Our Coaching Team

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 running and triathlon, but to empower the voice of female experts 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. 

Tara Shanahan, Road Running Coach

Tara started running in 2010, when she took on her first marathon and finished with 4 hours 48 minutes and shin splints. But she was hooked.  She's got faster with age, but now focuses on shorter events and helping others acheiver their best. A fan of Chi & Pose running techniques, she believes consistency is the key to unlocking performance gains.  

Coaching Qualifications: EA Running Coach Level 2 

Achievements: Sussex 10km Road Racing Champion in age category 40-49, Personal bests, 5km: 18.22, 5th fastest UK parkrun in age category 45-49 (2017), 10km: 37.43, Half Marathon: 1.26, Marathon: 3.09

Lucja Leonard, Ultra Running Coach

Australian born Lucja started running to lose weight but it soon turned into a passion for ultra running and a career in coaching. An extremely experienced ultra runner with a string of ultras from all over the world under her belt, including the notorious Leadville 100 in Colorado, and several 200 mile races. 

Coaching Qualifications, Level 3 Personal Trainer, Functional Anatomy and Sports Biomechanics

Achievements: Big Foot 200 miles, 2021, 2nd female Conquer the Wall marathon China 2019, 2nd female - Bodrun 50k Turkey 2016, 1st female - Mongolia Ice Marathon 2016

Natalie Creswick, Triathlon & Cycling Coach

Natalie found her love and talent for cycling after trying triathlon. After winning her first crit race, and then her first road race, she wsa hooked.

Now an accomplished athlete as well as cycling and triathlon coach, Nat combines her love for being outdoors with coaching and mentoring other triathlon coaches. 

My favourite part of coaching is seeing people develop their confidence and witnessing their achievements  knowing how hard they have worked for them.'  

Coaching Qualificatons: British Triathlon Level 2 and Level 2 Diploma and British Cycling Level 2 coach. 

Achievements: Red Bull Time Laps fastest female lap (Editor: she's being modest!)

 

 



 

Becky Goodwin, Triathlon Coach

Becky tried her first triathlon after being persuaded to try it over a glass of wine. Within four years, she was on  the podium at sprint to middle distance in both the European and World Championships. She now combines her love of the sport with her love of helping others and was awarded British Triathlon Coach of the Year 2020. 

Qualifications: British Triathlon Federation Level 3, BTF Coach of the Year 2021, Head Coach, Windrush Triathlon 

Achievements: 2019 European Middle Distance Championships 1st, 2019 World Sprint Distance Championships 2nd, 2019 National Elite Duathlon Championships 5th, 2019 World 70.3 Ironman Championships 8th

Fran Bungay, Triathlon Coach

Fran had just become a mother when she started triathlon 15 years ago and completed her first tri swim doing breast stroke. She loved it and the rest is history.  She continues to compete alongside coaching and mentoring new coaches.  'It's not all about being competitive, quite often it's the process to get there which is the biggest achievement of all.'

Qualifications, BTF L3 Triathlon Coach, BTF coach Educator, Trisutto and Ironman University Coach, Nutritional Advisor for Sports Performance

Achievements: ETU bronze Rimini middle distance, HORST long distance suathlon two years in a row, ETU Gold Horst Sprint duathlon, Long distance Triathlon Vichy, 1st Ironman 70.3,  European AG champion Weisbaden, World Championships 70.3 Qualifier, Utah 2021

Claire Steels, Cycling Coach

Claire started cycling, aged 28 and within the year was a World Champion. After two years of racing for a French Duathlon team, she began racing forthe Spanish UCI team, Sopela Women’s Team. Based in Mallorca, Claire coaches and hosts cycling retreats alongside her busy racing schedule. 

Coaching Qualifications: Level 3 Personal Trainer, Kettlebell Instructor, Suspension Training, Circuit Training, Gym Based Boxing, Resistance Exercises

Key achievements: Age group duathlon world champ x 2, AG duathlon world silver medal, European silver, previous national champ (AG)

Katie Wright, Swim Strength Coach

Katie, 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 and came third in her age group at the2021 World Champion Aqualathon Championships.

“I love 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, World Aqualathon Championships, 2021, 3rd AG, National Aquathlon Championships 2019 – 6th AG

Kelly Gentry, Swim Coach

Kelly raced competitively throughout university in the USA before switching to open water swimming. She's been coaching for over a decade, first under the tutelage of Olympic level coaches, and now as a coach and guide for the open water holiday specialists, SwimTrek. 
Coaching Qualifications: ASCA Level 2 Swim Coach (American Swim Coaches Association), SLSGB Surf Lifeguard, WOWSA Open Water Coach
Achievements: SCAR Challenge (67km - 4-day lake challenge in Arizona)(Skins), Saguaro Lake (15km) 3:53.27, Canyon Lake (15km) 4:01.06, Apache Lake (27km) 8:55.11