To all the athletes and parents of Junior Development,

We are hoping to devise a weekly session for our athletes in place of the usual Wednesday sessions to try and maintain the fitness and conditioning of our athletes. Each week one of our coaches will devise a session which will be emailed to parents on Wednesdays. We will try and devise it so it will conform to the restrictions according to what has been implemented by the Government at that time. This week’s advice is to not train in groups but remain within your family unit.

Please find the link below to access weekly planned sessions which have been designed by our very own coaches. Please do follow the Government guidelines when doing the sessions which is currently not training in groups and a maximum number of two which must be from the same household. 

This weeks session is devised by Tom Cochrane who I’m sure you all know, and holds a lifetime membership both at BAC and Beith Harriers. Tom joined BAC 36 years ago as a level 3 coach and veteran athlete and has coached at County, National and International level.

Tom first started athletics by chance October 1953. He and his friend had been asked by the church youth fellowship to purchase a record player for the group. This involved a 20 mile journey by bus to Glasgow. Once they had completed the purchase, after arriving home Tom’s friend asked what he was doing for the rest of the day as he was going to Beith Harriers, and asked if he would like to come along. This was the start of his athletic career which now stands at 67yrs. 

Athletic achievements. 

Tom has competed at County, District, National and International Level, competing for Scotland twice in The European Cross Country Champs. 

Tom has also won the Ayrshire County and the South West Scotland Cross Country Champs an impressive 6 times. In addition to this Tom has also represented the British Combined Services [ Army, Navy & Air Force] during his National Service in an International Military Cross Country race in Germany.


Tom’s session is best viewed in the PDF which you can find here.

 Best wishes we hope you are all keeping well,

From all of the Coaches at Junior Development