Leanne practised driving at the hurdle and getting into the sprint action as fast as possible after clearance. Leanne can improve her arm action and leg drive with repetitive bounding and hopping hich we practised before starting the drills. I set up a practice with 2 hurdles. I Varied the distance of the 2nd hurdle from the forst and I also set the 2nd hurdle at a lower height than the 1st to make it easier for Leanne to get over.
As Leanne’s speed and confidence increased I could move the hurdle more towards the correct position and height. Leanne spent a lot of time working on 8 strides to the 1st hurdle and 3 to the 2nd. Advance: Competition helps to develop a more aggressive approach to the hurdles which helps with fast sharp actions involved. For this practice I set the hurdles at the correct distances apart but kept the 2nd hurdle lower for Leanne.
I raced Leanne against Lauren Bridle and Anneka Wicks to girls in the same year and of the same fitness levels. Leanne came second in the race to Lauren who competes and trains in hurdles. There was quite a definite improvement in Leanne’s technique and performance. Her speed had increased a lot whilst still maintaining good technique. This enabled me to put out a set of 5 hurdles and correct height and distances, and Leanne managed to get over all the hurdles with out dropping her technique or speed.