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This Squad takes athletes aged from 11-13 years (school years 6 to 8) and its objective is to improve all-round physical development and enhance the athlete’s speed, strength, mobility, co-ordination and endurance. The programme aims to achieve this by using the different athletic events covering running, jumping and throwing as a vehicle to develop these skills. There is also an emphasis on increasing the training volume from one to two sessions per week to ensure that they are fit enough to move into a ‘specialist squad’ at the age of 13+ years.

By the age of 13+ years the athlete should be ready to move into one of the specialist squads where their continued development will be overseen by a new lead coach: Endurance and Middle Distance; Sprinting and Jumping; Throwing; Pole Vault. However, this is done to provide the athlete with the focus they will need to improve at their preferred or best event. It is not done to the exclusion of all other events and athletes with a talent for several events are encourage to keep this up by working with other Squad coaches by arrangement with their lead coach

As athletes mature, they need to train more if they are to reach their potential, so we encourage additional runs to be made on 1 or 2 of the days when there is no training.

Squad coaches


Chris Filer

UKA Qualified Athletics Coach

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Marcus Faulkner

EA Leading Athletics Workshop


Shaun Chillingworth

UKA Qualified Coach in Running Fitness

For existing members, if you have any squad related queries, please contact: your coach at the track or via email

About the coaches

The squad is led by Chris.

Chris is a UK Athletics qualified coach who also enjoys competing in long distance events, having completed a number of international marathons and ultra-marathons including five of the major marathons (Tokyo to go!). Look out for the globe trotting Wycombe Phoenix vest.

Shaun has completed 9 marathons, an ultra-marathon and over 100 parkruns; he competes for the senior squad in cross country and hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon soon. He also holds a Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Coaching gained through the Open University.

Training schedule

Summer Training

Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Little Marlow Athletics Track ** core training day **
Saturday 9:30 - 11:30 am at Little Marlow Athletics Track - Event Training - by invite only
Various dates - Live Online Training - Strength, Conditioning & Fitness via Zoom

Occasionally, training for other events will also be available on Saturday at the track. Invitations for these events will be sent a few days before and will have limited spaces. This can cover events such as hurdles, throws (Javelin, Shot Put, Hammer and Discus), jumps (long jump, high jump and pole vault).

Winter Training

Winter training typically starts around the beginning of September.

Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Kingsmead Recreation Ground, High Wycombe ** core training day **
Saturday 9:30 -11:30 am at Hughenden Park - Fitness & Conditioning (Meet at the entrance to children’s playground on Coates Lane)
Various dates - Live Online Training - Strength, Conditioning & Fitness via Zoom

Other training information

Training at Wycombe Phoenix is all year round, through school holidays too, with typically a month off.

Fitness & Conditioning Training at Hughenden

Training at Hughenden is a huge benefit to all athletes, whether interested in sprints, jumps, track racing or cross country races. The sessions are fun and improve athletes endurance all-round. Sessions often involve lots of shorter runs, sprints, relays and games. It's a great location too.

* Who's invited: All athletes who are 9 years old** are invited. Sessions are adapted to suit each athlete.
* Who's Coaching: Currently Jeremy and also Graeme some Saturdays. Mike and John (endurance coaches) will be coaching older Endurance athletes, later Nigel (Sprint Coach) will be there to train the older Sprint Squad.
* We train all weather, rain or snow.
* Bring a Water bottle, warm clothing, running shoes (and running spikes if you have them - not essential over the first few weeks)
* Please notify your coach if you would like to train with us on Saturdays.

Chiltern League Cross Country Competition - Winter

Wycombe Phoenix competes in this set of 5 matches at various locations.

Everyone can take part, there is no selection process and Wycombe Phoenix will pay for your entry. Athletes run in their age category from U11** to senior. All results appear on the National Athletics Database (po10) and the top 3/4 will score us points to move up in the league (depending on the division and age category). You will see lots of WPH Coaches and parents at races. (We also put up a gazebo and WPH Flag to find us easily).

In the past these races have been on Saturdays at the following locations: Shotover Hill (Oxford), Teardrops Lake (Milton Keynes), Stopsley Park (Luton), Keysoe Equestrian Centre, Campbell Park (Milton Keynes).

** Athletes that are 9 years old on 31-Aug (the same year as the first Chiltern League race)

Other Winter Competitions

Athletes can also decide to compete in the following competitions ***
Southern Road Relays (September)
The Southern Cross Country Relays (October)
Bucks AA Cross Country Champs (January)
SEAA Cross Country Champs @ Parliament Hill, London (January)

*** U15 age category, age 13 or 14 on 31Aug (at the start of the winter season)

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