Ribble Valley athlete trains in altitude chamber

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‘ON Camp with Kelly’ athlete Leigh Lennon of Ribble Valley AC hit the heights at the latest Aviva-sponsored Get-Together at Leeds Metropolitan University, benefitting from the opportunity to experience training in an altitude chamber.

The day started for Leigh with a tough running session led by Dame Kelly Holmes.

She, along with Blackburn Harrier Alison Leonard from Chorley, then took part in an injury prevention workshop with leading physiotherapist Alison Rose, who treated Dame Kelly during her career.

They 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 their altitude training programme.

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

Leigh said: “Once again it was great to meet up with the other ‘On Camp with Kelly’ athletes and Kelly, and being able to train with them all was great.

“The workshop on altitude training was very interesting and being able to experience the altitude chamber was really good.

“I really enjoyed my day at ‘On Camp with Kelly’ and appreciate the support I get from the initiative and Aviva.”

Alison added: “The grass training session was very hard work but I got a lot out of it and enjoyed training with the other girls.

“I also enjoyed the workshop on altitude training and found it very useful as it really clarified things and went into lots of detail.

“Going into the altitude chamber was a good experience although cycling in there was hard work!”

Alison has been a member of Dame Kelly Holmes ‘On Camp with Kelly’ mentoring and education initiative, supported by Aviva, since 2007, while Leigh joined in 2008.