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Elisabet Barnes

Elisabet has over 20 years' experience of running, ran her first Marathon in 2002 and her first ultra-marathon in 2011. In 2015 she won the Marathon Des Sables, the Oman Desert Marathon and set mutiple course records. In 2016 she won the Big Red Run in Australia outright and in 2017 she won the Marathon Des Sables for a second time, placing 11th overall. Elisabet also has more than 10 years experience from Management Consulting and holds a MSc and a postgraduate degree in Change Management. She understands what it’s like trying to balance life, training and a demanding work schedule and what it takes to make changes and stick to them. She can help you identify barriers that may be preventing you from achieving your potential and help you understand how you can re-prioritise commitments to achieve your goals. Elisabet is a certified Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) with UK Athletics. Her speciality is to create bespoke training plans for races such as the Marathon Des Sables, but she also coaches for marathons and shorter ultra-marathons. Elisabet works with runners of all levels as well as walkers. Read more about her on her blog:



Nicky Spinks

Nicky has 16 years' experience of fell and ultra running, successfully completing ten 24 hour Rounds, breaking several records. She currently holds the record for the Ladies Lakeland 24-hour round, as well as the record for the Double Bob Graham. In racing she prefers long mountainous fell races such as UTMB, L’Échappée Belle (2nd),  Grand Raid Pyrenees (1st twice) and Grand Raid Reunion (4th).  Nicky has more than 25 years experience of beef farming and holds a BA in Business Studies. She successfully balances her unpredictable job with training and racing while determined to enjoy life, especially after her cancer diagnosis in 2006. Nicky can help you train specifically for mountainous ultras and 24-hour rounds, develop your race strategy, improve your race fueling and increase your mental strength. As a certified Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) with the Fell Running Association Nicky can also assess and work on your uphill and downhill strength. Nicky creates bespoke training plans for races such as the UTMB but she also coaches for shorter or less hilly ultra-marathons. Nicky is happy to work with runners of all levels. Read more about her on her blog: and sign up to her coaching here:




Colin Barnes

Colin has 12 years' experience from the military which he gained before going into operations management and subsequently myRaceKit. His mental strength is extraordinary and he enjoys tackling long and challenging races. However he also thoroughly enjoys coaching beginners and is frequently seen at the running club sessions coaching the "Couch to 5km" programme! Colin has completed the Marathon des Sables twice, the UTMB, the TDS, the Grand Union Canal Race (three times), the Ring O' Fire, many 100 milers and additional ultras and road races. His discipline and mental toughness are his key strengths. Colin is a certified Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) with UK Athletics as well as a certified Nordic Walking Instructor. Colin specialises in in-person coaching sessions focusing on motivating runners of all levels as well as helping with running technique. He also delivers specific lessons in how to use trekking poles for trail running, combining his ultra- and mountain running experience with Nordic Walking specific techniques.