Over the Easter holidays, DAC coaches, Bruce Bewley and Dave Blackburn, took a group of athletes (and their willing parents) over to Nerja in Spain for a warm weather training camp.

Whilst everyone was still freezing in a snow covered UK, the group trained in 80 degrees of heat at the wonderful Estadio Deportivo – Enrique Lopez Cuenca complex.  This was an international grade complex with a Mondo track and all the equipment and facilities anyone could want. There were groups of athletes there from Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and all over the UK, training (including a group from our South Yorkshire neighbours in Sheffield) and the odd Olympic champion, for good measure. There was never any problem however with space or availability of the track for the group to carry out whatever they wanted to do, when they wanted to do it.

A typical days training would be up to 3 hours spent down at the track in the morning, including gym and a weight session when required, or some runs on the beach. After a break for lunch and a few hours relaxing by the pool, all the athletes, and some of the more energetic parents, would do a pool workout session. Most of the ‘rest’ days were spent down the beach relaxing, or playing volleyball/rounders, or trying to swim in the still nearly frozen Mediterranean Sea.

A good team bonding exercise and a great way to set the athletes up for the start of the outdoor track and field season – something recommended for all.

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