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Coaching

Remote Running Coaching from Running Trips

One - to - One

Professional

Runners of all Levels

Online Coaching

Contact us now to discover if our coaches are a good fit you and your running

The expertise of the Running Trips team is available to you year-round via our Remote Running Coaching Service. 

Our mission at Running Trips Coaching is to provide runners of all levels with the elite level of coaching experienced by professional athletes.

 

Meet our Remote Coaching Team

Gavin Smith

Running Coach
Founder Kenya Experience & Training Focus Camps

From 2011 to 2014 Gavin coached for the Global Sports Communications (GSC) in Iten Kenya.  As Assistant Coach, Gavin coached a group of elite Kenyan runners including 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Abel Kirui and multiple World Champion Florence Kiplagat under the guidance of Head Coach Renato Canova. 

After proving his value to the team, Gavin went on to act as Head Coach for other members of the GSC team including world junior steeplechase champion Gladys Kipkemoi and Junior star Brillian Kipkoech. 

Having returned to the UK, Gavin went on to lead a small team of elite runners in the UK including Lee Merrien and John Beattie and was recognised by the national governing body British Athletics and was included in their British Athletics National Coach Development Program plus (NCDP+) from 2014 – 2015.

Learn more about Gavin in his full profile by clicking on the photo above

Callum Jones 

Running Coach
Assistant Coach Training Focus Camps & Kenya Experience

Callum Jones works on our Remote Running Coaching Service and is Assistant Coach on our Training Focus Camps and Kenya Experience camps. Callum is a qualified UK Athletics Coach and has experience coaching elite and non-elite runners. As well as Callum’s extensive knowledge and support, his coached athletes have the additional benefit of being able to tap into the knowledge of the world-class coaches Callum works with on our training camps.

Learn more about Callum in his full profile by clicking on the photo above

Tom Boardman

Running Coach

Tom is an experienced and highly skilled running coach who works with runners of all levels. Tom brings a wealth of experience to the team with more than 2 decades in the sport where he has excelled as both an athlete and coach. As a junior, Tom represented Great Britain at the World Cross Country championships before attending Butler University in the USA on an athletics scholarship and he continues to train and race at a high level to this day. 

In his professional career, Tom has been coaching athletes from middle distance to the marathon and everything in between since 2006. He is a qualified TASS Athlete Lifestyle Support practitioner and manages the England Athletics Youth Talent Program based out of Loughborough University. Managing and mentoring elite young athletes has given Tom a range of transferable skills that he has successfully brought into his private coaching. 

With us, your relationship with your coach will suit your needs as a runner. We don’t have a set formula or packages imposing limits on how often you can contact your coach. That’s not how coaching works at the elite level and it’s not how we will coach you. 

Your coaching relationship is a two-way communication between yourself and your coach and is on an as-required basis. Every athlete is different and how we coach you will be different from how we coach another runner. One size fits all does not work when it comes to maximising a runners potential and our remote coaching service reflects this. 

Our emphasis is on providing a top-level service for our runners and therefore, our coaches work with only a limited number of athletes, ensuring that each athlete receives the necessary and appropriate level of attention. 

You will receive your training program via TrainingPeaks or FinalSurge, and the communication between you and your coach is then individual to you. For most runners this means frequent WhatsApp messages, but if you prefer to call, voicenote or email your coach that is fine. This is about what works for you. 

In addition to coaching, our coaches are all competitive runners themselves and are coached remotely. They understand and appreciate the value of remote online coaching and have seen the positive impact it has had on their running. 

Callum’s coach Hugo van den Broek is based in Iten Kenya. Gavin and Tom are both coached by Alex Hains, who lives close by. However, family and work lives mean that they are rarely in the same place at the same time and most of the coaching is done via WhatsApp and phone calls.

Online Coaching

Monthly £150

Want to Learn More?

The best way to learn more about us and see if our approach to coaching will suit you is to get in touch and have an informal chat. There’s no sales pitch, this is about helping people improve their running so it needs to be a two-way relationship. Have a chat by email or arrange a call and if things click we can progress. There’s no minimum sign up period, just a simple flat charge payable on a rolling monthly basis.

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