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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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Trevor Satour 
@ 23rd January 2014 10:38:32

I'm 60 and apart from a bit of sport when I was younger I've never ran. Recently I decided to get fit and started running-lost 30kgs in 18 months. Decided that if I was going to run a bit may as well do it properly so I booked to see Keith Bateman. Man, what a mind-blowing first session yesterday. The guy is just so knowledgable and so helpful. I thought I was doing reasonably well, but Keith has opened some new and exciting possibilities that will take me on a different journey that I know I will enjoy. Thank you Keith, in my assessment you are indeed a master of your craft.

Michael Browne 
@ 24th February 2014 09:26:17

I thought running was putting one foot in front of the other quickly and just going hard. So wrong! After one session with Keith I now understand the principles and mechanics of a good stride and how balance, take off and landing are my new goals. Less effort, more speed and less wear and tear on the knees is making my return to running even more fun. Keith's coaching style is very informative, motivating and supportive. His follow up service is brilliant with drills, exercises, tutorial videos and other tips that's got me fired up. My before and after videos would do Jenny Craig proud!

Keith Mullen 
@ 4th August 2012 20:08:40

Recently had second session with Keith, correcting what I was still doing wrong after first session, for me pulling my legs up too high instead of pushing my knees forward. With Keith's wisdom, insights, tips and motivation,I'm now running 30s/km quicker with ease. Definitely the best running investment you could make, highly recommended to runners of any ability. Thanks for all your help Keith, it is hugely appreciated!!!!!

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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