Coaching Partners

Our Team Pros

Our mission at Girls Run the World is to not only help women of all levels to achieve amazing, life-affirming goals in their running and triathlon, but to empower the voice of female coaches within endurance sport. 

By showcasing the training they provide on our platform, we hope to elevate women in endurance sport from participation to coaching.  Women are not small men, and we require coaching that reflects this. 

Lucja Leonard

Like many women before her, and many more to come, Australian born Lucja started running in a bid to lose weight. It turned into a love for running ultra distance race and a career in coaching.

After completing her first ultra marathon of 34 miles in seven hours in May 2013,  she went on to her first multi stage ultra, the 160 mile Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon five months later.

'It taught me how amazing the female body is, and how mentally resilient it is possible to be.'

With a string of ultra marathon races from all over the world under her belt, including the notorious Leadville 100 in Colorado, Lucja is well qualified in helping coach women in the mental resilience and physical fitness that is part and parcel of ultra running and is available as a 1-2-1 remote coach through Girls Run the World.

Now based in Tennesse, and online programmes for GRTW focus on helping women get strong and mobile so that they can keep running and doing what they love, no matter what their age. 

Coaching Qualifications

  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • Functional Anatomy and Sports Biomechanics

Achievements 

 

  • 2nd female - Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon 2013 & 2014
  • 1st female - Run the Blades 50k 2015
  • 1st female - Mongolia Ice Marathon 2016
  • 2nd female - Bodrun 50k Turkey 2016
  • 2nd female Conquer the Wall marathon China 2019
  • Ran 500k in 5 days 2016 across the length of The Netherlands

Katie Wright

Renowned for her bubbly personality, don’t be fooled, this mother of two, has a steely determination and a fierce belief that, with the right mindset and training, anything is possible. 

Katie, 37,  started swimming and running competitively at school, where she ranked in the top 10 in the UK at 300m. Nowadays, she combines her love of swimming with running.

“I love the experience of competing, from the pre-race nerves right through to the lactic burn as you cross the finish line.” 

Coaching Qualifications

  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • Kettlebells Instructor
  • England Athletics Leader in Running Fitness 
  • Suspension Fitness

Achievements 

  • National Aquathlon Championships 2019 – 6th AG
  • Marathon Swims 2019 – 3rd Woman
  • Great Britain Age Group Aquathlon Team 2020