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.
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; as old age and injury took over preventing me from training as much as he used to, it enabled me to ‘give something back’ to the sport and become a coach.
Paul also take 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".
Steve is the over 11's coach. He first got involved in running with the club, and then went on to support the club when the junior section was re-established. He attained Assistant Coach status through the club and then progressed to Coach status around 4 years ago. He still trains with the club and has competed in Triathlons, and is now regularly competing in Trail Marathons and Half Marathons.