Coaching for Peak Performance

Training to get race-fit is one thing, but peaking (being ready to produce your best possible performance on the day) takes skill and practice...

My expertise is in helping athletes improve their performance and peak for a particular race to achieve their goals. I address all of the other key aspects, both mental and physical, that you need to get right to perform at your best on the day of your chosen race. There is nothing better in running than feeling great, giving your best and achieving a cherished goal.

About Me
I am a lifelong runner. I co-founded running group Rye Runners in 2010 with my wife Sam Murphy ( and I am a British Athletics Endurance Coach (level 2).

You can follow my training on Strava
and my race results on Run Britain Rankings (
Sam and I are holding an Autumn Running Retreat in Camber -

I am well versed and successful in the art of peaking. I was part of the British Orienteering Squad throughout my youth (I was British Junior Champion twice) and successfully peaked to run sub-2.30 for the London Marathon in my twenties. Later, on turning 40, I won The Grizzly, The North Downs Run and The Beachy Head Marathon in 2013. I also won the inaugural Centurion Wendover Woods 50 mile race (only my second ultra) in 2016.

I combine what I have learned from my many years of racing experience with my extensive coaching knowledge and skills to help and guide others to achieve their running goals.

How My Coaching Works
I work with you to structure a bespoke training plan that will enable and motivate you to ramp up your performance and peak for a specific race (half-marathon and upwards, road or trail). The plan will be tailored to your fitness level, experience and goals. This joint, personal process will give you the confidence that you have a clear path to success.

The plan is delivered through the Final Surge software in two-week blocks, with each subsequent block adapted in response to your progress and your feedback (visible to me through your Final Surge session reports).

I have chosen Final Surge because I have been really impressed by its ease of use and compatibility with Strava etc. It is convenient for you because you can access it whenever you want to. Have a good look at what it can do while you're here.

For your convenience, you can get in touch any time with specific queries by email. We will speak once a week, normally for half an hour, scheduled at a time to suit you, when I will advise and guide you having studied your feedback and listened to any concerns. As well as your training we will discuss race strategy, kit, shoes, race-day nutrition and mental approach.

A Bespoke Coaching Plan to peak for your race-goal (12-week minimum) is priced at £75 per four weeks.

Special North Downs Run Coaching Package 2018
I am also offering a three-month coaching package for anyone wishing to maximise their North Downs Run 2018 performance. I won this race as a 40-year old in 2013 and this year it is the British Masters Multi-Terrain Championship. It is a tough 18-miler, taking place on 24 June 2018.

This package is available for a maximum of four runners. Each will benefit from a bespoke coaching programme for 13 weeks (commencing 26 March) and two half-day workshops (mid-April and early June) as a group. Both workshops will include a run on the race route along with advice on trail-running technique, shoes and kit choice, nutrition and race-day focus*. Working together as a team will enhance all our performances (yes, I am racing too!).

The price is £225 for the whole package comprising 13 weeks coaching and two workshops. If you are interested in finding out more or want to sign up please contact me as soon as possible.

*Participants will also benefit from input from my wife, well-known running expert, Level 2 coach and author Sam Murphy (First Class BSc Hons Sport and Exercise Science).

Getting Started
Simply contact me via the link to the right and I will get right back to you.

Leading the North Downs Run, June 2013