The HBAC coaching team consists of many UK Athletics qualified Coaches, Assistants and Leaders in Running Fitness. The coaches below are regular attendees on training nights. If you are new to the club, please look out for one of these faces and they will welcome you to the group.
The Coaching Team
Dan has been coaching for just over 18 months and is the HBAC head coach.
He took up running in 2011 as a way to keep fit but soon fell in love with the sport. For him running is about enjoyment and is for everybody; whether you are racing, running for fitness or just enjoying the social side of running. In particular Dan gets great satisfaction from his C25k (couch to 5K) groups and seeing many athletes progressing from not running at all to completing a 5k in 11 weeks. In 2017 he was particularly pleased to achieve PB's in 4 different distances and was delighted to finally run the London marathon under 3 hours with a time of 2:58:26. His goals for 2018 are to stay injury free and he is again training for the London Marathon.
Coach in Running Fitness
Andy has been a club member of Haslemere Border AC since 2011. Since then, he has had many roles within the club including Club Chairman, Cross Country Captain and an Assistant Coach. In June 2018, Andy qualified as a Coach in Running Fitness. Andy starting running in 2007 when he ran his first 10k Race, since then he fell in love with running, racing many 10k’s, half marathons and 5 marathons including London twice, Glencoe, South Downs and Boston UK.
Andy’s has set himself a goal of getting close his 10K PB of 44 minutes and also in the future would like to run a marathon under 4hrs.
Clair joined the club in April 2015 after completing her first Great South Run in October 2014. Since then she had run numerous 10K, Half Marathons and even a Marathon….. something which she said she'd would never do!!
She took a Leader in Running Fitness course in May 2016 and progressed to Assistant Coach in November 2017, where she regularly assists the coaches in delivering the sessions. Clair also helps out with the HBAC Cross Country and our home races we host.
Juniors Head Coach
Paul qualified as an Athletics Coach in 2011 so that the club could set up the Junior section; prior to that he used to develop running sessions for the seniors. In order that we could expand the junior section he took further qualifications in Sprints and Hurdles, Jumps and Throws for the event group specialists ( athletes over 14 years of age).
Prior to becoming a coach Paul was a keen athlete and runner covering distances of 400m up to the marathon, clocking sub 3 hour times for the latter; he says "as old age and injury took over preventing me from training as much as I used to, it enabled me to give something back to the sport and become a coach".
Paul also takes the much loved senior ‘supersets’ sessions during the summer.
Dave joined HBAC in 1995 and has been involved in a number of roles, with his current position of Athletics Coach being what he has enjoyed the most. As a senior he was part of the Men's Track and Field team and in his own words "pretty awful at throwing and jumping events". Running has always been his passion with his 10k PB 37 mins, and being involved in the clubs' Get Up and Run program is one of the most rewarding aspects of coaching he has experienced.
Juniors Endurance Coach
Alex is the endurance coach for the over 11s group. Joining HBAC in 2010 as a way to keep fit outdoors, improve her running and meet like minded running buddies, she has competed in many races such as 10ks ( PB of 42mins 34 sec), 5 marathons and one Ultra. She assisted in the start up of the HBAC junior section in 2012, became an assistant coach in athletics in 2014 and then a coach in running fitness in 2016 after noticing that there was a lot of interest from over 11s and as such forming an endurance group.
She loves seeing children getting fit and active and no matter what their ability, says that "it is great to see them participating and having fun, whilst at the same time challenging themselves".
Juniors Endurance Coach
Jules has been with the club for many years and has previously been a Coaching Assistant for the over 11s group Endurance group. In February 2019 she qualified in Endurance Coaching.
She has always enjoyed running and has completed several marathons, half marathons, 10k as well as being a regular park runner. In recent years she has also taken up road cycling and has attempted a few triathlons as well as completing Ride London several times and even managed to swim the Serpentine. She loves being part of the Juniors Endurance coaching team and enjoys motivating the children to continually develop and improve as well as building their self confidence
Issy has been a member of the club for over 10 years. She started to help out at the club first as an “Assistant Coach”, then qualified as a “Run Leader”, and has recently qualified as as a “Coach in Running Fitness”. Issy enjoys coaching both the juniors and the seniors at the club.
Issy has raced in every distance from 5km to Ultra marathons, and Sprint distance Triathlon through to a full Ironman in July this year. She has also represented GB in the Age Group Olympic distance world championships in triathlon, the Age Group world championships in Aquathlon, and the Age Group European Championships in Duathlon; as if that wasn't enough, Issy has completed over 40 marathons, and she says the one she most enjoyed was New York, as the atmosphere was amazing, even better than London.
Issy says what she loves most about coaching is seeing runners of ages achieve their goals, whether it’s a Park Run or a Marathon.