Running Coaching

Imagine being able to run where you feel light on your feet, everything is flowing, it feels effortless and you don’t keep getting injured.

Ok, I can’t guarantee that you won’t get injured but I can guarantee everything else. Let me help you perform at your best.

What is running coaching?

Running coaching isn’t a specialist thing limited to elite athletes. Running coaching is about helping you perform at your best and become the runner you want to be.

Whether you’re training for a marathon, want to be able to run without continually breaking down through injury or want to get to the end of the street without feeling breathless, I can help you.

Who’s it for?

My running coaching is aimed at runners of all levels. I work with runners in person or online via video call.

Here are some of the people I’m currently working with:

  • “Running constantly feels hard and I don’t feel like I’m making any progress. Help!”
  • “Every time I build up my training, I get injured and it’s really frustrating”
  • “I’ve got a marathon coming up and I want to be able to run a good time but also enjoy it”
  • “I’ve had a series of injuries, would like to be able to run again but I fear I’m going to get injured again”

You may feel like you’re a hopeless case, I don’t. Let me help you get your mojo back again and get back to enjoying your runs

How does it work?

  1. We have a discovery video call/meeting to discuss your goals, current training, any target races. 
  2. I have a look at your running either face to face or via a video clip of yourself to check on your form and I will suggest what we can work on and create the plan to help achieve it.
  3. I will create a training plan to help train your body to be able to run the way you want it to
  4. We can discuss monthly targets that are achievable and create a plan, highlight some key sessions with things for you to focus on.
  5. We catch up in a month to review your plan, get feedback on how you feel then progress your plan for the next month
Book Your Discovery Call

Running Coaching

  • Video Analysis Of Your Running
  • Monthly Video Calls To Review, Set Targets And Progress Your Plan
  • Personalised Training Plan
  • Personalised Conditioning Plan to compliment your training plan and help you make your running feel easier
I came to Steve after a long period of injury and wanted some help to achieve my long standing dream of running a sub 3.15 marathon. It was my first time using a coach so I had no idea what to expect! What I got was a month by month programme that was quite challenging but really got me training in a different way and allowed my body to reach its peak at just the right time.

Steve always gave good feedback and was very encouraging – even when I was beating myself up. We had 4 weekly catch up calls to reflect on how things were going and he was always responsive with any email exchange in between times. One of Steve’s key sessions are his form drills. It took me a while to get the hang of them but they have absolutely helped my underlying speed no end (I am not a naturally fast runner) – but I suddenly found myself smashing out great 5k times. The long Sunday runs were more structured and did have a focus on pace – these were challenging but, again, key to help me get to where I needed to be.

The outcome? I only got a marathon PB of……….3 hours and 13 minutes! Oh. And a 5k PB of 20 minutes along the way in the training cycle.  They say age is just a number but the most miraculous aspect of all this? I’m 51!!! Yet Steve has now made me feel that I am capable of more.

Always patient, always positive and always constructive – Steve has helped me so much. Unfortunately he’s created a bit of a monster!!!

Kate Marchant
I first met Steve when he was pacing at Perth parkrun. He was pacing 26 minutes, and helped me get under 26 for the first time. Subsequently I followed him on twitter, and liked the grounded and no-nonsense advice he would give to runners of all abilities in the regular runchats online.
I’m not a fast runner, but I do really enjoy running, have been running since 2013, and steadily increasing the challenges from 5km to 10km, and finally to a couple of half-marathons. But this year I really wanted to do the marathon distance. It was a very personal goal of mine, and my over-riding concern was that I didn’t want any of the training, or the actual event itself to harm my love of running….I’d heard some horror stories!
I approached Steve and asked him if he’d be willing to coach me remotely, and he agreed. Right from the start, he tailored all of his coaching to my needs. He got details of when I like to run, what other exercise I do, which bits of me give up first on a long run, and a short video of me running so he could see where the habits are, and created a plan just for me. He also prepared a number of exercises for me to do to strengthen hips, and work out little niggles, these were absolutely invaluable. He checked in on me regularly to ask how I was adapting to the runs, the volume, the form drills. The form drills were the best bit, he talked me through how I should be feeling during them without worrying about pace. He built them up sensibly, meaning that by the day itself, I knew I could trust my legs to move smoothly, and in a controlled way. It also did wonders for my parkrun times, knocking 1 and a half minutes off my time for that particular version of the course at my local run!
The most important part was Steve encouraged me to get to know what my pace actually feels like, weaning me off my dependence on the garmin. His tactics for starting to build up the long runs made me excited to go out and do them, made them fun, but also made me see that the time it takes to cover certain distances can be done in a steady way.
I loved my training, and the marathon itself was a fantastic day that I’m still buzzing from and have signed up for the ballot as I want to do it all over again!
Helen Walden