Coaches

We have scoured the globe for our coaches and have got a great international crew on board to help you reach your goals. All are trained and certified and also continue to compete in their chosen disciplines.

Catherine Newman New Forest Weekends

A UKA qualified coach in Running Fitness, a previous GB international and currently British V50 10 mile champion, Cathy is based in the SW of England.

Cathy has been running for over 40 years and started coaching through the WRN in 2007. Cathy is coach for her local running club as well as helping individuals with personal training plans and leading groups of complete beginners. She has a particular interest in training camps and altitude training and has been to High Altitude training camps in Kenya, Ethiopia, Font Romeu and Boulder.
She donates all the money she receives from coaching to athletes in Ethiopia.

Sarah Gardiner- New Forest Weekends

Sarah is a UKA qualified coach and leads several weekly running groups. She is a qualified L3 Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist and works for England Athletics in a project management role, developing the skills of leaders and coaches and growing the running community in key areas. Sarah is a late starter with running having decided at the age of 29 and being inactive, to running the London Marathon in 2003; she did it at a respectable 4:29 despite only starting exercising a few months before! Sarah has a background of working within public order within the Police Service and has since leaving has set up her own coaching and personal training business.
Sarah will be completing her 20th Marathon soon; race times have improved and some age group win which allows running to continue to be one of many sports Sarah takes part in. Sarah specialises in working with new and developing runners. She uses a wide variety of training methods to help people become better runners, and believes in strengthening the body to have a foundation for running and to avoid injuries. Sarah uses a variety of different coaching methods to help you identify and develop your running.

Valeria Sesto New Forest Weekends

In her late 30’s already a mother of 2 children Valeria Sesto (originally for Argentina) discovered a passion & talent for running. Starting with a half marathon to get fit after child birth she went on at the age of 41 to become the 50 k.m National Ultra Marathon Champion with a time of 3 hours 36 mins. Her many achievements to date include 7th in the World Ultra Marathon Championships (Nov 2014), 3rd in her age group in the London Marathon 2015 with a time of 2:49 and winner of numerous other local and international races of varying distances. She is currently training for the Berlin Marathon at the end of September 2015.
However Valeria’s personal achievements pale into insignificance compared to her dedication to those she trains.“My motivation is to inspire and help others to give it a go and realise it is never too late to reach out for their potential.”
As a level 3 running coach and personal trainer Valeria will guide you and set you on track to achieve your personal running aims.

Holly Rush, Running Coach

A relative late-comer to running, Holly has progressed from self-confessed fun runner to Championship level marathoner having represented England at the Commonwealth Games in Dehli (8th place), Bronze medal at the World Mountain Trail Championships 2013 and forming part of the bronze medal winning marathon team for G.B at the European Championships in 2010. She has also won Edinburgh marathon and numerous half marathons. This year she competed in her first ultra race, coming 7th and winning a coveted Gold medal in the Comrades Marathon in South Africa.
Holly manages to combine international level training with working full time whilst being coached by her husband Martin Rush. Holly is a Saucony athlete and ambassador.
Alongside her own training and racing, Holly is fully qualified as a sports masseur and personal trainer and through her own experiences of running, can relate to runners of all abilities and experience.

Karl Zeiner, Running Coach

Karl has been an endurance athlete for over 25 years and has competed in long distance running and triathlon events since 2000. He has gradually increased the distances he has competed in from the half marathon through to the 135 mile Ring O Fire Ultra marathon and from sprint triathlon to Double Ironman with his highest placed finishes being a 4th (Ultra) and a 5th place (Double Iron). He is known for his very efficient running style. In 2009 he decided to help others achieve their goals in endurance sport and started his own coaching business focusing on improving his athletes technique and efficiency to keep training more consistent. He has taken numerous athletes from a wide variety of age groups to their first marathon, ultra marathon or Ironman

Alex Stein - Yoga Coach

Alex started practising yoga at the age of 7, inspired by her Grandmother. She is a trained YTT 200 in the school of Integrated Yoga Therapy. This uses yoga as a primary vehicle to promote health and healing at a physical, emotional, and spiritual level by putting our physical and spiritual bodies back in their proper alignment. She has designed specific yoga sessions for runners which focus on strengthening and easing the muscle groups which are over-stretched by running. She offers tools to create sustainability in the practice by targeting problem areas like hamstrings, tight hips and foot alignment. Alex is also a runner with various half marathons under her belt, and power walks along the beach every morning.

Cor De Jonge, Core Strengthening Coach

Cor is a qualified physiotherapist and has practised all over the world including in Iceland, Florida, Holland and now Marrakech. He combines physiotherapy with his work as a fitness instructor and trainer specialising in core strengthening. He started his sports career as a junior in track and field and has been passionate about running and fitness all his life. His core and stretching workouts are always different and designed to strengthen and lengthen.
One of his great challenges as coach is to motivate people to experience the joy and benefits of taking part in sport and to make it a part of their lifestyle.

Lydia Rosling (right) New Forest Weekends Coach

Lydia a graduate in Sports Performance (2011) is passionate about sport and motivated by helping others achieve their goals.
Lydia competed for Great Britain in Modern Pentathlon (running, swimming, shooting, horse riding and fencing) for six years. Through this she travelled the world and discovered a love for the simplicity of running and exploring scenic locations. She is now a Sports Performance specialist with qualifications in triathlon training, fitness instructing and athletics. Lydia focuses on improving technique through a mixture of cross-training and killer strength and conditioning sessions! Her positive attitude and love for exercise are sure to mean you will leave Epic Running weekends with both physical and mental benefits.

Marty Yardley - Running coach

Marty spent 22 years as a Royal Marines Commando Physical Training Instructor. He has not only served around the world in every kind of terrain and condition, but has also competed in 52 marathons and over 250 half marathons. He has taken on the toughest endurance events there are, including the Marathon des Sables. He represented Great Britain in the Extreme Arctic Challenge multi-day multi-discipline race and came 4th. He is a fully qualified Personal Trainer and also finds the time to run his own business, weight loss and fitness boot camps. He enjoys motivating, encouraging and passing his knowledge on to people. He thrives on a challenge and is extremely competitive.