Coaching

At Bitton Road Runners we have a friendly group of coaches, who are here to provide help and advice to everyone – no matter what age or ability.

When not affected by Covid regulation, group sessions will run from the clubhouse, every Tuesday and Thursday evening, starting at 7pm. They run throughout the year and include: Tempo, Interval, Fartlek, Track, Hills and Kenyan Hills


In addition, our coaches are available for one-to-one coaching or mentoring - and can provide you with any assistance to achieve your own personal running goals.

Please approach any member of the Coaching Team for assistance – we are all here to help you.

The following schedules detail the Tuesday track and Speed Endurance Sessions, as well as a Strength & Conditioning plan, information on rating of perceived effort and information on building a training plan. Click on the link or icon to download the schedule. Please note track sessions start at 19:00 prompt so please try to arrive by 18:45 - see here for track rules.

Please let us know if there is any subject you would like covered, or would like to contribute yourself.


Speed Endurance Sessions Summer 2021
Speed Endurance Sessions Summer 2021

Runners Boot Camp 2021
Runners Boot Camp 2021

Speed and Strength 2021
Speed and Strength 2021

Speed Endurance Schedule
Speed Endurance Schedule

Whitehall Speed Work Schedule
Whitehall Speed Work Schedule

Running Development Schedule
Running Development Schedule

Strength & Conditioning
Strength & Conditioning

Rating of Perceived Exertion
Rating of Perceived Exertion

Coaching Corner
Coaching Corner

Tried and Tested Endurance Sessions
Tried and Tested Endurance Sessions

Coaches bio

Below you will find more information on our individual coaches.
Just click on the coaches names and the sessions they regularly lead for more information.

I came to running in my late twenties, which is quite late compared with many, having been inspired by watching Paula Radcliffe running the Bristol Half Marathon on TV.
After running with a friend for a few months, she persuaded me to give it a proper go - and I ran my first ever race (one of the Bitton 5K series) in May 2006.
I was immediately hooked – and joined BRR a short while later.
The Club Coaches provided me with superb help and guidance from the start – and I soon realised I would like to be able to offer help and advice to others.
Thus, I became a fully qualified running coach only 2 years after I joined BRR – and I was then extremely proud to take on the role of Head Coach a few years later.
I consider myself incredibly lucky to work with our team of knowledgeable and inspirational coaches - and to be able to offer tailored individual solutions to runners of all levels, from beginners to elites.
Much as I love running myself, my greatest buzz by far is hearing how my advice or guidance has helped another Bitton member achieve a personal running milestone – and I genuinely get as much satisfaction from helping a complete beginner achieve their first running target, as I do from coaching an elite runner to another PB time.
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I have been running since 1983. I have been coaching and mentoring for more than 20 years.
I set up a workplace running club (The Environment Agency Harriers - now Defra Harriers). I have coached/mentored people from complete beginners to a world record holder.

My best of bests: 5 miles = 27'30; 10k = 34'34; half marathon = 1'16'40

I have been a member of Bitton Road Runners for about 5 years and coaching for 1½ years.
When I moved to Bristol and didn’t know many people (and couldn’t run!) BRR was great to get me out running, meeting people and making friends. I have since raced 100’s of races over the last few years – usually more ‘interesting’ events such as 24 hour events, obstacle courses, ultra-marathons and more. I love coaching Hills and speed endurance sessions, where I see members improving and enjoying themselves in equal quantities.

I have been running for about 2½ years, starting at BRR with their Couch to 5K programme, and part of the coaching team for the last year or so.
As I started running with the club as part of the C25K programme that the club runs, the coaches from there and their time and help during and after this time inspired me to take my athletics qualification’s, to help the club as much as possible, where I can. Within BRR coaching I have enjoyed coaching the running development group, and the hills sessions the club runs. As part of this I have worked with various athlete’s in the club, of all abilities and speeds to try to help them enjoy and improve their running, achieve any goals and embrace different kinds of training to help towards these goals. I am also passionate about the part that running (and exercise) can play in improving individual’s mental health, and hope to be part of the clubs mental health ambassadors going forward.

Running with Bitton Road Runners for 21 years and a level 2 coach for 17yrs
Group leader for 12:00-12:30 mile group incorporating fartleks and hills into a 4 mile run. Aim is for runners to progress up to 11:00 minute miles in the next group up.

Coach for Walk – Run group.
I have always been involved in sport in one form or another. I came to running late in my sporting life.
Like you reading this I had never ventured to want to go to a running club has I knew I was slow and not fit. I joined BRR and views change almost immediately. I was made to feel welcome and the rest is history.
I have been a coach with BRR now for 7 years. When you run with the group I want you to enjoy it that is paramount you must want to do it and enjoy it.
Distance & speed and technique will come later. Everyone is welcome

In my sporting life, I have played Rugby for both Cornwall & Army. I was a kick Boxing instructor for 18 years and still a Black Belt 3rd Dan. Since joining BRR I have done an Ultra Marathon – Half Marathons - 10k & 5k I am also into Sprint Triathlons.
I am proud of the walk Run group because it is great to see people who started with this group now running for the Club in club races and progressing into their own goals regarding what they want from both the club and their running goals.
No matter what your ability come along and see what you can achieve my Motto is "P.M.A. Positive Mental Attitude".

Coaching assistant, EA guide runners.
Favourite distance 10k.
Have ran all distances from 5k to ultras.
average pace group 8½ min./mile.
Favourite runs trail runs

Coaches

Head Coach & Athletics Coach
Hugh Burchard
Athletics Coach
Sue Hewitt
Athletics Coach
Chris Brown
Athletics Coach
Janet Brown
Athletics Coach
Mike Blackmore
Athletics Coach
Steve Herring
Coaching Assistant
Neil Evans
Coaching Assistant
Andy Blacker
Coaching Assistant
Will Ganley
Coaching Assistant
Jake Hayes
Coaching Assistant
Andy Billet
Coaching Assistant
Mark Galt
Coaching Assistant
James Wade
Coaching Assistant
Terry Davis
Leadership in Running Fitness
Lynne Pitts
Leadership in Running Fitness
Pat Harley
Leadership in Running Fitness
Alyson Colman
Leadership in Running Fitness
Dave Colman
Leadership in Running Fitness
Amanda Britton
Leadership in Running Fitness
Joan Gibson
Leadership in Running Fitness
Dave Britton
Leadership in Running Fitness
Katy Shoesmith
Leadership in Running Fitness
Rob Kingdon
Leadership in Running Fitness

External Links

The following websites contain useful and interesting articles and information for coaching and training.

Brian Mac - Sports Coach

McMillan Running

Cool Running

Videos

Running Warm Up [YouTube]

After Run Warm Down Bitton Style [YouTube]