Distance Running Program & Cross Country

Athletes are reminded that in order to train with the Royals, (re)activation of their BC Athletics Membership is required by completing the Athletics Canada Waiver/Attestation Form. Athletes who don’t complete the waiver ahead of practice will not be allowed to train. New athletes will be given their personal link to the online form by the club administrator after they register for their club membership. Didn’t receive/have deleted the waiver email from BC Athletics? Email Christa at [email protected] to request another

Due to insurance rules, all athletes must have a paid Valley Royals Membership to participate with a Royals training group. A $27.50 one-week trial membership is available for athletes new to the Royals and wanting to check out a training group before buying the full membership. To select a membership package and register online click https://valleyroyals.ca/membership/


We are an inclusive Club accepting athletes of all abilities


MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNING GROUP (Age 14 & Up: U16/Midget, U18/Youth, U20/Junior, Senior, Masters)

Senior Coach of Cross Country & Distance Running Group

  Coach Scott Svelander  

Events: 400m, 800m, 1500m, 300m, 1200m, 2000m, Steeple Chase, 400m Hurdles, Cross Country

Ages:  14 years and up (Midget/U16-Age 14&15, Youth/U18-Ages 16&17, Junior/U20-Age 18 & 19, Senior – Age 20+, Masters 35+) 

Distance Group Training is offered 3 days per week: For Practice Times & Locations see Schedule:  https://valleyroyals.ca/practice-schedule/

This training group is for the athlete who enjoys running the longer events.  Those athletes who have taken part in a running program at school and would like to train a little more seriously will fit in nicely with this group. 

The main emphasis in this group is development of speed endurance while making gains in aerobic fitness and learning about race strategies. We are a competitive running group so commitment to practices and off-day running is a must.

The Royals take pride in how many of our athletes not only succeed in the high school system but continue their running career (some with athletic scholarships) in the post-secondary system. 

U16: 14-15 years old

The goal of the U16 program is to help identify and to begin early specialization of athletes into event areas.  The competitive focus at this age group is: high school regionals and club provincials.

U18: 16 – 17 years old, U20: 18 -19 years old, Senior/20+, Masters/35+

The goal of the program for the older full-time athletes is for mid to late specialization into event areas. The competitive focus at this age group is: high school provincials, club provincials, club nationals and club legion nationals.

Track Meet Info & Meet Protocol: https://valleyroyals.ca/meets/

Training Stages for Athletes:

The images below illustrate some of the principles underlying the Valley Royals Endurance Running program. See https://valleyroyals.ca/ltad-long-term-athlete-development-and-athlete-pathways/ for details


Updated December 2022