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Neil Hawthorne 
@ 17th December 2012 22:46:55

As a 55+ veteran life-time runner I stepped up the pace in 2008 with the Bogong to Hotham Ultra. Five years later I find myself running faster than ever as evidenced in 2012 across 14 events ranging from 10km to 100km. Thanks Keith for transforming my technique in just one short lesson.

Dan Phillips 
@ 2nd September 2012 17:27:10

After seeing my son's school team train with Keith, I had a session with him last week and found it very useful and intuitive and I hope the start of a steady improvement in my race times... I would recommend to any serious runner who has not had any coaching, that you do so with Keith

Matt Constable 
@ 26th September 2012 16:51:48

Thank you Keith. Your one-on-one technique coaching session (plus the group session follow-up) has made all the difference not only with performance but the sheer enjoyment of injury-free running. As a man in his forties it is also inspiring to see you run so smooth and know I can still improve despite starting running late in life. Since my first lesson six months ago my times have plummeted 10k Feb 44.02- Sept 39.27, City2Surf over 6min pb 57.33, SMH half over 10 min pb 91.32. I love that for me running is about challenging myself but your help has inspired me to aim higher. Thank you 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).

3000m M55 World Record Video (At Sydney Olympic Park, NSW State 3000m 2010)

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

Here is a video of Keith and Heidi running together

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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