ASICS Super Six 2011: The Selection Day

Find out what happened at the first ever ASICS Super Six Selection Day, as we met 40 contenders vying for a place in the 2011 ASICS Super Six


Posted: 6 January 2011

Runner's World & ASICS

After receiving over 1100 applications for the ASICS Super Six 2011, we invited 40 lucky Runner's World readers to a Selection Day in Birmingham on Saturday December 4. The aim of the day was to whittle down our contenders further to a final shortlist of 18 runners. A week of frantic voting on runnersworld.co.uk followed as site members chose the ASICS Super Six 2011 final line-up.

ON THE DAY

  • The Runner's World and ASICS team split 37 attendees into three groups based on pace. Each group took on three sessions during the day.
  • ASICS Super Six coaches Steve Smythe and Bud Baldaro led the runners through two track sessions - an interval session and a marathon pace session (check out our exclusive videos of the sessions below).
  • ASICS PRO Team physio Sarah Connors analysed the contenders' flexibility, injury history and potential injury risks.
  • Finally, an ASICS technician gave each runner a gait analysis and offered advice on choosing running shoes.

THE SELECTION DAY EXPERTS

Steve Smythe
Steve worked at Runner's World for 10 years and took over the marathon schedules when Bruce Tulloh retired from writing them. Steve has run more than 60 marathons and as well as holding a PB of 2:29, he has also won a British marathon title in his age group. As far as his coaching record goes - he's helped one runner to British international level over the marathon distance and another to a British age-group record.
Bud Baldaro
Former national marathon coach and ASICS PRO Team member Bud Baldaro has more than 20 years' experience of coaching athletes at all levels, works as a mentor for England Athletics and is athletics coach to the University of Birmingham team. Bud has coached Olympians, Commonwealth medallists, World and European champions and several UK record breakers.
Sarah Connors
Sarah Connors is a chartered physiotherapist who has specialised in treating track and field athletes for the last 20 years. She has worked for the British Athletics Team and was lead physio for the English Institute of Sport in London before setting up a successful sports injuries clinic.

 

GET CLOSER TO THE ACTION

Check out our videos from the ASICS Super Six Selection Day - a montage of the day, followed by in-depth looks at both of the track sessions our runners undertook:



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PHOTO GALLERY

Discover more with our gallery of photos from the Selection Day

EXPERT ADVICE FROM THE ASICS PRO TEAM

Get the best out of your running with these five essential stretches from Sarah Connors, ASICS PRO Team Physiotherapist:

Thomas Stretch
Hip Flexors
The Bridge
The Plank
Backward Walking

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