Top athletes on hand with running advance in Ambleside

Good advice: Running coaches Paul Tierney and Sarah McCormak SUBMITTED
Good advice: Running coaches Paul Tierney and Sarah McCormak SUBMITTED
16 March 2017 3:52PM

TWO long-distance running experts will be on hand to give fellow athletes their best advice through a new circuit training programme.

Two-time World Ultra Trail Championships representative Paul Tierney and European Cross Country Championships team gold medal winner Sarah McCormack have organised training blocks in Ambleside.

The pair, who run Missing Link Coaching, will lead the six-week programmes for runners of all abilities at Rothay Park.

They are designed to improve strength and fitness, and will include mobility drills, running specific strength and conditioning drills, and technique drills to improve running form.

Tierney, who ran for Ireland in the World Ultra Trail Championships and won the Lakeland 100 Mile Race in 2015, said: “The main aim of the class is to reduce risk of injuries, improve runners' strength endurance and consequently their running performance.”

The running and movement coach and sports massage therapist added: “My interest in coaching stemmed from the frustration caused by frequent running-related injuries.

“I was certain that by improving running technique and skill it is possible to run pain-free and get the most from your training.

“Eventually this led to me wanting to pass on what I learned to others to help them reduce their injury risk and improve performance.”

McCormack has won European Cross Country gold medal in 2012 and also claimed the Scottish 5,000m title on two occasions and the 10,000m crown in 2012.

The doctor of biochemistry has two top-12 finishes in the World Mountain Running Championships, and said: “I enjoy being able to combine my background in science with my experience in training and racing to help others get more from their running while also improving health and well-being.”

Classes start on April 3 at Rothay Park, Ambleside, from 7pm.

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