Castle Coaching Fitness

Prepare the foundations for your running journey in 2021

Whether you are new to running, have a goal you want to achieve or need training guidance, we can help.  Whatever your aims our Level 4 UKA coach Chris Hollinshead can work with you to help you reach your goals.

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Our coach Chris Hollinshead is a level 4 UKA endurance coach with over 30 years of working with runners at all levels, from complete beginners to British Masters Champions.
Arrived in York for my first 10 mile race for 2 1/2yrs. Unfortunately the temperature is 28 degrees but feels like 32. On that basis is it a race or coffee and cake? Today coffee and cake wins. For me racing in this heat would offer no significant benefits for my main goal of the year which is an Autumn Marathon.Everyone is different with their own goals and aims, but when faced with extremes of temperature which you may not be accustomed to it helps to take two steps back and look at the bigger picture of what your planned race or training session would achieve and adapt accordingly.Consider:📌Reevaluating your goals📌Race strategy📌 The impact physiologically and psychologically on the body. What happens if the race goes badly? How long will it take to recover and what will the psychological impact be?📌Changing or adapting the planned training sessions.e.g. Reducing the distance or pace📌If possible change the time of your run to a cooler part of the dayRemember we are all individuals and you have to do what is best for you. ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago  ·  

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It’s a scorching hot #medalmonday today 🥵 and huge congratulations to the athletes I work with who were racing over the weekend.Jack Mullane did a great run to finish 2nd in the Betley 5k trail race in a time of 18:56.Over in Chester @lauren.turley.54 was continuing her marathon preparations by running the Chester 10k in 44:14.Meanwhile on the track at Nuneaton, @malc_down was racing for the Midlands in the Masters Inter Area Competition, having been selected to run in the M60 800m. Malcolm finished 3rd in 2:27, helping the Midlands to retain the Men’s and Overall Titles.At the other end of the distances Paul Lester braved the heat in Sunday’s #staffsironman703#running #racing #coaching #coachinglife #runners #5k #10k #800m #800meters #ironmanstaffordshire #marathontraining #midlandmasters #stafford #mastersathletics #castlecoachingfitness ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago  ·  

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Brighton and Oxford were the destinations for this weekend’s Run Leader Practical Workshops, with very different weather!Brighton continued where we left off at Bolton with continuous rain for most of the day 😂 while Oxford had sunshine ☀️ The common denominator in each session was the enthusiasm of the leaders and it was great to work with everyone.We did a number activities based around the LiRf cards and the Leaders worked on ways to tweak them for their runners.(But what was the one thing they were not allowed to be when increasing pace? 🤔)Bristol next weekend.👍#running #runners #brighton #oxford #lirf #leadershipinrunningfitness #runninggroups #bristol #runleaders ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

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Club Run is a great initiative and one which I have had the pleasure of delivering. One week left to apply.1 WEEK LEFT TO APPLY - Last chance for off track running clubs to apply to our free Club Run programme powered by NURVV. Have a top endurance coach support your runners, leaders and coaches through a series of practical coaching sessions at your club. Clubs accepted onto the programme can work with their Club Run Coach either by physical or virtual sessions.Find out more and sign up now: ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago  ·  

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Fradley 10kmA big well done to everyone who ran the Fradley 10km on Sunday. It was good to see a number of athletes that I work with running in their first road race for well over a year.Having spent the lockdown periods undertaking structured training to further develop his running base, Martyn Clare stormed to a new personal best in a time of 45.31. Meanwhile Dave Payling cruised around the course in 45.12 mins. In the ladies race there was a second between Hazel Cane and Ann Robinson with respective times of 53:47 and 53:48. All those tempo runs at Norbury are clearly having an impact.It was good to see Lyn Clare return to racing after a period of time away from running in a 55:35 mins.Well done everyone, next stop the Vets League on Wednesday night 👍 ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago  ·  

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