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Keith Bateman Coaching

Running technique sessions - run smoother, faster, farther

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Our technique-change book based of my successful sessions and backed up with expert advice and exercises for transitioning to better technique

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Christie Lewis 
@ 7th April 2012 11:03:31

I had my first session with Keith last week, which was also my first running training session ever. He was quick to see what was wrong with my style and the session then focussed on helping me to learn a new running style. The combination of Keith's knowledge and friendliness made the session informative and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to seeing the results of my new technique and exercises in my running.

Bren Turner 
@ 3rd April 2014 13:48:37

After many years of trying to improve run technique and dealing with recurring running injuries and getting nowhere I found out about Keith's run technique sessions and booked in. It was the best thing I have ever done for my running. The session was enlightening and Keith is an inspiring and exceptional teacher. He has a unique ability to break down the running stride and explain what you are doing, the effect it has on the body and how to transform it to run with natural good form. After just a few weeks of practicing the new technique I am already seeing big improvements in speed with the same effort and feeling much more comfortable running. Keith also recommended Heidi Jones -The runner's podiatrist. With a combination of Keith's expertise in run coaching and Heidi's specialist advice on running specific strengthening exercises, the ongoing ankle problems that I have had for years have disappeared in a few weeks and I am running faster than I ever have and it is only the beginning. Excited about what lies ahead. Thank you Keith and Heidi

Dave Sneller 
@ 18th March 2012 17:23:10

The session with Keith was a real eye opener for me as I have been running all my life but had never really thought about good form which I now realise is the most important aspect of running if you wish to stay injury free. I found Keith to be very friendly and articulate in his explanations with a natural unforced enthusiasm The session is a real investment that you will be able to use for the rest of your running life. Cheers Keith.

Keith Bateman

Keith is a competitive Masters runner based in Sydney

Five M55 World Records - the oldest person ever to break 32 minutes for 10 km

55+ 1500 World Record - Photo: James Bond

I came from a Downhill skiing background and spent 25 years teaching, racing and running my own ski school in Scotland. I started running in 1985 and ran on and off until coming to Sydney in 2000 at the age of 45 with a 10k PB of 36:36 achieved many years before. After 3 years gradually improving from my first Australian 10Km race time of 43min to a PB close to 36 minutes I hit a brick wall and sought help from a coach in 2003.

Since then, with the considerable help and the fantastic support of my coach Sean Williams, consultation with a dietician and analysis from a bio-mechanic, I have continually improved my times with 35 State age-group records and 15 Australian age-group records (some more than once), and 5 World age-group records.

Top 50 City to Surf (2009 and 2012 and 2014 [age 59])
Double gold in the World Masters Games 2009
(1500m and 5000m)
Quadruple gold in the World Masters Athletics Games 2011 at Sacramento
[8km XC, 5000m, 1500m (WR), Marathon (2:43:07)].

My 10K time is now down to 31:51.86 (track - 2011).


1500m M55 World Record Video (At World Masters Athletics Games, Sacramento 2011)

Here are a few videos of Keith and Heidi

Current progress

Strava

Strava account

10K times 2001 to date

2001: 43mins (PB 36:36 from 1990s) - 2011: 31:51.86

10k times 2001 to 2011

But how can someone get faster as they age?

A great coach and one of the best squads in Australia

World 55+ 5000m record - finish line 15:29.7

Our squad currently has the 2010 City to Surf winners and Australian representatives, Ben St Lawrence and Lara Tamsett. Lara has been a training partner of mine for 2 or 3 years and I helped pace her in her 2010 City to Surf victory as I did for Rebecca Lowe in her 2008 victory (I also ran with Tara Palm in her 2010 State 10km victory). In 2012 I helped Eloise Wellings by being her training partner for some track sessions before she left for the London Olympics, and I paced Clare Geraghty in the Gold Coast Half Marathon

changes in technique

In 2007 I consulted a bio-mechanic for an analysis of my technique. Although my technique was already quite good the analysis and coaching I got from Jason was an eye-opener. I credit the changes he encouraged for helping me take my (50+ Australian record) 3,000m time of 9:09 down to 8:59.62.

I have since continued to work on my technique and am still hitting PBs in training - better technique has also enabled me to keep injury at bay despite an average of over 100km per week, enabling me to train consistently well.

increasing confidence

Continuing success has built my confidence - I recently ran a fabulous 8Km PB in training and when asked about why it happened I replied "I was no longer afraid of the speed" - I had started faster than usual but for the first time I didn't panic; I just kept going. And now I have done it once I will do it again!

and barefoot running

Yes - really! I have been training barefoot progressively for around 6 years now and I know how much it has helped my running technique.

I recommend this website for more information on barefoot running.

The only 'conventional' shoes I own are my lightweight racing flats and my track spikes!

I introduce clients to barefoot or minimal footwear running whenever it is suitable - it encourages good technique which helps to avoid injury and makes them run more efficiently (which translates into more speed/distance)

I run 2 speed sessions and a tempo barefoot each week, and the remainder of my training is in 'minimalist' shoes such as Vibram Fivefingers.

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