Hill Running, Road Running, Trail Running, Sprinting, Hurdles, Jumping, Thowing Shot, Javelin & Discus
Lochaber Athletic Club has had a junior training section for at least thirty years. Juniors (9 - 18 years old) have competed in cross-country running since the seventies with great success! North District cross-country champions have included the legendary John Brooks, Stuart Atkinson, Callum Fraser & Isla MacKay.
Notable juniors in Track & Field have included Graham Welsh, Michael Chisholm and Alistair Strange who represented Scotland in the Pole Vault at the India Commonwealth Games in 2010.
There is an active junior section with five female and five male coaches. All have PVG disclosure and have registration with Scottish Athletics (UKA) as coaches, assistant coaches or coach helper. Several of the coaches are active athletes. A welfare officer takes care of safeguarding issues with juniors and vulnerable groups.
The juniors operate as a section of LAC with structured training programmes involving training for cross country running in the winter and also track and field events in the summer.
Track and field includes running, throwing and jumping. This involves sprinting, hurdles, throws such as discus, shot putt, javelin, hammer, and jumps such as long jump, triple and high jump, and also relay practice.
Competitions for junior athletes includes a cross country running winter league. A summer track and field league is starting. Juniors can run at inter-club events such as the North District Cross Country League (best of four of six races over winter) and also at district championships, national championships, and inter-district events.
Training is during school term time at Claggan Park, 6pm - 7pm. Training in winter is for cross country running and continues at Claggan or road and forest trail running with head torches. The training in summer is for run, throw and jump, with a focus on relay competitions. Individual training schedules can be given depending on the event in which the junior athlete is interested.
Parent volunteers: help in activities such as training, supervision, marshalling in races are welcome. Training courses are available for volunteers that want to take things further and full mentoring is given.