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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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Rita Owens 
@ 18th March 2015 11:32:15

After years of wondering why I was still being injured and spending $$$ on shoes and not getting anywhere, reading Keith's book and having the coaching I am grateful for his advice and guidance.

Amanda Coombe 
@ 22nd January 2015 17:31:10

After years of lower leg injuries and strength work, I was still a chronic over strider, wasting much energy and having to restrict my training. After reading Keith book and doing an individual session with him with my coach we have significantly reduced my over striding, excessive knee lift and improved my rhythm, all great when you are a Masters athlete. Keith has an outstanding ability to break complex biomechanical concepts down into easy to understand drills. This together with his encouraging and positive coaching style definitely makes him a 'game changer'. Thank you Keith.

Ti Smith 
@ 23rd May 2011 09:05:15

Thank you for the training over the past couple of months. The change in technique and intense sessions paid dividends in the SMH Half Marathon with a 93 minute run and negative splits for each 5k. It has given me the confidence to step up to a full marathon later this year and an opportunity to run and run!

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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