Douglas Community School athletes headed for warmer climates at Easter on their annual warm weather training camp in Monte Gordo in Portugal. A total of 12 people travelled and all had a great 11 days in the sun. The athletes trained each day and twice some days doing a range of training including easy runs, drills, strides, core work, hurdle drills, long runs, track sessions and hill sprints. Coach Steven Macklin commented: “Overall it was a superb 11-day camp with some great training done, plenty of laughs, new friendships made and some much needed rest and relaxation. Thanks also to the group of athletes who were extremely well-behaved, focused, and put in a big effort at all training sessions. These guys all have a big future if they remain grounded and keep putting in the consistent injury-free and healthy weeks of training.“A great and important part of these camps is the athletes interaction with other athletes from Ireland and the different countries. Our group mingled with Irish groups from DSD, Leevale, North Sligo and Mullingar, as well as athletes from Sweden and England. Our training was focused on laying a foundation for the up-coming track season and keeping a lid on things for now. It is a long track season and there’s plenty of time to add a roof to the foundations. I also had the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with each of the athletes and discuss the past XC season and future plans. The athletes are looking forward to their season opener at the Cork and South Munster Championships in a weeks time. Hopefully it will be a memorable season for all and our camp in Monte Gordo certainly sets us on the right path”.