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Jo Ankier's guide to the steeplechase
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Jo Ankier
Revealing the secrets of steeplechase
Hi, I'm Jo Ankier and I'm one of Britain's top steeplechasers. This is my guide.

The 3,000m steeplechase is seven-and-a-half laps of endurance running, with four hurdles and a water jump on every lap.

Watch my masterclass:

There are three key areas to work on:

  • Endurance - It's really important to build up your endurance by doing lots of long runs and track sessions. Seven-and-half laps is a long way if you haven't trained enough.

  • Hurdles - A good hurdling technique will get you a long way, so make sure you work on this two or three times a week - and don't forget that water jump.

  • Mental toughness - It's a long way to run with obstacles all around the route, so make sure you're mentally prepared and fully focused.




Ankier's facts
Born: 5 August 1982, Edgware
Height: 1.70m
Club: Shaftesbury Barnet
Coach: Bryan Smith



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