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When you are hurdling, try to stride smoothly over each hurdle. If you just jump over each hurdle, you will waste energy by going too high and you will have to slow down and speed up for each hurdle. The illustration below shows an ideal action

- the lead leg stretches out straight over the hurdle

- the opposite hand comes up to a position almost as if you were
looking at a watch on your wrist

- you drive off the back leg which then tucks up flat underneath
you as you go over the hurdle

- you land with your body above the landing foot


It takes a lot of practice, but you can try to improve each of the steps one at a time. If you want to see a great example of hurdling, have a look at Jessica Ennis :-

I   I look forward to seeing you again - we may even have a chance to do some more hurdles training before the end of the year.

Roger Stone