader has their 5 junior runners, they should take their group to the first activity area and do warm-ups in this area (not using other areas of the rugby pitch or cricket pitch). NB for the later session the leader must check that their activity area is clear of the early session runners before taking the group across.

Everyone should stay 2 metres apart at the meeting point and in the activity areas. Children will be told how this works for each activity before starting each activity.

No-one should touch any equipment – Bob will be solely responsible for this including collecting the equipment after the session. Anyone who touches equipment should wash their hands and/or use the sanitizer provided.

Richard and Bob will co-ordinate the session, allowing 14 minutes for the first activity (to include warm-up), 8 minutes for the middle two and 10 minutes for the last one (to include cool down).

N.B. Toilets won’t be open. If they are open and you use them, you must notify Bob or Richard so you are included in the Track & Trace sent in by Leos


The normal activities (and the activity area used) are listed below. They are all slightly modified versions of activities that we’ve done in the past in normal times. The diagrams also show the recommended position of the leader and the assistant.

  1. Bob’s circular (non contact) relays
  2. Eleanor’s (continuous) hills (between cricket and rugby pitch)
  3. Emma’s hills (sprint up, walk down)
  4. Bob’s pentathlon

For each session

  • Group 1 will start with Activity 1 and then do 2, 3 and 4 in turn
  • Group 2 will start with Activity 2 and then do 3, 4 and 1 in turn
  • Group 3 will start with Activity 3 and then do 4, 1 and 2 in turn
  • Group 4 will start with Activity 4 and then do 1, 2 and 3 in turn

Information for Leaders

Please could leaders arrive at least 5 minutes early (and preferably 10 minutes early) to assemble their group and give advice to newcomers.

It is essential that leaders arrive on time as we cannot make substitutions during the session without breaking the “group-of-6” limit..

The group leaders will be responsible for the assembly, warm-up, all four activities and cool down for the 5 children that are allocated to them (this is a big change from “normal” sessions, where everyone would meet together, everyone might warm up together and each leader is responsible for an activity not for a group). 

The group leaders will also be responsible for two rules specific to CoVid – that the 2 metre rule is adhered to and that none of the group (including themselves) touch any stakes or any other equipment

Group leaders should have read the 4 activity diagrams prior to coming to familiarise themselves with the arrangements for each activity.

Information for Assistants

Assistants must assist at a distance. They must not actively lead the session otherwise this compromises the group-of-6.

Assistants will normally be positioned diagonally opposite from the leader.

  • On the Circular Relays – observe the changeovers at 1->2, 2->3 and 3->4
  • On the Hills from the Cricket Pitch, stand near the third Up (this is just before the last floodlight post), watch that the children go round all posts (this ensures they go straight up and down the hills), watch that they go round all posts at the end so that the return route is well away from outbound, ask any interlopers (e.g. dog-walkers) to walk down the line of cones that marks the boundaries (not down the middle of the activity as one did at a previous session)
  • On the Hills on the Rugby pitch, ensure everyone turns when the first shouts “turn”
  • On the Pentathlon, stand towards the top of the backwards running section to ensure the children head in the right direction and run safely; also observe the dips and sideways running
  • On all activities, generally give encouragement!

Information for Other Parents

Other parents should watch from the sidelines. Please observe as we may call on you for help in future weeks!

Tuesday 4 August

Early Session: 5:30 to 6:10

Group 1 Leader Nicola Hartley
            Assistant Richard Adcock
Lucy Adcock
Edie Doyle-Woods
Caitlyn Hartley
Jorgie Hartley
Ella Youngs

Group 2 Leader Rich Mollitt
            Assistant Karen Sykes
Clem Pailor (new)
Jessica Guthrie
Darcey Mollitt
Lily Sadler
Keira Sykes

Group 3 Leader Ade Whitehouse
            Assistant TBA
Jake Doyle-Woods
Soren Pailor (new)
Aiden Thornton
Sammy Whitehouse
Tom Kilby (new)

Group 4 Leader Claire Sadler
            Assistant Belinda Youngs
Alice Bonner
Theo Marshall-Brown
Alannah Thornton
Joseph Whitehouse
Jamie Youngs

Late Session: 6:15 to 6:55

Group 1 Leader Hannah Corne
            Assistant Tom Venning
Eve Barton
Bertie Bell
Florence Bell
Arthur Venning
Mary Venning

Group 2 Leader Sarah Kingston
            Assistant Sarah Whittle
Tally Diamond
Abigail Kingston
Rebecca Kingston
Christa Shackleton
Emily Whittle

Group 3 Leader Zoe Riley
            Assistant Jon Smith
William Barton
Seth Bolton
Frankie Riley
Jamie Smith
James Whittle

Group 4 Leader Adam Nabozny
            Assistant Gary Reisman
Gus Cawcutt
Felix Linley
Edward Nabozny
Zak Reisman
Sam Warden

Booking for 11 August

If you’ve already responded to the second survey – covering 28 July, 4 August and 11 August – you need not do anything, we will select 40 from those who said they were available.
If you didn’t fill in this survey, here are the links
if your child’s surname is A to L, please click this link
if your child’s surname is M to Z, please click this link
Places for 11 August will be allocated on Thursday 6 August – please respond by Wednesday 5 August 8pm

Survey and to book for 18 August, 25 August and 1 September

There is now an even newer survey/questionnaire (the third survey) to ALL parents

  • which dates you are available?
  • choose a session time? (17:30, 18:15 or no preference)
  • are you willing to lead a group or assist with a group?

Following our previous 2 surveys, we now have around 70 names on our list.

If 10 juniors are on holiday for all 3 dates, it will all work out rather nicely, we will have 60 juniors applying, 120 places available (3 weeks * 40 places), so everyone will get two of the three dates.

If we have more than 60 applications, some will get 2, some will get 1. Preference will be given to those who took part in competitive events (e.g. local races and Pecos) in the last 12 months, those who have trained from home during lockdown and those who have taken part ln lockdown events.

if your child’s surname is A to L, please click this link

if your child’s surname is M to Z, please click this link