The highs of being an athlete

MORPETH Harrier Laura Weightman literally hit the heights during the latest On Camp With Kelly get-together at Leeds Metropolitan University on Saturday.

The 20-year-old and other talented young athletes from the North East were able to experience what it is like to train at altitude. The day started for the group with a tough running or aqua-jogging session led by Dame Kelly Holmes.

They then took part in an injury prevention workshop with leading physiotherapist Alison Rose, who treated Dame Kelly during her career. The athletes learnt a series of exercises to help correct imbalances and weaknesses, as well as some useful self-massage techniques.

In the afternoon, the athletes and coaches took part in a workshop on altitude training with English Institute of Sport Senior Physiologist Dr Barry Fudge – who works with UK Athletics on its altitude training programme.

After learning about the theory of training at altitude, they had the opportunity to experience exercising in an altitude chamber set to 3,000 metres above sea level.

Laura said: “The get-together in Leeds was a really informative day, especially the talk from Dr Barry Fudge on altitude training.

“As I am planning an altitude training camp in January, it provided me with some good information to help me when planning my trip.”

She has been a member of Dame Kelly Holmes ‘On Camp with Kelly’ mentoring and education initiative, supported by Aviva, since 2008.

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