A little bit of background on some of the Club’s coaches, both for running and for triathlon:
UKA level 2 – Endurance (2004)
Tim has been running marathons since 1983 and has completed over 50. After running sub 3 at London in 2002, Tim has tended to concentrate his racing in Ireland to ensure adequate rehydration after a marathon. Although never top 3 placed, Tim has achieved several top 10 placings and some age group wins. Perhaps the most prestigious was as winner of the Supervet title at the Police National Marathon Championships at Cardiff in 2005. Before he retires, Tim’s ambition is to run every marathon course in Ireland.
Tim has been advised by Mike Gratton and Irish 800m International Mark Byrne in the past and has trained with Commonwealth Marathon Bronze Medallist Keith Anderson. As a junior coach, he worked with Herts Pheonix under the watchful eye of Adrian Newman, before qualifying for level 2 in 2004. Tim has helped runners win marathons, achieve age group wins and places and numerous pbs, some at marathon distance, but many at target races leading up to the main event.
Now working with Viv law to provide bespoke marathon training at the Club, the Saturday coached sessions and Friday track session
UKA level 2 – Endurance (2008)
Viv has competed in several marathons since 2004 plus Ultramarathons including the Comrades and Two Oceans in South Africa. She has also competed in triathlons for the last 4 years, taking part in the UK Ironman in 2009.
Viv, along with Tim Kelly provides tailored marathon schedules to runners and has helped several runners to marathon pbs. She has helped run the beginners course along with Christine Haynes.
Viv coaches the juniors on Saturday mornings helped by Jim and Mike. She takes the occasional coached sessions on Tuesday evenings in addition to the Saturday morning sessions and Friday evenings at Mark Hall, Harlow track.
UKA level 1 (2010)
John has run marathons – Edinburgh 2008, London in 2009 and 2010, Abingdon 2011 and Barcelona 2012, ultras – the Fairlands Valley 50k 2011, the Cotswold Ultra 2012 and the Comrades Marathon 2012 in South Africa plus various half-marathons, 10ks, 5ks cross-country and fell races.
Delivery of specific sessions based on schedules developed by Level 2 coaches.
John regularly takes the coached sessions on Tuesday plus occasional Saturday morning sessions.
Areas of Interest
Sports science and research and its practical application; barefoot/minimalist running.
BTF Level 1 Coach
Pete has been a Triathlete now for 5 years. His first race was a sprint triathlon at a local event called Walden Tri and from that moment onwards he was hooked. Quite naturally he progressed and increased the distance on events, eventually finding himself tackling the long distance triathlon (Ironman) down in Sherborne. This was the home of UK Ironman until 2009 when it moved to Bolton.
In 2010 he rode the length of the country from Lands end to John O’Groats (LEJOG) in 7 days. This was an average of 125 miles a day taking between 10 -12 hours each day with stops. This was a very exciting / rewarding adventure and one recommended to anyone to do if they get the opportunity to do it.
Pete’s key areas of training for Triathlon are the biking sections including transition training (T1 & T2). This covers all the aspects of biking including the mounting / dismounting, cornering, climbing and descending techniques required within triathlons. Once a month brick sessions are held which are the combination of a bike / run, these are put in to show people how to train to the best of their ability and how to make the most of a double training session. A basic bike maintenance course is held showing how to change a punctured tyre and the checks needed to the bike before a race.
Training sessions held over the year are Turbo training (indoor cycling) during the winter and outdoor bike interval sessions during the summer months on quiet local roads.