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Are you looking at taking on a half marathon but have yet to run 10k?

Break out of the "repeated 5k rut" and open your world to longer running events with our online training squad...

We can prepare you to run in the Cheltenham Challenge 10k, Cheltenham's Half Marathon and other awesome events, anywhere in the world. 

Watch to see the guidance and support you can expect as a Squad Member.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST 10K AND HALF MARATHON

Your programme of education, guidance and support will progress your fitness in time to crush your first 10k then finish a half marathon without stopping to walk

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FOLLOW YOUR PERSONALISED RUNNING PROGRAMME

All distances and speeds will be personalised to your situation regardless of holidays, ability and other events. Target parkrun PB's, 10k races, an Autumn Half Marathons and anything in between.


You'll be pleasantly surprise what 10k and Half Marathon training can do for your 5k times... 

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MEET YOUR PERSONAL RUNNING COACH

You'll be invited to meet your running coach and discuss your goals, obstacles and programme as soon as your registration is accepted. 


Your Coach, Conor Graham, will ensure you're motivated and ready to attack your training with a clear plan for progress. 

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TRAIN IN TIME WITH OTHER SQUAD MEMBERS

Where suitable, your training sessions can be synchronised to other Squad members. You'll instantly have more in common with the other squad members and become inspired to progress by their posts to the group. 

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EVERYTHING IS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Your programme, coach, squad members and educational resources are all available wherever you have an internet connection. Guidance and support is just a click away.

A Coach on your Shoulder


We turn to people all the time when we need support but if you're new to running then you may not have someone who can guide you through the lows.


Conor and other senior squad members have been in your shoes so know exactly what to do when times get tough. 


Keep your support team up to date and you'll never get left behind...

Your Summer Running Journey

If you're already running 5 to 10k then you're right where you need to be for progressing towards an Autumn Half Marathon. Our first target will be a 10k time you're really happy with. For some this will mean building distance gradually and for others it'll be about getting better speeds from your training sessions. 

Join this squad and a series of personal best 10k times is on the cards between May and July. From July we'll start increasing distances beyond 10k. You'll still have 13 weeks and only another 8-11k left to build up depending on your situation. 

I'm making this all sound easy but thousands enter half marathons only to under prepare or over-train themselves to a terrible experience. If you've ever run out of energy on a run then you know what it feels like. Imagine having to walk the last 5k of your Half because you were under-prepared or simply got your pacing wrong on the day. 

As a Cheltenham Half Marathon Squad member you'll be welcome to book race strategy consultations where we look over your previous run stats and discuss exactly how you're going to achieve a race result you're proud of. 

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Step 1 - Programme Set up

Your programme will take into account each event you want to peak for and combine it with your current running ability to ensure every single session has an exact purpose. 

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Step 2 - Online Education 

We'll suggest the video content you should learn from to ensure your body is durable enough to progress throughout the programme. 

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Step 3 - Unlimited Support and Programme Updates

Life will get in the way at times but we'll update your programme and even go off piste when circumstances require. Holidays, work and family will make it hard to run at times but you'll know which sessions are expendable  and which can be postponed.

Online Expert Runner Transformation Course

You'll be enrolled in and help us decide on content for, a brand new course made just for Runners. 

There's much more to running than putting one foot in front of the other...

There's a good chance you've got to your current running ability through trial and error, with the odd YouTube video thrown in. But what if you had a process which is purpose built for getting you to the next level...


Professional runners have more time, sponsored products, a team of coaches and physical therapists but more important than any of this, they've invested years in learning how to train properly and look after themselves in between sessions. 


You may not have all the bells and whistles but you can learn and implement the strategies which can uncap your ability IF you have a process. 


This course will provide that process of learning and help you implement the ideas which will maximise your results. 

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Module 1

The first module of lectures will help you become clear of what you're training for, how to use your programme and use the exercises which will ensure your body can handle the running progressions. 

Module 2

Here you'll learn everything required to ensure you know the ideal state of preparation before each run in your programme. 

Module 3

Learn what you can do during a run to prevent problems and get the exact benefits you're supposed to. 

Module 4

Ever wonder whether the training you're doing is making a difference to your running ability? This module will make progress impossible to ignore and help ensure you can learn from every run. 

Module 5

Learn how to put together a great race calendar and ensure you're able to give each event your best efforts while enjoying the occasion. 

Bonus Module

As a runner, you've no doubt experience pains and even injuries which have stopped you from running. This module will provide full scale lectures of each of the most common areas of injury. 


It Starts With Injury Prevention

Have you ever registered for an event, ploughed into your training but found yourself injured for week of your plan? 

Watch to Learn How We'll Start Preventing Injury as Soon as you Register for this Squad

Learn to Prevent Injury 

Access our Video Course that will teach you how to prevent and fix common running injuries. 

Each workshop is broken into clips you can watch on any internet enabled device. Perfect to watch while doing some light stretching, riding public transport or even getting dinner prepared. If you want a great summer of running then you need to stay injury free. 

Foot and Lower Leg Pain

Duration:  36minutes 

Stop your calves from cramping, your shins from aching and those stabbing pains in your feet. 

How to Use your Glutes 

Duration: 42minuntes

Unlock the most underutilised muscles in your body to prevent injury and run faster.

How to Prevent Back Pain

Duration: 35minutes

If you've every suffered from back pain then you know it's not an obstacle you want in training.

Identify and Fix Runners Knee

Duration: 37minutes

Do your knees hurt after you run or when you walk up the stairs? This presentation can make it stop. 

How to Use your Feet for Running

Duration: 23minutes

​Go deep into the use of footwear and how to land effectively to prevent problems around your entire body. 

How to Assess Your Pains 

Duration: 32minutes 

Learn which pains are good, which you can stretch out, which need icing and which need a referral. 

About the Coach

In 2018 the Cheltenham Half Marathon Squad got over 30 members over the line in a time they're still proud of today. Many of were running their first ever Half Marathon and others achieved personal bests thanks to the structured programme, guidance and support of our Head Coach.

Conor Graham, is a full time fitness professional living in Cheltenham with his wife, Georgina and children Tyler and Ivy. He has been coaching runners and those striving to get fit since 2001 when he started his first fitness company STS Fitness Ltd. 

This is my favourite programme to run each year. Having 5 months to gently progress each member takes the pressure down a notch and means far less stress for the runners.” 

Get a time you're proud of

Follow your programme, watch the educational lectures and we guarantee you'll achieve a time you're excited to tell your friends. If you're not happy with your race just send us a message and we'll refund your money, no questions asked.

Finish Cheltenham's Half in a Great Time

6 Injury Prevention Lectures you can access for life

A personalised programme based on your ability, holidays and goals

Plan your ideal week and more with your own Running Coach

What People are Saying...

Is this Right for You?

WHO THIS IS FOR

  • First time Half Marathon runners
  • Those who'd like to finish faster than in previous years
  • Anyone who's failed to get to the start line due to injury
  • People who want more structure and support 

WHO THIS IS NOT FOR

  • People who struggle to follow a plan
  • Anyone who is unable to run for more than 2 hours per week
  • Anyone who thinks they can start training a week or two from the race
  • People who will be unable to do any running through the holidays

FAQ

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

When does my programme start?

Do I have to live near Cheltenham?

How can I get a refund?

Why should I join this instead of a standard club membership?

What if I'm injured while training for the event?

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