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RAISING YOUR AMBITION

ANYONE CAN TRY ALTITUDE TRAINING, BUT HOW AND WHEN YOU DO IT IS CRUCIAL TO ITS SUCCESS. EILISH McCOLGAN GIVES HER TOP TIPS
Altitude: not about training hard but training smart
MARK SHEARMAN

SCROLL through the rankings of the world’s top distance athletes and you would struggle to find one who doesn’t include high-altitude training within their regular programme. Whether it is in the form of training camps or simulated through the use of altitude tents, almost all top athletes use the thinner air at high altitude to gain those valuable extra performance percentages.

But wide availability of training camps and high-tech devices mean that it’s no longer exclusively available to the elite. Any athlete of any level who wishes to improve their performance can try it, but it’s no magic bullet and should be approached with caution. I started visiting high-altitude training bases in 2013 and, to be honest, it can be a double-edged sword. Although it’s helped to produce some of my fastest times on the track, it’s also led to my most disappointing year, one sabotaged with illness and injury.

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THE BIG FEATURE 16 ASBEL KIPROP Kenyan supermiler reflects on his indifferent 2016 season ACTION 34 ENGLISH CROSS RELAYS AFD win half the races in Berry Hill Park as Andy Vernon and Steph Twell star SPOTLIGHT 20 ATHLETES OF THE YEAR The time has come to place your votes in the 2016 Athletics Weekly survey PERFORMANCE 26 Sports science news 28 The principles of altitude training 30 Perfect push-ups for athletes 31 Nutrition – soup up your diet 32 Products – the best running tights NEWS 6 Lottery-funded athletes announced 10 Jack Braughton obituary 12 Stars on Futures funding 14 British athletics writers name 2016 award winners RESULTS & FIXTURES 42 Results, including World Masters and New York City Marathon 57 What’s On – events listings PREVIEWS 56 Previews of the Masters International and Milton Keynes Cross Challenge REGULARS 61 Quiz – test your knowledge 62 Dip Finish