Our Coaches
 

 About Our Coaches

 Our Coaches are all experienced runners and regularly take part in  in Road Running, Trail & Fell and Cross Country races. 

We have a policy of developing our coaches so that they continue to grow their skills and go on to create structured training schedules for the club as whole and also help individuals  develop their own training plans.   The development programmes we use for our Coaches follow the development approach advised by Welsh Athletics and UK Athletics.

All our Coaches vave been CRB checked.

Read about Coaches below.

Brian Ashton - Head Coach
 Qualification
  • UK Athletics Level 3 Performance Coach and Level 3 Long Distance & Middle Distance.
  • Insured to coach.
  • CRB Checked

 Experience 19 years
 Specialism
Endurance running seniors
Juniors - all distances, plus track and field
 Achievements
  • 2 x Gwent XC League winners, 1 x U13Girls Team Gwent XC League winners.
  • South Wales Valleys XC League Team winners U11 and U13Girls, plus Individual champions in U11 & U13Girls.
  • Shropshire Young Athletes XC League Individual U15 Girls champion.
  • Montgomeryshire XC League Individual champions U11 and U15 Boys.
  • Numerous County vests at XC across all ages.
  • Individual and Team winners at County, Inter-Regional and National level.Welsh vests and International competition for various Boys and Girls at XC and Mountain Running.
  • Welsh U13 Girls 1500mtrs Track and Field Champion.
  • Louise Arthur Track and Field Second division champions, Boys and Girls.
  • Golden Wonder Track and Field Second division champions.

 Louise Barker
 Qualification
  • UK Athletics Level 2 Performance Coach and Level 2 Long Distance & Middle Distance.
  • Insured to coach.
  • CRB Checked

 Experience 7 years
 Specialism
 Trail & Fell, Road.
 Achievements

Louise came to the Club  8 years ago with a background in road, trail, fell and triathlon. Whilst at the Club she has established herself as a serious long distance Road runner and as one of the most respected Trail & Fell runners in Wales - winning many races including the prestigious Man vs Horse.

With several year's experience as a Coach, Louise now leads the Monday and Tuesday Night effort sessions.  She takes principle position in the structure of the sessions and for the overll balance of the entuire training programme.

Helen Marshall
 Qualification
  • UK Athletics Level 2 Performance Coach and Level 2 Long Distance & Middle Distance.
  • Insured to coach.
  • CRB Checked

 Experience 3 years
 Specialism
 Cross Country, Trail & Fell
 Achievements

 Helen has been with the club for 4 years. Her passion for Cross Country and Trail running quickly led to her being appointed Cross Country captain and, injury barring, she regularly appears in  legaue events.

Helen primarily coaches the Monday evening Women's Section  although she will also lead the Tuesday Evening Seniors section.

Ian Evans
 Qualification
  • Leadership in Running Fitness
  • Insured to coach.
  • CRB Checked

 Experience 3 years
 Specialism
 Road,  Trail & Fell
 Achievements

Ian has been a member of the club since 2005, coming to running as a way of supplementing his football training. In the last two years Ian has really dedicated himself to his running, and has reaped the benefits of a consistent, structured approach to training. 

Ian was the first recipient of the Club's annual  "Pugnis et Calcibus" trophy which was named in his honour to recognise courage and determination.  Ian's improvement can be seen in his power of 10 record which shows marked improvements in his times over all distances.

Ian has come to coaching in order to share the benefits he has reaped and is the mastermind behind the Thursday night Tempo Training sessions.

Norman Biggs
 Qualification
  • Leadership in Running Fitness
  • Insured to coach.
  • CRB Checked

 Experience 4 years
 Specialism
 Road
 Achievements

Norman has been with the Club for 5 years and has come to Coaching in the last few months.  During that time he has appeared in many local races - with a preference for distances around 10k.

Norman is a key member of the Thursday night Tempo team. He believes in training hard and will generally lead out the groups that are looking for that extra bit of challenge and intensity.

Edd Land
 Qualification
  • Leadership in Running Fitness
  • Insured to coach.
  • CRB Checked

 Experience 1 years
 Specialism
 Road,
 Achievements

 Edd is new to the running club and has siezed opportunity to become a a coach with both hands.

Still developing as an endurance runner Edd uses the knowledge he has learned from his Coach training to inform his own running and  puts it into immediate effect with others.

A key member of the Thursday night  Tempo training team.

 

Gethn Holland
 Qualification
  • UK Athletics Level 2 Performance Coach and Level 3 Long Distance & Middle Distance.
  • Insured to coach.
  • CRB Checked

 Experience 1 years as Coach
 Specialism
 Road, Cross Country
 Achievements

 Gethin has been a member of the club since childhood when he appeared regularly - and successfully - on the Junior circuit, winning many prizes and also a Welsh vest.  Still developing, Gethin now concentrates on road racing and is gradually moving up from 5k  to longer endurance events.

As a coach Gethin supports the Senior sessions on Tuesdays - often leading a capability based grouping. He is also a regular leader at the Thursday Tempo sessions.

Bridget James
 Qualification
  • Qualified Fitness Coach
  • UK Athletics Level 2 Performance Coach and Level 2 Long Distance & Middle Distance.
  • Insured to coach.
  • CRB Checked
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 Experience 6 years
 Specialism
 Juniors
 Achievements

 Bridget has been with the club for over 6 years and in that time has supported the Womens section coaching and also succesfully organised Junior training. A keen all round sportswoman she takes on many challenges whilst balancing the duties of her work and of being a mother. She was chosen as an Olympic Torch Bearer to recognise her inspirational work for her daughter's charity - ApelElain 2011.

Her job at the University Sports Centre means that she is ideally located to coach  the early evening Junior training where she leads indoor fitness and technique sessions.

Lauren Nightingale
 Qualification
  • Insured to coach.
  • CRB Checked
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 Experience
 Specialism
 Juniors
 Achievements

One of Aberystwyth AC's new coaches, Laura is a sprint athlete with considerable experience of running in National competitions -

Lauren will specialise in the track based training for Juniors.