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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

Book - New edition News

The new edition is now expected in March - a slight delay due to busy editors. The editing process is going very well. The videos of Heidi's Strengthening and Rehabilitation program are all finished and uploaded ready for readers to view. Keith's lessons are next and we have a number of promotional videos too - on Running Technique and Podiatry too. More at olderyetfaster.com

Random testimonials (More)

Neil Berry 
@ 11th June 2014 11:27:36

I'm kicking myself for not seeing Keith earlier! Competing at the top end of Australian distance running for a few years now, I can safely say that I have done just about everything to legally improve my performance, but Keith's technique training is the missing piece of the puzzle. I'm already feeling stronger, lighter and quicker on my feet after working with Keith and I look forward to seeing my improvement increase dramatically as I improve my technique. I would recommend Keith's technique training to runners of any ability level.

Pedro Queiroz 
@ 15th October 2012 22:28:22

A month and a half ago I had a session with Keith. Despite me running with minimalist shoes for the past couple of years, his guidance really made me change my technique and become a more efficient runner. This weekend I shaved over 10 minutes off my marathon PB and achieved my sub-3h30 goal. Keith's insights played a very important role in that. Thank you, Keith!

Michael Bedward 
@ 17th October 2011 14:45:14

Just wanted to pass on a small testimonial anecdote from today's Sri Chinmoy race... At about the 6 or 7km mark another runner pulled level with me and complimented me on my running form. Needless to say, this has never happened before :) I'm well used to getting comments during races but only about my odd footwear. I'm pretty sure that my form went pear shaped in the second half of the race but the first 8km felt smoother than anything i've done before and really enjoyable. All the best, Michael

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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