Field Running Distances – Ashley Jones

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Just a guide for distances if you are limited only to running on a rugby field, based on a 100m length and a 70m width, you can get a variety of distances and patterns, you can also use the “Cards of Death” and place each different run on the back of a business card and draw them out at random as the runs for the session.

All distances are based on Pythagoras formula, A squared + B squared = C squared and are rounded up or down to the nearest whole number for convenience. Hopefully my math will hold up but please check if you feel so inclined.

Rectangles

Full Field = 340 metres

¾ Field = 296 metres

½ Field = 240 metres

¼ Field = 184 metres

Triangles

Full ie; corner flag to middle of far posts to corner flag to start point = 282 metres

¾ ie; corner flag to middle of far 22m line to corner flag to start point= 241 metres

½ ie; corner flag to mid point on 50 m line to corner flag to start point = 192 metres

¼ ie; corner flag to mid point of near 22 m line to corner flag to start point = 153 metres

Diagonals

Corner post to junction of near 22 m line and side line = 73 metres

Corner post to junction of 50 m line and side line = 86 metres

Corner post to junction of far 22 m line and side line = 105 metres

Corner to corner = 122 metres

Coat Hanger

Start at junction of 50 m line and side line sprint around goal post then around far goal post and finish at start point = 217 metres depending on arc around goal posts

Rugby Field Suicide Drill a la Basketball

Try line to near 22m to try line to 50m to try line to far 22m to try line to far try line back to start = 500 metres

Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones specialist in the physical preparation of rugby athletes. He has worked with professional sports teams that include Sydney Kings, Newcastle Knights, Parramatta Eels, Northern Eagles, Crusaders, New Zealand All Blacks, and Australian Wallabies. Irish by Ancestry, Australian by Birth, Japanese by Accident and a Kiwi by Choice.

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