Our Coaching Team

Tara Shanahan, Road Running Coach

Tara started running in 2010, finishing her first marathon with 4 hours 48 minutes and shin splints. But she was hooked.  She's got faster with age, but primarily is focused on helping others acheiver their best. 

Coaching Qualifications: EA Running Coach Level 2 

Achievements: 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

'I started running to lose weight and then became hooked on ultra running!'  Lucja now has a string of ultra finishes 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 and is now an accomplished athlete as well as cycling and triathlon coach. 

'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.

Becky Goodwin, Triathlon Coach

'I tried my first triathlon after a drunken bet,' says Becky. wihtin four years, she was on  the podium at sprint to middle distance in the European and World Championships. In 2020, she was awarded the British Triathlon Coach of the Year 2020. 

Qualifications: British Triathlon Federation Level 3, Head Coach, Windrush Triathlon 

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

Fran Bungay, Triathlon Coach

Fran started triathlon 15 years ago doing breast stroke.  She loved it and the rest is history.  

'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

Achievements:  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 at the age of 28 and within the year was a World Champion. 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. Now she's a World Champion Age Group Aquathelete. 

“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 and also works as a coac 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